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Wednesday, August 10,2011

With this Skype, I thee wed

MSU profs unveil e-marriage proposal for states

by Lawrence Cosentino
While the upstairs battle over substan tive law rages, Michigan State University College of Law professors Mae Kuykendall and Adam Candeub have been quietly tinkering in the basement of procedural law.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

War and peace at the Marshall Street Armory

by Lawrence Cosentino
Hundreds of heavy guns and thousands of soldiers trundled across the drill floor at Lansing’s Marshall Street Armory from 1924 to 2005. Shouldering heavy military and civilian duty, the big brick blockhouse stoically endured the pounding of horses, Howitzers, wild weddings and circus elephants.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

New sounds at Jazz Fest

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Ice Crystal Quartet is the perfect foil for Mitchell’s long-lived Black Earth Ensemble, a meaty Chicago music machine with singers, guitar and horns. Mitchell also heads the Black Earth Strings, with violin and cello, and plays in the free-jazz Indigo Trio and Frequency, an ethereal avant-garde project using electronics.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

'Moments that are coming'

Look inside MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Two second-floor balconies, at right angles to each other, overlook the vast west gallery. We climbed the stairs to the second floor and stopped at the rails to gape. Overhead, the roof zoomed on without us to the northwest, framing a stunning view of Grand River and East Lansing.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

Rough times, smooth jazz

Bob Baldwin digs a straight groove in a zig-zag biz

by Lawrence Cosentino
In February 2008, jazz pianist and composer Bob Baldwin was driving through the countryside of Westchester County, N.Y., soaking in musical inspiration, when he got a depressing text message. New York’s WQCD was shutting off the smooth jazz spigot after 15 years.
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Thursday, July 21,2011

Friendly invasion

Touring German youth orchestra smuggles big guns into the Midwest

by Lawrence Cosentino
“It blasts you out of your seat,” Klaue said. The Ahresnburg Youth Orchestra was formed in 1968, and Klaue has been the conductor since 1993. The musicans are drawn from a school in the Ahrensburg area, north of Hamburg. Only half the students at the school, selected by audition, get to go on the American tour.
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

Secrets of the Old Town sisterhood

How women are remaking Lansing’s oldest district

by Lawrence Cosentino
Antiques and boutiques, yoga and flowers, hair and more hair. Stores with names like Love, Betti, October Moon, Grace and Polka Dots Bead-A-Full Boutique. Attorneys, non-profits and design firms bring a pinch of rough and tumble to the picture, but it’s pretty much official by now: Old Town has turned into a woman cave.
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

'Noble and complex'

Accident Fund project gets national steel award; Lansing shares the prestige with New York and San Francisco

by Lawrence Cosentino
Structural steel awards are no joke to the people who design and build amazing things in the United States. This year, the industry’s top award, the Presidential Award of Excellence, bypassed spectacular new buildings from New York to L.A. to settle on Lansing and its signature redevelopment project.
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

Upon this rock

MSU prof David Stowe plugs into Christian pop

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the 1970s, Jesus made his own big move into the secular world, backed by infectious tunes, electric guitars and drum kits. My new friend across the street, George, couldn’t stop talking about “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (He played it for me when his disapproving parents were gone.
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Wednesday, July 6,2011

Cold but not forgotten

Bernita White murder case, 10 years later

by Lawrence Cosentino
A little girl spotted us and slid her bike to a stop. “Did something happen here?” she asked. Where do you start? On Saturday, June 23, 2001, Lansing resident Bernita White was killed by a bullet from a highpowered rifle while walking from the picnic pavilion to the zoo entrance.
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