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WZZM-13: 40 Vehicle Pileup on US-31 in Northern Muskegon County

WZZM-13 reports Southbound US-31 has reopened in northern Muskegon County after a multi-vehicle accident involving dozens of vehicles.

The pileup happened just before noon Wednesday in between White Lake Drive and Russell Road.

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5 Essential Scotches for a Well-Stocked Bar

Ah, scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch. Do you know your Highlands from your Lowlands? What about a good, classic, peaty Islay?

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Michigan Will Dump ACT for SAT as High School Graduation Requirement

The Michigan Department of Education announced Wednesday that it is switching to the SAT as the state's required high school exam. The move will end a years-long relationship with the ACT that had nearly every high school junior taking that college entrance exam.

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More Comedy Performances Announced for Gilda’s LaughFest 2015

Jim Jefferies, Nick Thune and Brody Stevens, Costaki Economopoulos, Blackout Diaries, Big Jay Oakerson with Ben Roy, The Homegrown Show and Ryan Hamilton have been added to the roster of performers for Gilda's LaughFest 2015 in March.

In addition, Iliza Shlesinger has added new shows on March 7 to her LaughFest appearance after selling out her two previously announced shows.

Gilda’s LaughFest runs March 5 to 15, with individual tickets for all performances going on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Hudsonville High School Graduate Kelsey Poe on ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’

Many in West Michigan have seen a familiar face on ABC's "The Bachelor", which began its 19th season with a three-hour special Monday night.

Hudsonville High School graduate Kelsey Poe is on the show and considered among the favorites.

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Grand Rapids’ Louis Benton Steakhouse Closes

Louis Benton Steakhouse has closed its doors after serving patrons in downtown Grand Rapids for the past 12 years. 

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2015 Michigan Winter Free Fishing Weekend is February 14-15

Anyone may fish for free in Michigan Feb. 14 and 15 for the state's annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend.

No state fishing license is required.

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As Sledding Gets Banned In More Cities, Grand Rapids Sleds On

While some of us hate the idea of the frigid cold weather that’s hitting us right now, there are others who just revel in it, especially when it comes to outdoor winter activities. And for kids, there’s no greater fun than sledding, but in some cities, overprotective grinches have taken that fun away

Not to worry, Grand Rapids isn't one of them, and GR has some of the greatest sledding in the state. Find out where.

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Grand Haven Cross that Drew Criticism Will Become an Anchor

Grand Haven city officials have approved plans to convert a 48-foot-tall cross on city-owned property overlooking the Grand River into an anchor.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that the Grand Haven City Council approved a resolution Monday on a 3-2 vote to limit access to the Dewey Hill property as well as change the cross, which had faced criticism from local residents and a religious organization.

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Good Grief; Here’s Another ‘Peanuts Movie’ Trailer [Video]

Dig this, blockheads: The ‘Peanuts’ gang, originally created by cartoonist Charles Schulz, have appeared in so many incarnations in their 65-year history. They’ve been a comic strip, a series of much-beloved television specials, a Broadway musical, greeting card staples, and even the successful pitchmen for life insurance. Now, for the first time, they’re becoming a 3D feature film, with this year’s ‘The Peanuts Movie.’

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‘Kick-Ass’ Director Matthew Vaughn Says Audiences “Have Had Enough” of Dark Superhero Movies

As ‘Batman’ goes, so goes comic-book movies. When Tim Burton turned the Dark Knight into a retro-gothic hero, Hollywood followed suit with a slew of heavily stylized pulp throwbacks. (See: ‘Dick Tracy,’ ‘The Phantom,’ ‘The Shadow,’ etc.) And when Christopher Nolan turned the Dark Knight into, well, ‘The Dark Knight,’ it sparked a wave of “grim and gritty” movies, with serious superheroes doing and saying serious things in outrageous spandex costumes that had been reimagined as biker gear or body armor. (See: ‘Man of Steel’ [Or maybe don’t.]) There’s been some pushback, but we’re really only now coming out of the trend toward ultra-serious, uber-dark comic-book movies.

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Scarlett Johansson Will Star in the American ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Remake

Back in October, it was reported that ‘Lucy’ and ‘Avengers 2’ star Scarlett Johansson had been offered $10 million to anchor the new, American (and live-action) version of the classic Japanese anime ‘Ghost in the Shell.’ It took a while for Johansson to decide (“Hm, do I really want $10 million? This is a tough one!”), but Variety now says she’s made up her mind: Johansson will star in the new ‘Ghost’ for director Rupert Sanders.

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