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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:

 
 
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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Missing Goodrich’s

by BERL SCHWARTZ

I should probably be glad to see Goodrich’s ShopRite go. It’s been too convenient — especially on my way to home or office after a gym visit. I think there must be something akin to the Freshmen 15 when it comes to this store.

 
 
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Postponing King Coal’s retirement

Pressure is on for BWL to plan beyond aging coal plants

by Lawrence Cosentino

Fed up with delays by the Lansing Board of Water and Light to retire its coalfired Eckert Power Station, local activists are pressing the utility to set a date to close the 60-year-old facility.

 
 
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Eye Candy of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA

This grand icon of Michigan State University was built in 1928-29. It is located on the former site of College Hall, which served as the first instructional building at MSU and had collapsed in the previous decade. The tower rises above its brick covered plaza to a height of 104 feet, overlooking the Campus Circle.

 
 
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‘It’s personal’

Fearing reprisals, laid-off LSJ worker calls for boycott with 103 jobs lost

by BECKY McKENDRY

The man who posted a video calling for a boycott of the Lansing State Journal hopes his “crusade tugs on (people’s) heartstrings” enough to cause 10,000 readers to stop buying the paper or cancel their subscriptions.

 
 
News

In Michigan, why not torture?

Supreme Court, A.G., embrace cruel and unusual punishment

by Mickey Hirten

Last week I wrote about Michiganīs shortsighted fiscal policies, its unwillingness to fund education, environment, roads, communities, etc. — investments that produce good jobs and real growth.

 
 
Arts and Culture

State of the state: Weird

‘Oddball Michigan’ author serves up a seminar in roadside diversity

by Lawrence Cosentino

If you’re looking for a summer guide to Michigan’s storied waterfalls, wooded trails and crystal lakes, Jerome Pohlen’s “Oddball Michigan” is not it. But if you need to know where all the giant hot dogs and colossal cows are, or where to find the Watergate burglars’ tools or the last place Jimmy Hoffa was seen alive, he’s your man. The Chicago-based traveler/author is drawn to “really strange places,” and he’s found 450 of them in Michigan.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Oddball lansing

Several Lansing-area oddities made it into Jerome Pohlenīs “Oddball Michigan” (see related story) but there are plenty more. Here are some things he missed.

by City Pulse

1. Remy eat world Remy Mumby is currently greater Lansing’s most famous, and interesting, oddity. Mumby, 14, has posted over 100 YouTube videos in which he cheerfully samples exotic foods like tarantulas, scorpions and balut, or partially developed duck e...

 
 
Arts and Culture

Common purpose

Q&A with Common Ground festival organizer Scott Keith

by ALLAN I. ROSS

Last week was the 15th year for the annual Lansing music festival Common Ground, featuring alt-rockers, country twangers and R&B veterans Earth, Wind and Fire. Scott Keith is the President and CEO of the Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority Keith and chairman of Center Park Productions, the public entity that plans, organizes and executes the festival each year.

 
 
Arts and Culture

From fear to finish

A training guide for your first endurance race

by Nathan Kark

Endurance sports are all about suffering — the threat of exceeding your personal limitations and self-destructing is absolutely real. Every athlete has his own pre-race fear, regardless how many races he may have completed. But fear is a good thing — it means an athlete cares. However, it’s critical to balance fear with confidence. That way, once the starter gun goes off, confidence can turn fear into focus, and focus will lead the way to the finish.

 
 
Movies

Gorilla warfare

Great ‘Apes’ delivers thoughtful examination of humanity, chimps with firearms

by ALLAN I. ROSS

In the 1981 film “Quest for Fire,” three early humans seek out a new pilot light that will keep their tribal fire sustained. It’s the simplest story ever told: Man have flame, man lose flame, man look for flame without being eaten by saber-toothed lions. The filmmakers tried to create as authentic a film as possible, even developed proto-languages based on the earliest known human words, and for 100 unsubtitled minutes you can see what it was like for our earliest ancestors to realize the power of their intelligence and experience the dawning of consciousness. It was a groundbreaking film that has for years been without equal.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Gods and bunnies

July art exhibits use books as more than just inspiration

by Jonathan Griffith

C.S. Lewis once said if an author is not concerned with originality and simply tries to tell the truth, then nine times out of 10 they produce something original without even knowing it. Any truth to be found in MICA Gallery’s new exhibit, “NEXT: Anamnesis,” is best left up for the viewer to decide. But originality in the pieces is hard to ignore, even if some of them are utilizing Lewis’ work. Physically.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Highlights: Ozay Moore gets ‘Hook’ed into Turner Street Outdoor Theater

Friday, July 18

by Eric Finkler

Twenty-three years after the release of “Hook,” Steven Spielberg’s sequel to L.M. Barry’s book “Peter Pan,” one of the film’s chants about one of the Lost Boys, Rufio, is still quick to escape from Ozay Moore’s lips. This Friday, Moore opens the Turner Street’s Outdoor Theater feature of “Hook,” hosted by the Capital City Film Festival and the Old Town Commercial Association. Moore will provide his blend of classic hip hop and conscious rap for the free community event.

 
 
Arts and Culture

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

The Early November goes acoustic at Macīs - Friday, July 25. Since it formed in 1999, The Early November has released three EPs and three LPs, on labels like MCA, Drive-Thru, and most recently Rise Records. The band performs an all-ages acoustic set at The Loft. Ope...

 
 
Arts and Culture

New in town

DEFYE/SMITH FLORAL & GREENHOUSES

by Allan I. Ross

Last month, Lansing-based fashion line DEFYE moved its headquarters from inside the Meridian Mall into the John Bean building, south of downtown Lansing. Owner/ designer Michael Doherty, 35, said he made the move in order to focus more on production and distribution of his clothing than retail.

 
 
Food

The gluten challenge

How the rise in gluten-free dining options helps more than just celiac sufferers

by Danielle Welke

You may have noticed the term “gluten-free” sneaking into restaurant menus and choices for the items at the grocery store in the past few years. Given the small percentage of Americans (about 1 percent) who suffer from celiac disease, the condition that causes gluten allergies by preventing the body from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy, you wouldn’t think that gluten-free fare would have such a demand. However, as non-celiac people find that gluten-free diets give them a healthier gut and a sense of better overall well being, gluten-free pastas, breads and other items are on the rise. If you don’t have a gluten allergy, though, what does it mean for you?

 
 
Advice Goddess

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?

 
 
News

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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This week's guests are East Lansing Mayor, Nathan Triplett; Delhi Township Supervisor, C.J. Davis; and Ingham County Commissioner, Brian McGrain.

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