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Army Spec. Mitchell Oliver Visits for Fourth of July Week Leave Through Fly A Soldier Home [Video]

U.S. Army Spec. Mitchell Oliver is currently back home in Greenville, spending a 17-day leave that includes the Independence Day weekend thanks to an unexpected assist.

The 20-year-old soldier flew home June 21 to heartwarmingly -- and unsuspectingly for his mother -- see his parents, Deann and Gary Oliver, at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. He arrived with a welcoming reception from Blue Star Mothers of America and Patriot Guard Riders.

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The Rhythm Aces Groovin’ at Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 [Audio]

A rockabilly-, swing- and surf music-playing Grand Rapids group is kicking off the entertainment for the Amway Family Fireworkscelebration on Saturday.

The Rhythm Aces, comprised of former members of The ChupaCobras, performs its eclectic musical styles for the Amway Family Fireworks at 6 p.m. July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Man Builds Ball-Throwing Machine For His Dog [Video]

Meet Jerry. Jerry appears to be some sort of weiner dog, and he also really enjoys playing fetch.

Jerry enjoyed playing fetch so much that his owner actually built a machine that would throw balls for Jerry, and that Jerry could work all on his own. 

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Courtesy Three's A Crowd
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Three’s A Crowd Rocks at Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 [Video]

One of Grand Rapids' top cover bands is playing Saturday at the Amway Family Fireworks celebration.

Three’s a Crowd performs at the Amway Family Fireworks at 9 p.m. July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

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100.5 The River’s July 2014 Top Songs Playlist

Check out the 40 songs in The River‘s rotation for the month of November.

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Bruno Mars Dedicates Concert to 11-Year-Old Fan with Brain Injury [Video]

Warning: The following story and accompanying video are serious tearjerkers.

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West Michigan Whitecaps Host Surprise Military Family Reunion [Video]

It's pretty exciting to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game, but it was made even more exciting for two young fans of the West Michigan Whitecaps over the weekend. 

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Mama Duck Uses Tough Love To Teach Babies To Climb Stairs [Video]

Much like human mothers, duck mothers are charged with teaching their kids a lot of things about life. And there comes a time in every mama duck's life where she has to watch her babies attempt to take flight, OR climb up a flight of stairs.

Turns out, it just takes some encouraging quacks from her and little bit of patience before all 11 or 12 of her babies make their way up the stairs.

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Daredevil Circus Company Performs at Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 [Video]

A homegrown Grand Rapids circus troupe is performing Saturday in a return show for the Amway Family Fireworks celebration.

Daredevil Circus Company brings its Cirque du Soleil-style show to the Amway Family Fireworks at 8 p.m. July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Soldier’s Dog Welcomes Him Home After Being Gone For Six Months [Video]

After being gone for over six months overseas, a soldier returns home.  Did anybody miss him?  You bet, his dog.  Watch this great reunion.

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This Dog Really Loves to Play With Balls [Video]

This video is too much fun.  It's about Maymo the dog, who loves to play with balls. So, for his birthday, his owner surprised him with 100 balls and nearly blew the dog's mind.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Dog & Tiny Kitten Play Together [Video]

Today's workday dog break has a double dose of cuteness.

A Samoyed named Vidor has a new friend, and it's a tiny gray kitten. The two became fast friends, and their owner was able to get video of them playing together. 

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Category: Animals, Videos

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