"KALAMAZOO, MI-- The City of Kalamazoo asking for the public's help to identify vandals that likely exhibited signs of physical exhaustion earlier this week. The city is offering a $500 reward for information about vandalism of 80 headstones in Riverside Cemetery, some of the toppled stones weighing as much as 1000 pounds." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette

On WestSouthwest, a new book on women voting in the elections that followed winning the right to vote. And the 160th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's visit to Kalamazoo will be marked this weekend.

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University of Notre Dame Political Science Professor Christina Wolbrecht says a lot is known about the movement to get women the right to vote, but she says how women used the right to vote hasn’t received nearly as much study. 


Abraham Lincoln visited Michigan only once. He came to Kalamazoo to give speeches in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park 160 years ago, four years before he became president and the Civil War began. The Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Project will mark the event Saturday at the Kalamazoo Public Library. 

"KALAMAZOO, MI – The death of a man in police custody in May was accidental and caused by his "significant medical and personal history," but two Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers have been suspended for failing to recognize his condition." (Kalamazoo Gazette)