Charging your laptop or phone is a picnic at the Lansing City Marketby Belinda Thurston
The patio at the Lansing City Market got a little greener Tuesday. A new picnic table with a green and white umbrella provided shade from the Indian summer sunshine, but it’s the juice from the table that will really entice you to sit for a spell. The Solar Power-Dok is a solar-powered table that provides electricity to outlets (4 110 vac GFCI and 4 USB) at the table. Solar panels are affixed on the umbrella panels sending current through a conduit to a battery at the base of the table.
Lansing online school; 7 teachers, $9.6 M budgetby Michael Gerstein
This building is not particularly appealing, although it demonstrates some potential. Its simple massing and elegant brick dentils are offset by unfortunate alterations at the street. The current main entrance is paired with an alternate doorway to the right, accessing the upper floor. When the building was constructed in 1919, it may have served as a neighborhood focus, conveniently providing goods or services to residents nearby and an equally convenient dwelling above the shop.
The Greater Lansing Taxi Authority was approved by the Lansing City Council 7-0 Monday bringing joint regulation of taxi service for the first time in the region. The authority will also regulate ride-share services like Uber. The authority consolidates regulations and licensing for cabs and ride shares in both cities. Officials say the effort will improve service quality and ensure the safety of riders.
Snyder finding tougher sledding as the incumbentby Mickey Hirten
There are elections where voters seem confused, perhaps ambivalent, about candidates and their performance and positions on issues. Not so this year, certainly not for Gov. Rick Snyder. That he and the Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, are essentially tied two months before the election suggests that voters have paid attention during Snyderīs first term. At this point in his first run for office, Snyder was ahead of Democratic Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero by 20 points in most polls. This time, itīs not so easy.
Ghost bike a haunting reminder of cycling fatalitiesby Belinda Thurston
The pasty white bicycle leaning against the street sign at first looks like an act of vandalism imitating art. The tires are painted, along with the frame, handlebars and cables. Closer inspection reveals green plastic flowers in nearly every spoke. The bicycle at the corner of Pennsylvania and Michigan avenues is a haunting memorial to a cyclist who died at that corner in May 2013.
EAST LANSING COMICS WRITER DAN MISHKIN JUMPS FROM WONDER WOMAN TO THE WARREN COMMISSIONby Lawrence Cosentino
There are hundreds of books about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Do we need another? “The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation,” written by East Lansing comics creator Dan Mishkin, makes the case that we do. Itīs a drastic turnaround for a veteran writer of escapist fantasy. Mishkin has worked on dozens of characters in a 30-year career, including a threeyear stint writing “Wonder Woman.” Heīs used to letting his imagination run amuck.
Ernst Floeter’s journey from Hitler’s Germany to small town Americaby Lawrence Cosentino
Local artists vie for the crown in sixth annual ArtPrizeby Anne Abendroth and Beth Waldon
Over the last six years, Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize contest has elevated visual art from rainy day activity into destination event. Starting today, more than 1,800 artists — including 28 from the Lansing area — will participate in the 19-day art competition in various indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Grand Rapids.
"Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" and "60/50 Theatre Project"by City Pulse
Acclaimed fantasy author riding high as genre enjoys mainstream successby Bill Castanier
Imagine the plight of fantasy writer R.A. Salvatore, who grew up with “six mothers” telling him what to do. That would be his actual mother and his five sisters. “My mother had a routine (that) I’ve fought against my whole adult life,” Salvatore said in a phone conversation from his home in Massachusetts. He stresses you have “to get out of routines” to make your imagination work.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 26by Jonathan Griffith
David Letterman had his fair share of off-kilter interviews over 31 years as a late night talk show host. Crispin Glover’s manic karate demonstration, Madonna’s multiple f-bomb drops, Joaquin Phoenix’s staged meltdown. But rather than shy away from the absurd, East Lansing-based filmmaker Zachary Zweifler (top left) has embraced it in his faux talk show “Human Food.” So when he interviews strange guests such as Dirtman or Drundil the Drunken Wizard, he doesn’t worry about things getting weird. He expects them to.
The Knight Cap/Scoops in Old Townby ALLAN I. ROSS
It looks like downtown Lansing’s longest-running restaurant will be changing ownership soon. Owner/ operator Charlie Sinadinos confirmed this week that her restaurant, The Knight Cap, has been for sale “for a short while,” and an interested party has started the process of taking over.
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Rich Tupica
How to eat healthy without breaking the bankby Danielle Welke
One of the biggest problems about trying to eat healthy — after figuring out what exactly “eating healthy” means — is the added cost. After all, it’s cheaper to eat fast food and pre-packaged dinners than it is to make a meal from scratch with all-natural ingredients, right?