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Spending Time with Family Matters Most to Us

Before Thanksgiving, I shared about how I thought the perfect gift for your family was to give them your undivided attention.

Well, with Christmas less than two weeks away, that has me thinking about family even more so these days.

As it turns out, spending time with family is what matters most to us. At least according to The Matter More Project.

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Michigan State Protests Focus on Columnist George Will’s Rape Stance, Women’s Dignity

An honorary doctorate being awarded by Michigan State University to Washington Post columnist George Will at MSU's fall commencement ceremonies is the focal point of protests in East Lansing today.

More than 800 people had RSVP'd and were expected this morning for protests that were also held earlier this week, according to organizers.

The ignitor is that the protests organizers say Will, who taught at MSU briefly the 1970s. They claim Will has a history of provocative statements and writings compromising and discrediting the severity of rape.

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon has released a statement saying that while the conservative Will's "visit will be painful for many, ... it does not mean the university wishes to cause survivors of sexual assault distress. And it does not mean we are backing away from our commitment to continuously improving our response to sexual assault."

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Michigan Tightens Rules On Vaccinations

Starting Jan. 1, the Michigan Department of Community Health will have more rules going into effect that will make it harder for parents to refuse immunizing their children.

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Mona Shores Football’s Tyree Jackson Named High School Athlete of the Week [Video]

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Several Teams Can Clinch Playoff Spots, Other Things To Know About NFL Week 15

With just three weeks left in the NFL’s 2014 regular season, no playoff spots have been clinched. That should change soon. Here are the storylines we’re following for Week 15.

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John Balyo Sentenced to 40 Years for Child Pornography and Exploitation

On Thursday, the former host of a Grand Rapids Christian radio show was sentenced in federal court to 40 years in prison for sexual exploitation and child pornography, our news-gathering partner WZZM-13 reported.

John Balyo, 35, received 25 years for the charge of sexually exploiting a child and 15 years for possession of child pornography.

In November, in a separate case, Baylo was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a boy in Calhoun County.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Shelter Dogs Melt Your Heart in ‘Puppy for Christmas’ [Video]

I don't know about you, but I love puppies.

And shelter puppies coupled with a Christmas song? C'mon!

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Detroit Tigers Make Pair of Big Trades

The Detroit Tigers parted ways with Rick Porcello today, trading him to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and pitcher Alex Wilson.

The Tigers also added pitcher Alfredo Simon in a separate trade with the Cincinnati Reds.

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Three Largest Charities Are United Way, The Salvation Army and Feeding America, According to Forbes

Forbes magazine does plenty of lists tied to money, the economy and wealth.

This week, it released its list of the top 50 charities in the U.S.

The top three (based on the amount of donations received):

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Device Addiction Grows with Mobile Internet of Things [Video]

Well, this is interesting. Maybe not the reality of it, but its depth, breadth and reach.

According to a new Deloitte survey on mobile consumer trends, we -- as in us U.S. consumers -- are becoming more and more obsessed with our electronic devices. Just call it device addiction.

Some of the facts: Nearly 90 percent check their phones in the first hour of being awake and 23 percent look at their devices up to 50 times a day. Wow.

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Bob Seger’s ‘Magic’ Recalled by West Michigan Studio Owner, Silver Bullet Band Alum Robyn Robins

By John Sinkevics | Local Spins

When Bob Seger formed his Silver Bullet Band in the mid-1970s after struggling to find the right musicians to drive his rootsy, Michigan-muscled rock, he ended up leaning on a talented bunch of experienced session players and performers who developed a rare chemistry.

Keyboard player Robyn Robins was among them, a graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School who started working as a Detroit recording studio and Motown session musician at age 17.

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Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, J. Geils Band Rock Grand Rapids!

Rock icons Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band shaked down a sold-out Van Andel Arena on Tuesday night, on the road in support of Seger’s first new studio album in eight years, “Ride Out.”

Also appearing was The J. Geils Band.

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