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Should Michigan tax incentives parlay into box office returns?
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Movie Tax Break Vs. Box Office Incentive?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if our great state is willing to give Hollywood's movie industry a tax break to film here then shouldn't we get a percentage of their take at the box office?

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LaughFest
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Laughfest Community Kick Off Party

Laughfest officially kicks off at 7:30pm tonight at Rosa Parks Circle!  The festivities at Rosa Parks will include an attempt to break Guinness World Record for tossing rubber chickens.  Everyone is welcome, so you can stroll downtown and lob some rubber chickens around in attempt to beat the Guinness Record.  The previous record was 265 people tossing chickens and Laughfest organizers hope to draw 500 people to participate.

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(Photo Courtesy Of Gene Parker Photography)
(Photo Courtesy Of Gene Parker Photography)
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Men’s Journal Shows GR Some Love

Well,  Newsweek may have called Grand Rapids a dying city, but it seems that Men's Journal disagrees with them.

As part of the annual Best Places to Live feature, Men's Journal selected Grand Rapids as the Best Place to Take a Chance on a Crazy Idea, citing its support of start-ups and creativity.

In addition to our support of all things creative, we were praised for being eco-friendly as well as having an abundant amount of walkable areas.

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Icy chess pieces showcase Grand Rapids in new Ice Brigade reality show!
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Grand Rapids-Based Reality Show Debuts Tonight! [Video]


Ice Brigade is the first reality show of its kind and will not get the cold shoulder in the ratings ... because  at least one episode was filmed at Rosa Parks Circle downtown Grand Rapids... so, it has to be good!

The concept of the series started with six people who help run a small business near 131 and Wealthy called Ice Sculptures Ltd..

You can be a part of the premiere party at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel before the show airs tonight on the Food Network at 10 p.m. 

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(Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
(Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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Betty White And Jay Leno Talk LaughFest

Betty White was a guest on Jay Leno's show last night, and after talking about her lack of cooking skills, her hate of red carpet events, the perfect size for a dinner party and turning down "As Good As It Gets", she and Jay talked a bit about LaughFest!

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[Jason Merritt/Getty Images]
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Want To See Lady Gaga In Grand Rapids?

Of course you do! It's the hottest show coming to Grand Rapids! And Channel 957 has your tickets!

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Record Temps In West Michigan
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Record High Temperatures Today? Maybe…

Spring is giving us a little preview of it's splendor as the week draws to a close.  With temperatures in the upper 40's yesterday and perhaps near 60 today, it just feels great!  And as the day progresses a 100 year old record may be broken.

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[Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for GQ]
[Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for GQ]
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Proposed “Bike Week” Will Be Scaled Down

Grand Rapids city commissioners have reached a compromise with "Grand Rapids Bike Week" organizers and that is a scaled down version that Mayor George Hartwell is calling a "pilot".

Instead of the event taking place solely in Downtown Grand Rapids, it will instead be three days of vendors (with no food or beer vendors) downtown, and a week long celebration at the I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa.

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Taylor Swift At Van Andel Arena

Taylor Swift will be making her way to Van Andel Arena on Thursday, July 28th! Tickets go on sale Friday, February 18 at 10am!

Tickets can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena Box office, all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000!

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New Kids & Backstreet Boys Together
New Kids & Backstreet Boys Together
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OMG! It’s NKOTBSB in GR!

Channel 957 welcomes New Kids On The Block & the Backstreet Boys TOGETHER in concert at Van Andel Arena on Thursday May 26th!

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[Frank Micelotta/Getty images]
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Bob Seger Coming To Grand Rapids!

Yup, Bob Seger (along with the Silver Bullet Band) will be in Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena on April 2nd! (He's a Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer, ya know...)

Tickets for the show go on sale on Saturday, February 12th at 10am!

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Midwest Braces For Major Snow Storm
Midwest Braces For Major Snow Storm
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Blizzard Warning – Closures & Warnings

The Michigan State Police are reminding you to NOT drive unless it's an emergency.  Emergency vehicles can not get to you.

As of 4:30 this morning, there are over 800 cancellations and delays.  Call ahead if you are venturing out ANYWHERE today!  Click 'READ MORE' for major cancellations and delays.

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