Deportation enforcement action skirts policy; city considers establishing ´safe zones´by Todd A. Heywood
It’s easy pickings for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers who troll the country for undocumented immigrants. Check public records, identify a target, then wait at a courthouse to snag their prey. It happened two months ago in Lansing when, without notifying Lansing police or court officials, ICE agents showed up at Lansing’s 54-A District Court on the sixth floor of City Hall to arrest Argimiro Hernandez-Garcia, stoking fears among judges and activists that so-called halls of justice were becoming becoming entrapment sites.
Council members pledge to donate their increase to charitiesby Todd A. Heywood
Kathy Tobe considered herself a strong supporter of Third Ward Council Member A’Lynne Boles.That’s until Boles cast the deciding vote to boost pay for Council members, the mayor and city clerk by 20 percent. “I’m really disappointed in her,” Tobe said in a phone interview. “I will be looking at other options for Third Ward now, I guess.”
After a slow start, the Knapp’s Centre is filling up, LSJ a likely additionby Mickey Hirten
The Knapp´s Centre in downtown Lansing is beginning to fill with tenants. The Eyde Co., which owns the building, has relocated its offices there. Technology services firm Dewpoint has already expanded once and plans to take more space. The Lansing State Journal is negotiating to relocate on the third floor. And 75 percent of the upper-level apartments are leased.
Why BWL’s solar energy project is a big deal for Michiganby Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing Board of Water & Light is poised to be a statewide leader as Michigan starts a new chapter of renewable-energy development. When a utility official confirmed last month that the BWL has chosen a developer to build a 20-megawatt solar energy project in its service territory, it announced what would easily be the largest solar project in Michigan. But experts say the project also signals a new phase for the fledgling solar industry here, which till now has been perceived as too expensive to develop on a utility scale.
Dart hustles to recycle itself after New York City bans plastic foamby Lawrence Cosentino
Tour the Mason headquarters of Dart Container Co., the world´s largest maker of foam cups and take-out food containers, and you´d think the corporate cup runneth over. The glassy 110,000-square-foot administration building that opened last fall still smells of new carpet and wood. It houses Dart´s offices, engineering and IT departments, a fitness center and dining complex. Nearby, a new half-millionsquare-foot warehouse is almost finished. Renovations and additions are going on everywhere you look.
Michael Rush, founding director of MSU’s Broad Museum, dies at 65by Lawrence Cosentino
Time-based art, especially video and performance art, was an obsession for Michael Rush. The first exhibit Rush curated as founding director of MSU´s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum captured dozens of elusive moments in a haunting array of photographs, paintings and videos called “In Search of Time.” Time caught up with Rush only two and a half years after landing his dream job as director of a spectacular new contemporary art museum. Rush died Friday, at 65, after a twoyear battle with pancreatic cancer.
Downtown Lansing’s Knight Cap gets new owners, revamped interiorby ALLAN I. ROSS
Last September, I broke the news that an interested party had signed a purchase agreement with Charlie Sinadinos to buy her fine dining establishment, the Knight Cap, downtown Lansing’s longest continuously operating restaurant. At the time, that party asked to not be named, but last week it became official: Leo A. Farhat Jr. and his son, Gregory Farhat, are the new owners of the Knight Cap.
Peckham and MSU reveal collaborative art installationby Ariel Rogers
A crowd of artists, employees, administration, friends and family gathered Thursday as Peckham Inc. revealed “Art@ Work,” an ambitious art project five years in the making. Katy Perry’s “Firework” played as a light show illuminated the 200-footwide by 40-foot-tall installation on the wall of Peckham’s manufacturing floor.
MSU’s ‘Bug’ is a mind-bending journeyby Paul Wozniak
Grand piano disc starts with Schubert and sails into the unknownby Lawrence Cosentino
Sailing off the edge of the map into unknown territory might seem like a quaint idea in the age of GPS. Here there be dragons — ha ha! That was nervous laughter. Have you seen the news lately? Been to a hospital or a cemetery? The third part of “The Ends of the Earth,” a grand, terrifying and beautiful new work for piano by Honolulu-based composer Thomas Osborne, heaves like ocean swells, shudders like the crack of doom and tolls like a mariner´s bell. It´s a fantastic foretaste of the storms at life´s uttermost margins — part ecstasy, part fever.
Lansing celebrates National Poetry Monthby Laurie Hollinger
No fooling — today marks the first day of April, a month also known as National Poetry Month. Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month was created to highlight the work of American poets, encourage the reading of poems, bring more poetry into classrooms and to encourage increased support for poets and poetry. All events listed are free and open to the public.
A look at the man who killed John Wilkes Boothby Bill Castanier
This month, the media will be peppered with articles, books and newscasts during the sesquicentennial commemoration of the assassination of President Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Many of those news accounts will repeat long held myths and rehash assassination conspiracy theories. Most will recall the facts history classes drilled into our heads: On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth snuck into Lincoln’s private box at Ford’s Theatre in Washington and fired the fatal shot. Fewer know, however, how Booth met his end. History has recorded that Booth was killed by Sgt. Boston Corbett, a member of the 16th New York Cavalry. Corbett was a member of the 29-man hunting party charged with capturing Booth alive.
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Rich Tupica
Great wines for your Easter dinnerby Justin King
It’s time to come clean about your plans, Lansingites. Easter Sunday is a few days away, and you don’t really know what’s going on. No one tells you any of the crucial details. There you are, just asking what you can do to help. Lesson number one: Everyone’s still improvising, even mom and dad. Family Easter is pretty much a ham-gut couch journey, fueled by the futility of wishing for mercury north of 60. Fat chance.