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10 Wedding Gifts Newlyweds Love To Get!

You're gonna love me for this blog that highlights the ten gifts every newlywed loves to receive on their big day!

Imagine adding up how much you've spent on the gifts you've purchased over the years.  Have you ever followed-up with anyone to find out if they're really using it?  I have often wondered if my gift was 're-gifted' to another couple or returned.

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50 positions are available through local job fair today!
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50 Positions Are Up For Grabs At Today’s Job Fair!

I just saw a crawler (the words that scroll at the bottom of your t.v. screen) during the news this morning that indicated 74% of us have either lost a job or have a close relative or friend who has lost a job this year alone.

Three-quarters of Americans are directly affected by unemployment both emotionally and financially!  A pretty significant number, don't you agree?

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YouTube to Live Stream Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits

I know we have a ton of music fans here in West Michigan. Obviously because thousands come to downtown Grand Rapids every time there's a concert. In the summer time, there are two big music festivals in the U.S. that many aren't able to make it to, but this year YouTube is taking you there.

The website announced just the other day that it will live stream Chicago's Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits in (obviously) Austin, TX.

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Atlantis lands to end a 30-year space shuttle program
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Atlantis Safely Lands To End NASA’s Space Shuttle Program! [VIDEO]

As I walked into work today, I stopped in the lobby to watch the big screen coverage of NASA's thirty-year space shuttle program come to an end.

History was made earlier today as Atlantis safely landed in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  Four astronauts took the trip into space to deliver a year's worth of supplies and food to cosmonauts who remain living at the International Space Station.

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Gene Parker
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Betty Ford’s Funeral Is Today In East Grand Rapids [PHOTOS/Motorcade Map]

Thousands spent the evening waiting in silence outside The Ford Museum downtown Grand Rapids last night to pay his or her final respects for first lady Betty Ford.

Earlier in the day, her casket arrived at the museum via motorcade from the G.R. Ford International Airport.  A prayer service was held followed by remarks from Governor Snyder who shared a few remarks about her mighty legacy of service to her family, friends and country.

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Biting into a Michigan Olive Burger with Smashburger Founder, Tom Ryan!
Mmmm, the best Michigan olive Smashburger ever!
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West Catholic Grad Opens Smashburger Restaurant In Grand Rapids! [VIDEO]

A new restaurant opens today in Grand Rapids and offers the best burger in town!  Smashburger opened its doors inside the atrium of the hospital downtown, along the Medical Mile on Michigan Street. 

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Four First Ladies attend Betty Ford's California funeral.
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Four First Ladies Attend Betty Ford’s California Funeral [VIDEO]

Four first ladies honored the life and public service of  Betty Ford at her funeral in Palm Desert, California on Tuesday.

Roslynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama shared a pew with former President George W. Bush -- in for former first lady Laura Bush.

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Ford Museum unveils new statue of President Gerald Ford
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Gerald Ford Statue Unveiled At The Presidential Museum [VIDEO]

Plans to unveil the new Gerald R. Ford statue at the presidential museum were pushed up by a couple of days to clear the schedule for a much more somber event...the arrival of Betty Ford's body.

The former first lady died on Friday at the age of 93 and will lie in repose at the museum Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. 

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lsiegert, Flickr
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Free Slurpees At 7-Eleven

America's fight against obesity got the day off Monday when 7-Eleven hands out free Slurpees in honor of its unofficial birthday -- June 11, or 7/11. Get it?

The convenience store expected it would hand out five million of the popular frozen treats weighing -- you guessed it -- 7.11 ounces.

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New Contest Asks People To Describe Grand Rapids In 6 Words

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell announced the launch of a new website and contest during the Fourth of July Fireworks downtown last night.

It's called 'My Grand Rapids in Six Words' or MyGR6.  And it is a community movement asking anyone and every one to describe Grand Rapids in just six words.

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Top two most dangerous fireworks are ...
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Top 2 Most Dangerous Fireworks!

May your Fourth-of-July be happy and injury free!

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission there were 9,500 fireworks-related emergency room visits last year.

It's no surprise that more men than women get hurt and the top firework to protect your child from is a bottle rocket.  They fire up to 200 mph, explode mid-air and in multiple directions causing a ton of eye injuries.

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Protect your pet from firework fears on the 4th of July!
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5 Things To Protect Your Pet From Fireworks Fear!

Happy Fourth of July weekend!  As you plan your family reunion or pack your car to head out-of-town today -- make sure you keep a couple of things in mind if you plan on taking your four legged family member(s) with you!

Most likely your dog, cat, ferret, bird and/or horse has a fear of something.  The most common problem is the fear of loud and unexpected noises which is the whole point of celebrating our independence -- being loud and obnoxious with as many bottle rockets and sparklers as you can afford!  Plus, taking in your local fireworks display!!

Thanks to our friends at the Humane Society, here's a practical list of five things you can do to make sure your pet is as comfortable and safe as possible this holiday weekend.

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