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84th Annual Hollywood Chamber Installation Luncheon Honoring Melissa Gilbert
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There Will Be No Little House In The Big House: Mighty Melissa Has Dropped Out

Melissa Gilbert, who came to fame starring as Laura on the long running '70s TV series 'Little House On The Prairie', has dropped out of the race for the 8th District Congressional seat from Michigan. She cited health concerns as the main reason.

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Throwback Thursday: Stock Car Racing In Grand Rapids 1951

There used to be a stock car racing track in Grand Rapids on the Northwest side near where the White Pine Trail starts along US 131. Here's some old 8mm film footage of some racing from 1951.

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Tigers Great Dick McAuliffe Dies, Leadoff Hitter For ’68 Champs [Video]

If you grew up in the '60s in Michigan, chances are you tried to imitate Dick McAuliffe's odd batting stance at one time or another, which made him even more of a star in your eyes, because it left you wondering how he got any hits batting like that.

McAuliffe, second baseman and leadoff hitter for the 1968 World Championship team passed away yesterday. he was 76. Adios, good old number three.

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Has It Really Been 40 years Since ‘The Summer of The Bird’? [Video]

In 1976, the Detroit Tigers offered little in the way of competitiveness. In fact, they finished next to last in the American League East.

But a young kid from rural Massachusetts who liked to talk to the ball and groom the mound with his hands made it a summer Tiger fans will never forget.

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Throwback Thursday: A Trip Back To Festival 1983 [Video]

Remember when video cameras were first available and you would tape your friends doing all sorts of stuff, like playing with their rock band at Festival of the Arts?

Here's a trip in the way back machine to 1983 to watch a band called 'Nice Lawn' perform on the Calder Stage.

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Who Asked For This? Train To Cover Entire Led Zeppelin Album

There are some things that I'm sure of in this wacked out world of ours. One is never conduct a land war in Asia. The other is Led Zeppelin albums don't need to be remade. By anyone. Ever. Especially not by Train.

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1937 Newsreel Footage Promotes ‘A Better Michigan’ [Video]

The film appears to be propaganda supporting the Great Works Program during the Depression. It shows the building of roads and airports to reinforce the state's infrastructure.

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Vintage Map Shows Grand Rapids In 1868 [Video]

This video of a man going over a vintage map of Grand Rapids in 1868 shows the city in its early infancy, complete with actual rapids and river boats that ran goods to the Lakeshore.

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Super Bowl XLI: Pepsi Halftime Show
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Expect Another Big Prince Sales Week, But Where Will All That Money Go?

Prince fans continue to snap up his records and it looks like he’ll be dominating the Billboard 200 Album chart again next week.

Business Insider claims sales of Prince's music has jumped by 16,000% since his death.

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NBC Universal's 68th Annual Golden Globes After Party - Arrivals
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Prince’s ’80s Band The Revolution Announces a Reunion! [Video]

We told you that Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman had hinted to a reunion of The Revolution. Now it’s official. They joined Brown Mark,Bobby Z., and Matt “Doctor” Fink and announced it yesterday via Facebook. 

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Paul McCartney Performs At Save Mart Center
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Paul McCartney Coming To Grand Rapids

He's played every major city in the US and Europe, but one place Paul McCartney has never been is Grand Rapids. Until now. This morning it was announced that Paul McCartney will be playing one show August 15 at Van Andel Arena. 

Tickets go on sale Monday, May 2.

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New 1996 Currency Security Upgrade
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Is Kenickie From ‘Grease’ A Long Lost Relative of President Andrew Jackson? [Photo]

As a debate emerges over who should be on the twenty dollar bill, I wonder if anyone else notices something about Andrew Jackson's etching on the current twenty.

It appears our 7th President bears more than a passing resemblence to actor Jeff Conaway in his iconic role as Kenickie in the 1979 movie 'Grease'.

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