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Michigan Trails Week 2014 Kicks Off This Weekend

Whether it's biking or hiking, we are blessed throughout West Michigan to have miles and miles of great trails available for our use.

Celebrate Michigan Trails Week 2014 by joining in one of the local events scheduled, including a Fall Harvest Hike on the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail.

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Beer City USA Needs Your Vote!

USA Today's 10Best.com is holding their annual poll in search of the "Best Beer Town in the USA" and Grand Rapids needs your vote!

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West Michigan RV Outlet Show Highlights How RVers Save On Vacations [Sponsored Post]

A new study just out last week shows that recreational vehicle vacations cost less than other forms of vacation travel, even when factoring in fuel prices and the cost of RV ownership.

The study found savings of 27 percent to 62 percent for a four-person group and 15 percent to 48 percent for two-person group, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

Narrow down the RV -- or RVs -- to do some vacation travel or camping in by checking out the West Michigan RV Outlet Show, which runs Thursday through Sunday -- Sept. 18 to 21 -- at Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive NE just off U.S. 131 in Comstock Park.

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The Orbit Room’s Future Uncertain As Longtime Manager Ted Smith Departs for HopCat Detroit

By John Sinkevics | Local Spins

Less than a year after the death of The Orbit Room owner Don Dorshimer, the future of the longtime Grand Rapids concert venue is up in the air now that manager Ted Smith is leaving to head up booking at the new HopCat in Detroit.

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HopCat Named One of Top Beer Bars in America

One of my favorite brew pubs in Grand Rapids, HopCat, has been named one of the top five beer bars in America by the Brewers Association's CraftBeer.com!

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Police Searching For Man Who Assaulted Ex-Girlfriend Then Set Her Bedroom On Fire

Police in Kalamazoo are searching for a man who they say assaulted his ex-girlfriend and then set her bedroom on fire. The incident took place around 10:15 p.m. on Monday.

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Race For Governor Could Be Tight; Greeaattt

One thing I have noticed about all the nasty muck raking political ads on this election year is there haven't been many negative ones about the race for governor.

At least not until now.

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Judge Dismisses Murder Charge Against Baby Kate’s Father Sean Phillips

Murder charges against Sean Phillips, the man previously accused in the death of his baby, Katherine (known throughout the investigation as "Baby Kate"), have been dismissed.

79th District Court Judge Peter J. Wadel dismissed the charge on Monday, stating that the prosecution has not been able to prove that Baby Kate was actually murdered.

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Grand Rapids Entrepreneurs Look To The Future [Video]

A class project by Kendall College of Art students shows young businessmen working on keeping Grand Rapids' downtown thriving and what the city needs to advance that goal. 

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Grand Rapids Plans To Double Its Bike Lanes By 2016 [Infographic]

Grand Rapids continues to improve its image as one of America's most bike friendly cities. We already have close to 50 miles of bike lanes in the city, that number will hit 70 miles in 2015 and 100 miles by 2016.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘No Good Deed’ Dethrones ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

After a month at the top, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' has finally fallen from the number one spot on the box office charts. All it took was a modestly budgeted thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.

But 'No Good Deed' didn't just push Marvel off its throne -- it exceeded all expectations and looks like it may be the rare September release to actually be a hit.

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Wyoming Teacher Suspended After Tweeting About Student

A teacher in Wyoming is facing a 13-day suspension after Tweeting about one of her students.

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