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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Graceful aging

Overcoming the "multi-billiondollar-aging-industrial complex"

by Gretchen Cochran
trekking down to the Eastside’s Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing. There he is meeting up with Peggy Woods, 85, and about 20 others for the weekly Discovery Group meeting. It is an interest group for seniors that has become a social lifeline for some.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Feedback

by Readers
Tom Helma has written an especially negative review of Lansing Civic Players’ Skungpoomery. While Helma’s review omits detail and demonstrates an apparent lack of understanding of absurdist theater, it is his opinion, and of course he is entitled to it.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Malcolm St.?

A proposed street name change before the Lansing City Council brings to the fore controversial black-rights activist and former Lansing resident Malcolm X

by Andy Balaskovitz
Michigan State University sociology Professor Carl Taylor was 15 years old on Feb. 14, 1965, the day he met Malcolm X. X was giving a speech at the Ford Auditorium in Dearborn on the same day his home was firebombed in New York City. Taylor said X’s presence was powerful, ominous and uptight, his clothes still smelling of smoke.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This large residence reveals that careless attention to details can compromise what was once an elegant home into something less than ideal. Mismatched doors are one of the fastest ways to detract and depreciate the aesthetic value of a building.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Virg Watch

Green support

by Andy Balaskovitz
The big news out of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero’s camp this week is endorsements by three of the state’s leading environmental groups. He also unveiled “Greening Michigan’s Future,” a five-point plan addressing the state’s environment...
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Tuesday, July 20,2010

Kids in the Hall

Tax exemption for GM expansion dominates Council meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
After swiftly placing more than a dozen letters and resolutions on file or moving them to various committees, Monday night’s Lansing City Council meeting welcomed General Motors Inc. representative Brian O’Connell to an informal discussion on a possible Lansing expansion. GM is...
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Monday, July 19,2010

LGBT support

Bernero looks to undecided progressive voters with new endorsements

by Andy Balaskovitz
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero picked up endorsements today by prominent LGBT-rights groups, which he believes will connect him to undecided Democrats in the Aug. 3 primary.
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Saturday, July 17,2010

Virg Watch

Unions spend on Virg

by Andy Balaskovitz
Sunday is the close of books for the primary reporting period and Virg Bernero’s union endorsers have been picking up any slack.
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Thursday, July 15,2010

Eye candy of the Week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Ever notice how many of the commercial storefronts lining Michigan Avenue are additions to the fronts of houses? Known as a “shophouse,” these hybrid buildings are a classic architectural building type that developed in high-traffic corridors between residential and commercial areas.
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Wednesday, July 14,2010

'It isn't such a nasty river anymore'

2010 Grand River Expedition pushes currents of change

by Lawrence Cosentino
Say you want to canoe down the Au Sable River in northern Michigan for a few days and hang with the deer, eagles and smallmouth bass. The local Chamber of Commerce will stuff your rucksack with dozens of brochures for campgrounds where you can stab a wienie and sleep under the stars.
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