Kathy Johnson looks back on nearly 40 years in libraries
March 29 2017
Kathy Johnson, head librarian at Capitol Area District Libraries’ downtown branch, is delaying her retirement one day so she can go out with a bang at the library’s Family Celebration Saturday....
Aug. 17 2016
In 1977, the world for the LGBT community was a different place. No presidents spoke of equality. A measure to ensure equal treatment under the law had been introduced in the U.S. House but died. East...
Looking for local style in the barbecue scene
June 29 2016
Across the U.S., especially in the South, the idea of barbecue takes on different forms from region to region, as each area has its own idea of what kind of meat should be smoked, how to smoke it and how...
Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame inducts 11 new members
Oct. 29 2014
On Thursday, 11 women will be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. This year’s collection of notable Michigan women includes an historic equestrian, a revolutionary biology researcher...
Senator aids same-sex partner to keep house
May 13 2015
The surviving member of a same-sex Lansing couple will be able to keep his house, thanks to the assistance of state Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., D-Lansing. Mykul Johnson shared the the east-side house for...
A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Dec. 3 2014
Ten Pound Fiddle´s Holiday Sing, Friday Dec. 12 All talent levels are welcome to attend and sing at the 12th Annual “Holiday Sing” Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series. The...
While Lansing, nation await ruling on same-sex marriage, for one couple it´s already too late
April 29 2015
In 1977, the world for the LGBT community was a different place. No presidents spoke of equality. A measure to ensure equal treatment under the law had been introduced in the U.S. House but died. East...
Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame celebrates 30th year with six new members
Oct. 16 2013
Paula Cunningham, president and CEO of Capitol National Bank, wants to make it clear that she is still above ground, despite her induction into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Thursday
The ins and outs of form-based zoning codes
May 29 2013
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...
Churches migrate to commercial zones. But what’s the point of a master plan when City Council votes to ignore it?
Nov. 13 2013
For the second month in a row, the Lansing City Council is considering whether to allow a church to move into one of the city’s commercial corridors
Lansing Beer Week taps a keg
Aug. 15 2012
For the casual beer drinker, the story behind the ice-cold suds they just ordered at their local watering hole doesn't weigh too heavily on the mind. For microbrew connoisseurs, however, it's all about...
Twisty Willis/Gordon-Levitt actioiner throws audiences for a sci-fi loop
Oct. 3 2012
Many science-fiction movies try to dazzle us with the high-tech sights of tomorrow. That's not the case with writer-director Rian Johnson's "Looper." Although it's set in the 2040s, the world it shows...
Lansing workshop aims to take the sting out of the birds and the bees
April 24 2013
How many sitcoms have we seen depicting bumbling parents and terrified children sitting down to have the dreaded "talk?" Pop culture really hasn't helped make that inevitable and necessary conversation...
What is a master plan? What does it do? And why is Lansing’s 52 years old?
Dec. 8 2010
Lansing Planning Director Bob Johnson’s downtown office is modestly sized a computer desk, a small table and some bookshelves. Aerial views of Lansing dot the walls. One bookshelf is loaded with...
LeAndria Johnson sings for a cause close to her heart
May 4 2011
Johnson is headlining a fundraising concert for the moneless called “Up From the Ashes” at South Church in Lansing on Friday. The event was originally supposed to happen April 1, but was postponed...
Sept. 22 2010
Michigan’s top issue is male-to-female transgender individuals using women restrooms. It’s certainly not the other way around. I mean if female-to-male transgender individuals (or anyone else...
Oct. 27 2010
The 2010 secretary of state’s race has turned into a referendum on the Democratic nominee, a 33-year-old election attorney whom Democrats frame as a champion for voters’ rights. A Wayne State...
Two caregivers charged with violating federal pot laws for grow operation in Mason
Feb. 2 2011
Baldori, who represents Johnson, believes both defendants were within the state’s medical marijuana law. While Baldori said the DEA confiscated more than 200 plants from a grow operation in Mason,...
Trumpeter McWilliams debuts ‘noir’ sounds
Sept. 22 2010
In high school, McWilliams came under the wing of trumpeter Kris Johnson, a stellar graduate of the MSU jazz studies area. McWilliams started to get hooked on jazz when Johnson turned him on to classic...
Lansing band makes you think while you dance
Jan. 13 2010
With a sound that goes from minimal to a massive wall of horns and percussion, Kinase Moves the Audio doesn’t follow the usual local band blueprint. The Lansing band is an eight-man group that includes...

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