Brandon Stacy (Spock), Brian Gross (Kirk) and Jeff Bond (McCoy) on the bridge of the Enterprise.
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Why Star Trek Endures

Star Trek Beyond opens in movie theaters nationwide July 22. It's the latest entry in a franchise that started on NBC-TV way back in 1966. No other TV show has energized fans and powered spin-offs and "reboots" over the last half-century like it has. Two Kalamazoo Star Trek fans think they know why.
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Sophie Zhai

Escher Quartet To Play 3 Works Of Equal Magnitude At Fontana Fest

As they accumulate notable awards and grants, and perform in some of the finest concert halls around the world, the members of the Escher Quartet also accumulate their fair share of travel horror stories. The music is the easy part, says cellist Brook Speltz, who is the son of two classical musicians.
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"KALAMAZOO, MI-- Four demands were announced via bullhorn to a crowd of a few hundred people who had marched, chanting, from Bronson Park to the Kalamazoo Mall following a Black Lives Matter gathering here Friday evening July 22. Discipline the police officers who were transporting a man from the hospital to jail when he died along the way." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, MI - A local Black Lives Matter chapter is planning a Friday rally and an undisclosed 'shutdown action' on city streets, a move that has police preparing to allow the demonstration but react to any problems that develop. The rally is planned for 6 p.m." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

Sophie Zhai

As they accumulate notable awards and grants, and perform in some of the finest concert halls around the world, the members of the Escher Quartet also accumulate their fair share of travel horror stories. The music is the easy part, says cellist Brook Speltz, who is the son of two classical musicians.


Courtesy Jim Hines

Librarians are magic. Any bookworm or someone with a well-worn and tattered library card knows that. And Michigan author Jim C. Hines knows it better than most, having created Isaac Vainio, a character who is a librarian and a magician. He's a "libriomancer" who can literally pull magical beings into the world from the written word.


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(MPRN-Lansing) Voters in Michigan will be allowed to use the straight-ticket voting option on the November ballot. A federal judge has ruled a ban adopted by the Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Snyder violates the voting rights of African-Americans in large cities. 

(MPRN-Lansing) The Genesee County prosecutor is asking judges to make sure two dozen felons sentenced as juveniles to life without parole don’t have a chance at freedom. 

"The Battle Creek Bombers fell to the Kenosha Kingfish, 7-6, as their late rally fell just short, with the game-tying run left on third base." (Battle Creek Bombers' website)

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(MPRN-Lansing) If you have kids and are planning a Labor Day trip, you might want to check your child’s school calendar. 50 school districts have received a waiver to start classes before the holiday. 

"KALAMAZOO, MI — A local Black Lives Matter chapter is planning a Friday rally and an undisclosed "shutdown action" on city streets, a move that has police preparing to allow the demonstration but react to any problems that develop." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"CLEVELAND — Four years ago at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, it was oysters and champagne for Gov. Rick Snyder. This year in Cleveland, it was “build your own paella.” (Detroit Free Press)

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