Theatre
5:29 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

'Check Your Privilege' Asks WMU Students, Staff About Race

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Last year, with the help of a Kellogg Grant for Racial Healing, more than 160 students, staff, and faculty at Western Michigan University were interviewed about race relations on campus. The result is a documentary theatre piece called Check Your Privilege, premiering this week.

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Sports
5:10 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Tree Climbing Championship Makes Tree Work Less Treacherous

Nate Jansen of Bartlett Tree Experts demonstrates a normal climb for work at his parent's home
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The 20th annual Michigan Tree Climbing Championship takes place Saturday in Holland. Tree industry professionals and a few hobbyists will compete for prizes and the chance to go to the international competition in Florida.

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Election 2014
2:11 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

State Senate Candidates Discuss Economy, Education and More During Forum

State Senate candidates Sean McCann, Lorence Wenke (standing) and Margaret O'Brien
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The candidates running for state Senate in Michigan's 20th District met Wednesday night for a forum on the Western Michigan University campus. 

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The Two-Way
12:33 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a Sept. 4 news conference at the Justice Department in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 8:29 am

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Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, will resign his post after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

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September 25, 2014
8:49 am
Thu September 25, 2014

WestSouthwest September 25, 2014

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On WestSouthwest, two candidates running for state House. 

  

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Election 2014
8:47 am
Thu September 25, 2014

WSW: Republican Dave Maturen Seeks State House Seat

Dave Maturen
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Dave Maturen says he would bring a mix of experience in local government and small business to the state Legislature if he is elected. 

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Election 2014
8:47 am
Thu September 25, 2014

WSW: Democrat Andy Helmboldt Running for state House

Andy Helmboldt
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Battle Creek City Commissioner Andy Helmboldt says the 62nd District needs someone with a broad range of experience. 

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Around the Nation
7:14 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Harpist Finds Zoo's Primates A Captive Audience

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:26 pm

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Space
6:37 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Robot Spacecraft Strike Up Martian Friendship

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:26 pm

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6:27 am
Thu September 25, 2014

YMCA Says Professor was Immediately Pulled from Pool

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Celebration of Carolyn Harris' life is scheduled for Tuesday
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Trained lifeguards immediately pulled Western Michigan University Professor Carolyn Harris from the swimming pool the YMCA on Saturday when they saw she was not resurfacing. Harris was identified Monday as the woman who was pulled unresponsive from the swimming pool at the Maple Street branch of the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo on Saturday.
6:05 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Former PNC Bank Building in Downtown Kalamazoo Sold

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Developer Tom Huff plans mix of commercial, retail and luxury apartments
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Longtime downtown property owner Tom Huff has purchased the former PNC Bank Building at the corner of East Michigan Avenue and the Kalamazoo Mall (Burdick Street) with plans to convert it for commercial and residential use.
Children's Health
5:05 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Respiratory Disease Affects Hundreds Of U.S. Kids

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NPR Story
5:05 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Ground Forces Needed To Play A Role In Strategy Against ISIS

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:26 pm

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Here's what the U.S. has used against ISIS - or ISIL - an air offensive with powerful weapons and allies.

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Here's what the U.S. has not built up against ISIS in Syria - any credible ground force.

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NPR Story
5:05 am
Thu September 25, 2014

U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes Hit ISIS' Oil Refineries

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:26 pm

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Research News
5:05 am
Thu September 25, 2014

For Police, A Debate Over Force, Cop Culture And Confrontation

New York City police officers stand guard in Times Square earlier this month after a blog affiliated with the so-called Islamic State militants mentioned the area as a target for bombing.
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Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 5:00 pm

Protests in Ferguson and New York this summer rekindled an old debate about how American police use force.

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8:53 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Democrats Propose Requiring Insurance Companies to Offer Abortion Coverage

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Only seven of the 42 health insurance plans in the state offer optional abortion riders
LANSING - Many Democrats would simply like to repeal a law that requires women to purchase an additional rider to their insurance polices if they want abortion coverage. And while that is unlikely, since the bill passed in December with strong majorities in the Republican-controlled House and Senate, several legislators are introducing a bill this week that would require insurance companies in the state to offer those riders.
8:44 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Saugatuck Appealing Ruling That Sign Ordinance is Unconstitutional

