KALAMAZOO, MI -- A Kalamazoo Central High School student carrying pepper spray in her pocket accidentally discharged the canister, causing the evacuation of eight classrooms Tuesday afternoon, a school spokesman said. Six students required medical attention and two were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure because of underlying health conditions, said Alex Lee, spokesman for Kalamazoo Public Schools. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Eastern Michigan President Susan Martin announced Tuesday that she will leave her post as head of the university, effective on the seven-year anniversary of her hiring, July 7, 2015. Her announcement came during a scheduled strategic planning meeting at the student center in front of about 75 faculty and staff members. (MLive)


(MPRN-Detroit) Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s open to the idea of the state taking over debt from Detroit Public Schools (DPS). A long-awaited report released this week by the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren recommended the move. 


(MPRN-Lansing) The legal team fighting Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban has settled on a well-known litigator for LGBT rights to argue the case before the US Supreme Court. 

Robbie Feinberg

The recent closing of the Harding’s Market grocery store in Kalamazoo’s Vine neighborhood wasn’t just a routine case of a business shutting its doors. The market was the only grocery store in Vine, and its closing left residents scrambling. Some even formed online groups to protest and debate. And finding a new source of food for the neighborhood’s many low-income residents isn’t easy.