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Rewind the rollout?

LEAP calls Red Cedar Hyatt announcement premature

by Mickey Hirten

Developers of the $200 million-plus Red Cedar Renaissance project are negotiating with Hyatt International for a fullservice hotel fronting Michigan Avenue. But there are enough outstanding questions about financing for the development and the quality of the project that the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, which along with the city is negotiating the project, is calling the announcement premature.

 
 
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Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA

Property: 1044 Sunset Lane, East Lansing Owner: Janice Pfeifer Assessed: $89,600 At first glance, this innocuous house is typical of those throughout its neighborhood. It displays a pleasant, simple mass, offset by tired synthetic siding. However, the retractable a...

 
 
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Compassion tour

Monks share blessings, smiles and peace in Lansing

by Belinda Thurston

More than 60 people attended a last minute stop on a Tibetan monk tour of the United States Sunday at The Light House Chapel. The Monks of Ganden Shartse Dokhang are touring to share their culture, philosophy and arts, and to raise money to build dorms and a prayer hall at their monastery in Southern India.

 
 
News

Cool off at Cooley

by Mickey Hirten

While law schools enrollments throughout the country are off significantly, the decline has been devastating for Lansingīs Cooley law school. An analysis published in February by The National Jurist magazine quantified the collapse when it reported: “Eighteen law schools saw enrollment drop by more than 30 percent, led by University of La Verne (down 66.2 percent) and Thomas M. Cooley Law School (down 40.6 percent). Cooley Law School, with five campuses in Michigan and Florida, dropped from 3,931 students in 2010-2011 to 2,334 students in 2013-2014, the single largest drop in raw numbers.”

 
 
Arts and Culture

2014 Pulsar winners

Standing ovation for Beachler at interactive annual theater awards

by Paul Wozniak

The 2014 City Pulse Pulsars, recognizing the best in Lansing theater, were handed out Monday night at Over the Ledge Theatre in Grand Ledge. Kelly Stuible and Veronica Gracia- Wing hosted the evening’s festivities. Instead of scheduled presenters and entertainers, Stuible and Gracia-Wing invited audience members to read the nominees and winners from the screen. Winners in “musical” categories were asked to sing for their award.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Pole-vaulting the gamut

2014 Renegade Theatre Festival gives reviewers plenty to cover

by City Pulse

From sleepers to yawners, "Campfire" to "Cock," real-life stories to imaginary friends, the 2014 Renegade Theatre Festival didnīt just run the gamut, it pole-vaulted over it, Roto-tilled it and planted purple petunias on top. Thankfully, City Pulseīs skulking band of undercover critics were on hand to chronicle Lansingīs end-of-summer cornucopia of productions from local theater companies and independents.

 
 
Arts and Culture

The street runneth over

Art fairs pile onto Renegade Festival to create a sensory overload

by Jonathan Griffith

Over the weekend, the Renegade Theatre Festival filled the historic buildings and streets of Lansing’s northern enclave, as it has for the past eight years. Spaces profane and sacred, from Zoobieīs tavern to the Quaker meeting house (and a few galleries in between) hummed with exhibits and performances. There was only one way to shove an art fair into the mix: by taking it to the streets.

 
 
Arts and Culture

One book, one community

A conversation with John Lewis to cover race struggles in the U.S.

by Bill Castanier

Today’s news is tomorrow’s history. This season’s One Book, One Community lineup will challenge readers to see history with the fresh eyes lest we forget. Monday the season kicks off with a Civil Rights legendīs ugly but inspirational story. Georgia Congressman John Lewis will address incoming MSU freshmen before kicking off the book program that evening at 7 p.m. at the Hannah Community Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Love the church, hate the dogma

Methodists’ rift over gay marriage could divide church

by Lawrence Cosentino

If the Rev. Jennifer Browne were gay, she wouldnīt bother to warm a pew in her own church, University United Methodist in East Lansing. "Iīd be out the door in a second," she said. "Even as a straight person, I couldnīt be part of a congregation that wasnīt completely affirming of who LGBT persons are."

