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Monday, March 18,2013

MSU alum campaigns via Facebook to save 'Detroit 1-8-7'

ABC crime drama, shot in the Motor City, may not see a second season

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
The first season of ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7” may be over, but the battle fans are waging to bring back the police drama that is set and filmed in Detroit for a second season rages on.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

From courts to escorts

MSU grad Allison Leotta uncovers the world of call girls in 'Discretion'

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
The “D.C. Madam” scandal served as a jumping-off point for Michigan State University aluma Allison Leotta’s latest legal thriller, “Discretion.” “As a prosecutor, I handled a lot of cases where the victims were prostitutes,” Leotta said in a ...
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

'Justice' is served

MSU adjunct professor pens a legal thriller

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
Being an appellate lawyer was both an asset and a hindrance for author Anthony J. Franze when he was writing his first novel, "The Last Justice."
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Writing with the Force

MSU alum Timothy Zahn fills in missing chapters in the ‘Star Wars’ saga

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
Lucas’ iconic space opera franchise “I had no idea it would be that successful: No one did,” said Zahn, 59, a 1973 Michigan State University alumnus who lives in Oregon. “The storyline was decent; fans did like it. But the books sold not because of my name, but because it was ‘Star Wars.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

Princesses with punch

Author Jim C. Hines gives modern makeovers to fairy tale favorites

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
“For a while, our house was overrun with princesses: princess movies, princess dolls, princess pajamas, princess toothbrushes, and so on,” explained Hines, 37, of Holt. “Some of the movies aren’t bad, but a lot of the merchandise ' well, let’s just say I wanted to present an alternative interpretation of these characters.
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Wednesday, July 6,2011

’Top Gun’ at 25

MSU alum Jack Epps Jr. talks about the creation of the iconic blockbuster

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
“It caught everyone by surprise,” confessed Epps, 61, from his home in Santa Monica, Calif. Epps, a 1972 Michigan State University graduate and screenwriter, cowrote the screenplay to “Top Gun” with the late Jim Cash, his longtime writing partner and a former instructor at MSU.
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Wednesday, March 2,2011

Uncovering the underground press

Former Joint Issue reporter looks back on 1960s Lansing

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
After writer Ken Wachsberger was released from jail for the first time in 1970 during his senior year at Michigan State University, he was a changed man and had emerged a radical. “Jail changes you; it gives you a whole new perspective," said the 61-year-old from Ann Arbor, who was one of 132 students arrested in 1970 at.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

’Guys were staring at me, paralyzed in fear’

World War II vet and retired MSU professor receives Silver Star — 65 years later

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
Surviving a deadly bombing run over Germany during World War II and saving the lives of his fellow soldiers was reward enough for Louis Stamatakos, a retired professor of educational administration at Michigan State University who served as a B-17 tail-gunner with the 8th Air Force for 31 missions.
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