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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. 

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