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October 07, 2013

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Photo: Michael Wilder (left) and Yafinceio Harris
Michael Wilder (left) and Yafinceio Harris

In A Classroom, Two Longtime Rivals Meet

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When Yafinceio Harris and Michael Wilder were growing up in a tough neighborhood of Kalamazoo, Mich., they were members of rivaling crews that often came close to armed confrontation. Once, Harris, also known as "Big B," followed Wilder, known as "Too Short," and almost killed him in a street fight. They both spent time in prison, and eventually had a meeting neither expected – in the classroom of a community college. The original version of this story aired Dec. 28, 2011.

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