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Amy Winehouse: Dead at 27

Sad news today. Singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London. The cause of death had not been reported as of the time of this post.

Her distinctive deep voice and jazzy R&B flavored sound worked with her maverick diva image to produce a unique character that was always fresh and memorable.

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Stop That Snoring Or You’re Getting Kicked Off The Regular Floor At The Crowne Plaza Hotel

You've heard the saying,  You snooze you lose right? Well, those days are gone.  You snooze now at a Crowne Plaza Hotel and you could literally lose your room.  Well you won't get kicked out right on the spot but you will be relegated to

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Next Time You Want To Complain Or Whine About Grand Rapids Heatwave…

Remember this...

This little moment of reflection will put things in perspective for you.  ps, Thanks to my Facebook friend Vince Isenhoff for posting it.

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Tonight’s Faith Hope And Love Songs A Tribute To Betty Ford The Mother, The Wife & The Friend

Join me tonight, Sunday evening, 7-9pm EST for Faith Hope and Love Songs on 100.5 The River.  Listen online too! Sunday, I will be honoring Betty Ford in my own little way and with poignant memories shared by her son Steve from the memorial service at Grace Episcopal Church in East Grand Rapids.  Over the past week or so if you've listened to me on the radio you've learned that I have always admired Betty Ford, long before I moved to GR! 

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Microsoft Prepares to Ban Easy Passwords

Hotmail is implementing some new security measures.

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Steve Ford And His Beautiful Eulogy For His Mom Betty Ford In Grand Rapids

I watched all of yesterday's coverage and my favorite was when Betty Ford's son, Steve Ford spoke.  Steve was the one who got me really choked up.  He spoke from the heart and shared some of his trails with alcoholism too

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Betty Ford Funeral In Grand Rapids Is A Real Celebration Of Her Life!

Isn't it just like Betty Ford to choose a "spiritual" to start off her funeral here in Grand Rapids.  Back in the day before it was politically incorrect to use the term "negro" it was referred to as a "Negro spiritual".  Spirituals are raw, honest, bluesy, transparent, beautiful and real.  Just like Betty Ford!  It's no wonder she chose Done Made My Vow!

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Westboro Baptist Church To Protest At Betty Ford’s Funeral In Grand Rapids

Okay so I just heard, that that Westboro Baptist Church group that protests at soldiers funerals all over the country, will be coming to Grand Rapids to protest at Betty Ford's funeral. At first it made me cry, for Betty.  But then I thought, these people masquerade under the guise of religion and call themselves Christians.  People can call themselves anything they want but LOOK AT THE BEHAVIOR!  Consistent behavior will reveal everything.  Well, those people are coming to a real, true, honest to goodness city, that has more churches per capita, than anywhere else. 

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This Date In History

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1543 – King Henry VIII of England marries his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr, at Hampton Court Palace (More info)

1812 – The United States invades Canada at Windsor, Ontario (More info)

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Casey Anthony Jury Suspected The Father

Some of the jurors on the Casey Anthony trial have spoken out. They were so suspicious of Casey's father, George Anthony, that they believed that he could be covering up the crime or might have even been the killer himself! You be the judge...

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Betty Ford An Independent First Lady [VIDEO]

When it comes to First Lady's Betty Ford stood above the rest.  Yes there were fashionable First Lady's but Betty Ford was that and more.  She was vocal about women's equality, she hinted about their presidential life in the bedroom, she was instumental at saving and changing the lives of alcoholics and  drug abusers, along with the treatment of other multiple addicitons.  But more than that she was a graceful, wise, beautiful human being who did indeed leave the eart a better place simply because she lived. 

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Funeral Arrangements For Grand Rapids Shooting Victims; Dantzler’s Wife Had Plans To Leave Him

As more informations surface it appears that the wife of , Rodrick Dantzler, was making plans to leave him. Top that off with him doing cocaine and alcohol on the scene of the last house with the hostages and it spells disaster!One of the most dangerous times for a woman in an abusive relationship is when she decides to leave.  Probably best not to say you're leaving.   But there are steps than can be taken to make the leave a safe one.

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