10:05 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Paw Paw Council allows Village Manager to work temporarily for Bangor

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Paw Paw Village Manager Larry Nielsen says situation is uncommon, but has been done before
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PAW PAW, MI -- After a hiatus of six years, Larry Nielsen is back as Bangor's City Manager -- on a temporary basis. Nielsen is holding down the role in addition to his regular job as Paw Paw village manager. The Paw Paw Village Council approved a resolution allowing Nielsen to run both municipalities for a maximum of 90 days.
7:56 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Unemployment rate drops in Kalamazoo, Van Buren Counties in August

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Decrease from July linked to seasonal changes. Jobless rate down slightly from a year ago
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Young people and seasonal workers dropped out of the area's late-summer labor force here and in other parts of Southwest Michigan, resulting in a region-wide drop in unemployment rates in August.
Around the Nation
7:42 am
Fri September 27, 2013

North Texas See Mass Migration Of Spiders

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World
7:38 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Half Marathoner: Bad At Directions, Good At Distance Running

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with the story of a very happy but long accident. Thirty-four-year-old Meredith Fitzmaurice signed up for the recent Run for Heroes Half Marathon in Ontario, Canada. Somewhere on the route, she took a wrong turn, landing on the full marathon course, 26.2 miles.

And she decided to just keep going. Fitzmaurice ended up being the first woman to cross the finish line, the 10th person overall; and she qualified for the Boston Marathon.

6:50 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Researchers concerned about caffeine, drugs, other chemicals found in Lake Michigan

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Study raises questions about treatment systems at plants on lake
The new findings are alarming researchers, even as they continue to learn more about what the presence of these pharmaceuticals and personal care products means. The concern is that the products, or mixtures of them, might affect fish and other aquatic life in ways that harm the ecosystem.
6:45 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Benton Harbor officials say drop in crime linked to stricter code enforcement

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City officials say it's part of changing mind-set
BENTON HARBOR - A sharp spike in citations issued by the Benton Harbor Inspections Department for chipped paint and uncut grass has led to a decrease in burglaries and fires, the city's emergency manager says.
6:36 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kalamazoo City Manager candidates to be interviewed by City Commission Friday

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Finalists made presentations and answered questions on Thursday
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Four candidates competing to replace retiring Kalamazoo City Manager Kenneth Collard told about 50 community members reasons why they want to be Kalamazoo's next city manager and answered questions posed to them by attendees on Thursday.
6:11 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Enbridge buys Ceresco Dam, plans for partial removal

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State approached company earlier this year about buying Dam in Calhoun County
CERESCO - Enbridge Inc. has purchased the Ceresco Dam and plans to remove nearly half of the structure while adding greenspace along the Kalamazoo River by spring 2014. More than 20 people attended a community meeting Thursday night at the Ceresco Baptist Church as Enbridge officials unveiled plans for what it called its "Ceresco Dam property redevelopment project."
All Tech Considered
6:07 am
Fri September 27, 2013

BlackBerry: If You Don't Survive, May You Rest In Peace

Steve Henn NPR

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:45 pm

This may be premature, but it is best to think of this post as an obituary for the BlackBerry, a phone struck down seemingly in its prime. Gone so soon.

BB, we'll miss you.

Over the course of its existence, BlackBerry sold smartphones to more than 200 million people. It became ubiquitous in places like Indonesia, but it began with an invasion of Wall Street and Washington.

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Middle East
3:56 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Journalists In Egypt Face 'Unprecedented Pressures'

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 6:54 am

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Sports
3:56 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Fans Experience The Thin Line Between Winning And Losing

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 6:16 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's not just sports teams that win championships. It's also their fans - whole cities of people who endure long seasons, hanging on every pitch, every touchdown, every basket, sharing in both the elation of victory and also the pain of defeat. Major League Baseball's best teams are getting ready for the playoffs next week and so are their faithful. And over the next few minutes we want to feel what it's like to be on the cusp of either a championship - or disaster.

