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Great Lakes Ice Cover Low This Winter

Feb 15, 2017
NOAA, Great Lakes Today

Last week, only 15 percent of the Great Lakes was covered in ice. That’s the highest level of ice cover recorded so far this winter – but it’s far less than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 64-percent prediction. 

A rally against Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo was met with about 800 pro-choice protestors. Saturday’s demonstration was part of a national movement to cut federal funding to the organization that offers abortions and women’s health services. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

It’s easy to see snow as a nuisance when you’re trying to remove it. But perhaps a look at the science of snow can restore your sense of wonder. Maria Drouillard of Kalamazoo wants to know: why is it that the texture of snow varies so much from powdery to damp? In other words, what makes snow wet or dry?


Supporters and opponents of the Paw Paw "Redskins" at a school board meeting in February
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Paw Paw’s public school district has decided to retain a controversial Native American-themed mascot, and might use it even more than it does now.

School board members voted 4 to 3 Wednesday to continue using the “Redskins” name and logo for high school sports teams. It will also allow younger students’ teams to use the name.

Meetings about the issue drew large crowds; hundreds packed a high school auditorium for the final vote.

Grand Rapids Astronaut Remembered

Feb 8, 2017
NASA File Photo / AP Photo

Grand Valley State University and the Grand Rapids Public Museum are honoring astronaut Roger B. Chaffee. The Grand Rapids native was killed during the 1967 Apollo One fire. The event marking the tragedy is called “Roger That! A Celebration of Space Exploration in Honor of Roger B-Chaffee.”

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