WestSouthwest Brief

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Who doesn't like movies? That's what Disability Network Southwest Michigan is banking on. For three months, it's showing critically-acclaimed films for free, over lunch, in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and St. Joseph. The movie for March is "Keep the Change," a romantic comedy about a couple with autism. What's ground-breaking about this film is its leads, in fact, have autism in real life. The first screening is March 18 at the Disability Network's downtown Kalamazoo office.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer giving her State of the State address Tuesday night February 13th, 2019. Photo by Jake Neher, WDET
Jake Neher / WDET

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says that by 2030 all communities in Michigan should be able to trust the drinking water coming out of the tap. When the governor unveiled her proposed budget last week, she called for 120-million dollars in additional money for drinking water infrastructure. Lake Michigan Senior Correspondent for Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Bureau Gary Wilson says “If Michigan is going to meet that goal, she’s going to need to build alliances in the Legislature and cultivate this over time.”

Cover of the book On Living by Kerry Egan
Courtesy of Kerry Egan

As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan says there are two questions she’s often asked: What are people’s last words? And what do people regret as they are dying? She says “I think what they’re really asking is ‘what am I going to regret? And what are the most important things to say?’”

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine - file photo from WMU University Relations
WMU University Relations

Dr. Cheryl Dickson says income and environment influence health outcomes more than the care people receive from a physician. The Associate Dean of Health Equity and Community Affairs at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine will discuss health equity at the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo’s Community Breakfast on Thursday, March 7th at the Radisson in downtown Kalamazoo.

Polar Bear Monument in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Michigan, sculptor Leon Hermant. Photo by Bolandera from Wikimedia Commons
Bolandera / Wikimedia Commons

When President Woodrow Wilson agreed to send American troops to northern Russia in 1918, it was only to guard stores in Archangel. But it didn’t take long for the Americans to find themselves in combat with Bolshevik soldiers. Author James Carl Nelson tells the story in his book The Polar Bear Expedition: The Heroes of America’s Forgotten Invasion of Russia, 1918-1919.