Kalamazoo

Earlene McMichael / WMUK

Every year, we celebrate our independence from Great Britain on the Fourth of July. But did you know that, in most states, there’s another independence day that some people also celebrate? It’s called Juneteenth, a 150-year-old African-American tradition that’s very much alive in Kalamazoo. But if Juneteenth has been around for 150 years, why haven’t more people heard of it?


"All eyes are fixed on Flint as the crisis over lead in the city's drinking water supply has unfolded at an accelerating pace since 2014. But Flint is not the only municipal or private water supply in Michigan where the drinking water is testing at or above levels that researchers and public health officials consider to be the threshold for concerning exposure to a potent neurotoxin." (MLive)

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- The City of Kalamazoo now has guidelines for anyone who wants to operate a commercial quadricycle service. Those are the rolling six- to 14-person pedaled vehicles that are being used for bar-hopping, brewery-hopping and sightseeing in other cities." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

Courtesy Queer Theatre Kalamazoo

On November 13th, Queer Theatre Kalamazoo opens its production of Next Fall -- a play that represents a lot of firsts for the local group. It’s the theatre company’s first play that’s not a new work. And it’s QTK's first production that’s a full drama, covering the complex intersection of faith and sexuality. The play is also the first part of a new focus by Queer Theatre Kalamazoo to explore those themes and reach out to more than just the LGBT community.


KALAMAZOO, MI -- A sewer line in Kalamazoo's Vine neighborhood ruptured Tuesday morning, spilling an estimated 200 gallons of raw sewage. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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