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Lake Effect: Grand Rapids’, West Michigan’s Winter 2014-15 Weather Forecast [Video]

After last winter, many us are approaching this winter with caution.

Today probably didn't help: snow on Halloween?

The National Weather Service's winter weather forecast is out. All we can say is make sure those snow blowers and shovels are ready if you live, work and/or play -- not to mention drive or travel -- between U.S. 131 and the Lake Michigan shore in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

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Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal
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New Movies This Week: ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ and ‘Saw 10th Anniversary’ [Video]

You'll have plenty of options for some good old spine-tingling Halloween fun once the latest batch of thrillers (and one re-release) hits theaters this weekend.

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John Phillips/Getty Images for A Perfect Day
John Phillips/Getty Images for A Perfect Day
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Special Families Fun Fest at Delta Plex November 8

The DeltaPlex Arena and Family Hope Foundation are proud to announce the 3rd annual Special Families Fun Fest Saturday, November 8th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DeltaPlex Arena.

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Leon Halip/Getty Images
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University of Michigan Taps Retired Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett as Interim AD

University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon has resigned and retired Steelcase Inc. CEO Jim Hackett is in for the interim, U-M President Mark Schlissel said in an Ann Arbor news conference this afternoon.

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Leon Halip - Getty Images
Leon Halip - Getty Images
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Dave Brandon Reportedly Out as U-M Athletic Director

Multiple media outlets are reporting that University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon has resigned his post.

U-M has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference where Brandon's resignation is reported to be made official.

Brandon has be

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Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
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Time to Fall Back, Drive More Carefully [Poll/Infographic]

Remember to set those clocks back Saturday night as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday.

After the change, it will be darker sooner, making driving more dangerous with bicyclists and pedestrians more difficult to see.

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Ted Murphy
Ted Murphy
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BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration Nov. 8; Top 5 Homer Simpson Bacon Quotes [Sponsored]

Returning for the second consecutive year on Nov. 8 is BaCon: A Bacon & Beer Celebration.

The all-things bacon celebration is a week from Saturday at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

BaCon features bacon-themed, -infused and -inspired dishes and drinks, and tickets are still available.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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Expect Mother Nature to Play Some Tricks with Halloween Weather on Friday

Mother Nature may have tricks of her own to play, with high winds, rain and snow being forecast by the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office for Friday.

That's going to make for some possibly challenging conditions for trick-or-treating on Halloween.

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Julie Weiler
Julie Weiler
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Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week: Cedar Springs Girls’ Cross Country’s Kenzie Weiler

Cedar Springs High School's girls' cross country No. 1 runner Kenzie Weiler, the defending Division 2 state champion, is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

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Joan Marcus/"Once"
Joan Marcus/"Once"
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Broadway Grand Rapids’ ‘Once’ Love Song [Voting/Sponsored]

The touring Broadway musical “Once” tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin, Ireland, street musician about to give up on his dream when a young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

The winner of eight Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Musical, and of a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, “Once” has a Broadway Grand Rapids run from Nov. 4 to 9 (next week) at DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

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Meijer Announces Dates for the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft

After a successful inaugural tournament that generated $600,000 for Midwest food pantries, the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will return to Grand Rapids in 2015 for another week of community events and the best women golfers in the world.

The tournament is slated July 20-26, 2015, at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, and will again benefit the Walker-based retailer Meijer's Simply Give program.

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Casper and Junior Mint
Casper and Junior Mint
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Meet Casper and Junior Mint — Wendy’s Pets Of The Week

I love Wednesdays! The Humane Society of West Michigan stops by and brings me a new animal to fall in love with. This week, though, Tammy from the Humane Society brought in TWO new friends - Casper and Junior Mint!

Junior Mint and Casper are two-months-old and in need of good homes.

The Humane Society of West Michigan, due to their

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