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A row of books on a tall bookshelf.
Michael Rubinkam / AP Photo

Attitudes are changing in the library world about fines for overdue books. More and more libraries are dropping them, and Kalamazoo’s public library may soon join the list.

A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder

Aug 23, 2019
Courtesy Mason Street Warehouse

If you ever had trouble grasping the complexities of succession among lords and earls in the posh society of Edwardian England, a new production at Saugatuck’s Mason Street Warehouse might help. WMUK’s Gordon Bolar has this review of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”

A sidewalk closed sign is in the foreground. Behind it, a sidewalk with no visible problems.
Sehvilla Mann

Caitlyn Bodine works in Kalamazoo. When she moved into her office on Howard Street a few years ago, she noticed that the sidewalk around the corner on Crosstown Parkway was closed.

“And I just thought at the time that maybe the sidewalk was under construction, something must be going on. But now it’s been three years and the signs are still here!” she said.

Kalamazoo Defender | David Birkam

On July 1st, things began looking up for Kalamazoo County residents who can't afford an attorney. Now, defendants can turn to a central office of 22 attorneys dedicated exclusively to such cases, and soon two social workers will be on staff to link clients with community resources so they can live healthier in hopes of preventing recidivism. The newly created Kalamazoo Defender is the first ever public defender's office in the county.

Sehvilla mann / WMUK

A survey team from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is searching this week for a longtime invasive pest in streams that feed the Kalamazoo River. Sea lampreys are a primitive fish native to the Atlantic Ocean. They moved into the Great Lakes almost 200 years ago through artificial canals.