Righting historical anachronism or land grab?by Todd A. Heywood
Underneath the Marriott Hotel in downtown East Lansing is a 30-year-old parking ramp. Most assume it belongs to the Marriott, but that assumption is wrong. The city owns the property, and under agreements it is required to maintain the facility in working condition. To shed this responsibility, the City Council in 2008 asked voters for permission to sell the property to the Marriott. Despite 57 percent of voters saying yes to the proposal, the measure failed because it didn’t reach 60 percent, as required by the City Charter.
New grocery store highlights changing shopping desiresby Mickey Hirten
Delgado drops out of at-large raceby Todd A. Heywood
In a surprising turn of events, At-Large Lansing City Councilman Vincent Delgado decided against seeking election to the seat he was appointed to earlier this year. He is not running primarily to spend more time raising his children to be “good citizens,” he said Tuesday after the 4 p.m. filing deadline.
State officials unconcerned about failing water-policy gradeby Brooke Kansier/Capital News Service
In a state surrounded by 20 percent of the world’s fresh water, overuse and sustainability might not be the first thing on the minds of Michiganders. And according to a study that graded states on their water policies and conservation, these concerns may not be very common in state government, either. The Alliance for Water Efficiency’s most recent scorecard gave Michigan a mere three points out of the possible 40 for water efficiency and policy. Compare that to places such as fellow Great Lakes state Wisconsin with 15.5, Rhode Island’s 20, or California’s 29.
Joshua Davis survives a scare, advances to the top eightby Ty Forquer
Joshua Davis took a risk this week on “The Voice,” and it paid off Tuesday night as the singer advanced into the top eight. Davis sang “Hold Back the River,” written by English singer/songwriter James Bay, on Monday’s telecast. Last week, Davis set aside his acoustic guitar to focus on singing. This week he traded it in for an electric version — a Fender Telecaster. He began, however, with the guitar slung behind him, standing on a raised platform that jutted out into the audience.
Historian explores Lansing’s connection to the capture of John Wilkes Boothby Lawrence Cosentino
Who says you can´t milk a horse? Chalk up another daring deed for Lansing´s Luther Byron Baker, the detective who led the militia unit that tracked down and killed John Wilkes Booth. For years after Baker returned to Lansing, Baker was a fixture at the Decoration (Memorial) Day parade, mounted on his trusty horse, Buckskin. When the horse died, Baker had him stuffed and trotted him out on wheels. At personal appearances, Baker sold an “imperial sized” postcard emblazoned with a photo of horse and rider. An “autobiography” of Buckskin, written from the horse’s point of view, was included on the back.
James Gardin fills Mac’s Bar with positive vibesby Sarah Spohn
When James Gardin stepped onto the stage at Mac’s Bar on Saturday, he admitted he was overwhelmed by the crowd. Eight songs and over an hour later, however, there was no sign of nerves or tension. The crowd’s participation— singing along, heads swaying and hands waving — served as a salute to Gardin’s inspirational brand of hip hop.
As deal nears completion, community members raise concernsby Ty Forquer
An agreement between the City of East Lansing and MSU’s Art, Art History and Design department to turn curatorial control of (SCENE) Metrospace over to MSU seems all but inevitable at this point. But as the deal nears completion, members of the East Lansing community — especially the East Lansing Arts Commission — have raised concerns about the arrangement. For its part, the city seems to be treating the gallery as if this is a done deal. City Pulse reported in January that former (SCENE) Metrospace curator Tim Lane was leaving the gallery and had accepted other positions with the city. In an April 9 memo from Tim McCaffrey, director of parks and recreation, to City Manager George Lahanas, McCaffrey explained that the lighting and sound equipment at (SCENE) had been on long-term loan from “a private individual,” and that person chose to take the equipment back when he learned of the proposed deal.
MSU's "Hair" and Ixion's "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"by City Pulse
Library of Michigan Foundation honors 20 authors at Night for Notablesby Bill Castanier
Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel was not the only one surprised when her post-apocalyptic novel, “Station Eleven,” was named a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award. What surprised close followers of the award was not only that she was a virtual unknown, but — perhaps even more unlikely — her book was tainted as a thriller with a postapocalyptic theme. Books like this just don’t make it onto the list of finalists for the prestigious award.
Friday, April 24by Ty Forquer
Trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn soloist Geoff Galante has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Philadelphia Brass Quintet. He has played the national anthem in 16 professional sports venues and has performed at the White House and...