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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Think Like a Man Too’ Schools ‘Jersey Boys’

Unless your movie was named 'Jersey Boys,' this was a pretty excellent weekend at the box office for all parties involved. A new film opened big in the number one spot, last week's champions held on strong, and others continued to perform well further down the charts. But boy, it really kinda' sucks to be 'Jersey Boys.'

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Army Spec. Mitchell Oliver Returns to Hometown of Greenville Through Fly A Soldier Home This Summer [Photos]

Deann Oliver greeted an unexpected soldier Saturday.

In helping welcome home returning U.S. military personnel at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, she was doing a supportive shift with fellow Blue Star Mothers of America members and Patriot Guard Riders. A handful of families had already been reunited with loved ones when her eyes fell on someone she wasn’t expecting to see until at least next week: U.S. Army Spec. Mitch Oliver. It was her son.

Deann shrieked with delight, clutching into her knees just beyond Gate B as others in two greeting lines, many holding and waving American flags, clapped, smiled and cried tears of joy. Also beaming was Mitch, who had a bouquet of red roses for his mother snuck to him by his father, Gary Oliver.

He was flown in through Fly A Soldier Home This Summer, a contest sponsored by Ed Koehn Automotive Group in conjunction with Classic Hits 98.7 WFGR and affiliated stations 97.9 WGRD, Channel 95.7 (WLHT), 100.5 The River (WTRV) and 1410 AM The Touch (WNWZ).

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ArtPrize 2010 Winner Chris LaPorte Returning to ArtPrize in 2014

Artist Chris LaPorte, winner of ArtPrize in 2010, is returning ArtPrize this fall with another large pencil on paper drawing.

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Gas Leak Leads To Evacuations In Downtown Ionia

UPDATE (12:55 p.m.): The evacuation order in downtown Ionia has been lifted.

Part of downtown Ionia has been evacuated following a gas leak Friday morning.

The Ionia County Sheriff's Department reported the leak around 10 a.m. and evacuated the are immediately.

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Be More Wary of Lightning in Summer [Sponsored]

This is the time of year when many love to relax and play out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, says to keep you and those around you safe on the water when boating.

Summer officially arrives at 10:51 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office.

In embracing summer and enjoying the great outdoors on the water and even at the beach, here's a tip good for boaters and beach-goers to help you stay safe out there.

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New Movies This Week: ‘Jersey Boys’ and ‘Think Like a Man Too’ [Video]

This weekend, we get two new movies that aren't your traditional summer fare—the first an adaptation of a beloved musical, the other a sequel to a somewhat surprising hit from not long ago.

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Grand Rapids Public Schools Talks Budget Cuts [Video]

Facing a $13.5 million deficit due to a projected enrollment decline of 400 students, Grand Rapids Public Schools may have to make some tough decisions.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ’22 Jump Street’ Schools ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′

Everyone expected '22 Jump Street' and 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' to open well, but you won't find many people who expected the raunchy R-rated comedy to open bigger than the family friendly animated adventure. But here we are! Both films opened well, but '22 Jump Street,' like the first film, is has taken a hammer to all expectations.

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Sun of a Beach Festival Brings Sand and Fun to Downtown Grand Rapids [Video/Photos]

Friday was a fun day for Grand Rapids as the beach moved downtown for Sun of a Beach Festival!

We brought the sand, the beer, the food, music and, heck, even a party boat!

The day was beautiful, the beer was cold, the elephant ears were massive and the bands played for hours! There was a dancing, drinking and fun had by everyone who came out to 50 Monroe NW for our party!

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Safe Boating Tip of the Week: Be Weather Ready [Sponsored]

Many look forward to relaxing and playing out on the water.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, says to keep you and those around you safe on the water when boating.

Michigan Safe Boating Week runs through Saturday and National Marina Day is Saturday.

In embracing those campaigns and seeking to help you enjoy getting out on the water for relaxation, recreation and to enjoy the great outdoors, here's another boating tip to help you stay safe out there.

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Eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) on Beaver Island in Michigan. (Getty Images/ Photo Researchers)
Eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) on Beaver Island in Michigan. (Getty Images/ Photo Researchers)
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DNR Offers Tips For People Who Encounter Snakes

If you're like me, when you encounter a snake you quickly scream and run away. Don't judge. Our friends at the DNR put together a cheat sheet on what to do if you come across our slithery little friends.

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6-Year-Old Child Goes Missing From Big Rapids Elementary School

UPDATE (2:57 p.m.): It is being reported that the girl was found safely playing at a friend's house.

There is currently a search underway in Big Rapids for a six-year-old girl who was last seen at Riverview Elementary School.  Investigators have not released a name or a picture of the child at this time.

The following is the description of the child from police:

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