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Back-to-School 2014: Check Out #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Photos from Twitter, Instagram Right Here

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan today.

Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram with your back-to-school pictures from greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Let's show our pride pictorially about our students, children and kids.

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Post Back-to-School Pics on Twitter, Instagram with #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Hashtags; See Them Online at WFGR

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan on Tuesday.

Share your pride about your students headed back to school on their first day of the 2014-2015 school year. Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram, and see those photos online at WFGR.

We'll post those photos starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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PHOTO: myTeam Training/Facebook
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Wee Difference For September: myTeam Triumph

The organization making a Wee Difference in our community for the month of September is myTeam Triumph.

The West Michigan branch of myTeam Triumph is a unique organization which enables those who are disabled to experience the thrills and excitement of being in the middle of a race. By putting someone else's triumph ahead of their own, they bring new life experience to those who may not have the opportunity.

Learn more what they do and how you may be able to join  or help out.

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Re/Max of Grand Rapids’ Grand Rapids Balloon Festival Gets Aloft Friday, Saturday in Wyoming

The first annual Grand Rapids Balloon Festival launches on Friday and Saturday.

Twenty-one hot air balloons from across the midwestern U.S., including the iconic Re/Max balloon, are taking part, according to festival organizer Re/Max of Grand Rapids.

The festival includes goings-on starting at 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday on the grounds of the corporate headquarters of Gordon Food Service, 1300 Gezon Parkway SW in Wyoming.

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A Man’s Height Can Predict His Love Life Success.

This survey considers men over 6'1" to be tall, and under that to be short. I'm 6 feet even. So I guess I'm short. And for the purpose of this study, that's a good thing!

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Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images
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‘This Is Exasperating!:’ Little Boy Goes Off On Mom for Having Another Baby [Video]

Trey looks to be about four, and his Mom has what she considers great news for him and his sister: They are adding another family member.

However, Trey's not having it.

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PHOTO: City of Grand Rapids
PHOTO: City of Grand Rapids
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Grand Crossings: Avoid Long Drive And Crowds; Walk Across a Local Bridge Or Two

You don't have to drive four hours and deal with 40,000 people to walk across a bridge on Labor Day.

The Grand Crossings Bridge Walk here in Grand Rapids is low key and less stressful.

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Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images
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What Happened When One Mom Stopped Criticizing Her Kids’ Behavior

One mom decided to live by the old saying, “you get more bees with honey, than vinegar,” and this may be surprising to those who scoff at old sayings, IT WORKED!!

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Teen Pregnancy Rates in U.S. Show Dramatic Drop, According to New Report

The CDC recently released a report showing a clear decline in the birthrate of American teenagers.

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Back To School Time! Here’s What NOT To Buy Your Student

College move in has happened this week. Kids all over Michigan are either traveling to Central or Western, or young adults are decending on the Grand Rapids area to attend GVSU, Aquinas or CC.

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Mother of Sandy Hook Victim Writes Powerful Letter to Teachers

The mother of one of the 26 victims of 2012's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has written a powerful letter to the teachers of America.

Nebla Marquez-Greene had two children attending Sandy Hook Elementary that day. Her daughter, 6-year-old Ana Grace, was killed in the Connecticut massacre, and her son was uninjured in the attack.

Her letter, which was posted on the Education Week website is powerful, gut-wrenching and encouraging all at once. Read it after the jump.

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West Michigan Whitecaps’ Magical Season Continues …

The West Michigan Whitecaps, have had a great season so far. Very few bad weather days and nights at Fifth Third Ballpark, a fine team on the field that has already made the playoffs, and the usual assortment of great food, family fun, and wacky promotions.

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