Local Music
10:35 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Acclaimed Axiom Brass makes Fontana debut

Axiom Brass
Credit axiombrass.com

The Axiom Brass, a featured ensemble on this year's Fontana summer festival, will perform a mixed program of early music to modern, sacred and secular works at the Holy Family Chapel at Nazareth Center.

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7:15 am
Tue July 22, 2014

New Member Picked for Benton Harbor City Commission

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Vacancy was created when commissioner David Shaw was found guilty of resisting and obstructing police
BENTON HARBOR - Mary Donald was chosen Monday as the newest Benton Harbor city commissioner by a 6-2 vote. Donald said she has followed city politics for quite some time and is glad to have the opportunity to be a voice for the citizens.
7:12 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commission Approves Development on Lafayette Street

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Plan calls for building with retail space and apartments
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Motorists will soon be unable to access Lafayette Avenue from West Michigan Avenue after the Kalamazoo City Commission approved the vacation of a portion of the street Monday to allow for development in the area. Commissioners voted 6-0 to vacate 337 feet of Lafayette Avenue from West Michigan Avenue to 1111 Lafayette Ave.
7:02 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Layoff Notices Sent for Grand Rapids Public Schools

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The district's human resources director says some workers may be called back if enrollment numbers increase
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Another year of projected enrollment declines has the Grand Rapids Public Schools sending layoff notices to some 90 staffers this week as the district projects losing another 400 students this coming fall.
Strange News
6:53 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Sheriff Puts Inmates Back In Stripes As Orange Jumpsuits Gain Fame

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A sheriff in Michigan is concerned that the popular series "Orange Is The New Black" has turned orange prison jumpsuits into a fashion statement, like it's cool to be in jail. So concerned, he's requiring inmates to wear old-fashioned black-and-white-striped jumpsuits in place of the orange ones. Sheriff Will Federspiel told The Saginaw News that a lot of inmates don't like the new jumpsuits. His response - too bad, don't come to jail. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:23 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Detroit Pension Holders Vote for Bankruptcy Deal

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Creditors still object to deal
Detroit retirees voted to accept pension cuts and allow the Detroit Institute of Arts to spin off as an independent institution, reflecting a critical endorsement of the city's restructuring blueprint to resolve the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
6:17 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Kids Count Report Finds Michigan in Bottom Half of Nation for Child Well Being

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Michigan was 32nd overall in 2014 report, down one spot from 2013
LANSING -- Michigan is improving slightly for major factors in child well-being, but still lags far behind the majority of states, according to the 25th annual "Kids Count" report. The report, produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, revealed that while preschool attendance rates, teen birth rates and child poverty all improved from last year's report, the state remains mired behind its neighbors.
6:08 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Former Vicksburg Village Manager Faces Embezzlement Charges

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Matt Crawford resigned last year after 12 years on the job
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Matt Crawford's alleged scheme, which spanned more than three years, began in 2009 when he purchased a new vehicle for the village and, during the transaction, traded in a personal vehicle and rolled $4,000 he owed on the car into the purchase,
Middle East
5:25 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Kerry's Aim In Egypt: First, Get Israel And Hamas To Cease Fire

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The death toll continues to climb as Israel presses on with its ground operation in Gaza.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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NPR Story
5:25 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Telecommuting Didn't Work Out For One Transplanted Worker

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This summer, we're also focusing on the high rate of youth unemployment and hearing what some out-of-work younger adults are doing to make ends meet. Christina Gastlelum is 32. She recently moved to Maine from New York City. She tried to keep doing her job as vice president of a nonprofit remotely which did not work out.

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Sports
5:25 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Woman Will Officiate Big 12 Football Game For The First Time

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with congratulations to Catherine Conti. Cat Conti will be the first woman to officiate a football game in the Big 12 Conference. She'll be part of the crew when Kansas plays Southeast Missouri State. The officiating supervisor says she got that job because she's, quote, "darned good." Kansas coach Charlie Weis says because of Ms. Conti, he will try not to swear as much.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Actually, Coach Weis, equality means curse away.

Space
4:45 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Rosetta Spacecraft Readies For Rendezvous With Comet

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 8:58 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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All Tech Considered
6:35 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead?

Members of global advocacy group Avaaz stand next to a digital counter showing the number of petition signatures calling for net neutrality outside the Federal Communication Commission in Washington in January. Avaaz joined other groups to deliver more than a million signatures for a free and open Internet to the FCC.
Kevin Wolf AP

The Federal Communications Commission says it's writing rules for the Internet to preserve the status quo.

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SW Michigan
5:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

WMU Solar Car Ties for 3rd in Formula Sun, Races On

Western Michigan University's Sunseeker solar car.
Credit Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University’s Sunseeker solar car tied for third place in the Formula Sun Grand Prix in Austin, Texas last weekend. And the engineering students on the Sunseeker team aren’t done yet.

Starting July 21 they'll race the car against other college teams in the American Solar Challenge. That takes the Sunseeker on a more than 1700-mile course to Minneapolis.

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Arts & More
5:13 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

2014 Black Arts Fest Promises Cultural Fun

Credit Courtesy of the Black Arts & Cultural Center

The Black Arts and Cultural Center is turning the last weekend of July into four days of fun both indoors and out.

