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Townsquare Media Buys Kalamazoo Ribfest

Townsquare Media announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire Kalamazoo Ribfest from The Arc Community Advocates.

As part of the deal, Townsquare Media also inked a long-term partnership with The Arc to produce the event on an annual basis.

The Arc Community Advocates, a non-profit focused on helping people with intellectual and development disabilities, has operated Ribfest for the past 22 years.

Ribfest 2014 is Aug. 7 to 9 at Arcadia Creek Festival Place, and is downtown Kalamazoo's largest event.

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Omar Bermejo is representing the U.S. in the Sochi Winter Paralympics in Russia. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)
Omar Bermejo is representing the U.S. in the Sochi Winter Paralympics in Russia. (Photo: Mark Nadell/MacBeth Graphics)
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Grand Rapids’ Omar Bermejo Competes for U.S. in Sochi Paralympic Winter Games [Video]

Omar Bermejo believes.

He believes he can overcome. He believes in himself.

That steadfastness and determination has brought the 31-year-old former Marine to surmount an amputation of part of a severed arm suffered in a June 2009 motorcycle accident. It has the Grand Rapids resident at the pinnacle competing representing the U.S. in two disciplines at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Russia.

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Bad Company's Paul Rodgers has released "Royal Sessions," an album celebrating the blues and rock of Memphis' 429 Records. (Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Bad Company's Paul Rodgers has released "Royal Sessions," an album celebrating the blues and rock of Memphis' 429 Records. (Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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Singer Paul Rodgers Calls ‘Royal Sessions’ Recorded in Memphis as ‘Music with Feeling’

Paul Rodgers, a longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company and the founder of Free, debuted a solo effort at No. 1 this month on the Billboard Blues albums chart with his "The Royal Sessions."

The collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer was recorded at Memphis' Royal Studios, the historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks. The album celebrates the impact of the Memphis Sound.

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Winter Olympics: Team Fry Roots on U.S. Women’s Hockey and its Favorite Player

By Hayli Goode | BSU at the Games

Wesley Fry walked into his family’s Chandler, Ariz., living room on Christmas Eve dressed as Santa Claus.

His sister, Lyndsey, who pretended to be the elf passing out gifts, followed him.

The annual family skit was going as usual, but then came the deviation. Lyndsey decided to use the skit to surprise her family with some big news.

From Santa’s bag, she pulled out a scroll with the words Team Fry emblazoned across it.

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Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel, ‘The End of the Tour’ Filming in Grand Rapids

An independently-made film about a celebrated author's book tour at his fame's rise with the magazine writer who accompanied him recounting that five-day trek is being shot for about a month in greater Grand Rapids.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel, "The End of the Tour" is the story of the travels of novelist-writer David Foster Wallace (being portrayed by Segel) at the end of a 1996 book tour accompanied by Rolling Stone's David Lipsky (Eisenberg).

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Grand Rapids Police Arrest Suspect in Connection with Michigan State Student’s Slaying

A suspect in the fatal Jan. 31 shooting of a Michigan State University from Middleville in his East Lansing apartment has been arrested in Grand Rapids, according to Grand Rapids and East Lansing police.

Marquay Shaquilleedris McCoy, 19 was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at a Grand Rapids residence and was being held today in the Kent County Jail, authorities said today.

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The U.S. No. 1 men's two-man bobsled team of Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton make a Sochi Winter Olympics run Friday at Sanki Sliding Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)
The U.S. No. 1 men's two-man bobsled team of Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton make a Sochi Winter Olympics run Friday at Sanki Sliding Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics: Army Program Produces Two-Time Medalist Steven Holcomb and Four Other U.S. Bobsledders

By Hayli Goode | BSU at the Games

Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton became the first American pair in 62 years to win a Winter Olympics two-man bobsled medal on Monday, claiming bronze at Sanki Sliding Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, outside Sochi.

The USA-1 bobsled duo had a combined four-run time of 3 minutes, 46.27 seconds with their BMW-made sled to finish just 0.03 second ahead of the fourth-place finishers from Russia. Russia's Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov won gold with a time of 3:45.39, and Switzerland's Alex Baumann and Beat Hefti clocked 3:46.05 for silver.

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The Olympic rings hang outside the main train station in Sochi, Russia, which is hosting the Winter Olympics. (Photo: Getty Images)
The Olympic rings hang outside the main train station in Sochi, Russia, which is hosting the Winter Olympics. (Photo: Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics: A Cab Driver’s View of Sochi

By Holly Demaree | BSU at the Games

Walking the streets of Adler after midnight during a light rain, it’s not easy to maneuver.

But taxi drivers are readily available in the Sochi, Russia, suburb. The drivers tend to park their cars in groups on the roadside, where they lean against vehicles to chat and smoke.

The price of a taxi ride is determined by one's haggling skills. If more than one car is needed, then a debate on prices ensues with two drivers.

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Winter Olympics: U.S. 3, Russia 2 in Men’s Hockey in Shootout [Video]

It was an epic men's hockey match-up and the United States won 3-2 over Russia at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia today.

T.J. Oshie (of the St. Louis Blues) scored four times on six shootout attempts, including the clincher in the eighth round against Russian goalie Sergie Bobrovski.

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Winter Olympics: Ex-NHL Player Randy Gregg’s Kids Compete for Canada in Speedskating

By Hayli Goode | BSU at the Games

Sarah Gregg figured she'd be competing at the Sochi Winter Olympics when she visited Russia last month.

Instead, the Canadian speedskater from Edmonton, Alberta, is back in Sochi, Russia, supporting her two speed-skating siblings, sister Jessica Gregg and brother Jamie Gregg, and Jamie's spouse, Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg.

The three are all competing for Canada, with Jessica in short track and Jamie and Danielle in long track competition.

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United States speedskater Shani Davis reacts after competing during the men's 500-meter race at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
United States speedskater Shani Davis reacts after competing during the men's 500-meter race at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics: Out with New, In with Old for U.S. Speedskating Uniforms [Video]

The United States' speedskating team had won 29 gold medals and 67 medals overall in long-track competition before the Sochi Winter Olympics, including four medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.

But so far in Sochi, Russia, the Americans had not finished better than seventh place through six of the 12 events for the XXII Winter Games.

In a decision reached early Saturday in Sochi, the U.S. Speedskating Association decided to make a switch on its new uniforms, The Wall Street Journal reported along with other numerous other news media outlets, including ESPN, The Associated Press and NBC Sports.

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