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Pee-wee Herman’s Next Film ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Officially Begins Filming in March

After four years of development, Pee-wee Herman's next movie is official! Netflix announced today that filming on Pee-wee's Big Holiday is set to begin in March, with Judd Apatow producing and John Lee (Inside Amy Schumer) making his directorial debut.

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Mayor George Heartwell’s Campaign Pushes to Increase Grand Rapids’ Youth Employment

Increasing employment for Grand Rapids youth is a huge goal for 2015, and Mayor George Heartwell is pushing hard to make sure it happens.

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Burger King Owner Gives His Bonus to Grateful Employees Instead

Any boss looking to develop employee loyalty should pay attention to this.

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New Social Kitchen & Bar Coming to Grand Rapids Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market announced Monday it is getting a new addition.

Social Kitchen & Bar, a Birmingham-based restaurant, will be coming to the market this fall.

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Ritz Koney’s Closure Date Pushed Back to Mid-March

A popular bar in downtown Grand Rapids is getting ready to close, but that closure will be happening later than expected.

Originally, it was thought that Ritz Koney would be closing Monday, but an announcement on their Facebook page says that that date has been moved back. 

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Is Don McLean Revealing the Meaning Behind ‘American Pie’? [Video]

When the song "American Pie" soared up the pop charts in 1972, it became an instant classic, known for it's easy to sing lyrics about all things American teens could relate to, namely cars, girls and booze.

Clearly "the day the music died" referenced the late '50s plane crash that killed Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, but what about the rest of the song? What did it all mean? We may soon find out.

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Some ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ Spoilers Are True, Says J.J. Abrams

Star Wars: Episode 7 spoilers are a dime a dozen on the internet. The hard part is, it's difficult to determine whether any of those spoilers are actually true. Director J.J. Abrams, himself a fierce protector of spoilers confirmed that some of the stuff you're reading online is actually true.

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Five Exercises to Improve Your Heart Health

Experts will tell you that being active and getting 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week will improve your health. Active people tend to be fitter and generally enjoy better health. But if you're concerned about your risk of heart disease due to past issues or a family history, there are ways that exercise can help reduce that risk.

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Teen Arrested for Threatening Students at West Catholic High School

A student at West Catholic High School has been arrested following threats made to fellow students on Instagram.

The Grand Rapids Police Department was contacted by administrators at West Catholic on Sunday regarding the threats. Some students were told not to go to school on Monday, while others were told that some type of harm would come to them. 

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2015 Oscars: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Wins Best Director for ‘Birdman’

This year’s Best Director race ultimately came down to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s crafty work on Birdman, and Richard Linklater’s masterful work over the course of 12 years on Boyhood. Tonight, the Academy honored Iñárritu, presenting him with the award for Best Director for Birdman at the 2015 Oscars.

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2015 Oscars: Idina Menzel and John Travolta Meet at Last

Last year, John Travolta took the Oscar stage to introduce Idina Menzel so she could perform “Let It Go” from Frozen. What should have been a very simple, teleprompter-aided introduction quickly became a Big Deal when Travolta stumbled over his words. Instead of “Idina Menzel,” Travolta said “Adele Dazeem.” An internet meme was born and everyone added another great John Travolta joke to their repertoire. The 2015 Oscars decided to revisit that memorable flub and the results were weird, awkward, and yeah, pretty funny.

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2015 Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ Segment Pays Tribute to Robin Williams, Mike Nichols and More

For many viewers, the Oscars are are chance to snark and make fun of everything that happens on stage (and can you blame ‘em?). But then the “In Memoriam” segment comes around and reduces even the most cynical person to puddle of bubbling tears. The 2015 Oscars “In Memoriam” is no different, offering a whirlwind tour through a year’s worth of beloved people who passed away. Get ready ... it’s about to get a little dusty in here.

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