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Monday, July 8,2013

New in Town

by Allan I. Ross
After a series of construction delays, Famous Dave's became the south side's newest restaurant on Monday morning. There were people in pig costumes, a fire truck and about 30 grown-ups doing the hokey-pokey on the sidewalk, as Delhi Township Supervisor C.J. Davis performed a ceremonial rib (no, not ribbon) cutting.
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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Star pluckers

‘The Bling Ring’ enlightens as it enrages

by Allan I. Ross
Last month, Slate.com reported that the NSA surveillance scandal inspired a 5,000 percent jump in online sales of the George Orwell novel “1984,” which depicts a ubiquitously monitoring dystopian state.
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Thursday, June 20,2013

‘We’re not going anywhere’

Emil’s owner insists longtime Eastside restaurant will stay open

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, June 20 — Despite a new batch of rumors that Emil’s Italian Restaurant on Lansing’s Eastside is closing, owner Paul Grescowle firmly denies them all. “We’re not going anywhere,” he said, chuckling. “I have no idea where these rumors are coming from, but that couldn’t be further from the truth."
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Eye sore of the week

by Allan I. Ross
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Car dealerships, like gas stations, arrived on the architecture scene for the first time in the last century. Dealerships like this one with flat roofs and extensive parking are hard to re-imagine as anything but.
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Monday, June 17,2013

Cottage industry

English Inn breaks ground on new addition

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, June 14 — The owners of the English Inn broke ground on four cottages Thursday that will nearly double the Eaton Rapids establishment's capacity. The four Croquet Cottages, as they’ll be called (they overlook the estate’s tournament-sized croquet court) are expected to be complete by October.
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Thursday, June 6,2013

Golden road

Lansing band starts tour with Old Town performance

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, June 6 — The Lansing-based band Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle began its weeklong tour of West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula this morning with an impromptu, three-song set in front of Old Town’s Golden Harvest restaurant.
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Thursday, June 6,2013

Newbies at Zoobie’s

Old Town bar sets grand re-opening date

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, June 6 — After closing in 2009, Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern in Lansing is set to re-open with new owners — and a new look — on June 17. The owners announced the grand re-opening date on the bar’s Facebook wall earlier today.
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Friday, May 31,2013

Building a better burger

MSU food truck wins national award for locally made cheeseburger

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, May 31 — If you had to pick a food item that best represented the Lansing area, what would you pick? Something green, like pesto chicken, to play off the Michigan State University colors? An elegant filet mignon, perhaps, like all the lobbyists eat down by the Capitol? Or maybe pho, a falafel sandwich or a torta, to show off mid-Michigan’s diverse culture?
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Video: LUVS performance at E.L. Art Festival

Lansing ensemble prepares for statewide tour

by Allan I. Ross
Wednesday, May 22 — The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle was the closing band at the 50th annual East Lansing Art Festival on Sunday. It was the last local show for the band before a statewide tour next month.
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Thursday, May 16,2013

Wobegon at Wharton

‘A Prairie Home Companion’ coming to East Lansing in August

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, May 16 — Tickets go on sale tomorrow for “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor’s long running variety show. The program is broadcast weekly on public radio outlets across the country, including 90.5 WKAR-FM, locally. “A Prairie Home Companion” is known for its musical guests, especially folk and traditional musicians, tongue-in-cheek radio drama and Keillor's storytelling segment, “News from Lake Wobegon.”
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