Who will fill the Ingham County register of deeds post?by Kyle Melinn
Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. hasn´t turned in his county office building keys yet, but there’s a lot of focus on who will take over his job. A few names have already surfaced as possibilities to succeed him — Lansing City Councilman Derrick Quinney, Ingham County Commissioner Carol Koenig, Ingham County commissioners Kara Hope and Randy Schafer, Lansing School Board member Nicole Armbruster and Ingham County Canvasser Alan Fox.
Lansing´s Victim Advocate Program needs help comforting families and friends of trauma victimsby Lawrence Cosentino
There are certain things you should never say to someone who has suddenly lost a loved one: “She´s in a better place,” or “It’s God’s will,” or “you can have more kids.” That´s a small part of the training for Lansing’s Victim Advocate Program, an all-volunteer force that speeds to trauma scenes alongside police to help grieving survivors.
Mid-term election voters couldn’t relate and Dems ignored their baseby Mickey Hirten
With the election season just a bad memory I had resolved to move on. Honest. That was until last week´s Capitol Issues Forum and a talk with polling guru Ed Sarpolis, who served up answers to questions I hadn´t even considered. It was, after all, an odd election: A convincing sweep by Republicans, except for the U.S. Senate; a beatable incumbent governor who won; and lackluster campaigns.
Giving is receiving for Thanksgiving at Cristo Reyby Belinda Thurston
Judy Heppinstall knew she didn’t have the energy to cook for Thanksgiving this year. Her ex-husband is in hospice care with emphysema. Their only daughter, Kathleen Heppinstall, 45, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Nov. She and her son will spend Thanksgiving with her ex-husband over a home-cooked meal delivered to their home.
How a community meal grew from a family's need to bondby Belinda Thurston
The St. Gerard Thanksgiving Day dinner that will feed more than 200 people this year was born of a woman needing a break. Carolyn Hudson, the oldest of five, decided she wanted to spend time with her young family in 1985. She had taken care of her siblings and her grandparents after her parents died, and always prepared the holiday meal.
Author packs transgender girl's be-yourself-ness into vibrant children's bookby Lawrence Cosentino
“Pretending I was a boy felt like telling a lie.” “I Am Jazz” touches piano keys no other children’s book touches, but the last chord has a familiar ring: Be yourself. A mermaid-loving Florida girl, 14-yearold Jazz Jennings is swimming into mainstream culture to become the smiling face of transgender youth. In her wake, a brightly hued book about her life is darting upstream into schools, libraries and stores.
State Christmas tree’s LED lighting design revamped for 2014by Allan I. Ross
Local mime competes on national TV, launches entertainment companyby Allan I. Ross
A GUIDE TO LANSING-AREA ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNSby Anne Abendroth, Beth Waldon and Krista Wilson
MSU tackles French drama of social, sexual politicsby Mary C. Cusack
Book recounts author Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Michigan connectionsby Bill Castanier
Generations have grown up reading the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, including his enduring “Tarzan” and “John Carter of Mars” fantasy series. They’ve pored over the countless movie, TV show and comic book adaptations, but few know about the love-hate relationship the Chicago native had for Michigan.
Friday, Nov. 21by Beth Waldon and Jonathan Griffith
Lansing’s premiere holiday event, Silver Bells in the City, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. And rather than make with the pearls, as is traditional for the 30th, Silver Bells is giving the gift of sea sponge-inspired DIY pop hit makers. Oh Lansing, you’re so thoughtful!