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Meijer High School Athlete of the Week: Holland High School Girls’ Swimming’s Taylor Garcia

Holland High School girls' swimming and diving's Taylor Garcia, who captured two MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 2 girls' swimming and diving individual state titles last week, is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week honoree.

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Jeff ‘The Animal Guy’ Musial Entertains, Informs in East Grand Rapids Shows [Photos]

Jeff "The Animal Guy" Musial visited East Grand Rapids on Sunday.

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Fish Lads’ Fish of the Week: Smoked Fish [Sponsored]

It's the Fish of the Week, presented by Fish Lads, located in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market.

This week’s catch is smoked fish.

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Penelope Cruz Will Join Ben Stiller in ‘Zoolander 2’

A sequel to Ben Stiller’s ‘Zoolander’ has been a long time coming. The original movie, which followed the hilariously dumb misadventures of a male model named Derek Zoolander (Stiller), opened in the fall of 2001. 13 years later, work is finally starting to ramp up on the follow-up. Actor and writer Justin Theroux will direct ‘Zoolander 2’ (which should be called ‘2lander,’ for obvious reasons), and Stiller will reprise his role as Zoolander, along with Owen Wilson as his model buddy Hansel and Will Ferrell as the world’s most evil fashion designer Mugatu. Deadline says that the returning cast now has its first new addition in the form of the lovely Penelope Cruz.

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2014 Michigan High School Football State Championship Games Guide: Schedule, Tickets, Parking, TV and More

This weekend, Michigan high school football teams and their supportive communities will travel to Ford Field in Detroit for eight championship games.

We have the full schedule, plus all of the ticket, parking and other information you need to enjoy the games.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1’ Tops the Heap

There‘s going to be a lot of blood and ink spilled across the internet on the subject of the opening weekend for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.’ Yes, the third film in the series did open significantly lower than its predecessors. Yes, there are definitely people at Lionsgate wringing their hands and trying to figure out why the film opened below expectations. And yet, that opening weekend is still massive. It’s three day total is larger than most movies ever have a chance to make in their entire runs. So, let's have some perspective as we dive into this week’s top 10.

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Event Wednesday To Entice West Michigan Natives to Move Back [VIDEO]

Many West Michigan Natives are returning home for Thanksgiving this week. There is one local organization hoping to interest them in staying for good.

Hello West Michigan is hosting a special gathering Wednesday night at the B.O.B.

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Here’s How You Can Learn to Love Mondays

No one likes Mondays, but here are some simple ways to make sure the first day of the work week isn't the worst day of the work week.

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UPDATE: ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Trailer Will Debut in Theaters Thanksgiving Weekend

There have been a lot of reports regarding the trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Just last week, news surfaced that Disney planned to attach the first teaser trailer to screenings of ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ which seemed to confirm an earlier rumor, while Disney reps said they had “bigger plans” for their official debut. And now another report has surfaced, claiming that we’ll see the first teaser in theaters as soon as this coming Thanksgiving week. Madness!

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Wildlife expert Jeff Musial talks with Jimmy Fallon on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." (Photo: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC)
Wildlife expert Jeff Musial talks with Jimmy Fallon on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." (Photo: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC)
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Jeff Musial The Animal Guy’s Wildlife Show Hits East Grand Rapids November 23 [Video]

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Reveals “Awesome Mix Vol. 0”

Marvel's ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was one of the most surprising blockbusters of 2014 for a variety of reasons, but one of the most interesting side effects of its success is that it got people all over the world listening to a bunch of catchy songs from the '60s and ‘70s. Yes, Star-Lord's “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” mix tape took the world by storm, even reaching number one on the billboard charts. Considering how much the soundtrack informed the tone of the film, it's not surprising that the movie ended with the reveal of an “Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” which we‘ll surely get to hear in the sequel.

Now, director James Gunn has revealed the existence of and “Awesome Mix Vol. 0” playlist.

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Black Friday Primer

As the aromas of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie fill our homes, so too do thoughts of lining up in the dark and standing in the cold to get unbeatable deals on holiday gifts fill our minds.

Black Friday will soon be upon us. If this excites you (as opposed to filling you with dread), we have a list of some stores and restaurants and when they’ll be open and offering those crazy Black Friday discounts.

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