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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.”

Sehvilla Man / WMUK

The Commission also scrapped a controversial proposal to change its bylaws.

Kalamazoo County has taken a stand against the possible closing of two Kalamazoo public schools. On Tuesday the commission said the Washington Writers’ Academy and the Woodward School for Technology and Research deserved the county’s support.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Members of Kalamazoo’s city commission say the city needs to think now about how to protect its undocumented residents. They worry that the Trump administration will pursue mass deportations of people without papers; the president sometimes called for such action on the campaign trail.

Frank Franklin II / AP Photo

Many parents of students at El Sol Elementary, a public school in Kalamazoo where students learn in English and Spanish, see the election of Donald Trump as a crisis.


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