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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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Finding a new job is a stressful, major life event!
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Finding A Job Is A Major Life Event!

If there's one thing I know and know well ... finding a new job is as stressful, if not more stressful than having one!

Having been on both sides of the fence, I can attest to the fact that being employed has its stresses in that you want to continue exceling and doing well for your company. 

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Affordable West Michigan summer date ideas!
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Affordable West Michigan Summer Date Ideas!

Summer officially began on the 21st and now that the rainy season seems to be lifting ... it's time to start planning a series of fun, outdoor summer dates with your sweetie!

No matter what the season, money can often be a little tight so I found a really cool list of ideas that may help you build memories without worrying about breaking your piggy bank. 

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2011 Bank Of America Reed's Lake Run
2011 Bank Of America Reed's Lake Run
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2011 Bank Of America Reeds Lake Run in East Grand Rapids

Saturday was a beautiful day for a race! Channel 957 was out at the Bank of America Reed's Lake Run in East Grand Rapids having tons of fun at the post-race party. Check out our photo gallery!

Slut Walk 2011
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Grand Rapids ‘Slutwalk’ 2011 [PHOTOS]

On Saturday, June 25th, hundreds of West Michiganders descended upon downtown Grand Rapids in the first annual 'Slut Walk'.  Contrary to what you are thinking, the 'Slut Walk' is to bring awareness to the fact that a woman's body should be respected and no matter what she wears it should never lead to sexual assault

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ALDI To Hold Job Fair June 27th

ALDI is holding a job fair next Monday for its new store on Knapp Street.  The event begins at 7:00 A.M. at the ALDI store located at 5114 28th Street SE, Suite B.

A company leader told WZZM 13 that ALDI is doing so well and able to expand because it saves shoppers money in these tough economic times.  He says that ALDI's competitive wages also allow the company to land the best talent out there.

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Lifehouse & ‘Idol’ Medina Not Appearing In Grand Haven

Organizers for this weekend's Harbor Island Sun Fest have announced that Lifehouse & former "American Idol" contestant Chris Medina will not be appearing at this weekend's festival.

From a statement earlier today:

Due to scheduling conflicts Lifehouse and Chris Medina will not be performing at Harbor Island Sunfest this Saturday.  Previously purchased tickets can be refunded at point of purchase or be used for a special VIP section at the concert

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Kidd Kraddick Rock Camp 2011
Kidd Kraddick Rock Camp 2011
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Kidd Kraddick Rock Camp 2011

Kids, are you ready to rock!?  Kidd Kraddick in the Morning is looking for talented musicians and singers between the ages of 10 and 15 yrs old for this year's Rock Camp! **We'll choose 3-5 performers to put together a band that will spend an entire week on the show -- performing live, working with surprise celebrity guests and the Rock Camp staff. If you've got talent and you've always dreamed of being a rock star this is your shot to show us what you can do! Watch the video below to see what Rock Camp is all about and send in your entry today!

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Ann Coulter in Grand Rapids Friday Night

Love her or loathe her, conservative author Ann Coulter will speak Friday Night at Devos Place, promoting her newest book, "Demonic: How The Liberal Mob Is Endangering America".

A ticketed VIP reception will start at 5pm, with what's called a "conversation/book signing" from 6-8pm.

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Grand Rapids Founder’s Fest 2011

So I've lived in Grand Rapids for years now and one thing I've never done is gone to Founder's Fest. It's Saturday, June 18th at Founder's Brewing Co., at 235 Grandville Ave, downtown GR. They close off the streets around Founder's for maximum awesomeness. I've been told by many it's definitely something to check out, so I decided to get the scoop on it.

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ArtPrize draws record number artists to 2011 competition!
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ArtPrize 2011 Draws Nearly 2,000 Artists To The Palette!

ArtPrize Grand Rapids is world-renowned and has drawn 1,996 artists to the competition's upcoming third annual event this fall!

Yesterday was the official deadline for artists to submit their work and space requirements.  So far, 600 applicants have been placed.  Others have until the end of the month to find a home for their artwork.

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