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A conceptual drawing for a proposed new Detroit arena by Olympia Development of Michigan. (Illustration: Ilitch Holdings, Inc./PRNewsFoto)
A conceptual drawing for a proposed new Detroit arena by Olympia Development of Michigan. (Illustration: Ilitch Holdings, Inc./PRNewsFoto)
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Redevelopment Vision Shared for Detroit Mixed-Use Sports, Entertainment District

Olympia Development of Michigan today announced plans for a sweeping transformation of dozens of underutilized blocks between downtown and midtown Detroit into a sports and entertainment district.

The project will connect existing and new development efforts in downtown and midtown Detroit along Woodward Avenue with five walkable, livable mixed-use district neighborhoods, and includes an arena to replace Joe Louis Arena.

The new, mixed-use development is being coupled with new arena's construction, officials said. The development project is estimated at $650 million, according to Ilitch Holdings, Inc., which owns Olympia Development of Michigan.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Can’t Wipe Out ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Despite three very different new challengers, 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' continued to rule over the box office this weekend. This doesn't spell disaster for the newcomers, but it does spell further success for the sequel to 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' which is riding extremely positive word of mouth to a big box office tally.

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Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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On Tap with Summer Craft Beer Festival 2014 [Photos]

John Ball Park was the venue and craft beers were the main course Saturday.

The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival poured, played, entertained and fed hundreds from across Grand Rapids, West Michigan and beyond on a summery afternoon and early evening with sunshine and temperatures creeping into the low 80s.

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New Movies This Week: ‘The Purge: Anarchy,’ ‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’ and ‘Sex Tape’ [Video]

A crime thriller, an animated romp and a raunchy comedy—just the dose of variety the movie doctor ordered for what's been a rather bland summer season at cinemas so far.

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Looking Forward to the Next Holiday Weekend: Labor Day

The summer is midway through practically, although it's only mid-July.

That's what we get for starting the season with Memorial Day instead of the official start of summer with the summer solstice.

Soon, Labor Day will be upon us here in West Michigan, which means a long, last weekend of summer and more time off for the rank and file.

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Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard
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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Remember That Personal Watercraft Is a Boat [Sponsored]

There's plenty of summertime left and lots of boating still to be done.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urges you to say safe as possible when boating.

Caution and common sense are necessary, regardless of whether you're using a powerboat, a sailboat, a pontoon, a fishing boat, a ski boat or personal watercraft.

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Michigan Lawmaker Hopes To Reinstate Fireworks Ban

I like fireworks just as much as the next guy, but it does seem as though things have gotten a little out of hand since Michigan lifted its ban on louder, more powerful fireworks in 2011. That's why one Michigan legislator is hoping to get that ban reinstated.

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Xavi Gomez, Getty Images
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Vote for New Hudsonville Ice Cream Flavor

What does winter taste like in West Michigan?

I know, it's only July, we shouldn't even be thinking about winter yet! But what if it involves ice cream?

Hudsonville Ice Cream and Pure Michigan have teamed up to find a new flavor for the winter season. Cast your vote for what you think should be the next Hudsonville ice cream!

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Derek Jeter Tribute Shows Respect from Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Jay Z, Others [Video]

New York Yankees icon Derek Jeter has had a charmed baseball career, we all know that. He gets the ultimate thank you in this moving commercial thanking him.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Conquers All

Riding a huge wave of strong reviews and even stronger buzz, 'Dawn of the Planet Apes' opened big for a non-superhero, non-Transformers movie, leading a top 10 that's full of just as many hits as misses. How about we just start at the top and work our way through?

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Detroit Homecoming Seeks to Bring Back Former Residents

Detroit is recruiting ex-patriots or ex-pats — people born in or who attended school in the region — to return to their hometown to reconnect, recharge and reinvest.

The Detroit Homecoming is slated Sept. 17 to 19, with an agenda to include experiences such as dinner in the not-yet-open David Whitney Building on Grand Circus Park, city tours, dinner inside the refurbished Globe Outdoor Adventure Center on Detroit's riverfront and a concert at Chene Park Amphitheatre.

All the activities have one goal in mind: to show off the possibilities in greater Detroit.

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Fourth Annual Summer Craft Beer Festival: July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids

The Summer Craft Beer Festival is returning.

The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival is 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids, and is co-sponsored by 97.9 WGRD, Channel 95.7, 98.7 WFGR, 100.5 The River and 1410 AM The Touch.

At Summer Craft Beer Festival, enjoy samples of more than 100 beers, ciders and mead from some of the country’s best craft breweries -- currently at about four dozen confirmed and still counting!

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