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Wednesday, August 28,2013

A monumental rebirth

Concrete art slabs from Lansing's past find a home in a west-side neighborhood

by Lawrence Cosentino
England has Stonehenge. Easter Island has heads. Lansing’s Leitram Street, only a block long, has six massive, mysterious concrete slabs, each weighing over two tons. Gently monumental relics of the earthy 1970s aesthetic, and of urban renewal in Lansing, resurfaced in the Genesee Neighborhood this spring after seven years of oblivion.
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

All-American mutt music

Lansing's Mosaic Music Festival is no purebred, but this hound can hunt

by Lawrence Cosentino
Purity, in breeding or music, isn’t an American thing. We like to mix it up and guess whose child is whose 10 years later. Lansing’s Mosaic Music Festival, this weekend at Adado Riverfront Park, has a unique formula for showcasing all-American mutt music in its ever-changing grit and glory.
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

From turnips to quarks

Michigan State University enriches the heartland and goes global

by Lawrence Cosentino
Michigan State University almost got plowed under shortly after sending out its first tender shoots in 1855. In a near-fatal turnip scandal, an early alumnus of Michigan Agricultural College overplanted and spoiled his crop in a highly visible spot along Grand River Avenue. Farmers across the state snorted at the evils of book-larnin’ and tried to cut the college’s funds off in the state’s Legislature.
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

Arts, sciences and access

Lansing Community College keeps up with the competition

by Lawrence Cosentino
They’ve taken your pulse, fixed your landing gear, trouble-shot your software, remodeled or built your house, maybe written you a ticket or two. Lansing Community College graduates make everyday life roll on in greater Lansing.
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

Doing it new school

Career-focused Davenport University plants its big 'D' in downtown Lansing

by Lawrence Cosentino
One of the best things about a new building is that everything works. Students at career-focused Davenport University’s new downtown Lansing campus may find that some things work too well. The nursing practice dummies cough, complain, vomit and die. The female unit even gives birth. (She wasn’t allowed to demonstrate that ability at a ribbon cutting and open house last week, because she screams a lot.)
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

Laying down the law

Cooley Law School shrinks - but casts a long shadow

by Lawrence Cosentino
You’re kicking back with a beer and some friends at the Nuthouse, the Tin Can or some other downtown Lansing bar. One member of your party somehow manages to laugh at every joke and keep up the drinking without lifting her nose from a very thick book with no pictures and lots of Latin in it.
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Thursday, August 22,2013

Remembering Marian McPartland

Remembering the ‘Piano Jazz’ legend, who talked at length with City Pulse in 2002

by Lawrence Cosentino
Wednesday, Aug. 21 — Marian McPartland had no patience for idiots. Before I started an interview with her in 2002, she warned me to keep it short. “I have to do my hair,” she said, as if I were a callow clod blocking her exit from a USO dance in 1944. Tuesday night, one of jazz’s classiest and most omnivorous musicians died at 95.
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Wednesday, August 21,2013

'I thought I was the only one'

Panic, pride, passion and a picnic with Michigan’s transgender community

by Lawrence Cosentino
More than 40 years ago, when Renee Lynette Fink was a boy named Rodney, she played with another boy, David Meyers, who lived a few doors away on Regent Street on Lansing’s east side. “I remember at 4 or 5, him socking me right in the face,” Fink said.
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Wednesday, August 21,2013

Taking a bite out of blight

North Washington Avenue building to be renovated into mixed use as Old Town creeps outward

by Lawrence Cosentino
Wednesday, Aug. 21 — Slowly but surely, Old Town is engulfing its environs like a giant amoeba with seven hair salons. By this time next year, another chunk of neighboring blight will get the now-familiar mixed-use rehab treatment.
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Wednesday, August 7,2013

'GMageddon'

New film on Lansing's drive to keep GM revs up the spin

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the late 1990s, greater Lansing faced what many regarded as an existential threat: GM’s decision to pull out of Lansing after the demise of Oldsmobile. It was time for a team of rivals to unite in the face of doom. From “The Seven Samurai” to “The Avengers,” that makes for a rousing movie plot, but reality is usually messier.
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