MSU plan to burn trees for energy raises a forest of questionsby 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.
Possible transfer of soccer complex lease from public to private hands has some crying foul over the process. Others say it will be an economic boon for the city.by Sam Inglot
Lansing, as the first city in Michigan, will be a proving ground for affordable bike-sharing programsby Andy Balaskovitz
Until now, bicycle-sharing programs in the United States have been more common in larger cities with a progressive eye toward transportation. Think Denver, Washington and Minneapolis. Come early August, Lansing is expected to join about 20 other U.S. cities — and become the first in Michigan — to pilot a bike-sharing program.
Riverview Church's possible purchase of former Cadillac Club and its liquor license may have some tax implications for the churchby Sam Inglot
In her 13 years on the Lansing City Council, Carol Wood said she's never heard of a church in Lansing owning a liquor license. But that may change soon if the Holt-based Riverview Church purchases the former Cadillac Club building in REO Town — along with the building's liquor license, which could put its tax-exempt status in jeopardy.
Why a vote to block a federal grant for Michigan Flyer would be shortsightedby Andy Balaskovitz
Ody Norkin served three years in the Israel Defense Forces from 1972 to 1975 during the 19-day Yom Kippur War. He enlisted at the age of 19 and was a tank commander during most of his tenure, spending most of his time in the Sinai Peninsula. Thousands of soldiers died in that war as Egypt and Syria attacked Israel-occupied territories during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. Norkin said it was the "closest we had come to losing the nation."
Summer Solstice Jazz Festival balloons with its biggest lineup yetby 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.
Weeklong event celebrates Michigan beerby Sean Bradley
After a successful debut last year, Lansing Beer Week is back for another round of food pairings, pub crawls and historical tours. It starts Friday with the Festival of the Sun in Old Town, and wraps up June 29 with a new music and beer extravaganza: The Lansing Beer Fest.
Annual festivals welcome summer to Old Townby Kali Jo Wolkow
Summer calls for lemonade and an iPod full of beach tunes, but Old Town is putting its annual spin on those traditions at this weekend's Festival of the Moon and Festival of the Sun. Instead of lemonade, the historic Lansing district is rolling out the beer and wine, and instead of mp3s, mid-Michigan revelers get two days of live music.
Michigan author buys a house in 'the most dangerous city in America’'by Bill Castanier
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Rich Tupica
English Inn's Croquet Cottagesby ALLAN I. ROSS
Peanut Barrel puts a limit on its signature drink for good reasonby Mary C. Cusack
Michigan is home to several well-known islands: Mackinac, Beaver, Isle Royale. Pretty and peaceful, to be sure, but there's one in mid-Michigan that's famous in its own right — the Long Island (as in, Long Island Iced Tea) at the Peanut Barrel. And at $5 per drink, an afternoon vacation on the Peanut Barrel patio is cheaper than Shepler's Ferry.