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Craig’s ArtPrize 2014 Top 10!

The official ArtPrize 2014 public vote top 20 were announced today.

That's great and all. I hope all the contestants well and that they win lots of money.

I have now picked MY Top 10.

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Grand Rapids Christian High School Boys’ Soccer’s Jacob Witte Named Athlete of the Week

Grand Rapids Christian High School boys' soccer player Jacob Witte is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

The senior forward's leadership as captain and contributor is one of the primary reasons why Grand Rapids Christian is 14-1-1 and is ranked No. 3 in Division 2 by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches' Association.

"I could tell on my first day that he'd stand out," first-year Eagles Coach Joshua Miller said of Witte. "I could tell he was a natural leader, ... and that hasn't changed.

"He's great on the field, but he's also great off the field."

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How To Make Fool-Proof Easy Bacon In the Oven

This is a public service announcement from me, Craig Russell, self-proclaimed bacon aficionado of the WFGR staff.

There is a better and easier way to make America's favorite salted and cured pig meat: bacon.

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Ottawa Hills High School Volleyball’s Ladaysia Alexander Named Athlete of the Week

Ottawa Hills High School volleyball player Ladaysia Alexander is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week.

Consider Alexander's selection for the honor one as much for her perseverance in addition to her being a stellar student-athlete.

"Ladaysia Alexander has had to overcome more obstacles in 17 years than most individuals would in their entire life," Ottawa Hills Coach Sara Sherry said.

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Stevie Nicks Was Taking Selfies Long Before They Were Cool

Stevie Nicks was a huge role model, blazing trails for women in rock and roll.

However, did you know she also may have helped blaze another trail, that of the photographic selfie?

An exhibition of Polaroids from Nicks' career indicates she was taking selfies long before they were cool.

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Rod Stewart Rides New York Public Transit Just Like Everyone Else

See? Rock stars are just like you and me.

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Rush, Kiss, Alice Cooper Play Golf Together

We all know Alice Cooper loves to spend his downtime on the golf course -- and if this photo is anything to go by, he tends to keep some fairly famous company while he's hitting the links.

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Artprize In Your Backyard

What if Artprize was right in your own backyard? Like your bathroom window faced right out to a good chunk of the Artprize competition. Would be cool wouldn't it?

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Guess What Starts This Week? ARTPRIZE!

As I was making my way into work this week, I saw the beginnings of the biggest 3 weeks in Grand Rapids. ARTPRIZE!

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Rockford High School Boys’ Water Polo’s David Newberger Named Athlete of the Week

Rockford High School boys' water polo player David Newberger is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week.

Newberger excels athletically and academically, standing out on a team currently ranked No. 1 by the Michigan Water Polo Association with a 17-1 record after a 15-7 win Wednesday night over East Kentwood.

"David Newberger epitomizes the (term) student-athlete," Rockford Coach David McWatters said.

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D.C. Elementary Student Disappointed That President Obama’s Not Beyonce

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise stop at The Inspired Teaching School, a Washington, D.C., charter school, on Thursday afternoon to participate in a community service project.

He and other volunteers filled backpacks with books and toys for homeless children at the Inspired Teaching School to mark the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. The president also assisted volunteers in building an outdoor playground.

The visit came much to the dismay of a young girl, who had hoped the surprise visitor would be Beyoncé Knowles.

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The Beach Boys ‘Get Around’ at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

On Thursday night, The Beach Boys "Do It Again" by keeping their vocals up front at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.

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