(SOUNDBITE OF 1986 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFF GAME)

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Sports
3:56 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Bream's Slide Decades Ago Dashed Pittsburgh's Playoff Hopes

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 6:25 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And staying with baseball, let's meet a man who was once closer than anyone to victory and defeat in the same game. It's 1992, the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates were in the post season. They are one out away from the World Series. Atlanta is batting. And this happened.

(SOUNDBITE OF 1992 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES)

SKIP CARAY: Swung, line drive left field. One run is in. Here comes Bream. Here's the throw to the plate. He is - safe! Braves win! Braves win! Braves win! Braves win!

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERS)

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Research News
3:06 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How Recycling Bias Affects What You Toss Where

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 6:07 am

During an experiment, marketing professor Remi Trudel noticed a pattern in what his volunteers were recycling versus throwing in the garbage. He then went through his colleagues' trash and recycling bins at Boston University for more data.

He found the same pattern, says NPR's Shankar Vedantam: "Whole sheets of paper typically went in the recycling, but paper fragments went in the trash."

Same type of paper, different shapes, different bins.

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Shots - Health News
3:05 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Houston Gears Up For Obamacare, Despite GOP Opposition

Enroll America outreach worker Rosy Mota (right) talks about the federal health care law with a CVS customer.
Carrie Feibel

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 8:26 am

Two high-profile Texans are fighting the Affordable Care Act.

Gov. Rick Perry has loudly dismissed the law, and fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor this week to rail against it at length — 21 hours and 19 minutes to be exact.

On the other side of the issue, you have Rosy Mota and her clipboard, standing at the door of a CVS pharmacy in one of Houston's Latino neighborhoods, stopping shoppers.

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Author Interviews
3:04 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Diane Ravitch Rebukes Education Activists' 'Reign Of Error'

Yunus Arakon iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 8:11 am

Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education, spent years advocating for an overhaul of the American education system. She supported the No Child Left Behind Act, the charter school movement and standardized testing.

But Ravitch recently — and very publicly — changed her mind. She looked at the data and decided that the kinds of changes she'd supported weren't working. Now she's a prominent critic of things like charter schools and school choice — and she's particularly opposed to privatizing schools.

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Local Authors
9:46 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Annie's Ghosts: A memoir of uncovered family secrets

The book Annie’s Ghosts was picked as this year’s the Great Michigan Read, which means it will be the subject of discussions around the state. Its author, Steve Luxenberg, will be at some of those events, including the one at Portage District Library on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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WMU football
9:26 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

WMU plays first MAC football game of season

Waldo Stadium - file photo
Credit GS Photo/WMU Media Relations

Interview with David Drew - air version

Broncos have started 0-4. Kalamazoo Gazette reporter David Drew says the team could fare better against conference opponents

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Local Music
8:47 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Can't afford a trip to Ireland? Come listen to a cozy Irish session instead

Peering into the Irish session through the windows of London Grill
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Walk into the London Grill in downtown Kalamazoo on a lazy Sunday afternoon and you might forget you’re not in an Irish pub. There’s an old British telephone booth in the corner, pints of beer on almost every table, and the chatter and laughter of familiar faces playing together in an Irish session. 

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The Salt
6:20 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Doctors Say Changes In Wheat Do Not Explain Rise Of Celiac Disease

About 40 years ago wheat breeders introduced new varieties of wheat that helped farmers increase their grain yields. But scientists say those varieties aren't linked to the rise in celiac disease.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 12:09 pm

Wheat has been getting a bad rap lately.

Many folks are experimenting with the gluten-free diet, and a best-selling book called Wheat Belly has helped drive a lot of the interest.

"Wheat is the most destructive thing you could put on your plate, no question," says William Davis, a cardiologist in Milwaukee, Wis., who authored the book.

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U.S.
6:17 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Fresno Officials Dismantle Homeless Encampments

A former encampment. Fresno officials have dismantled three shantytowns.
Kirk Siegler NPR

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:19 pm

Any day now, Fresno plans to raze a large homeless encampment that's grown up near downtown. The poor, farm-dependent city in California's Central Valley has one of the highest per capita homeless populations in the country.

In recent weeks, city officials there have dismantled three other sprawling shantytowns. The moves have displaced hundreds of people and sparked controversy.

