Cover story: Saving our schools

When a room full of elementary school kids stays quiet for a PowerPoint talk, even after it gets into debt ratios, you have to wonder what's in the pepperoni. Yvonne Caamal-Canul isn't sparing the pizza or the pie charts in her serial pitches for the Pathway Promise, a $120 million bond for renovating the school system from STEM to stern, up for vote May 3. Lawrence Cosentino takes a look at the bond issue in this week’s issue.

Maybe not Scott

The Lansing Board of Water & Light is reconsidering the option it had previously rejected of locating a new substation adjacent to the Eckert Power Plant. Although it prefers to build a new substation at the Scott Center city park, at the corner of Washington Avenue and Malcolm X Street, the utility acknowledged this week that Eckert was a viable, though more costly, location for the facility needed to wheel power into the Lansing business district. Todd Heywood takes a look at BWL’s change of tone.

Hirten: Sexual addiction

There are two ways to look at Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III’s departure to a sex-addiction treatment center in Tennessee. The first is that he clearly needs help with obviously destructive behavior. The second is that Dunnings remains a crafty lawyer, already planning for what will likely be a plea bargain on multiple prostitution and pandering charges. Mickey Hirten weighs in on Dunnings’ decision to seek treatment in Tennessee.

Zaha slept here

Most obituaries for architect Zaha Hadid didn’t even mention MSU’s Broad Art Museum. It was one of her smaller works, compared to the epic, stylized, elemental structures she built in Guangzhou, Rome, London and Abu Dhabi. But it was a big deal in East Lansing. Lawrence Cosentino looks back on the university’s fling with one of the world’s most prominent female architects.

Roll out the red carpet

Sites all over Lansing — including the Lansing Center, the former Temple Club building and the Surveyors Museum — will be transformed into pop-up theaters this week as the Capital City Film Festival raises the curtain on its sixth annual event. City Pulse takes a look at this year’s film and music offerings.

The Dogs come home

Lansing has long been a breeding ground for brilliant, yet underappreciated rock ‘n’ roll underdogs. One of the prime examples is the Dogs, a raucous proto-punk band born out of the early ‘70s Lansing music scene. In an era of spacey-progressive rock, the Dogs played fast and loud. They were on the fringes. Rich Tupica catches up with singer/guitarist Loren Molinare as the band prepares for its Saturday gig at the Loft

Check out these stories and more in Wednesday’s issue of City Pulse.