8:57 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Cause of fire at Cereal City recycling still unknown

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Operations at facility are closed indefinitely after fire on Friday. At least $100,000 in damages reported
Cereal City Recycling fire's cause still unknown. Investigators have ruled out a couple of possible causes
8:50 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Janice Brown to step down as Executive Director of Kalamazoo Promise, other changes announced

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Brown retired as KPS Superintendent in 2007, joined the non-profit organization in 2008
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Janice Brown is stepping down as executive director of The Kalamazoo Promise, although she is staying on staff as director emeritus, it was announced today. Meanwhile, Bob Jorth, administrator of The Promise office since its creation in spring 2006, is being promoted to executive director, and Von Washington Jr., former principal of Kalamazoo Central High School, is joining the office as executive director of community relations.
Business
6:19 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Some Net Retailers Aren't Buying Online Sales Tax Proposal

The Senate on Monday approved a bill to allow states to collect sales taxes from online retailers. Proponents say sellers will get help navigating tax collection, but many retailers says complying will be burdensome and opens the door for unforeseen problems.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 9:00 pm

Congress is considering a bill that would allow states to collect sales taxes from online retailers. Proponents say a law is necessary to level the playing field with brick-and-mortar stores and to raise revenue for states.

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Music
4:51 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Willie Nelson's harmonica player adds to his signature sound

Mickey Raphael (right) with Willie Nelson (left)
Credit stillisstillmoving.com

Willie Nelson and Family are in concert May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theater in Kalamazoo. Even if the name Mickey Raphael isn’t familiar to you, you have most likely heard his music. Raphael is the harmonica player in country music legend Willie Nelson’s band.

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It's All Politics
4:22 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Some Democrats Back Same-Sex Amendment To Immigration Bill

Some Democrats want to amend the immigration bill before the Senate to allow foreign-born same-sex spouses of Americans to qualify for green cards.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 9:00 pm

The immigration overhaul bill before the Senate would provide, among other things, more visas for migrant farm workers and high-tech workers, and a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

One thing it would not provide is help for same-sex couples in which one partner is an American and one foreign-born. For heterosexual couples, a foreign-born spouse automatically qualifies for a green card and many of the benefits of citizenship. Not so with gay and lesbian couples.

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Book Reviews
4:22 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Safety Is Relative: A Moving Account Of Life In Chechnya

Russian troops patrol Minutka square in the Chechen capital on Monday, Feb. 28, 2000.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 9:00 pm

How do you write an absorbing novel about unspeakable things? It's always a tricky business, and an editor I know once described the dilemma this way: "A reader needs to want to go there." What "there" means is the self-contained world of the book. And what would make a reader want to go deeply into a world of hopelessness and seemingly perpetual war, a world of torture and intimidation and exploding land mines? There are many answers. One of the most obvious, of course, is the language.

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4:09 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Auto companies fall on Fortune 500 list, SW Michigan companies move up

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GM is now in seventh place instead of fifth. Ford Motor company was also moved down in rank on the Fortune 500 to tenth place. But Kellogg moved up 13 spots to number 192, and Stryker bumped up from 308 to 305.
Washington - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. retook top spot on the Fortune 500 rankings of largest U.S. companies from Exxon Mobil as two U.S. automakers fell. General Motors Co. slid from fifth to seventh. GM fell behind Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, which rose from seventh to fifth, and Apple Inc., which rose from 17th to sixth as its revenue jumped by 45 percent in 2012.
4:05 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

UPDATE: Radioactive water goes into lake before Palisades shut down

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Almost 80 gallons of radioactive water was released into Lake Michigan from the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant this weekend. A spokesperson for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says that the radioactive material is not a health risk because the water was diluted before it reached the lake.
COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI - Before Sunday's shutdown of Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, about 79 gallons of diluted radioactive water were released into Lake Michigan, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday, May 6. But by the time the water reached the lake, the level of radioactivity had been diluted to the point where it did not represent a health or safety risk, a spokeswoman for the NRC said.
The Picture Show
3:54 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

A Picture Postcard From Wild Wrangel Island

Musk oxen, more akin to goats and sheep than to oxen, were introduced to Wrangel Island in 1975 and now number about 800. In September, with mating season underway, bulls engage in frequent head-butting confrontations to establish dominance.
Sergey Gorshkov National Geographic

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 11:19 pm

If something seems impossibly remote, you call it Siberia. And if Siberians want to make the analogy, they could call it Wrangel Island. About 90 miles off the coast of northeastern Siberia, the 91-mile-long island has been inhabited by some humans over the years — but has been home to a superabundance of wildlife such as polar bears, Pacific walruses and musk oxen.

