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Remembering Leonard Cohen

Barry D. Wood | Posted 11.14.2016 | Arts
Barry D. Wood

When in 2014 I cycled across southern California I passed near Mt. Baldy, where Cohen spent years in solitary pursuit of Zen enlightenment. Gazing at the snow-capped mountain not far from L.A., I smiled remembering Cohen's observation that he spent endless hours there shoveling snow.

Out Beyond Ideas: A Field of Empathy in Response to Violence

Joel Gruber | Posted 10.26.2016 | Religion
Joel Gruber

This piece was written by Dr. Susie Paulik Babka, daughter of Larry Paulik, who, along with four others, was killed by a motorist in Kalamazoo while ...

Back to School Event Targets Growing Prison Pipeline

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.26.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

It's back to school across the U.S., which means it's time to fill out the lists of school supplies you're never quite sure your child really needs. This can mean an expensive influx of bills, but thankfully, a number of group have rallied to the aid of kids in need, which in turns helps quell the school-to-prison pipeline.

Cyclists Shouldn’t Have To Risk Their Lives Just To Use The Road

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.03.2017 | Impact

Last week's horrific crash involving a pickup truck driver who mowed down nine cyclists, killing five of them, shows that many rural roads fail to acc...

Bicyclists Killed By Truck In Michigan Hit-And-Run

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 06.09.2016 | Crime

Five bicyclists were killed after their riding group was struck in a hit-and-run near Kalamazoo, Michigan, authorities confirmed on Tuesday. Hit and ...

Bernie Sanders Should Apologize For His Mental Health Joke

Max Baumbach | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Max Baumbach

Mental illness was not among the main topics discussed by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at the most recent Democratic debate in Flint. Nevertheless, the instances in which it arose were the two moments I remember best.

The Heartbreak Of Raising A Child When Mass Shootings Are The New Normal

Chase Mielke | Posted 02.26.2016 | Parents
Chase Mielke

As a father, my mind is spinning. I'm thinking about being 12 years old and hearing the news of Columbine -- being shocked at this historic atrocity and wondering how this could ever happen. And, I am thinking about how my son will grow up with this scene as a normal state of living.

The Sunday Talk Shows Didn’t Ask A Single Presidential Candidate About The Kalamazoo Shooting

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.22.2016 | Media

According to police, an Uber driver with a semi-automatic handgun terrorized the town of Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Saturday night, driving alongside res...

Kalamazoo Will Not Be Defined By One Man With A Gun

Kelly Meldrum | Posted 02.22.2017 | Impact
Kelly Meldrum

Kalamazoo is a vibrant, cool city with a creative community, a promise of college to our youth, and neighbors who support one another. Kalamazoo is not -- and will never be -- synonymous with senseless violence.

Obama On Kalamazoo: 'We Need To Do More' To Fight Gun Violence

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama once again urged lawmakers to take action on gun violence, following the mass shooting in Kalamazoo, Michigan. "We need to do ...

What Happened to Disagreeing Respectfully in America?

Tamar Abrams | Posted 02.22.2017 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

We are not guaranteed happiness in this country, but we should be given every chance at safe passage. Until we talk to each other and find common ground, safety is at best an illusion.

Uber Driver Suspected Of Killing 6 Reportedly Picked Up Passengers Before And After Shootings

The Huffington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 02.22.2016 | Crime

The Uber driver suspected of killing six people in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Saturday night reportedly picked up passengers between shootings. Jason B. D...

Drowning in Blood: Kalamazoo and the Other 41 Mass Shootings This Year

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 02.21.2017 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

The Kalamazoo shootings are being called random. After 42 mass shootings, "random" is not exactly accurate. There is a common denominator, and that is guns.

Michigan Shooting Spree Suspect To Appear In Court After Allegedly Killing 6

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 02.22.2016 | Crime

A man suspected of killing six people and critically injuring two others in a shooting rampage this weekend is scheduled to appear in court on Monday....

Why We Must Remember The Kalamazoo Oil Spill

Michael Brune | Posted 07.24.2016 | Green
Michael Brune

When we know that we can build an economy based on clean energy, why would we choose to continue to expand our use of the dirtiest and most dangerous fuels?

How This Jaded Queen Was Taught the True Meaning of Pride... in Kalamazoo (PHOTOS)

Lady Bunny | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lady Bunny

I wasn't expecting to get a reality check from a place that sounds like it came out of a Dr. Seuss book.

Up the Creek, With a Paddle: Urban Stream Restoration and Daylighting (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

As cities work to rebuild and repair their infrastructure, one resource they are beginning to turn to is the rivers and creeks that flow through urban areas.

Take a Stand During 'Michigan Week'

Lisa Diggs | Posted 07.20.2013 | Detroit
Lisa Diggs

Together, we are revitalizing Michigan's economy one product, one purchase, one person at a time. Join in the fun and make a difference this Michigan Week.

These Kids Give Up Recess To Play Music

Southwest Michigan Second Wave | Zinta Aistars | Posted 03.18.2013 | Detroit

This article originally appeared in Southwest Michigan Second Wave. A kid who would give up recess to make time for another lesson? Never happen. ...

Federal Officials Interrupt Enbridge's Greenwash of Kalamazoo River Tar Sands Spill

Anthony Swift | Posted 12.11.2012 | Green
Anthony Swift

In a presentation to investors this week, the company provided three quotes from anonymous local residents, fisherman and river enthusiasts, who gush about what Enbridge's tar sands spill has done for the community. Who are these people and where do they come from?

Pipeline Leak-Detection Systems Miss 19 Out of 20 spills

Anthony Swift | Posted 11.27.2012 | Green
Anthony Swift

What does that mean for tar sands pipelines like Keystone XL and Northern Gateway?

Climate Change and Extreme Weather Weren't the Only Reason to Oppose Keystone XL and Tar Sands Expansion This Summer

Anthony Swift | Posted 11.24.2012 | Green
Anthony Swift

The fact that tar sands pipelines are not in our national interest becomes clearer by the day.

Remember Kalamazoo -- and Fight for a Tar Sands-Free Future

Erich Pica | Posted 09.25.2012 | Green
Erich Pica

The very nature of tar sands -- heavy and abrasive -- points to why tar sands pipelines have an abysmal safety record. But a drastically increased likelihood of spills is only where the problems begin.

We Are the Kalamazoo

Michael Brune | Posted 09.19.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

On July 25, 2010, an oil company spilled more than a million gallons of toxic tar sands crude just a few miles from Susan Connolly's house. As the spill spread, they could smell the fumes. But it wasn't until later that night that they realized something was seriously wrong

Government Investigation Provides Damning Picture of the Kalamazoo Tar Sands Spill

Anthony Swift | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Anthony Swift

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) heard the major findings of its two-year investigation of the Enbridge tar sands pipeline spill, which released more than a million gallons of corrosive tar sands into the Kalamazoo River watershed in July 2010.