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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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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
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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
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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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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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Kate Hudson Is Jimmy Fallon’s Most Formidable Box of Lies Competitor Yet

Don't let Kate Hudson's giggling and big smiles fool you. This is a great, great Box of Lies competitor who sits before you. On last night's 'Tonight Show,' Hudson and host Jimmy Fallon faced off for another round of Box of Lies, a game that basically hinges on a guest's ability to lie effectively.

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Grand Rapids Public Schools to Lay Off 90 People

The Grand Rapids Public Schools district is looking to trim the budget down, and with that comes layoffs.

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Miss Michigan On American Gas & Oil’s Citgo Circuit in West Michigan

Newly-crowned Miss Michigan KT Maviglia is hitting 10 West Michigan locations this week to help tout American Gas & Oil's conversion of 19 locally-owned gas stations the Citgo brand.

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Fulton Street Bridge Closed For Construction in Downtown Grand Rapids Until Late August

It seems you can't get anywhere in Grand Rapids these days without running into some kind of construction. On Monday afternoon, things got even more complicated at MDOT shut down the Fulton Street bridge for construction. It will remained closed until Aug. 25. 

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Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
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Skunks Are Invading Grand Rapids, So How Do You Get Rid Of Them? [Video]

Grand Rapids native Christopher Kemp has penned a piece for Outside Magazine that highlights the continual encroachment of the skunk on the urban environment.

So the question becomes, as a listener so succinctly put it, if skunks have invaded your backyard, what can you do about it?

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