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It's All Politics
3:37 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Is Jeff Flake The Most Unpopular Senator In The Country?

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., shown on Capitol Hill on April 23, voted against a bill expanding background checks on gun sales, which has upset some of his constituents.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 9:00 pm

Congress is coming back to Washington after a weeklong recess, and for Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, the return may come as a relief.

Some of his constituents in Arizona are still livid over his recent vote against expanded background checks for gun sales. They say the freshman senator is ignoring their calls for a public meeting.

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Hobbies
2:06 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Life as a clown: Kalamazoo clown troupe visits seniors

The clowns of Clown Alley 44
Credit Donna Wilinski

“Well my husband’s name is Billy Gumbo, and we have Starla, Pickles, Bloopers, Suzie and Sunshine are real- we had a Sunshine the Clown, we have a Suzie Sunshine, we had a Scrap, we’ve got a Scrappy,” says Donna Wilinski as she lists of the clowns of Clown Alley 44 in Kalamazoo.

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Television
1:54 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Linney Mines 'The Big C' For Serious Laughs

Laura Linney and Alan Alda star in The Big C, now in its fourth season on Showtime. Linney took on the role not long before her own father died of cancer.
Showtime

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:20 pm

From a young age, Laura Linney knew what she wanted to do with her life: act. There was no question.

She was a drama nerd in high school, and went onto Juilliard to study theater. But film acting was never the dream, and movie stardom definitely wasn't the goal.

"I was always completely intimidated by film," she tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "I was not the sort of person who grew up thinking, 'Oh, I want to be in the movies.' I loved movies; I just didn't think I particularly belonged there."

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Middle East
1:50 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Could Syria's Civil War Become A Large Regional Crisis?

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 8:26 am

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. In a strange way, Barack Obama and Bashar al-Assad find themselves in the same dilemma today: initiate military action that both would prefer to avoid or look weak, even hypocritical. The American president faces a chorus of criticism after he decided to wait for more proof that Syria's government has crossed his red line on chemical weapons, while Syria's president must now decide whether to respond to Israeli airstrikes on his capital or leave his supporters to wonder why not.

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Technology
1:50 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Unearthing History: How Technology Is Transforming Archaeology

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 2:40 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

Legend has it that the rainforest of Mosquitia hid La Ciudad Blanca, the White City. For centuries, explorers tried to find the fabled city in the jungle of Nicaragua and Honduras. Protected by white water, coral snakes, stinging plants and brutal topography, the White City remained an archeologist dream. But with a new application of recent technology, a documentary filmmaker, not an archeologist, found the White City.

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Health Care
1:50 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Bedside Manner: Conversations With Patients About Death

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 2:29 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. All of us prefer to be told the truth - at least, we say we do - even when the diagnosis is terminal. And doctors believe they have an obligation to deliver bad news except that often, they don't. In a survey of nearly 2,000 physicians by the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital, a majority said they believe they should never lie to a patient and yet more than half delivered a rosier prognosis than warranted, and 10 percent outright lied.

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Radio Diaries
1:08 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Teenage Diaries Revisited: A Gay Teen's Family, 'Evolved'

Amanda as a teenager (left). She now lives in Manhattan and works as a massage therapist.
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 10:19 am

Name: Amanda Brand

Hometown: Queens, N.Y.

Current city: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Massage therapist

Then:

"My mother's always yelling at me, 'How are you supposed to find a man?'... I tell her, I'm like, 'I'm not interested in men.' "

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Book Reviews
12:56 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Godwin's 'Flora': A Tale Of Remorse That Creeps Under Your Skin

Gail Godwin, whose latest novel is Flora, has been a finalist for the National Book Award and a Guggenheim fellow.
David Hermon Bloomsbury Press

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:20 pm

Gail Godwin says one of the inspirations for her new novel, called Flora, is Henry James' ghost story The Turn of the Screw. Both stories take place in isolated old houses, and both revolve around mental contests between a governess character and her young charge. There are ghosts in Flora, too: specters that arise out of what our narrator calls her "remorse." Godwin had me at that word, "remorse": It's such a great, old-fashioned word, and it suggests that there'll be a lot of awful things going on in this novel that will need to be atoned for.

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Music Reviews
11:39 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Caitlin Rose: A Singer Grounded In The Details Of Yearning

Caitlin Rose's newest album is titled The Stand-In.

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:20 pm

"Pink Champagne," a song on Caitlin Rose's second album The Stand-In, presents Rose's voice in its sparest purity and veiled shrewdness. She sends her voice skyward, the notes as buoyant and light as the bubbles of the pink champagne she's singing about. Her high trills could, with only a slight shift in tone and attitude, become self-conscious with a Betty Boop coyness, as they do once or twice on The Stand-In. But most of the time, Rose keeps her music grounded in the details of yearning, heartache and a welcome sense of gratefulness and enthused energy.

