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I grew up in South Haven, Michigan.  Gotta love the lakeshore! Still feel a yearning for the beach, pretty much daily.  Moved to Grand Rapids to go to Calvin College. Fell in love with GR and have been here since! (Go Beer City, USA!)   Big fan of crime TV, the '90s (scrunchies! Saved By the Bell!), my own rude and feisty cat, the beach (you may have thought I covered that already, but I really really love it, OK?), reading,  people watching, drinking on patios, playing the most inappropriate cards in Cards Against Humanity, and my dear, dear family.
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Break In at Celine Dion’s: Breaking & Entering… & Bathing?

Dumb criminal stories are always great, and even better when they involve celebrities.  This past week Montreal police arreseted a man for breaking into Celine Dion's home in Laval, Quebec. Did he trash the place? Steal all her valuables? Well, if snacks from the fridge are considered valuable, then yes.

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Top Song of Summer 2011 (video)

I don't know about you, but I definitely use music to mark periods in my life. The summer I listened to Dashboard Confessional's "The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most"  album non-stop will forever live on in summertime-epic-dreaminess/awesomeness (Hey, I was 18, and that's the perfect description for it). The fall when Dixie Chicks'  "Not Ready to Make Nice" made an uncountable number of plays on my iPod? Yeah, not so great. So when we look back on the summer of 2011, what will be "the song" that defined it? According to Billboard Magazine, several Channel 957 artists' songs are in the running.

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Give up Shopping for a Year? One Woman Did!

So I may have had a bit of a shopping problem this week. See, my brothers' birthdays are coming up, so I needed to make a trip the mall... and while I'm picking out their gifts, I happened to find some awesome jeans on sale. And 2 cute cardigans. And 7 pairs of flip flops. Let's just say that after the trip to Target, in which I was only supposed to get wrapping paper, and ended up with a bill totaling over $100 (who can just go to Target and get one thing, really?)-- I was having some buyer's remorse. I remember previously hearing about a woman who'd given up shopping for a year, at the time thinking, yeah sure, I could do that. (Um, after this past week of splurging, maybe not.) Well, it turns out Elizabeth Jayne Liu's year is up.

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via flickr user Ed Yourdon
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Is Facebook Bumming You Out?

Paging through the latest issue of Cosmo, an article caught my eye: "Is Facebook Bumming You Out?" Meh... mostly just irritating the crap out of me. Yeah, I've  got some beef with Facebook:  The vaugebooking (Attention seeking status updates like "Wishing things would get better..." that absolutely beg for "What's going on? Are you OK?!" comments); the passive-aggression (Usually combined with vaugebooking, a post might read "Why is it that some people just can't be trusted?" Really? How about you have a real conversation with the untrustworthy jerk rather than fake pondering about it on fb?); the "spiritual quotes" (We get it, you're so deep)-- Oh, I could go on. But, aside from minor irritations, can Facebook really be a downer? According to Cosmopolitan Magazine, yes.

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(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Vote Channel 957 Artist Foster the People Best New Arist at 2011 VMA’s (VIDEO)

Most of the voting for the 2011 Video Music Awards has closed. However, you can still vote for Best New Artist, right up until the show airs tomorrow night!  If you dig Channel 957 Artist Foster the People and their song "Pumped up Kicks", show them some love by voting, right here.

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Top 10 Worst Celebrity Tippers

As someone who's waited tables for over ten years, I've got a lot to say on the subject of tipping. I even once put together a sizzling "expose" on  tipping ettiquete for a "news" show in college (please, please let that never resurface). To avoid going on a rant, I'll just say, tipping is not optional. Servers, at least in Michigan, are paid $2.65/ hour.  Tips are not "extra" money, they are a server's paycheck. It can be argued that the service industry should change its practices and pay waitstaff at least minimum wage-- but until that happens, tips are servers livelihoods.

All that said, I am always shocked to hear about celebrities who tip poorly, or worse, not at all.

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Real Housewives Russell Armstrong Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

Russell Armstrong, estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong, star of Bravo’s Beverly Hills Real Housewives was found dead Monday night. TMZ broke the story early Tuesday morning, stating sources revealed Armstrong was found hanging in his bedroom at his home at Mullholland drive.

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It’s Official: Bert and Ernie are Just Friends, No Benefits

While it seems ridiculous to me that was an actual debate going on over the sexual orientation of puppets, Sesame Street issued a statement today declaring Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie are just friends.

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