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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Biomass in b minor

MSU plan to burn trees for energy raises a forest of questions

by Lawrence Cosentino
"MSU Plant Switches to Wood Biomass Fuel" was the headline June 5 on the MSUToday website — a boast on par with one of Monty Python's more obscure skits, "Man Jumps Across English Channel." Michigan State University's T.B. Simon Power Plant burns less than 2 percent biomass (plant matter) and still runs overwhelmingly on coal.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Billowing tent

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival balloons with its biggest lineup yet

by Lawrence Cosentino
Homegrown talent and world-class artists (often one and the same thing), rare visitors from New Orleans, an organ trio, a Latin group, a big band, a guitar summit and a vocalist summit pack the strongest bill yet for this weekend's East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival.
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Wednesday, June 12,2013

Pushing up daisies - and pear trees

Evergreen Cemetery fix-up takes 'Adopt a Park' to the next level

by Lawrence Cosentino
There are two kinds of people in this world. One sees a knocked-over trash barrel in the park and calls Lansing Parks Director Brett Kaschinske to complain. The other kind picks the barrel back up.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Lift your foot, please

MSU vet school grad Erica Ward goes to Thailand to treat elephants

by Lawrence Cosentino
Nobody had to take Erica Ward aside at her graduation party and whisper the word "elephants" in her ear. She knew what she wanted to do the first time she bandaged a pachyderm's sore foot and got an appreciative subsonic rumble in response.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

'We're going to keep on going'

After cancer surgery, Roy Saper is proudly back to 'not normal'

by Lawrence Cosentino
Roy Saper was getting high in his kitchen last week from making chocolate chip pecan waffles. Pour, sprinkle, press, sizzle. I told him I needed to stop at one waffle.
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Wednesday, May 29,2013

Worms and burgers

The ins and outs of form-based zoning codes

by Lawrence Cosentino
On fishing weekends, my Uncle Andy used to put a milk carton full of worms in the fridge door, where the milk goes. It freaked my Aunt Sophie out. So did the golf balls in the egg keeper. After talking with Lansing planning director Bob Johnson, I realize that Uncle Andy was only converting the fridge to a modern, form-based zoning code. No matter what Uncle Andy put into it, it looked like a normal fridge.
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Wednesday, May 29,2013

Doing it old school

Preservation Lansing awards spotlight Genesee Street School project

by Lawrence Cosentino
It's doubly fitting that Preservation Lansing will launch its 2013 round of awards with a press conference today at the old Genesee Street School downtown. In a city with a tattered urban fabric, the annual awards tout the value of neighborhood fixer-uppers as well as headline-grabbers like the hulking Marshall Street Armory, one of last year's winners.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

'A particular genius'

Pianist Sergei Kvitko's road to Carnegie Hall

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sergei Kvitko strangled his water bottle and looked at the clock. It was just before 7 p.m. on April 30, and he was due on stage at 7:30 for a grueling solo piano concert at Michigan State University's Cook Recital Hall.
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Thursday, May 16,2013

Cristo Rey merger is off

Community center's future will reach 'resolution' soon, diocese says

by Lawrence Cosentino
A proposed merger between Cristo Rey Community Center and St. Vincent Catholic Charities that has been under attack by a citizens group has been called off, Michael Murray, legal counsel for the Diocese of Lansing, said Monday.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

Good, good, good stridulations

Brooklyn musician will jam with bugs at Broad Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
With their crunchy exoskeletons, compound eyes and yellow blood, insects seem more like alien creatures than our fellow Earthlings — but humans have more in common with the six-legged beasties than you'd think.
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