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TAX SOLUTIONS: Your Plans for the $1.5 Billion Powerball Winnings


By A.J. Gross
Did you buy a Powerball ticket when the jackpot was an estimated $1.5B?  I sure did.  Like most people, I figured out how to spend the money:  retire immediately, new house, new car, exotic vacations, and financially help close family and friends.  In my head, I was set for life and it felt good.  Until I found out I didn’t win.  Well, I knew I wasn’t going to win but it was fun to dream about it.  
Read More Monday, February 01, 2016
What Have You Done for the Community Lately???

  By Porsche Miles-Grant

“For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s LOVE and concern for each other.” -Millard Fuller 
Do you love the community that you reside in? Are you concerned for the community you reside in? 
Read More Sunday, January 24, 2016
FINANCIAL FOCUS: The Five Stages of Retirement


Provided by Sara Frank-Hepfer
Retirement is a life-changing event. After spending years looking forward to it, many people aren't sure what to do with themselves when retirement finally arrives. Without the everyday routine and social outlet that work provides, it's easy to feel a little lost. Preparing for the inevitable changes that retirement brings can help you make a smooth transition into this new stage of life.
Read More Sunday, January 24, 2016
Opinion: Racial Profiling of Chinese Americans Will Only Hurt America

 By George Koo

It simply boggles the mind that with an African American in the White House and an African American as the Attorney General, persecution of Chinese American scientists based on racial profiling not only has not abated but actually intensified.
Read More Sunday, January 24, 2016
Jill on Money: Recognizing those who have improved our financial lives


By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
  This is a time of year when we count our blessings. I'd like to thank a variety of organizations, agencies and companies that have improved our financial lives.
Read More Sunday, January 24, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Build your career around your strengths


By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 Q. I have a highly detailed job and believe I am more of a big picture kind of guy. I consistently make errors in detailed projects even when I try hard to be perfect. My boss thinks I am being sloppy, but I just can't seem to spot these mistakes. Can you give me guidance about how to do better in my work?
Read More Sunday, January 24, 2016
Car Care: Winter Maintenance Check


Heavy snow can be fun for some, but many drivers dread treacherous winter driving conditions. Being car care aware will help ensure your vehicle is ready for harsh winter weather encountered on the road.
Read More Sunday, January 24, 2016
Movie Review: Ride Along 2


Studio:     Universal (1 hr. 44 min.)
Plot:    Further adventures of the Brother’s In-Laws.
Cast:     Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn, Benjamin Bratt, Bruce McGill, Sherri Shepard, Carlos Gomez
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **
Read More Sunday, January 24, 2016
Giving Back:  Local Women Come Together to Feed the Homeless

 Left to right: Linda Price, Renee Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Chaney, Dr. Linda Logan, Gloria Davis and Henrietta Culmer packaged shoeboxes full of food and items for people in need.

Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, January 24, 2016
FINANCIAL FOCUS: How to Handle a Financial Windfall


Provided by Sara Frank-Hepfer
With every news story about the latest Powerball jackpot, it's only natural to wonder, “What would I do if I won the lottery?” Although your chances of hitting the jackpot may be slim, a financial windfall could well come your way through more ordinary means, such as the settlement of a lawsuit, a severance package, a family inheritance, or simply a larger-than-expected tax refund. Unfortunately, along with the obvious rewards, a windfall can be accompanied by plenty of potential problems. 
Read More Thursday, January 14, 2016
8 Steps to Anger Management for Kids


By Janet Lehman, MSW
Even as adults, managing our anger can be hard, and we’ve had years of practice. For our children, who are just learning about their emotions, keeping their anger in check can be especially difficult. Kids can easily lash out at people who make them angry or situations that frustrate them: name-calling when they lose a game or throwing the math book across the room.  Learning to manage anger is an ongoing process.  As parents, we can help by teaching our children to recognize what sets them off so that they too can keep their anger in check.
Read More Thursday, January 14, 2016
Pepperz Mind: Think Big, Change The World: 5 Best New Year's Resolutions

  “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” — C.S. Lewis

Find out more about André Pimenta TNCP guest writer from Lisbon, Portugal at
Read More Thursday, January 14, 2016
Opinion: American Bilingualism

 What does it mean to be bilingual? Simply defined, it is the ability to use two languages. Some people can speak two languages well, but are more comfortable reading and writing in one. Or one language is spoken at home, or smaller communities, while another is used in all public interactions including school and work. 

Read More Sunday, January 10, 2016
TAX SOLUTIONS: Important Tax Dates


Read More Sunday, January 10, 2016
PARENT POST: How to Raise a PhD


By Dr. Eugene Cain
As a father of four sons who now possess eight college degrees, I am often asked: What did you do to accomplish this? Without much thought , I usually respond in this manner:
Read More Sunday, January 10, 2016
Movie Review: Concussion

 Studio:     Sony (2 hr. 3 min.)

Plot:     Accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions.
Cast:     Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **
Read More Sunday, January 10, 2016
Recipe: Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

 This is so delicious during the cold spells!  Yummy!

Read More Sunday, January 10, 2016
NEWS SPOTLIGHT: LPD Placed 12 on Administrative Leave

 Following the critical incident that occurred on December 24, 2015 in the 5900 block of Selfridge Road, 12 members of the Lansing Police Department were placed on Administrative Leave by the Chief of Police. 

Read More Monday, December 28, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Discuss ADHD medication with your child's doctor

If your child is taking a generic medication for ADHD and you are concerned about its effectiveness, talk to your child's doctor.Michael Jung/

Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Why is My Child Stealing and What Can I Do? Advice for Parents on Kids, Stealing and Shoplifting


“My fourteen year old daughter was arrested for shoplifting make-up this week,” said Marie, a working mother of two girls. “Is this just normal teen behavior, or is it something more serious? She’s grounded for a month and I’ve taken away her iPod and computer privileges, but to tell the truth, I’m still in shock. I’m furious and I don’t even know how to talk to her about what she did.”
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015

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