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Trumpet player Keith Geiman and keyboardist and bodhrán player Thom Britton will inaugurate a new summer series tonight, a series that focuses on local musicians. The free Thursday concerts, August 4 - September 1, begin at 8 pm in the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo.  


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The exact location of Fort Saint Joseph in Niles was lost for more than a century. The French built the fur trading post in the 1680’s as one of the first European settlements in the western Great Lakes. But people forgot about it soon after the fort was abandoned in the 1790’s. It remained that way until archeologists from Western Michigan University rediscovered the fort in 1998. Since then they've been learning how people lived there more than 300 years ago.


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Western Michigan University President John Dunn says he plans to be busy for his final year on the job. Dunn announced Monday that he will step down June 30th, 2017. 


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For nearly 20 years, faculty and students from Western Michigan University have been digging at the site of Fort Saint Joseph in Niles. After 250 years, nothing of the fort is left standing above ground. 


The teen fangirl magazine Tiger Beat is going through some major changes. Last year a group of 17 investors - including notables like TV host Nick Cannon and basketball star Kevin Durant - bought Tiger Beat for roughly $2 million. Since then the magazine has a new look, a new website, and updated their content to better reflect today’s generation of girls. Ilana Nash studies adolescence through Western Michigan University’s Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. She says the magazine provides a safe haven for young girls.


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