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Saugatuck-Douglas consolidation
9:11 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

WestSouthwest: Should Saugatuck and Douglas merge?

Saugatuck and Douglas
Credit Erin Wilkinson

Interview with Eric Lupher

In November voters in Saugatuck and Douglas will decide whether the two towns should consolidate into one. 

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WestSouthwest
9:21 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Teaching tolerance using racist memorabilia

David Pilgrim in the Museum of Racist Memorabilia
Credit Ferris State University

The nation’s long struggle with racial discrimination has left some litter behind: objects some now call “contemptible collectibles”. Some of these are on display inside the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. Its founder and curator is David Pilgrim, the university’s vice-president for diversity and inclusion. He speaks Thursday, October 16th, at 5:30 p.m. at Western Michigan University in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Room 2008.

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Local Music
3:55 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Brian Miller revives music of the northern lumber camps

Brian Miller & Randy Gosa
Credit Darin Back

Minnesota musician Brian Miller's most recent CD, The Falling of the Pine, is his second album of songs that were sung in the lumber camps across the northern states in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

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Poetry
3:43 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Love Your Body Poetry Night promotes postive body image for women

A diagram from the trailer for 'Killing Us Softly,' a documentary by Jean Kilbourne.

The YWCA is holding a poetry night tomorrow to commemorate Love Your Body Day as well as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The National Organization for Women started Love Your Body Day in 1988 to draw attention to ads and other media that negatively affect how women see their bodies.

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2014 election
9:25 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Kalamazoo County Commissioner launches campaign for state House

Brandt Iden
Credit Iden campaign website

Kalamazoo County Commissioner Brandt Iden says he will run for the state House next year. 

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