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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Food Fight

Hitting the sweet spots

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Ah, December in Michigan: the nights are long, the temps are low, and it's socially acceptable to eat dessert three meals a day. No matter what kind of healthy diets we try to maintain the rest of the year, this is the month when all bets are off for sugar intake.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

We, Robots

Local startup hopes to go viral with addictive new videogame app

by ALLAN I. ROSS
If you've ever lost a day's work slinging ornery-looking cardinals at grimacing green pigs, you should probably stop reading right now — this story could cost you several hours of productivity. But hey, at least you could say you're supporting a local startup.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

'War Horse' men

The author and the puppeteer reminisce on the story's transition from page to stage

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It's a heartbreaking story, made all the more touching because it's based on actual events. In the early days of World War I, a British family has to sell their beloved horse to the frontline cavalry. The family's son, too young to fight, lies about his age in order to enlist so he can find his horse among the ranks and bring him home.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

The Screening Room

Doc on Detroit folk singer is stranger than fiction

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Fourteen years ago, a poverty-stricken demolition worker from Detroit took the stage of a South African arena. He stood there, guitar in hand, while the thousands in attendance drowned out his attempt to launch into a song. They showered him with a five-minute ovation, screaming his name and shouting that they loved him while he slowly took it all in.
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

Wax on

Lansing artist utilizes 2,000-year-old painting process to create indelible works of art

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The Egyptians used it to stylize their mummy cases. The Romans picked it up from the Greeks, who used it to waterproof boats. And Sue Winkler? She uses it to make pretty, colorful paintings. Who says there's no such thing as progress?
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

New in town

Tin Can DeWitt

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When the Tin Can opened in Lansing two years ago, everything you needed to know about the place was scrawled in chalk in all caps right there on the wall: "WORLD CLASS DIVE BAR."
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

Coming soon: a theater near you

Upscale movie theater will provide an intimate, full-service experience

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Sometime in 2015, "Star Wars: Episode VII" will come out and you can already picture the midnight premiere: middle-aged fanboys and fangirls dressed like Vader, Fett and Slave Leia, swinging plastic lightsabers at each other as they stand in 12-hour lines that stretch around the movie theater.
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

The Screening Room

Day-Lewis brings 16th prez to life in 'Lincoln'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Biopics, lately, have been wasted on the eccentric. But if ever there was a man who deserved one, it's the 16th president of the United States — and who better to deliver than the one-two punch of 'ber-auteur Steven Spielberg and method actor extraordinaire Daniel Day-Lewis? It’s a match made in celluloid heaven.
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

2012 Gift Guide

Our list of #LoveLansing gift ideas

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Despite those doomsday prognosticators who've been trying to scare us into thinking we're one minor calamity away from being a third world country, things really aren’t that bad, fiscally speaking.
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

Food fight

Getting a little chili

by ALLAN I. ROSS
If it weren't for chili, there's a good chance folks would just roll down the metal shutters and call it a winter. The cold weather staple has become so prevalent in Michigan, you'd practically think we invented it (we didn't, of course — credit the 16th century Aztecs).
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