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Theater
5:08 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest

Dutch actors perform during a dress rehearsal of the show HUIS at the 68th Avignon Theater Festival in France. The festival has been international since 1966 and today French performances make up only 20 percent of all acts.
Boris Horvat AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:35 pm

Every July, for one month a year, the southern French city of Avignon becomes a theater. Actors, directors and playwrights converge on the walled, medieval town, where thespians perform in every playhouse, opera house, church and even in the streets. It's all part of the Avignon Theater Festival, which was started in 1947 by renowned French actor and director Jean Vilar.

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Shots - Health News
5:06 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits

Brian Zikmund-Fisher with his wife, Naomi, and daughter, Eve, in 1999, after he had a bone marrow transplant. He says he made the decision to have the treatment based on factors he couldn't quantify.
Courtesy of Brian Zikmund-Fisher

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 2:44 pm

How well do we understand and act on probabilities that something will happen? A 30 percent chance of this or an 80 percent chance of that?

As it turns out, making decisions based on the odds can be an extremely difficult thing to do, even for people who study the science of how we make decisions.

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Men In America
5:02 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

If You're A College Man Who Hasn't Shared His Bed, You're Not Alone

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:35 pm

Freelance writer Noah Berlatsky talks about sex in college — or, rather, not having sex in college. Berlatsky was among the 10 percent of students who remain virgins throughout college, and this felt to him like an embarrassment — and a knock against his masculinity. But, he realized in time, it made him no less or more a man.

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National Security
4:30 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

In Bloody Battle, Medal Of Honor Recipient Held His Post Alone

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:35 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

At the White House today, President Obama awarded the nation's highest award for combat bravery. He presented the Medal of Honor to former Sergeant Ryan Pitts. In 2008, Pitts fought off a large Taliban force at an Afghan outpost. He did this for a time alone and wounded until the Americans could turn the tide of the battle.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: As one of his teammates said, had it not been for Ryan Pitts, that post almost certainly would've been overrun.

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4:28 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Detroit to Stop Water Shutoffs for 15 Days

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The city says the decision is not a concession to those who oppose the shutoffs.
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is suspending water shut-offs for 15 days starting Monday. The department is facing criticism worldwide for mass shutoffs that have turned off water to 15,200 customers since March, but department spokesman Bill Johnson said the move is not a concession in the high-profile political fight.
News
4:28 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Tenuous Progress At Jet's Crash Site, As Clashes Flare Close By

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:35 pm

The first Dutch investigators have reached the crash site of the Malaysian airliner shot down in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, fighting broke out in the outskirts of Donetsk between separatists and armed groups supporting the government in Kiev.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Music News
4:28 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country'

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye, whose first single, "Girl In A Country Song," takes aim at one-dimensional representations of women in country music.
Kevin White Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:35 pm

No theme has dominated country radio playlists and charts more in the past couple of years than celebration of the sort of small-town good life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories. The young country duo Maddie & Tae aren't fans of the third element in the "bro-country" trinity.

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Poetry
3:47 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Larry and Lina: Busy Chicago Poets In A Digital World

The full interview with Larry Sawyer and Lina Vitkauskas

Larry Sawyer and Lina Vitkauskas of Chicago are busy poets. In addition to publishing numerous poetry books, they helped start the Chicago School of Poetics and are co-editors of Milk Magazine, one of the first online poetry forums in the late 1990s. You can find their work at Kazoo Books in Kalamazoo.

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Author Interviews
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 4:36 pm

As the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders, journalist Chris Tomlinson wanted to find out what crimes his ancestors had committed to maintain power and privilege.

So he went to Tomlinson Hill, the plantation his ancestors built in the 1850s, to not only explore the slave-owning part of his family tree, but also to find the descendants of the slaves who kept the Tomlinson name after they were freed.

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Books
1:53 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy

Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career.

Technology
1:53 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Why Diversity In Tech Matters: 'People Solve Problems That They See'

Host Michel Martin talks to a roundtable of activists and innovators about the future of technology, and recruiting the next generation of African-Americans and Latinos into the tech field.

Music
1:53 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

For TMM Intern, Robert Glasper's 'Black Radio' Expands Category Of Hip-Hop

As Tell Me More enters its final weeks of production, intern Miles Johnson shares his favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.

July 21, 2014
8:11 am
Mon July 21, 2014

WestSouthwest July 21, 2014

Michael James Joyce examines the helmet sensor
Credit Western Michigan University

A helmet that can help detect the impact the could lead to a concussion and keeping an eye on political opponents. 

WestSouthwest July 21, 2014

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Election 2014
8:09 am
Mon July 21, 2014

WSW: Politcal Spying, Bumbling and Fundraising

Credit Tom Arthur/Wikicommons

WestSouthwest with Zach Gorchow

    

Gongwer News Service Editor Zach Gorchow says it's typical for politicians to spy on each other. But he's never seen one side as clumsy at it as the Republicans have been this year. 

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Food
7:52 am
Mon July 21, 2014

To Save These Pigs, Ky. Farmer Says We Have To Eat Them

Kentucky hog farmer Travis Hood with Luther, a young Red Wattle boar. Hood started raising Red Wattles five years ago after cuts to his job, and began turning a profit on the meat in February.
Courtesy of Hood's Heritage Hogs

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:54 pm

Robertson County has the smallest population of any county in the state of Kentucky, and it's the only one, word has it, without a stoplight.

So it's an unlikely place to find a campaign to keep the food system more genetically diverse. But that is exactly what's happening on a small farm owned by Travis Hood, called Hood's Heritage Hogs.

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