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Books
11:17 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Wendy Williams Dishes Her Own Dirt

Karl Giant

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:35 pm

Daytime television talk show host Wendy Williams is known for pushing the envelope and dishing the dirt on celebs. She got her start over 20 years ago, as a radio DJ and host. Williams quickly became known in New York as a "shock jockette" who never bit her tongue.

Her quick humor has made The Wendy Williams Show one of the most popular in daytime talk. But Wendy's road to stardom had its bumps.

On Drug Use

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Education
11:17 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Failed Promises For Early Education Programs

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It turns out that the budget cuts that are affecting Head Start come at a time when spending on early childhood education is shrinking across the country. From 2011 to 2012, state funding for pre-kindergarten dropped by half a billion dollars - that according to her recent report from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.

The director of the institute, Steve Barnett, is with us now. Welcome to you. Thank you so much for joining us.

STEVE BARNETT: Thank you, happy to be here.

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Children's Health
11:17 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Sequester Slams Head Start Programs

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

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WMUK News
9:26 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Project Connect helps get services to the poor

A haircut at Project Connect in November 2011
Credit Kalamazoo County Poverty Reduction Initiative

If you’re poor in Kalamazoo County, getting vital social services can be a challenge. It’s even harder if you don’t have a car. But twice a year, Project Connect helps low-income residents get the services they need through one-stop shopping. The next one will be on Wednesday, May 8th, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Kalamazoo County Expo Center at the county fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street.

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Albion Public Schools
8:21 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Albion Schools consider major steps to address budget shortfall

Albion High School marquee
Credit Albion Public Schools

    

Interview with Justin Hinkley

Albion Public School officials are considering drastic action to address a $1-million budget shortfall. That could include closing the district's high school.

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Around the Nation
7:13 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Auction House To Take Bids On Neil Armstrong's EKG

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene. Being the first person to set foot on the moon would make anyone's heart skip a beat. Well, not apparently Neil Armstrong. An auction house in Amherst, New Hampshire, is about to take bids on Armstrong's EGK. It's a printout of the Apollo 11 astronaut's heart rate as he first stepped onto the surface of the moon in 1969. The printout is about six inches long and shows some fairly steady beats. Well, that's for one man. No word yet on mankind. It's MORNING EDITION.

Europe
6:59 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Police Ask Passersby To Return Cash From Stolen Safe

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

When thieves in a small Belgian town tried to shake the cops, they dumped the safe out of the getaway car. The safe popped open, spilling $1.3 million worth of cash. People scrambled to pick it up. One woman even brought out a broom. Well, it's now two weeks later and police are asking for the money. They have setup a mailbox for people to drop off cash anonymously. Only half the money has been returned so far. Oh, and somebody has already broken into the mailbox.

6:58 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Ford presidency to be remembered in Grand Rapids

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Events mark opening of exhibit at Presidential library and museum
Key people who helped ex-President Gerald R. Ford guide the United States through the biggest government crisis of the last 50 years will be in Grand Rapids today and Tuesday to talk about him and open a new exhibit at the museum honoring his memory.
Business
6:48 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Spice Girls Musical To Close Early

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now our last word in business. Critics and ticketholders wanted something more from the Spice Girls musical. So the last word in business today is: sad spice.

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6:37 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Palisades Nuclear Power Plant shut down for repairs

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission monitoring repairs
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
SOUTH HAVEN, MI -- Palisades nuclear power plant has been shut down for repairs, according to officials at the plant. The plant was removed from service Sunday morning for inspections and repairs to the safety injection/refueling water tank, according to Palisades spokesperson Lindsay Rose.
6:30 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Michelle Grevenstuk of Otsego wins women's Kalamazoo Marathon

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Finishes marathon in just under three hours
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Michelle Grevenstuk approached the Kalamazoo Marathon with a "why not" attitude. The 31-year-old Otsego resident competed in the inaugural 26.2-mile run at the Borgess Run for the Health of It in Kalamazoo two years ago, she was a spectator last year and on Sunday she was a winner.
6:28 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Justin Gillette wins men's Kalamazoo Marathon

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Goshen, Indiana runner wins marathon for second straight year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Justin Gillette seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself during the Kalamazoo Marathon Sunday. The professional marathoner from Goshen, Ind., was encouraging spectators at spirit stations along the course to cheer louder, he high-fived a few others and he got a crowd gathered downtown to laugh when he made an unexpected stop to answer nature's call in a porta-potty.

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