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Kalamazoo Transforms Into Medieval Mecca for Next Four Days

Kalamazoo Transforms Into Medieval Mecca for Next Four Days

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Some 3,000 of the world's leading scholars on all aspects of the Middle Ages are on the campus of Western Michigan University starting today to attend the 50th gathering of the International Congress on Medieval Studies.

        The medieval roots of modern culture, from law and climate change to ISIS and veterinary medicine, will be the topics of more than 500 presentations, panels, workshops, fine arts performances and living history demonstrations. Activities for the May 14-17 congress begin each day at 8 a.m. and run late into each evening to accommodate more than 100 meetings of professional organizations, programs and publishers.

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1 injured in Kalamazoo shooting


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man's recovering after being shot Wednesday afternoon, according to Kalamazoo police.

The Department of Public Safety says the 21-year-old man was shot in the hip, in an incident in the 2500 block of Hazel Ave. around noon.

The shooting followed an altercation with another man that took place in a driveway on that street. An acquaintance of the victim took him to the hospital, and he's been treated and released.

Police said they've identified a suspect in the incident, but the victim isn't cooperating with investigators.

Anyone with information on this case should call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 269-337-8994 or contact Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.


Deal reached in Enbridge oil spill


MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) - The state of Michigan and an energy company have filed a sweeping settlement related to a 2010 oil spill that spoiled miles of the Kalamazoo River.

Enbridge Energy has agreed to restore or create 300 acres of wetlands in the Kalamazoo River watershed in southwestern Michigan. The state says the $30 million project is among other projects worth millions more.

Some have been completed, such as a dam removal and improved access to boating and fishing on the river.

An Enbridge pipeline ruptured in 2010, spilling more than 800,000 gallons of oil and damaging the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek. Enbridge's costs related to the spill have been estimated at more than $1 billion. Regulators say any remaining oil is scarce.

The agreement was filed Tuesday in Calhoun County court.


Vine Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo receives State Grant

Vine Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo receives State Grant

Historic rehabilitation in Michigan gets $600,000 boost. Several nonprofits, serving historically designated neighborhoods throughout the state, will benefit from a collective $600,000 in grant funding to rehabilitate structures.

“Historic buildings, downtowns and neighborhoods are key to maintaining a sense of place in our communities,” MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer said. “They create character in small towns and cities alike. These Michigan communities will benefit for many years from the hard work of the neighborhood organizations that are taking on these rehab projects with the help of the Heritage Restoration Program.”

This program, created by the legislature for fiscal year 2015 as a competitive grant program to assist with funding of restoration and preservation projects in historically designated neighborhoods. Organizations receiving the grants will contribute 40 percent of the project cost.

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Kalamazoo woman wanted for 8 warrants


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in finding a wanted woman.

Faith Ann Thompson, 36, is wanted on eight warrants from four different agencies in southwestern Michigan. It is unclear what Thompson is wanted for.

Investigators believe she may be staying in the 1200 block of W. Paterson in Kalamazoo.

Anyone with information should call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff at (269) 383-8823 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.


Deputy hurt in crash while moving downed tree


COOPER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people were hurt, including a Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Deputy, in a crash Monday morning. The crash happened at about 5 a.m. on North Riverview near B Avenue.

Investigators say a tree had fallen across the road and a deputy was responding to a vehicle that had crashed into it around 4 a.m.

The motorist's family and the deputy began working to move the tree from the road. Another vehicle heading southbound on North Riverview hit the tree, injuring the deputy and one of the assisting family members.

The deputy suffered a fractured ankle and was treated at the hospital. The other injured person was pinned under the vehicle and was taken to the hospital with injuries to the torso.

Investigators say alcohol was not a factor in either crash and both remain under investigation.


‘Brews & Shoes’ Event to Benefit First Day Shoe Fund

‘Brews & Shoes’ Event to Benefit First Day Shoe Fund

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KALAMAZOO—First Day Shoe Fund is excited to announce the return of its "Brews & Shoes" event on Wednesday, May 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Arcadia Brewing Company, 701 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness for First Day Shoe Fund’s mission, generate additional supporters and volunteers, and collect monetary and shoe donations in support of future work in the community.

Admission to the event is a minimum donation of $10 or a new pair of athletic shoes per person. Preferred shoe sizes are youth size 11 through adult size 10.

Event attendees will receive one drink ticket and light appetizers.

Each year, First Day Shoe Fund works to distribute a new pair of athletic shoes to children in Kalamazoo, Comstock, and WoodsEdge schools who qualify for free or reduced lunch.