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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Sticking with peace

Lansing Peace Vigil tries to attract attention with magnets

by Ariel Rogers
Sharp-eyed patrons may have noticed some small, ceramic magnets popping up in Greater Lansing businesses. The magnets advertise the time and location of the weekly Lansing Peace Vigil. Kathie Kuhn, an active member of the Peace Vigil community and a board member of the Peace Education Center, is responsible for the magnets.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

A grand affair

Saturday, May 2

by Ariel Rogers
It’s that time of year for ladies to bust out their hoop skirts and gentlemen to prepare for the annual mustache contest as Victorian Days returns to Grand Ledge. Victorian Days, now in its 19th year, has extended to become a two-day event in recent years. Marilyn Smith, chairwoman of the Grand Ledge Victorian Days committee, said the event offers something for everyone.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

The Green Report: Provisional approval

2 Budz Provision Center shows promise, room for improvment

by Steve Green
2 Budz Provision Center, on the south side of Lansing, is a small shop set back from the road with just a tiny sign. I liked the name and I often enjoy smaller shops, so I wanted to check this place out. The parking lot was small but convenient. A friend and I walked up to the front door, which was locked, and rang the doorbell.
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Tuesday, April 28,2015

Getting heavy

Common Ground adds Three Days Grace and P.O.D. to 2015 lineup

by Ty Forquer
TUESDAY, APRIL 28 — Common Ground Music Festival continues to fill its 2015 schedule, announcing a Friday night lineup of hard rock groups led by Three Days Grace, P.O.D. and All That Remains.
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Friday, April 24,2015

Return of Jerry

Jerry Seinfeld returns to the Wharton Center

by Ty Forquer
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be return to the Wharton Center stage July 9. Known for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere, Seinfeld has set his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2015.
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Thursday, April 23,2015

Stringing it together

Colombian harpist fuses jazz, Latin and folk

by Lawrence Cosentino
THURSDAY, APRIL 23 — Edmar Castaneda can turn his harp into a trellis of flowers or a barge full of fireworks. Forest waterfalls and urban skylines shimmer from its vibrating lines. The Colombia-born harpist throws folk, Latin and jazz rhythms and melodies into a gorgeous mélange that is completely his own invention.
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Thursday, April 23,2015

Monuments and machine guns

Tour explores Capitol building’s connection to Civil War

by Lawrence Cosentino
THURSDAY, APRIL 23 — In the wake of the Civil War, one particular tour of Michigan’s brand new state Capitol building got a little too lively. Chicago historian Matt VanAcker can show you an obscure entry off the west lawn — the only one with double doors — that opened into the an armory, a military storehouse containing small arms, gun carriages and a Gatling gun.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

A horse and his man

Historian explores Lansing’s connection to the capture of John Wilkes Booth

by 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.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Flags of our fathers

Historian offers a rare look at historic battle flags

by Lawrence Cosentino
At a recent Civil War roundtable commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Chicago historian Matt VanAcker pulled out a battle flag from the 24th Michigan “Iron Brigade,” which suffered 80 percent casualties at Gettysburg. “Nine men died carrying that flag,” VanAcker said. “It has bloodstains on it.”
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

A notable evening

Library of Michigan Foundation honors 20 authors at Night for Notables

by 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.
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