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An apparent second hate crime occurred at a Battle Creek synagogue over the weekend, after another incident just six weeks ago.

Battle Creek's Urbandale Area Photo by Erik McCloud of Cloudy Productions
Erik McCloud of Cloudy Productions / Southwest Michigan's Second Wave

Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave is now “On the Ground” in Battle Creek. Like their project in Kalamazoo, On the Ground Battle Creek seeks stories in neighborhoods. Starting with Washington Heights and now Urbandale.

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Jane Simons says people reading stories from Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave On the Ground series in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo will find some commonalities between the two cities. Those include people wanting to make positive change in their communities. But Simons, who is Project Editor for On the Ground Battle Creek says Battle Creek and Kalamazoo are different, and the stories show those characteristics.

On the Ground Battle Creek Engagement Editor Jeff Cotton says Battle Creek is still struggling with its identity right now. He says the stories in the On the Ground series may help with that effort. He says they are finding the people and getting them to share energy with city. 

File photo of members of the group Justice for Otsego Greyson Steele, WMUK
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The state now says wells in Otsego are not contaminated after retesting. The Michigan Education Department objects to A-F grades for the state’s schools. WMU men’s basketball loses on the road. 

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Two women will head up the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners in the new term. Members elected Democrat Julie Rogers, who’s in her fourth term in the Board, as chair at their meeting last Tuesday night. Tracy Hall, who’s in her second term and is also a Democrat, was elected Vice Chair.