WestSouthwest Brief

Western Michigan University's College of Engineering - file photo by Andrew Robins, WMUK
Andrew Robins / WMUK

Encouraging underrepresented groups to consider going into STEM fields, an incubator to help teachers develop ideas for science teaching and studying tipping points and reversibility of catastrophic events. The ideas from Western Michigan University are three of the 33 entries in the National Science Foundation’s 2026 Idea Machine.


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, center, joins with lawmakers and others calling for expanding the state's civil rights law to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in the Capitol building. By David Eggert, AP
David Eggert / The Associated Press

Equality Michigan Executive Director Erin Knott says “you can get married on Saturday, and fired on Monday for who you love” in Michigan. That’s why Knott, who is also Kalamazoo’s Vice Mayor says it’s critically important to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law.


Detroit Tigers outfielder Charlie Maxwell waves goodbye outside Tiger Stadium in Detroit June 25, 1962, after the ball club announced he had been traded to the Chicago White Sox
Alvan Quinn / The Associated Press

Paw Paw Village Council President Roman Plaszczak says people ask often if Charlie Maxwell is “still around”. The man who became known as the “Sunday Punch” during his major league baseball career will be the special guest on Sunday June 9th when an exhibit on the history of baseball opens at the Carnegie Center in Paw Paw.


A man with a mustache in a cap and overcoat stands on a balcony or rooftop and looks upward. Buildings are visible in the distance below.
Dowagiac Area History Museum

Webb Miller was just trying to get a story when he found himself tied up in a salt baron’s car.


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Did you know downtown Kalamazoo is believed to be home to the nation's first building financed and built by and for a women's club, and still used for its original purpose? The Ladies' Library Association of Kalamazoo building turns 140 years old this year. It'll be open for tours during the June 7th Art Hop.


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