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Thursday, November 10,2011

Brushfire over bullying

Michigan lawmakers take heat for religious ‘blueprint for bullying,’ go back to drawing board

by Lawrence Cosentino
After years of urging Michigan s legislature to pass a comprehensive law cracking down on bullying in the state s schools, Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer reconciled herself to the idea that something would be better than nothing until last week.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

God and Godzilla

Lansing Symphony brass brings it for Bruckner

by Lawrence Cosentino
Saturday s big surprise wasn t the finely wrought, seamless, muscular performance of Bruckner s Fourth the symphony delivered. By now, we re used to seeing music director Timothy Muffitt and the LSO deliver big-city passion and polish on a small-town budget.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

All aboard

Michigan Rail Summit throws diverse parties into transports of joy

by Lawrence Cosentino
Judging by the upbeat toots and chugs heard at Monday afternoon s Michigan Rail Summit in Lansing, there s one toy that inspires Republicans and Democrats, environmentalists and business leaders, Feds and locals and all the other boys and girls to play nicely together: a train.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Mass and massiveness

Lansing Symphony rolls out a pair of blockbusters

by Lawrence Cosentino
Saturday s slate is a sly sacred-secular switcheroo. Mozart s fizzy Coronation Mass, with the Michigan State University Choral Union and four guest vocalists, will open the evening with high spirits, and Anton Bruckner s colossal Fourth Symphony will shut it down in solemn awe.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Stormfield faces heavy weather

Theater company faces challenges ranging from budgeting concerns to fixing up its facilities

by Lawrence Cosentino
To help circle the wagons, Thatcher has enlisted rope-twirling humorist Will Rogers, played by Chicago theater luminary Kevin McKillip. The one-man show will replace David Mamet s Race as Stormfield s second production of the 2011- 2012 season. In the meantime, Thatcher said, the season will be scheduled from show to show, depending on finances.
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Monday, October 31,2011

Mass and massiveness

Lansing Symphony rolls out a pair of blockbusters Saturday

by Lawrence Cosentino
This symphony preview is so erudite you have to take an entry quiz. Match the adjectives in Line A with the nouns from Line B:A. Sacred/secular.B. Gothic cathedral/ Mentos and Diet Coke.If you drew diagonal lines instead of vertical ones, you’re either a compulsive contrarian, a subt...
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Yes, we have bananas

Bob Trezise Jr. moves on, albeit just a few blocks from Washington Square to Michigan Avenue: An exit interview

by Lawrence Cosentino
A new cooperative landscape is already taking shape in Michigan. Earlier this month, the Collaborative Development Council, a group of senior development gurus, came to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Economic Development Council with a map that breaks the state into 10 development regions.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

The sum of his parts

City Pulse editor scores with cancer memoir

by Lawrence Cosentino
No ' not “battle.” That noun isn’t Sanford’s style, nor are adjectives like “heroic” or “triumphant.” If you read Sanford’s sardonic City Pulse film reviews, you know his melodrama-whacking machete has been tempered by decades of disease-ofthe-day dreck from Hollywood.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Plugging the 'school-to-prison pipeline'

Forum will address state’s racial disparity in suspensions, expulsions

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monts, the field director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Michigan chapter, was peeking down the hatch of a big piece of infrastructure nobody wanted to build, but that has managed to snake across Michigan anyway.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

'A well-designed life'

Playwright Sandra Seaton talks with Lansing retail queen Betty Price

by Lawrence Cosentino
As a customer, as a friend and now as a historian, Seaton has tracked Price’s remarkable life for 40 years.
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