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Detroit Homecoming Seeks to Bring Back Former Residents

Detroit is recruiting ex-patriots or ex-pats — people born in or who attended school in the region — to return to their hometown to reconnect, recharge and reinvest.

The Detroit Homecoming is slated Sept. 17 to 19, with an agenda to include experiences such as dinner in the not-yet-open David Whitney Building on Grand Circus Park, city tours, dinner inside the refurbished Globe Outdoor Adventure Center on Detroit's riverfront and a concert at Chene Park Amphitheatre.

All the activities have one goal in mind: to show off the possibilities in greater Detroit.

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Fourth Annual Summer Craft Beer Festival: July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids

The Summer Craft Beer Festival is returning.

The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival is 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids, and is co-sponsored by 97.9 WGRD, Channel 95.7, 98.7 WFGR, 100.5 The River and 1410 AM The Touch.

At Summer Craft Beer Festival, enjoy samples of more than 100 beers, ciders and mead from some of the country’s best craft breweries -- currently at about four dozen confirmed and still counting!

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New Movies This Week: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘And So It Goes,’ ‘Road to Paloma,’ ‘Land Ho!’ and ‘Boyhood’ [Video]

Hold onto your butts this weekend at the movies!

With summer in full swing, the five -- that's right, five -- new releases are packed with action, terror and plenty of big laughs (and a little heart, too, if you’re into that kind of thing).

Of course, looming over the quintet is a sequel prequel in the third series of "Planet of the Apes" movies.

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Stay Afloat, Don’t Sink [Sponsored]

While the long Independence Day weekend may be over, there's still plenty of summer left and boating to be done.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, urge you to keep yourself, those around you and others as safe as possible when boating.

One main tip: Keep your boat afloat; don't sink out there. And if you do or must, there are steps to take when that happens to protect and preserve your safety.

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Mead in Michigan [Video]

Have you ever tried mead?

Thought to be the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man, mead is made by fermenting honey with water, spices, grains or hops, and sometimes fruits.

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New Footage of Wyoming-Kentwood Tornado Out [Video]

A couple of videos making the rounds in the wake of Sunday night's tornado in the southwest section of Kent County shed new light on the storm, which caught everyone, including the National Weather Service, by surprise.

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Rick James’ Motown Catalog Re-Released, New Biography ‘Glow’ Out [Video]

Rick James is the “Super Freak” hitmaker singer, producer, innovator and pioneer in the fusion of funk, R&B, rock and soul.

Today, Universal Music Enterprises is reissuing James’ entire Motown catalog in a 109-track "Complete Motown Albums" digital box set, which includes all nine of his albums. The music reissues coincide with publication of his biography, "Glow," written by David Ritz and published by Atria Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint.

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Aretha Franklin to Perform In Muskegon For First Time In Almost 20 Years

The "Queen of Soul", Aretha Franklin, will perform in Muskegon for the first time almost 20 years this summer.

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30 Years Ago: Ray Parker Jr. Releases ‘Ghostbusters’ Theme Song [Video]

By Corbin Reiff | The Boombox

Thirty years ago, when the producers of the now-classic supernatural comedy ‘Ghostbusters’ were in the need for a catchy theme song for their nascent film, there was only one man they thought to call; Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Luckily, when that fell through they reached out to Detroit’s own Ray Parker Jr., who went on to write one of the most recognized title themes in cinema history.

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National Weather Service Grand Rapids: EF-1 Tornado Struck Kentwood

That wind and rain buried in a thunderstorm Sunday night that struck Kentwood just before 10:30 p.m. included a tornado, National Weather Service Grand Rapids meteorologist Brandon Hoving said.

Update (3 p.m.): The National Weather Service said the tornado was an EF-1, with peak winds of 100 to 110 miles per hour. The tornado, which injured six people, cut a swath of 300 to 400 yards wide near Cutlerville, Wyoming and Kentwood and lasted for about 10 minutes. It touched down at 10:20 p.m. at about 2 miles west of Cutlerville at 64th Street SW and Burlingame Avenue SW in Byron Township and ended at 10:30 p.m. at Breton Road and 28th Street SE.

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Thunderstorms Slam Kentwood-Wyoming Area; Rains Deluge West Michigan Locales [Video]

Update (12:35 p.m.): The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has confirmed a tornado struck Kentwood. More details here.

Severe thunderstorms late Sunday night caused considerable damage in southern Kent County and authorities are advising people to stay away from storm-stricken locales, WZZM-13 and the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids office report this morning.

The storms hit the Wyoming and Kentwood area late Sunday night and the National Weather Service is surveying areas to determine if damage was caused by a tornado, a microburst or straight-line winds.

Consumers Energy said this morning that about 20,000 electricity cutomers lost power, with about 9,600 of those in Kent County, including Wyoming and Kentwood. The Jackson-based utility said it could be until late Tuesday before power is fully restored.

The American Red Cross of West Michigan has opened a temporary Kentwood shelter at Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE for affected people.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Tops ‘Tammy’

Major holiday weekends are often huge for the box office, with millions of Americans taking advantage of their extra time off to head out to the movies. But this fourth of July weekend?

Not so much.

Despite three new releases, it was a surprisingly quiet time at the movies these past few days and it's hard to imagine anyone being particularly overjoyed with these numbers.

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