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Wee Difference Update: A Chat With Guiding Light Mission’s Stuart Ray

The problem of homelessness and the resulting panhandling downtown has been in the news of late in Grand Rapids. One of the institutions making a Wee Difference in combating that problem is the Guiding Light Mission.

I had a chance to tour the facility recently and talk with Executive Director Stuart Ray about his mission and how you can help.

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Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard
Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard
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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Paddle Smart [Sponsored]

Paddle sports are the fastest-growing segment of recreational boating, with more than 300,000 paddle craft, primarily kayaks, being sold annually in the U.S., according to the Water Sports Industry Association and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, rowing, rafting and various other paddle sports are thrilling, exciting and fun.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urge you to paddle smart, regardless of whether you are on an inland lake, river, stream, pond, whitewater course, rapids or one of the Great Lakes like Lake Michigan.

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Rush (John Rutsey in Center)
Rush (John Rutsey in Center)
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The History of John Rutsey and Rush

We look at the important contributions made by John Rutsey during his brief tenure as Rush's first drummer.

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Catch a Ride with Uber [Video]

The ride-sharing service “Uber” is now live in Grand Rapids!

So, how does Uber work?

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Kevin Winter/ImageDirect
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Harry Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band [Audio]

Harry Casey formed KC and the Sunshine Band in 1975.

The group continues to tour and record, and hits the stage at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park tonight. The performance is part of the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens series. Tickets are still available.

Casey joined "The Jojo Show" to talk about his role in a turning the tide of music in the early '70s.

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Courtesy A Healthier Michigan
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Gilda’s LaughFest Announces March Dates For 2015

The fifth annual Gilda's LaughFest will continue to bring hilarity to Grand Rapids when we need it the most -- right at the end of winter.

The community-wide festival of laughter announced this morning the event will return March 5-15, 2015.

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
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Ray LaMontagne Storms Off Stage During Meijer Gardens Show to Cap Odd Night

By Tricia Woolfenden | Local Spins

It was the “f— you” and implicit mic drop heard ’round the world.

Or, at least heard ’round Grand Rapids’ social media sphere (and likely far, far beyond) as reports of singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne’s expletive-laden on-stage meltdown flooded Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The famously mercurial artist abruptly stopped his set and stormed off stage Wednesday night when several members (seated in the front row, directly in the singer’s sightline) in the sold-out audience at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park wouldn’t stop yapping during the quiet of “Like Rock & Roll and Radio.”

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Keith Sweat Cancels Grand Rapids Show at DeVos Performance Hall

Those looking forward to see Keith Sweat perform at DeVos Performance Hall will be quite disappointed.

According to SMG (the company that manages the venue), the R&B crooner regrets to inform his fans that he will not return to Grand Rapids for a late-summer performance at DeVos Performance Hall on Saturday, August 2.

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RECALL: Fruit Sold At Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart

A company in California has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots (a type of plum) because of concerns of possible listeria contamination.

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Steve Frost, ThinkStock
Steve Frost, ThinkStock
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Michigan Ranks 32nd in U.S. for Overall Child Well-Being [Infographic]

Michigan ranks 32nd in the 25th annual KIDS COUNT report on overall child well-being from the Michigan League for Public Policy.

The report ranks all 50 states and considers education, economic well-being, health, and family/community.

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Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images
Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images
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TV Show Host Ben Stein In Weird Text Feud With Grand Rapids Woman

Ben Stein, perhaps best known as the sluggish history teacher in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", wrote in a bizarre magazine column last month that he’s still like a hormone-crazed teen and a Grand Rapids woman is out to prove it.

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Joanne Ingate/ThinkStock
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Happy 50th Birthday Arby’s! You Get The Present Today!

On July 23rd, 1964, two guys named Forrest and Leroy Raffel in Boradman, Ohio opened the first Arby's. They were going to name the place "Big Tex", but instead went with a combination of their name and "brothers'"--R-B's. Now it's Arby's!

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