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Top of the Town Winners 2020

The complete list of Top of the Town 2020 winners.
Opinion

Literacy extinguishes fiery life situations

Patricia Edwards, a new appointee to the Michigan Department of Education PreK-12 Literacy Commission, has written eight books about parents and schools. Her most recent book, “Partnering with Families for Student Success,” describes 24 scenarios where students are best served when teachers and parents work together.
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The business case for equity

The economy works best for all when all can participate. As LEAP continues to lead local economic development efforts, the importance of a truly equitable approach is essential.
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Racial justice requires time, energy and participation

The murder of George Floyd last year once again ripped the bandage off a never-healed wound of racial inequality in this country.

City Pulse On the Air, Feb. 21, 2021: Lori Welch and Tony Willis

On this edition of City Pulse On the Air, editor and publisher Berl Schwartz interviews Lansing's sustainability manager Lori Welch about how the city is tackling the climate change crisis. Managing editor Kyle Kaminski talks with Tony Willis, head of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership's new department of equitable economic planning. Music writer Rich Tupica closes out the show with a track from Michigan's diverse musical history. 
Opinion

The CP Edit: Ending racially biased policing

A new report from the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office reveals a disconcerting pattern of police bias against people of color, who are many times more likely to be accused of crimes than white people in every jurisdiction reviewed, including Lansing, East Lansing and outlying communities within Ingham County.

Alarm and ‘awakening’

To help her fight the gravest crisis facing world civilization, Lansing’s new sustainability manager, Lori Welch, jokes that she has a staff of three: “me, myself and I.”

Tom Springer’s lifetime journey through the natural and spiritual worlds

Tom Springer’s new book, “The Star in the Sycamore,” was 12 years in the making, but it was worth the wait. It’s been a long time in writer years since Springer’s first book, “Looking for Hickories: The Forgotten Wildness of the Rural Midwest,” introduced his views on the natural world.

Despite pandemic, Impression 5 gets hands-on with students

Dissecting a frog, making a potato clock, building baking soda volcanoes. Hands-on learning is key to a memorable education in STEM. In a school year where most kids were stuck in a virtual learning environment, students missed out on valuable educational experiences 

MSU’s ‘Audio Anthology’: Drama heard, not seen

COVID-19 stifled the Michigan State University Theatre Department’s ability to offer live shows, but the pandemic has not muted student creativity. The “Audio Anthology” collection, available at theatre.msu.edu/dei_audio/, demonstrates how the department is continuing to create imaginative projects during restricted times.
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City Pulse On the Air, Feb. 7, 2021: Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Bill Castanier and Tammara Ramona
City Pulse Radio · City Pulse On the Air, Feb. 7, 2021: Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Bill Castanier and Tammara Ramona On …
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City Pulse On the Air, Jan. 31, 2021: Bob Fish of Biggby Coffee
City Pulse Radio · City Pulse On the Air, Jan. 31, 2021: Bob Fish of Biggby Coffee On this edition of City Pulse On the …
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City Pulse On the Air, Jan. 24: Charlie Ballard, Kyle Melinn, Steve Tobocman and Curtis Hertel Jr.
City Pulse Radio · City Pulse On the Air, Jan. 24: Charlie Ballard, Kyle Melinn, Steve Tobocman and Curtis Hertel, Jr. …
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Arts & Culture
Champion's Sports Bar & Grill closes its doors
THURSDAY, Feb. 11 — Champion's Sports Bar & Grill, a classic tavern-style eatery operating out of Holt for the past 20 …
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Riverwalk Theatre's 'A Doll House:' Not just anchor desk theater
When Henrik Ibsen wrote “A Doll’s House” in 1879, he had no idea his play would become a lasting symbol of feminist …
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East Lansing Food Co-op to return as part of Allen Neighborhood Center 
After years of dormancy following the closure of its storefront in 2017, the East Lansing Food Co-op is working to …
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Food
Chocolate Loves Coffee 
Flash in the Pan is food writer Ari LeVaux’s weekly recipe column. It runs in about 100 newspapers nationwide, …
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Where to get your paczki fix for Fat Tuesday
Fat Tuesday is near — that means it’s time to prepare for one of Lansing’s favorite winter traditions: consuming …
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Eastside Lansing Food Co-op relocates to Allen Neighborhood Center
THURSDAY, Feb. 4 — The Eastside Lansing Food Co-op, or ELFCO, is re-opening in the Allen Neighborhood Center. The move comes as …
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