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Christian Slater, newest 'Playback' actor, loves Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The supernatural thriller "Playback" is shooting at locations around Grand Rapids, and one of the new members of the cast says he's loving the city.

Veteran actor Christian Slater joined the cast this week.  He plays a jaded police officer who may not be what he seems.

Slater has obviously not been with the production for long, but he is enjoying his time in West Michigan.

"I love it," Slater says. "It's beautiful.

"The hotel is gorgeous. We're right along the river. There are guys out there fly fishing. It's gorgeous. I love this type of place and being here. [People] are so friendly to the movie industry, so we couldn't be more grateful."

Slater will be in Grand Rapids for the rest of the week. Production of "Playback" is expected to wrap up at the end of September.

Some of the scenes for the movie were filmed at the WZZM 13 studios in Grand Rapids.

BREAKING NEWS: One person in critical condition following Grand Rapids shooting

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police say one person was shot in the head in an attack in southwest Grand Rapids.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. in the 600-block of Stolpe St. SW.

Investigators say two suspects drove south from the scene in a tan car.

Dispatchers say the victim suffered life-threatening injuries, and currently is in critical condition.

WZZM 13 has a crew at the scene, and we'll have more information online and on WZZM 13 News at 11 p.m.

Meijer helps Blessings in a Backpack program feed hungry children

KENT COUNTY (WZZM)- A program designed to fight childhood hunger, kicked off in Grand Rapids Monday.  Meijer is partnering with the non-profit organization "Blessings In A Backpack."  They started their multi-school bus tour at Aberdeen Elementary school.  The goal of the tour is to feed thousands of hungry children across the country. 

Monarch butterflies migrating from Grand Rapids to Mexico

Grand Rapids, MI (WZZM) - About 250 Monarch butterflies are on the way to Mexico from Grand Rapids.

"It takes them months," says John Ball Zoo education director Andy McIntyre.

The butterflies were released from John Ball Park Zoo Sunday so they can begin the 2,500 mile migration.  They are completing the yearly cycle that began last spring when the Monarchs in Mexico started moving north. The release at the zoo was an opportunity for children to learn about the butterfly's life cycle and launch the insects on their long journey south.

"It kept on tickling me and it wouldn't get off my hand," says 10 year old Emauri Tolbert, who offered his palm as a launch pad. "It wouldn't get off it."

 "It was really cool to watch it fly away," says 11 year old Maddy Lewitt. "You know you never get to really have a butterfly in your hand."

Scientists say the Monarch is the only butterfly that migrates. How they find their way is a mystery.

September 11th, 2010 - Back to School Kid Parade

First Ever “Back to School Kid Parade!”West Side leaders make big plansGrand Rapids---The upper west side of Grand Rapids will be filled with colorful bikes and banners Saturday, September 11 as a group of people with deep ties to the community host the first ever Kid Parade to celebrate being Back to School. The idea was hatched by Ed Kettle, Chief of Staff for State Representative Roy Schmidt and long time neighborhood advocate. He enlisted City Commissioner Dave Shaffer and School Board Member Jon O?Connor to help assemble a group to make the event a reality.The Kid Parade will begin at 11am sharp. The parade starts at Westend Street, one block west of Covell Road, and will proceed west on Leonard to the Elk?s Lodge 48 (Highlands Golf Course). Once there the group will offer a brief ceremony to commemorate the lives and sacrifices of Fire and Police professionals on the anniversary date of the 9-11 attacks in New York City.

Northview downs Union

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Looking to build off an impressive win in Holland last week, Northview hosted Grand Rapids Union in a non-conference matchup Friday.

Northview took it to Union and won 35-0.

Forest Hills Northern vs. West Catholic

(WZZM)- The West Catholic Falcons have been a member of the O-K Blue conference since 2008, and they've owned the league that entire time. If fact, they haven't lost a conference game since joining the blue.

Forest Hills Northern would look to end that streak.

But in the first quarter with West Catholic up by a field goal, Lance Buitendyk scored from six yards out.

Later, the Falcons' Jalin Faison scored with a 10 yard run up the middle.

There weren't many highlights for Forest Hills North.

West Catholic dominated with the 51-0 win.