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SW Michigan
3:41 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Zapata memorial highway bill advances

Credit WMUK

A bill on its way to the state House would rename part of I-94 in honor of a Kalamazoo Public Safety officer killed in 2011. M-Live Kalamazoo reports that the measure was unanimously approved by the state Senate Wednesday. It would name the 25-mile stretch of the freeway in Kalamazoo County as the “Eric Zapata Memorial Highway”.

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Urban poverty
8:56 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

WMU speaker discusses urban poverty and race

Renaissance Center in Detroit
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A scholar well-known for his work on poverty, race and inequality will speak on Friday at Western Michigan University. William Julius Wilson teaches in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He’s also the author of several books on the issues of urban poverty and race. 

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Classical Literature
7:50 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

World language students to host marathon reading of 'The Aeneid'

'Aeneas' Flight from Troy' by Federico Barrocci
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What could be more epic than reading an epic poem in the way it would have been read more than two thousand years ago? How about reading it in English from beginning to end? The Western Michigan University World Languages department is doing a live marathon reading of Virgil’s The Aeneid on Friday.

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Music, Theatre, & Dance
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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