 
 
Arts and Culture

LGBTQ Milestones in the Capital City

by Todd Heywood

1972 – East Lansing is the first municipality in the nation to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance protecting people based on sexual orientation. 1974 – Lesbian Connections magazine begins publication every two months. 1979 – The first meeting...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Transforming and transitioning

The controversy around Michfest and transgender equality

by Emily Dievendorf & Lisa Vogel

Equality Michigan issued a call July 29 to boycott the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (Aug. 5-10) for non-inclusion of transgender women. The call sparked a firestorm of reaction in the media and among friends centering around non-discrimination, feminism and the essence of female-identification.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Seeds of thought

Thursday, Aug. 28

by Jonathan Griffith

The Broad Art Museumīs "Land Grant" series is ready to play another thought provoking riff on the land-grant origins of MSU, a multi-media meditation on wealth, exploitation and natural resources called "Forest Law." “It’s in our tradition of addressing global issues with an open and experimental nature,” says Yesomi Umolu, assistant curator for the Broad Museum and curator of “Forest Law.”

 
 
Arts and Culture

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Sarah Winterbottom

Eyes Set to Kill at The Loft - Thursday Aug. 21 Eyes Set To Kill, an Arizona-based metal-rock band, is fronted by vocalist/guitarist Alexia Rodriguez and her sister Anissa Rodriguez (bass). The band headlines Thursday at The Loft; openers are The Relapse Symphony...

 
 
Arts and Culture

New in town

Tabooli

by Jonathan Griffith

When the Avengers sat down to a post-movie credits meal of chicken shawarma, some folks thought the mainstreaming of Mediterranean cuisine couldnīt go any farther. They were wrong. The “make your own” model pioneered by burrito joints and sandwich shops is the next frontier. Joining Jerusalem Bakery on Lansing’s Michigan Avenue is Tabooli, a Mediterraneanstyle restaurant borrowing ideas laid down by places like Chipotle and Panera.

 
 
Podcast

8/20/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are comic Mimi Gonzalez; the Reverend Jennifer Browne; writer Ruth Ebenstein; State rep. nominee Jon Hoadley; and chairwoman for Michigan Pride, Emily Horvath.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

MP3’s A Crowd And A Vicious Recycle

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 — Q: I’ve been dating a girl for two months, and I go back and forth from thinking the relationship has legs to wanting to end it. I just had a birthday, and she got me a new iPod Touch with my name engraved on the back. I told her it was too extravagant, but she insisted I keep it. For some reason, I now want to break up with her even more, but I feel guilty about ending it after she got me this pricey gift.

 
 

"City Pulse Newsmakers"

This week's guests are Michigan Pride chairwoman Emily Horvath and State Rep. nominee Jon Hoadley.

City Pulse Newsmakers S03 Ep19 from Lansing Public Media on Vimeo.

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Compassion Tour

Tibetan monks bring healing meditation ceremony to Lansing this Sunday

by Belinda Thurston
Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery

FRIDAY, Aug. 15 – It started with a trip to a psychic about a leg injury. It's ending with a troupe of Tibetan monks coming to Lansing offering a healing meditation ceremony.

 
 
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Compassion Tour

Tibetan monks bring healing meditation ceremony to Lansing this Sunday

by Belinda Thurston
Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery

FRIDAY, Aug. 15 – It started with a trip to a psychic about a leg injury. It's ending with a troupe of Tibetan monks coming to Lansing offering a healing meditation ceremony.

 
 
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Cooley 'right-sizing'

Large-scale layoffs underway at WMU Cooley Law School

by Belinda Thurston
Cooley Law School

THURSDAY, Aug. 14 – Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is delivering pink slips to faculty and staff in all of its Michigan campuses. Sources in Lansing who are being laid off say the cuts are deep, upwards of 50 percent. A Cooley spokesman disputed those numbers, but he said he did not have numbers.

 
 
Podcast

8/13/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are City Pulse editor Belinda Thurston; Author Howard Storm; founder and artistic director of Peppermint Creek Theatre Co., Chad Badgero; City Pulse associate publisher, Mickey Hirten; Channel 6 news director Jam Sardar; and Bonnie Bucqueroux of Lansing Online News.

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Under New Anger Management And Hot To Tot

by Amy Alkon

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13 — Q: When my boyfriend and I started dating, he was kind of a hothead. His first encounter with my friends was a game of touch football on the beach. He and another guy collided, and he lost his temper. There was a good bit of yelling, and I think people were pretty shocked. To his credit, he realized he had an anger problem. Over time, he has worked hard on it, and now he doesn’t blow up anymore. He really is a changed man, and I thought people would recognize it, but I’ve recently learned that they all still see him as the scary-angry guy. Is there any way to change that?

