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Bird’s-Eye Views of Lake Michigan’s Wintry Shoreline Near Grand Haven [Video]

Talk about cool.

Byron Center's Tommy Sadler took some awesome Lake Michigan shoreline visuals on Saturday at Rosy Mound Natural Area near Grand Haven.

The aerials were shot with a DJI Phantom 2 drone-mounted GoPro camera.

Wintry and wonderful.

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WGRD Pond Hockey Classic Put Off Ice for Rest of Weekend Because of Conditions

The WGRD Pond Hockey Classic 2015 is done for the weekend and its remaining games will be rescheduled because of tenuous ice conditions at Richmond Park.

As of 9 p.m. EST Saturday, it was determined by tournament officials the ice at the Grand Rapids park was no longer in playable condition and Sunday's schedule has been canceled, said Angela Paasche, the tourney's director and Townsquare Media Grand Rapids live events manager.

Forty-five teams had played games Friday and Saturday in the WGRD Pond Hockey Classic, presented by Labatt Blue and Dematic. Most of Saturday's games had been completed.

Plans are to announce rescheduling of the remainder of the tournament early next week, Paasche said.

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LL Cool J’s Hosting Grammy Awards for Fourth Straight Time [Video]

Grammy Award-winning singer, actor, entertainer and author LL Cool J has been named to host the 57th annual Grammy Awards next month, his fourth straight year as emcee for the music industry honors.

The Grammy Awards are being announced Feb. 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, with CBS broadcasting the festivities live from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. EST.

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The White House Brings Big Block of Cheese Day Back January 21, with ‘The West Wing’ Helping Out [Video]

The White House claims it's dedicated to making President Barack Obama's administration the most open and accessible in history.

So, it's bringing back the publicly-accessible Big Block of Cheese Day on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

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North American International Auto Show 2015 Opens to Public [Video]

From big, bad super cars to luxury vehicles you dream about, the North American International Auto Show 2015 is capturing the attention of the automotive world with 51 product introductions at its press previews.

There have been big pickups, high-performance muscle cars, hybrids, plug-ins and even driver-less entries. All tallied, there have been 48 worldwide and three North American reveals this week.

Now it's your turn to see the vehicles at the Detroit show, which runs through Jan. 25 at Cobo Center.

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Courtesy Cheryl Kukla
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Grandville High School Bowling’s Josh Kukla Named High School Athlete of the Week

Josh Kukla, who leads Grandville High School boys' bowling squad and is the defending MHSAA Division I singles champion, is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

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TVGN Goes Pop on Wednesday

TVGN -- also known as TV Guide Network -- is rebranding as Pop across its distribution of 80 million U.S. homes starting Wednesday, including in greater Grand Rapids.

The CBS-Lionsgate venture is unveiling a new on-air look and creative design to celebrate the fun of being a fan.

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Ohio State Defeats Oregon 42-20 for College Football National Championship [Video]

Even with a third-string quarterback, Ohio State was better than an Oregon team led by a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.

Backup quarterback Cardale Jones completed 16-of-23 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown with an interception and ran for another touchdown and sophomore tailback Ezekiel "Zeke" Elliott ran for 246 yards and four touchdowns as the fourth-seeded Buckeyes defeated the second-seeded Ducks 42-20 in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night in Arlington, Texas.

The victory gave Ohio State (14-1), the Big Ten Conference champion, its eighth national championship.

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Snowstorm’s Snowfall Piles Up Over a Foot in Parts of West Michigan [Infographic]

Welcome back to winter, with snowfall totals from the snowstorm plowing into greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan piling up more than a foot of the white, fluffy stuff, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office.

Plus, more -- 2 to four inches is being forecast -- is coming along with wind chills below zero degrees, gusting winds up to 30 miles per hour and blowing and drifting snow making travel hazardous with a winter storm warning in effect until this afternoon.

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Jim Harbaugh On Leading Michigan Football: ‘We’re Going to Hit the Ground Running’ [Video]

Former University of Michigan quarterback and San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh is now back at his alma mater leading the Wolverines' football team.

That was made official with his unveiling at a noon news conference today at Junge Family Champions Center in Ann Arbor today, with U-M Interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett officially announcing the 51-year-old Harbaugh's hiring.

"I didn't make a pros and cons list," Harbaugh said. "I made a decision from the heart. ...

"We're going to hit the ground running."

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University of Michigan Announcing Jim Harbaugh As New Head Football Coach [Video]

The University of Michigan announced Monday night it is making a major football announcement at noon today.

While Michigan has not confirmed it, it has been widely reported U-M Interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett plans to introduce former San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh as the Wolverines' next head coach in Ann Arbor.

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