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Kalamazoo Debates Housing Rights

7 hours ago

A proposed housing discrimination ordinance in Kalamazoo drew strong feelings at a special Kalamazoo City Commission meeting. The "Fair Chance" proposal would punish landlords who turn away renters with criminal records. It would also ban discrimination against victims of domestic violence or people with housing vouchers.

Kalamazoo Picks New Superintendent

Feb 20, 2020
John McNeill / WMUK

Kalamazoo's School Board has unanimously picked the person they hope will be the district's next superintendent. Rita Raichoudhuri (pronounced "rye-CHOW-dur-ee") is now the head of early college and career education for the Chicago Public Schools.

A black and white aerial photo shows buildings, a rail line, part of a neighborhood, but also an area with what look like white rectangles, which were the east side sludge pits.
Courtesy photo / City of Kalamazoo

In 1968, or just before, the air began to stink on Kalamazoo’s east side.

The smell was so bad that people could hardly bear it, said Jim VanderRoest, who lived on Arthur Avenue near East Main Street and was about 12 at the time. “It was just a putrid odor, and it permeated the whole neighborhood,” he said.

Theater Review: The Cake

Feb 13, 2020
Becky Klose / Farmers Alley Theatre

The comedy The Cake is now playing at Farmer’s Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo. WMUK’s Gordon Bolar has this review.

Susan Walsh / AP Photo

A speaker coming to Western Michigan University says the country has a problem with “colorblind” racism. Meghan Burke defines that as, "Ways of talking and thinking about race that affirm our belief in individualism and (often imagined) cultural differences, without recognizing the many remaining barriers to equality."