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WMUK News
9:53 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Kalamazoo goes medieval for a week

Broadsword demonstration at the 2011 Congress
Credit WMU University Relations

This week Kalamazoo becomes a virtual time machine as hundreds of scholars arrive for the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies. The 48th gathering at Western Michigan University will include serious academic discussions along with some that are more accessible to the public. The latter category includes sessions on medieval themes in the Harry Potter books and recent movies like The Hobbit.

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Music
4:51 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Willie Nelson's harmonica player adds to his signature sound

Mickey Raphael (right) with Willie Nelson (left)
Credit stillisstillmoving.com

Willie Nelson and Family are in concert May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theater in Kalamazoo. Even if the name Mickey Raphael isn’t familiar to you, you have most likely heard his music. Raphael is the harmonica player in country music legend Willie Nelson’s band.

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Hobbies
2:06 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Life as a clown: Kalamazoo clown troupe visits seniors

The clowns of Clown Alley 44
Credit Donna Wilinski

“Well my husband’s name is Billy Gumbo, and we have Starla, Pickles, Bloopers, Suzie and Sunshine are real- we had a Sunshine the Clown, we have a Suzie Sunshine, we had a Scrap, we’ve got a Scrappy,” says Donna Wilinski as she lists of the clowns of Clown Alley 44 in Kalamazoo.

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WMUK News
9:26 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Project Connect helps get services to the poor

A haircut at Project Connect in November 2011
Credit Kalamazoo County Poverty Reduction Initiative

If you’re poor in Kalamazoo County, getting vital social services can be a challenge. It’s even harder if you don’t have a car. But twice a year, Project Connect helps low-income residents get the services they need through one-stop shopping. The next one will be on Wednesday, May 8th, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Kalamazoo County Expo Center at the county fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street.

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Albion Public Schools
8:21 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Albion Schools consider major steps to address budget shortfall

Albion High School marquee
Credit Albion Public Schools

    

Interview with Justin Hinkley

Albion Public School officials are considering drastic action to address a $1-million budget shortfall. That could include closing the district's high school.

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