 
 
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Investigation fallout

Neighborhood Watch event casualty of financial investigation, but still to go on

by Todd Heywood
Clark Street Neighborhood Watch

TUESDAY, Aug. 12 – The Clark Street Neighborhood Watch Night Out event is the first casualty of the Lansing Neighborhood Council's financial woes. The event was to receive funding - a $100 stipend for neighborhood watch programs and another $650 in grant money from the Mayor’s grant fund – for the crime and drug prevention event, coordinated by Kat Tyler.

 
 
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Robin Williams

Locals share stories of depression, addiction and stigma

by Belinda Thurston
Robin Williams

TUESDAY, Aug. 12 – Many of us who are grieving the Monday death of comedian and actor Robin Williams are taking to our social media accounts sharing quotes, favorite movies and changing our profile pictures and cover photos.

 
 
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Financial investigation

Lansing Neighborhood Council assets frozen

by Todd Heywood
Zuchowski

MONDAY, Aug. 11 – The Lansing Neighborhood Council’s assets have been frozen as a result of a police investigation into its finances. The move leaves some local nonprofits in limbo, unable to access their funds, because the LNC was their fiscal agent.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Ronald Reagan and Quentin Coldwater

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, AUG. 7 — It's a good week for books. One of my most-anticipated titles of the year arrived and was more than worth the wait. A new American history book is making media waves, for the wrong reasons. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Arts and Culture

Folk n’ flavor

Great Lakes Folk Fest adds a dash of color to East Lansing this weekend

by Simone Carter
Pierre Schryer will be part of the Fiddle Showcase at the Great Lakes Folk Festival on Saturday. Courtesy photo.

THURSDAY, Aug. 7 — A celebration of culture, tradition and community is coming to downtown East Lansing this weekend. Michigan State University Museum presents the Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 8-10. Produced by the MSU Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program, the festival features music, dance and food from across America and around the world. With nearly 100 musicians and dancers, the festival features genres and performances ranging from Irish Celtic, bluegrass, klezmer, contra dance, blues, Swedish fiddle, Zydeco, old-time strings, swing jazz, and more.

 
 
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Police probe sought

City terminates funding for Lansing Neighborhood Council after scathing audit report

by Todd A. Heywood

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6 — The Bernero administration has terminated all funding to the Lansing Neighborhood Council after an audit found “serious irregularities in the accounting and cash management practices.” The action has effectively killed the 34-year-old nonprofit formed to coordinate and support the activities of neighborhood organizations. It provides a number of services on behalf of the city, such as trash cleanup and building board-ups. It receives at least $54,000 a year.

 
 
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UPDATE: 8th District race

Schertzing declares himself the fresh-air candidate

by City Pulse Staff
Eric Schertzing (left) launches his general election campaign for Congess today at Sir Pizza. With him are (from left) Mary Kay Scullion, and fellow Congressional candidates Jeffrey Hank and Ken Darga.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6 — Eric Schertzing may have found a slogan for his campaign for Congress: “I am a breath of fresh air.” That’s how he described himself today on City Pulse’s radio show after defeating three opponents in the Democratic primary race on Tuesday.

 
 
Podcast

8/06/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Congressional candidate Eric Schertzing; Just B Yoga's Belinda Thurston; MSU's Mike Jenkins; T.J. Bucholz of Vanguard Public Affairs; Denise DeCook of the Sterling Corporation; and State Rep. Andy Schor.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

I’m With Stupor

by Amy Alkon

Wednesday, Aug. 6 — Q: A close friend has a drinking problem. His wife kicked him out, he lost his job, and he’s been a lousy father to their 1-year-old son. He begged to stay with me (his only single friend) and has been sleeping on my couch for months. Despite my lecturing him a thousand times, he’s still going out and getting wasted -- while trying to talk his wife into taking him back. She called to ask how he’s been. I said “pretty good,” though the truth is, I just want him out of my apartment.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Sharp Satire for a Cool Summer

by Neil Rajala

Thursday, July 31 — Mid-70s during the day, mid-50s at night. Honestly, I couldn't have ordered summer weather more to my liking than what we've seen so far. Reading a book in one of the local parks without melting is greatly preferable to seeking out air conditioning indoors. My apologies to those of you who like the temperatures and the humidity levels higher - maybe next year. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Advice Goddess

