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WMUK News
6:55 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Assistant Battle Creek city manager picked as new Kalamazoo City Manager

Kalamazoo City Hall - file photo
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Interview with Emily Monacelli

Kalamazoo City Commissioners have unanimously voted to offer the city manager's job to Assistant Battle Creek City Manager Jim Ritsema. 

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Poetry
3:53 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Poet thinks about the world of birds and the less-than-ideal life

Poet Gail Martin
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Poet and psychologist Gail Martin will hold a reading Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at Portage District Library for her new book Begin Empty-Handed, which won this year’s Perugia Press Prize. Perugia Press publishes poetry by up-and-coming female poets every year. 

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WMUK News
2:09 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Speaking out for banned books

Volunteer reader at the 2012 KPL "Banned Book Read-Out"
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It may be a backhanded compliment to the importance of the old fashioned book that so many are still challenged or banned each year. The American Library Association says there were 464 reports of book censorship last year. The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom says the top ten most banned or challenged books in 2012 included the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey; E.L. James’ steamy Fifty Shades of Grey; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni; and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

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Science Fiction
1:34 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

When is the next book coming out? Waiting on the sci-fi series

George R.R. Martin, the writer of the popular book series now TV show 'Game of Thrones'
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Almost everyone can relate to waiting for that next book in the series to come out. Our science fiction fans John Wenger and Andrea Johnson caught us up on a few series they’re reading.

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Kalamazoo River
12:19 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

State assessment finds no "long term impact" on public health from contact on Kalamazoo River

Portions of the Kalamazoo River reopened in 2012 (file photo)
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The Michigan Department of Community Health says it has evaluated surface water in the area of the 2010 oil spill on the Kalamazoo River. 

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