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Wednesday, June 26,2013

The good, the bad and the efficient

Cogenerating the pros and cons of the BWL's new REO Town power plant

by Lawrence Cosentino
Efficient is the word for the Lansing Board of Water and Light's new $182 million, 100-megawatt power plant in south Lansing's REO Town, set to go online Monday. Inside its shiny bowels, combined cycle technology will rile up steam and electricity with the same gas flame.
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Friday, June 21,2013

Three for the books

Verdehr Trio puts capstone on final concert series

by Lawrence Cosentino
Friday, June 21 — Around the world, the chamber music combination of violin, clarinet and piano is synonymous with Michigan State University’s Verdehr Trio. They even have an entry in the Britannica-hefty New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, just before “Verdi.”
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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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