Advice Goddess

Empty Shelly And Grate Expectations

by Amy Alkon

Wednesday, July 30 — Q: My girlfriend of a year is really pretty and sweet, and we love all the same outdoor activities. However, I feel there’s a ceiling on our connection because she lacks a strong personality of her own. Whenever we discuss something to do, she defers to me. Also, I care deeply about politics and ideas, but she doesn't read newspapers or books or develop her own opinions. Two days ago, I asked about something we’d just heard on the news, and she basically parroted my opinion back to me. I pressed her, saying, “But what do YOU think?” She couldn’t answer. This led to my suggesting that maybe she needs to see a therapist to learn to open up more. She was pretty offended, and we haven't talked much since.

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Cheat Exhaustion And Fling Theory

by Amy Alkon

Monday, July 28 — Q: My girlfriend and I are mostly happy together, but we have this ongoing fight where she accuses me of wanting to cheat whenever I so much as glance at a woman she perceives to be my “type” (any woman roughly her age and ethnicity). Even flipping through a magazine that shows a woman in an ad is enough to set her off. She says I need to eliminate all contact with other women, or I'm being unfaithful. But I don't see how I can stop doing things like talking to the checker at the supermarket or looking at someone crossing the street.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Music, Music, Music

by Neil Rajala

THURSDAY, July 24 — One thing I love about summer is the musical soundtrack. The concerts around town, driving around with my windows down listening to my favorite new CD. And with the right book, music can be just as satisfying to read about as it is to listen to. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
Podcast

07/23/14 Radio Show

by City Pulse Radio

This week's guests are Bernie Porn of Epic MRA; medical marijuana advocate, Robin Schneider; daughter of MSU art professor Owen Brainard, Ilona Steinberg; medical marijuana advocate, Robin Schneider; and journalist, John Seigenthaler.

 
 
News

Schertzing campaign

Democratic candidate for Congress touts support from women

by City Pulse Staff

WEDNESDAY, July 23 — Sixteen women led by Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer formally endorsed Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing for Congress today on the steps of the Michigan Women’s Historical Museum today.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Million dollar gift

MSU’s LGBT Resource Center receives $1 million bequest

by Eric Finkler
Michigan State University LGBT Resource Center director Deanna Hulbert. Courtesy photo.

WEDNESDAY, July 23 — On Tuesday, the Michigan State University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center announced it had received a $1 million dollar bequest for establishing a new outreach fund. As a bequest, the donation won’t take place immediately, the center’s director, Deanna Hulbert, said the gift’s impact would be instantaneous.

 
 
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BWL expansion

Solar panels tripled, largest in state

by Matt Mikus

TUESDAY, July 22 — The Lansing Board of Water and Light unveiled the expansion of 385 solar panels at the Cedar Street solar array Tuesday, almost tripling the generating power from 54 kW to 158 kW.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Three for the Road

by Neil Rajala

Thursday, July 17 — A polar vortex in July? Reminded me of a typical Keweenaw Peninsula summer where I grew up. From what I hear, the more traditional West Michigan weather is on its way back, so those of you who love the heat and humidity combo get ready to play. Me, I'm going to be grateful for that brief taste of home. Here's what we're reading:

 
 
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Advice Goddess

Tales From The Cryptic And You May Now Miss The Bride

by Amy Alkon

advicegoddess_headshot.jpgWednesday, July 16 — Q: My boyfriend of two years got an early birthday present from his sister and her husband: a really expensive, second-row ticket for a major sporting event next year. The trouble is, it falls on my 30th birthday (a Saturday). He knows I usually don’t care about my birthday, and I confess that I also judge people who care about theirs. Still, I can't help but feel that my 30th is a bit of a milestone, and I wanted to spend my birthday weekend together somewhere with my boyfriend. I understand that he doesn't want to seem ungrateful for his sister's gift, and he's courteously told me about this conflict well in advance. Do I need to just get over myself? Or should I raise my concerns?

 
 
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Take some off the top, please

LSJ shrinks as it moves to new press

by City Pulse Staff

MONDAY, July 14 — The Lansing State Journal marked its move to a new press today by giving readers a smaller paper.

 
 
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