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Future of Education
1:36 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Education Conference Thursday in Kalamazoo

Credit The Center for Michigan

Last month the Center for Michigan released a report on what citizens want from the education system in the state. The Ann Arbor-based think tank’s President John Bebow says a year and a half listening tour was followed up with two scientific surveys. The Center for Michigan is holding a conference on the future of education Thursday in Kalamazoo. 

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Local Music
12:22 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Baritone Carl Ratner, pianist Raymond Harvey premiere new songs

Carl Ratner
Credit Carl Ratner

An interview with Carl Ratner

Baritone Carl Ratner and pianist Raymond Harvey, conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, will give the world premiere of American Pierrot: A Langston Hughes Songbook Thursday night in a free concert in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.

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Music
9:01 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Choral Festival shows what high school vocalists can do

Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams

High school choirs in Southwest Michigan have been rehearsing for the 15th Annual High School Choral Festival. The event is put on by the Kalamazoo Bach Festival this week at Kalamazoo College.

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Hobbies
8:55 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

WMU gaming convention gives 'social gaming' a new meaning

Members of the Western Michigan Gamers Guild playing Magic: The Gathering.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Simple board games and card games have brought people together for centuries. This weekend, the Marmalade Dog gaming convention at WMU will bring about 300 people from around the country together to play table-top games.

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SW Michigan
3:46 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Flags to fly at half-staff for Plainwell soldier

Veterans memorial at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo
Credit WMUK

Flags will be flown at half-staff Thursday in memory of a southwest Michigan soldier who died after being wounded in Afghanistan. Governor Rick Snyder issued the order Monday for Sergeant Mark Schoonhoven of Plainwell. He died in January at an Army hospital in Texas after his unit was attacked by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul in last December. He was part of a transportation company based at Fort Carson, Colorado. A funeral service for Schoonhoven will be held Thursday morning in Otsego.

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