Underneath Highway 180

Fresno is one of the poorest places in America. One in 4 people here live below the poverty line, and the recession only made things worse.

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Around the Nation
5:59 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Putting Good Deeds In Headlines May Not Be So Good

Glen James holds a special citation while facing reporters with Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis during a news conference at police headquarters on Sept. 16.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:19 pm

An online collection has raised more than $145,000 for a man who stumbled onto a pile of money and turned it over to police.

Glen James' story of a good deed is just one of many making headlines. It may not be exactly brand new, but public interest does seem to be piqued these days by ordinary folks making what are seen as extraordinary ethical decisions.

Some, however, question if airing this kind of "good" news is actually good.

A Series Of Good Deeds

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Education
5:05 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

College Board 'Concerned' About Low SAT Scores

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Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:19 pm

The College Board, sponsor of the SAT, says latest scores show that roughly 6 in 10 college-bound high school students who took the test were so lacking in their reading, writing and math skills, they were unprepared for college-level work.

The College Board is calling for big changes to better prepare students for college and career.

Stagnant Scores

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NPR Story
4:51 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Civil Rights Crusader Evelyn Lowery Dies At Age 88

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:19 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

One of the country's notable civil rights activists has died. Evelyn Lowery was at the front of the line marching from Selma to Montgomery. And her activism did not end in the 1960s. It defined her entire life. Here's Lisa George of member station WABE with a remembrance.

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Theater
4:51 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

An American Masterpiece, And A 'Menagerie' Of Stars

In a Broadway transfer of the American Repertory Theatre's acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie, Cherry Jones plays Amanda, mother to the very troubled Laura (Celia Keenan-Bolger). The play cemented Tennessee Williams' reputation as an American original when it premiered in 1945.
Michael J. Lutch

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:19 pm

Pop-culture aficionadoes will know Zachary Quinto as Spock in the cinematic reboot of Star Trek, and Cherry Jones as President Taylor from television's 24.

But both are accomplished stage actors as well. And tonight, they're opening on Broadway, in a revival of Tennessee Williams' classic play The Glass Menagerie.

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Music Reviews
3:34 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Bumpy, Bikers And The Story Behind 'Leader Of The Pack'

The Shangri-Las on the cover of the "Leader of the Pack" single.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 4:48 pm

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Health
3:34 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Big Pharma And Meth Cooks Agree: Keep Cold Meds Over The Counter

Key methamphetamine ingredient pseudoephedrine is most easily found in cold and allergy medicines.
Ann Heisenfelt AP

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:11 pm

Millions of Americans have seen the fictional world of meth use and production in AMC's Breaking Bad, but journalist Jonah Engle has spent a lot of time in the real world of meth.

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3:14 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

New federal funds expected for Detroit

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White House officials say money won't impact on going bankruptcy reorganizing
Washington - Three cabinet secretaries and the White House point person on Detroit are expected to bring some new federal funds to the city when they meet with top Michigan and Detroit officials and community leaders Friday in Detroit.
Television
2:50 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

'Masters Of Sex' Get Unmasterful Treatment On Showtime

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan portray pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson in a new Showtime series.
Craig Blankenhorn Showtime

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 3:34 pm

Way back in the 1950s — before people tweeted snapshots of their privates or posted their hookup diaries online — it was considered inappropriate to talk too much about sex. The guardians of culture treated it as something better kept in the dark.

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2:46 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Special court for troubled veterans proposed for Van Buren, Allegan, Barry Counties

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Veterans court would be similar to drug courts
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
According to Baillargeon, some veterans are not committing crimes due to simple criminality but because of problems resulting from their military service, such as post traumatic stress syndrome and substance abuse. "We'll try to grab ahold of some of these nonviolent felony and misdemeanor cases and try to put them in a program that will really follow them," Baillargeon said.
2:43 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Common Core standards pass House

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Update; Full House has approved resolution
The state House Education Committee this morning approved a resolution that would allow the state to move forward with implementing the controversial Common Core State Standards, but the future of an exam that would assess those standards remains iffy.

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