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7:37 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

'A Soldier's Tale': A musical look at what it means to be a soldier

The CD cover for American Chamber Winds' recording of 'A Soldier's Tale'

For as long as there have been wars, there have been stories about the brave soldiers who fought in them. But what about the others? On Friday, Fontana Chamber Arts and the Western Michigan University School of Music, along with WMU actors and dancers, will tell a story about a very different kind of soldier.

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SW Michigan
4:05 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Oil spill in 2010 not a threat to drinking water

Kalamazoo River re-opens in 2012 (file photo)
Credit WMUK

A new state report says the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill did not cause contamination of residential water wells that threatens human health. The final “health assessment” by the Department of Community Health says no oil-related organic compounds were found in wells near the disaster in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties.

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WMUK News
2:33 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The Living Building Challenge at WMU

LBC building: the Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab
Credit Living Building Challenge.org

When is a building like a flower? One answer is: when it is built according to the standards of the Living Building Challenge™. The initiative launched by the International Living Future Institute seeks to reduce or eliminate the effect of human structures on the natural world.  

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Torture and terrorism
7:27 am
Mon March 11, 2013

WMU Professor's book argues for torture in "ticking time bomb" cases

File photo of leg shackle at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Credit The Associated Press / Photo reviewed by U.S. Military Officials

Western Michigan University Philosophy Professor Fritz Allhoff says there are many problems with torture, but he says it can be justified in some cases to save lives. That’s the premise of Allhoff’s book Terrorism, Ticking Time-Bombs and Torture (University of Chicago Press). 

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Local Music
3:23 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Andrew Koehler conducts Kalamazoo Philharmonia's "American Gothic"

Andrew Koehler
Credit andrewkoehlerconductor.com

  

The Kalamazoo Philharmonia will play works of Americans George Chadwick, Samuel Barber, Walter Piston, and George Walker in a program titled "American Gothic" this Saturday. 

Conductor Andrew Koehler describes the character of and frames each work in its place in American music history. He also tells us about the featured soloist, Minghuan Xu, who will appear in the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber.

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