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Western’s Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services is kicking off the semester with its annual Fall Fab Fest on Saturday.

Conrad Kaufman

Wherever you turn in Kalamazoo, you’re bound to find a large and colorful mural painted on the side of a building, brightening up a lobby, or creating a wonderland inside a children’s library. These immense paintings are the work of Conrad Kaufman. He also creates unique pieces of furniture as well as two-dimensional works out of papier mâché.

Courtesy photo | Beverly Tatum

What's one of the most powerful ways to reduce racism in America? Just talk to someone different than you. So says race relations scholar Beverly Tatum, the former longtime president of Spelman College, an historically black women's college in Atlanta. 

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As the academic year begins, Kalamazoo Public Schools is wrapping up a summer of construction. Voters approved a $97 million bond issue last year - the largest in the district’s history. Facilities Director Karen Jackson says KPS finished about $5 million worth of 2018 bond projects in the last few months.

Map of Michigan's Congressional Districts
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The Director of Princeton University’s Gerrymandering Project says a new independent commission in Michigan presents an opportunity to move past partisan gridlock and represent a wide range of interests. Sam Wang says there are also challenges such as essentially starting a new state agency from scratch.