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West Michigan Says, “Welcome Home Soldier!”

This is the best news I've heard so far, this year!  73 Michigan Marines from the 6th Engineer Support Battalion will be arriving back home, safe and sound, from Afghanistan today.

This will be the first time they will see their families in months

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Michigan’s Unemployed Won’t Get The Money They Depend On

Michigan's unemployment rate is still one of the highest in the nation at 9.9%.  For those tens of thousands still unemployed, the news just got a little worse.

For the next five months those unemployed will not be getting the money they have come to rely on

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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm Gets Her Own Talk Show

I saw it coming! She was a panel guest on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher over the past few months and the audience loved her. I did too! I do believe she has found her true calling, that of a talking head

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President Gerald R. Ford’s Former Rancho Mirage California Home For Sale

KMIR Television station in California is reporting that the President and First Lady Betty Ford's final home is on the market and for sale.  The asking price is almost 1.7 million dollars.

The President and first lady always referred to "Grand Rapids" as home but but after the President's presidency they retired to Ranch Mirage

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Hey Grand Rapids! Today Is Your Last Chance To Register To Vote

If you want to take part in Michigan's Presidential Election on February 28th then today is your last chance to register to vote!

In a primary election voters can choose whether to vote in the democratic or republican primaries

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President Obama Heads To Michigan For Friday U Of M Speech

The President has been doing a lot of talking lately!  The State of the Union Presidential address was Tuesday night and late this sfternoon he will board Air Force One, the presidential plane, and head to Ann Arbor for a speech he will deliver at the University of Michigan

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President Obama Sings To Al Green

President Barack Obama was speaking Thursday night at a fundraiser in New York, and broke into song...seriously.  The President does have a "soulful" side.

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Genesee County Taking Hands Off Approach To Marijuana Dispensary

Reading this story sort of reminds me of prohibition days when alcohol was a big no, no!  Genesse County, here in Michigan is paving the way for majijuana in pretty much the same way.  There are signs inviting people with chronic pain and other health problems to visit Meme’s Green Dream, Big Daddy’s, or another shop up the road called simply The Barn

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Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images
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New York Mayor Says Girlfriend’s Kiss Is Better Than Lady Gaga’s

This guy was born to be a politician!  He knows the right thing to say and when to say it.  This was such a funny headline for me to read "Mayor Michael Bloomberg says, girlfriend's kiss is better than Lady Gaga."  The fact that he even had to address this makes me think after the kiss with Gaga on New Years Eve,

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Gas Prices Going Up Again As Subsidy Ends

What is this news about the subsidy ending?  Usually we see gas prices rising because of something has has happened in the gulf or because the price of a barrel of oil has risen.  This time, it's something different

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Pearl Harbor Day Today! Virgil Westdale, Remembers Returning Home From WWII

You know, I happen to be one of those people who loves to sit around talking to senior citizens.  I just think you can learn so much from them.  They enjoy sharing their life stories, lessons they have learned along the way and past memories

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Really? Rhode Island Governor Has To Defend A Holiday Tree In Statehouse

Really!  Really?  When I read this headline I thought to myself, "Give me a break."  Has it really come to this?  The "holiday" tree in the Rhode Island Statehouse has been called into question.  Apparently the reasoning with lawmakers is this.  They are upset with the Governor's decision to call the blue spruce erected in the Statehouse a "holiday tree" instead of a "Christmas tree" and believe the focus should be on feeding the poor.  Hey you know what?  You can call it a holiday tree, you can call it a Christmas tree AND you can still help the poor.

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