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Between the Lines: Women Doing Life

For twelve years, retired University of Michigan–Dearborn professor of sociology Lora Bex Lempert co-sponsored a National Lifers of America chapter at a women’s prison. She coordinated college-level courses for the women there, taking a special interest in women doing life sentences. That led to a 20-year research project as she interviewed and befriended 72 women and heard their stories. Lempert put that research into a new book, Women Doing Life: Gender, Punishment, and the Struggle for Identity (NYU Press, 2016).

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Farmers Alley Celebrates 10th Season With Mel Brooks Satire "The Producers"

The disreputable bust-and-boom Broadway adventures of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom in the record-breaking, 12 Tony award-winning musical The Producers are coming to the Farmers Alley Theatre July 20-Aug 5. Stars Stephen Wallem and WMU alum Tony Humrichouser , the real-life couple playing Max and Leo, and director/choreographer Bill Burns join Cara Lieurance to preview the production, which will be the biggest production yet in Farmers Alley Theatre's ten-year history. Wallem and Humrichouser talk about the experience they bring to their roles and praise director/choreographer Bill Burns, who worked directly with the team that launched the original stage adaptation of The Producers, including Mel Brooks, Susan Stroman, and Thomas Meehan.

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The Michigan attorney general says the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act does not protect sexual orientation or gender identity. A former WMU vice president resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment. A state report spells out the worst case scenario for an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac. Action, or lack of it by the state Legislature could impact a proposed settlement between Michigan State University and sexual assault survivors. A new report finds Michigan, like most states, doesn't test for lead in school drinking water. 

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Matt Grocoff says today’s children may grow up in a world without power outages. The founder of the Ann Arbor based Thrive Collaborative says that’s part of the promise of “net-zero” buildings.

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Kalamazoo Astronomical Society President Richard Bell says the weather on Earth can get in the way of observing Mars, but he says dust storms on the Red Planet could also impair the view.

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PFAS turn up in wells near the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base. Kalamazoo County Commissioners say many of their constituents are skeptical about a taxpayer-funded event center. Battle Creek City Commissioners will interview applicants for a vacancy on the commission at the end of the month. The U.S. Education Department says Michigan's special educaiton programs need intervention. Michigan State University says it should not be the subject of a lawsuit claiming that a woman was discouraged from reporting a rape by three basketball players.  

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(MPRN-Lansing) The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about whether a redistricting proposal can go on the November ballot. 

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Health and Environmental officials held a town hall meeting in Richland Township Tuesday night to update citizens on PFAS contamination found in local wells.  Following the recent discovery of PFAS levels over the federal recommended limit near the former Production Plated Plastics site, the Department of Environmental Quality is testing 25 more wells east of the site.

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A meeting on PFAS contamination in Richland Township is tonight. MSU's new permanent athletic director gets a big raise. Ground breaking on the new bridge crossing between Detroit and Canada. A Southwest Michigan restaurant owner gets a reprieve in his deportation case. Michigan State University trustees approve hiring a new athletic director. 

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Opioids continue to play a major role in deaths from drug overdose in Kalamazoo County. Most fatal overdoses in Kalamazoo County last year involved at least one opioid, according to the Office of the Medical Examiner. In 66 deadly overdoses in 2017, not including suicides, opioids played a role about 75 percent of the time.

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Years after the idea first came before the Board, Kalamazoo County commissioners have voted to build a $5 million new animal shelter. Supporters of the overhaul, including Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement Director Steve Lawrence have long criticized the existing building.

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Suggestions from players, dream lists compiled the year before, and plenty of research go into designing programs for the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, says Drew Le, co-artistic director and pianist on the upcoming "Brahms & Co." program this Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm at the Saugatuck Woman's Club. He'll be joined by his wife and co-artistic director Jennifer Walvoord and cellist Alicia Eppinga to play the program's centerpiece, the Trio in B major Op 8 by Johannes Brahms. There are two obscure but worthy pieces by Brahms' contemporaries, Carl Reinecke and Heinrich von Herzogenberg, which round out the program.