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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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Photo Courtesy Of The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety
Photo Courtesy Of The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety
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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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Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
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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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Michigan Department of Corrections
Michigan Department of Corrections
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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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Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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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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Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
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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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Screen Gems
Screen Gems
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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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(Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
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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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Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
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The Northern Lights Could Be Dancing In The West Michigan Skies Saturday Night

I'm too much of a space novice to get into great details as to why the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, will be on display this weekend. (It involves magnetic activity and solar flares, or so I'm told)

The bottom line is this, West Michigan could be a great place to see the light show, and the best chance for that will be late Friday, early Saturday.

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Grand Rapids Remembers 9/11 with Boy Scout Salute, ‘Never Forget’ Exhibit at Ford Museum

 

As the nation remembers the tragic events of 9/11, so does Grand Rapids.

Today marks the 13-year anniversary of the attacks on the towers of the World Trade Center in New York, Sept. 11, 2001. A hijacked plane struck The Pentagon outside Washington DC and another crashed just outside Shanksville, Pa. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives, including firefighters, rescue workers, and police officers trying to aid the victims.

Today we pledge to never forget those people and to never forget the events of that day.

A day-long Boy Scouts salute, a special remembrance program, and "9/11 Never Forget" mobile exhibit tours are taking place in at the Ford Museum in Grand Rapids today as we remember 9/11/2001.

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Photo courtesy of GRAM
Photo courtesy of GRAM
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ArtPrize 2014: Many Volunteer Opportunities Still Available

It takes hundreds of volunteers for ArtPrize to be successful.

Volunteers are still needed to work directly for ArtPrize and to help at individual venues.

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John Mellencamp/Plain Spoken Records
John Mellencamp/Plain Spoken Records
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John Mellencamp’s Coming to Grand Rapids in June 2015!

With his 22nd studio album due out later this month, John Mellencamp today announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour, which includes a stop at DeVos Performance Hall on June 9, 2015!

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