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Give Blood, Get A T-Shirt [Audio]

Summer blood supplies generally run low, mainly because many regular donors are on vacation. That's where YOU step up, and fill in the gap.

And now is the time to step up, and get a pretty cool T-shirt for doing so.

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Hiking: 5 Reasons to Hit the Trails This Summer

Put on some sunscreen and bug repellant, and enjoy these five health benefits of hiking this summer:

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This Might Be A Dog I Could Use!

I have read the stories of diabetes sufferers with bad feet and dogs that can alert them to the danger they are in. A story a couple of years ago about a dog who told his owner his foot was infected saved the man's life. Now more dogs are using their nose to help other diabetic's as well.

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Pitcher Uses New Protective Cap. “Hardly Noticeable”

After having baseball pitchers getting beaned at alarming rates, Major League Baseball gave players the option of wearing a newly designed protective cap. It kinda looks a regular hat...with a batting helmet stuffed inside.

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Where Was Craig Russell Last Week?

So, you might ask: Where was Craig Russell last week?

He was in the hospital, that's where!

He, or I, had an infected foot with a diabetic foot ulcer.

So, I entered the ER Tuesday, and was immediately admitted. After four days of antibiotics and surgery, things are looking up! But, on a serious note, this was my wake-up call.

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‘My Kids Suck:’ Disgruntled Dad Sells His Children’s Stuff on Craigslist

Craigslist is not only a great place to buy things cheap, it's also a snapshot of who we are as Americans.  We reveal ourselves by the words we choose when selling our old crap.

Here's a case in point: A trampoline for sale from a Dad who clearly is fed up with buying stuff for his unappreciative children.  

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Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Electric Run
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Coming Soon to Grand Rapids: The Electric Run [Video]

How many different ways can you run five kilometers (3.1 miles)?  

The list seems infinite, as there are now color runs, mud runs, obstacle runs, zombie runs, and foam runs.

Add to that list the Electric Run, which is coming to Grand Rapids some time in 2014.

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PHOTO: Facebook/Team Keegan
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Update: Wee Difference Honoree Keegan Bulk Wins Award for Efforts

Last September, as part of our Wee Difference campaign, we met a young man named Keegan Bulk from Fremont.  

His efforts to get toys for hospitalized children has earned him the title of HearthSong Hero.

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PHOTO: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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Michigan Bike Trail Maps Available; Now Get On Your Bikes and Ride!!

Did you know Michigan leads the country in the number of miles of shared use trails and rail-trails?

There are over 2500 miles of such trails throughout the state, and now it's easy to get maps to plan your hikes and rides.

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PHOTO: GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images
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A Spring Reminder: Respect The Bike [Video]

May is National Bike Month, so do you know how much clearance you should give a cyclist when you're driving near them?

The Michigan Department of Transportation offers up a video reminder.

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May 2, 1939: The Day The World Learned About Lou Gehrig’s Disease

It was 75 years ago that Lou Gehrig took himself out of the New York Yankees' lineup, ending his ironman streak at 2,130 games.

That record was eclipsed by the Baltimore Orioles' Cal Ripken, Jr. in 1995.

That's the thing about records like that. I THINK Ripken's consecutive games played streak number is 2,632, but I'm not sure.

I KNOW Hank Aaron hit 755 home runs, but I'm only "pretty sure" that Bonds guy hit 763. The original record-holder usually is better remembered.

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Just in Case: Healthy Ways to Cure That St. Patrick’s Day Hangover

Ever had a little too much to drink one night and felt horrible in the morning? There are numerous ways to cope with a hangover, some far healthier than others.

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