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Wednesday, October 31,2012

New in town

The Root Cellar & All Star Barbershop

by ALLAN I. ROSS
If you want to dye your hair green for Halloween, a variety of specialty shops around town could probably cater to your whim. If, however, you want to go green year-round at the beauty shop, Lansing's new Root Cellar salon specializes in styles and colors that are environmentally friendly.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

In the land of smoke and ice

Lansing photographer captures breathtaking images near the top of the world

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last month, Lansing-based photographer Brett King traveled to Iceland for a weeklong photo shoot. Fjords, glaciers, geysers and a mind-bending aurora borealis display — just a regular shooting schedule near the Arctic Circle.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Gino's rebirth

Italian crooner launches his new career in Lansing

by ALLAN I. ROSS
You don't see much of an overlap between the nightclub crooners and New Age gurus, but Gino Federici is a rare find. One minute he's telling you how he strong-armed his way into a speaking role in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 classic "Casino," the next he's describing the process through which one achieves awareness by letting go of the ego.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Making the 'Cut'

Local found-footage horror movie makes national debut

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Although the perennial "Paranormal Activity" franchise seems to be running out of steam, the trend in found-footage movies seems to be hitting high gear. Accordingly, a group of local filmmakers has joined the fray with their low-budget horror movie, "Cut/Print," which debuts in a limited run nationwide on Tuesday.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

New in town

Tacos E Mas / DeWitt Auto Spa Detail Center / Old Town Marquee / Irish Pub auction

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Four years ago, David Delacruz Jr. helped his father and stepmother open Tacos E Mas, a Mexican restaurant at 1850 Cedar St. in Holt. Thanks to the success of that location, the family opened an additional location this month with the same name at 801 Thomas L. Parkway in Delta Township.
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Monday, October 22,2012

New In Town

Red Haven

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It's no wonder that red haven peaches are considered the standard by which all other peaches are judged. Sweet, juicy, full of flavor and the perfect balance of sink-your-teeth-in soft and hold-their-own-weight firm, they wear their fuzz with pride.
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Mr. & Mrs. History

Preservation Lansing group honors visionary couple who helped revitalize downtown

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When Bob Morris and his wife, Linda Peckham, moved into a condo in the 10,000-square foot former convent at 311 Seymour Ave. 31 years ago, they say the neighborhood was a mess. The area was overrun with absentee landlords who had carved up the historic Victorian homes and were renting them to low-income tenants who had no regard for either the neighborhood or the property they lived in. Morris said he was determined to put a stop to it, if he had to do it himself.
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Farr out, man

TV icon comes to Lansing for speaker series

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For seven decades, he's worked almost nonstop on stages across North America, on television and appeared in dozens of movies. But for an entire generation, Jamie Farr will always be Maxwell Klinger, the cross-dressing corporal on the groundbreaking TV series "M*A*S*H."
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

'La voz' of a community

Spanish language radio mainstay celebrates 25 years at WKAR

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It's a long story how Tony Cervantes, longtime radio personality at WKAR-AM, got the nickname El Chayo — in a nutshell, it's a homonym of a nickname of an inside joke from his youth. Just don't call him Antonio.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

New in town

Biggby coffee & Greener planet gardening

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Earlier this year, Biggby Coffee moved up to No. 255 on Entrepreneur Magazine's Annual Franchise 500 list, essentially making their signature black-on-orange "B" the second most distinguished letter to come out of East Lansing since a certain white-on-green "S."
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