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Thursday, January 2,2014

A week later, still no power

by Lawrence Cosentino
The big freeze of 2013 began with a cannonade of falling limbs and orange flashes. A softer music filled the streets the following Saturday, as bits of melting ice tinkled from tree limbs to the ground. Power was back in many neighborhoods, but many single houses and pockets of houses were still out.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Cupcakes and comforters

Trinity Church Red Cross shelter sweetens a sour deal

by Lawrence Cosentino
A live chorus of “Happy Birthday” drowned out the “Entertainment Tonight” theme in the TV lounge at Lansing’s Trinity Church on Dunckel Road last Thursday, five days after an ice storm and widespread power failures turned the church into a Red Cross shelter.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

In the dark

Customers converge to demand answers at BWL

by Lawrence Cosentino
The parade of citizens at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s customer service center Friday afternoon was beyond even Norman Rockwell’s power to paint. They came in pajama bottoms, business suits, Obama T-shirts, fedoras, overalls, berets, red holiday coats with gold jingle bells and threadbare flannel under yellowish beards.
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Thursday, December 26,2013

2013 Jazz/classical highlights

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Lansing jazz and classical music scene created a lot of memorable moments in 2013. I chose these six favorites strictly from the gut. Science and reason fail when music this powerful takes over.
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Thursday, December 26,2013

Powers of 10

Ten who died in greater Lansing in 2013

by Lawrence Cosentino
Again this year we celebrate the lives of departed friends and neighbors. What follows are their stories and the memories that framed their lives.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Circling the carts

neighborhood grapples with changes that threaten goodrich´s shop-rite

by Lawrence Cosentino
On the day before Thanksgiving, Brian Jeffries prowled the aisles at Goodrich’s Shop-Rite, gathering stuff for the 17 pies he planned to bake on Thanksgiving Day. The longtime Lansing City Councilman is a relative newcomer to Shop-Rite. He has only been shopping at this 76-year-old locally owned grocery for 25 years.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Adventures in Karl Haas

Jeff Haas pays tribute, and talks back, to his father

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sunday afternoon’s tribute to the 100th birthday of Karl Haas, the urbane host of Detroit-based “Adventures in Good Music” who died in 2005, is no stiff retrospective. The Haas story, the good music and a few lingering father-son is sues are far from finished.
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Wednesday, November 27,2013

Don’t build it and they will come

Lebbeus Woods, avatar of ‘anarchitecure,’ carves out a free zone

by Lawrence Cosentino
An architect who doesn’t want to compromise has very few options. One, really — the path of Lansing-born architect Lebbeus Woods.
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Friday, November 22,2013

Baby, baby

Saxophone man Diego Rivera taps into the cycle of life with infant daughter and new CD

by Lawrence Cosentino
Diego Rivera has picked a hell of a time to climb onto the national stage with his new CD, “The Contender.
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Wednesday, November 13,2013

A cellist and his bacteria ... 7 lbs. of it

Looking inward and outward with Yo-Yo Ma

by Lawrence Cosentino
Yo-Yo Ma is a curious man. His Wharton Center concert Monday is sold out, but he agreed to a phone interview with City Pulse anyway. That never happens, let alone with the world’s most famous classical musician. What is more, Ma did some research on his obscure Lansing interviewer so he could have a real conversation with me. That never happens, either.
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