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Saugatuck City Council approved the ordinance in 2010
The Saugatuck City Council took 40 minutes in closed session to decide to appeal a judge's decision that struck down parts of the city's sign ordinance as unconstitutional."The city is filing an appeal to preserve its right and determine the impact of the court's ruling on existing ordinances," City Manager Kirk Harrier said in a prepared statement.
8:37 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Gilmore Car Museum to Open Cadillac, LaSalle Museum

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More than 20 cars will be displayed in new facility
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
HICKORY CORNERS, MI -- The Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum, the latest addition to the 90-acre Gilmore Car Museum, will hold its grand opening this weekend. The 10,000-square-foot building, modeled after a 1948 dealership, will "protect, promote and share the exciting history" of the two automobiles.
Local Music
6:35 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

'My Fair Lady' Will Open Kalamazoo Civic's 86th Season

Elizabeth Stone and Dan Coyne, in character as Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins.
Credit Erik Holladay

Actor and director Ben Zylman, who serves as marketing director of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, describes some of the elements that make Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's  My Fair Lady a timeless classic.

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Middle East
5:43 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Second Round Of Airstrikes In Syria Target Oil Assets

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:29 pm

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Book Reviews
5:43 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Margaret Atwood's 'Stone Mattress' Is Full Of Sharp And Jabbing Truths

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 11:12 am

Some short-story writers seem to feel the need to show as many different sides of themselves as possible in one book: tough, tender, minimalist, maximalist, funny, sad. But in her new collection of stories, Margaret Atwood emphasizes one particular Atwood quality, which, for lack of a better word, I'll call "wicked." (Though let's be sure not to confuse the writer with her characters.)

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Politics
5:02 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Shifting Stance, Some GOP Candidates Back State Minimum Wage Hikes

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says under certain conditions, he would support a higher minimum wage in his state.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 6:15 pm

Here's another entry in the strange bedfellows political show, 2014 edition: As Election Day gets closer, some Republicans in battleground races seem to be moving to the center on a number of issues. Their latest sea change is the minimum wage.

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Law
4:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

As Election Nears, Voting Laws Still Unclear In Some States

Voters walk to an early voting site to cast their ballots on Aug. 11 in Miami. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court in Ohio upheld a decision extending early voting in that state. Meanwhile, as Election Day nears, courts are still considering cases about early voting in North Carolina, and voter ID requirements in Texas and Wisconsin.
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Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 11:12 am

Midterm elections are less than six weeks away, but the rules for voting in some states are still unclear. This week alone, courts have been considering challenges to voter ID requirements in Texas and Wisconsin, and whether limits on early voting in North Carolina should stay in place. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court panel in Ohio upheld a decision extending early voting in that state, although state officials say they'll appeal.

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Television
4:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Network TV's Fall Lineup Distinguished By Diversity

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 6:14 pm

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WMUK News
4:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Non-Motor Traffic Plan Advances

The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.
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The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study has approved a wide-ranging plan for improving non-motorized transport in the area. The Complete Streets proposal, as it’s known, applies to roads in Kalamazoo County and part of Van Buren County.

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3:49 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Kalamazoo County Commissioners Propose Staff Pay Raise

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County Administrator Peter Battani spoke in favor of the budget at the commissioners' meeting.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners finalized a draft of their 2015 budget during their annual budget retreat Tuesday afternoon. County administration is projecting an $86.7 million budget for 2015, about $3.4 million more than the $83.3 million 2014 budget.
WMUK News
2:37 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Talons Out Flight Honors WW2 Veterans

Welcoming home Talons Out veterans in Kalamazoo
Credit Gereld Malec / WMUK

Veterans of the Second World War are often thought of as the “Greatest Generation.” Many paid the ultimate price of defeating Nazi Germany and the Japanese Empire. But many more lived on to remember comrades who didn’t come home. But the ranks of World War Two vets are thinning fast. It’s estimated that up to 800 die every day, often without having had the chance to visit the Second World War Memorial in Washington completed in 2004.

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World
1:31 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Obama Challenges U.N. To Confront World's Conflicts

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WMUK News
12:25 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Portage Woman Helps Fight Ebola

A Liberian woman holds up a pamphlet with guidance on how to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading
Credit Abbas Dulleh / AP Photo

A Kalamazoo-area woman has begun a campaign to help people in Africa fight the Ebola outbreak there. Dr. Manjerngie Ndebe (pronounced "man-JANG-ee DEH-bay") is the founder of a faith-based healthcare missionary program based in Portage. She says her campaign is focus on the situation in her native country, Liberia.

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Europe
8:01 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Rural English Family Uses Doorbell To Find Lost Dog

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:31 pm

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