News Spotlight: Homicide in Lansing

 On Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at approximately 10:45 p.m. Lansing Police were dispatched to an apartment in the 4900 block of S. Pennsylvania on a Medial call (check welfare of the resident).

Read More Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Heroin and Opioid Epidemic: Impact on Families in the Greater Lansing Area

 The opioid and heroin epidemic are devastating families in a home near you. 

 
Read More Friday, September 15, 2017
10 KEYS for COLLEGE SUCCESS

 

By Curlada Eure-Harris

 All higher education institutions encourage students to accomplish a variety of activities in order for them to achieve success in college.   Here are 10 commonly expected activities to accomplish, to achieve some noteworthy level of college success.
Read More Monday, August 28, 2017
Heroin and Opioid Epidemic: Balancing the Roles of Law Enforcement and Addiction Treatment and Therapy

 Deputy Chris Cunningham, Eaton Assistant Prosecutor Adrienne Van Langevelde, Judge Julie Reincke, and attorney Rob Portman.  Judge Reincke presides the Eaton County’s drug and sobriety court.  

 
Photo by Howard T. Spence
Read More Monday, August 21, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: How to prevent bug bites all summer long

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

www.kidsdr.com
 
   It is the time of year for bugs and bites, and I see a lot of kids with bites coming into my office. Parents ask, “What kind of bite is it?” And in most of the kids I see are having a reaction to a mosquito bite. Parents are extremely concerned that the reaction may be abnormal and lead to breathing issues or that the bite it is infected. 
Read More Wednesday, August 16, 2017
MY PET WORLD: What to do when your dog eats dog poop

 

By Cathy M. Rosenthal
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Dear Cathy,
  My adult daughter and her family have a female lab mix named Scooby. Despite my seeing her three to four times a year (they live in Atlanta), she is always afraid of me and will sometimes bark and growl at me. Eventually she calms down and I can pet her. Even though she jumps on our bed and seems glad to see us, she avoids me later. She also got very upset with my other son-in-law and never calmed down enough for him to pet her.
 
Read More Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches


PREP TIME - 5 MINUTES

COOK TIME - 15 MIN + 8.5 HR (CHILL)
SERVINGS - 4-6
SERVINGS - 12
Read More Tuesday, August 15, 2017
First Annual Malcolm X Day feature X’s niece, and Detroit Radio host

By Ron Davis

LANSING, MI --The Unity Project of Lansing, a local grassroots group organized to share the rich cultural experiences and history of the African American community, hosted its 1st annual celebration of Lansing hero and civil rights icon, Malcolm X.

Read More Tuesday, August 15, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court Issues Order on Refugee Executive Order

 By Judi Harris

Refugee Service Director,
St. Vincent Catholic Charities
 
On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court partially lifted the preliminary injunctions that were halting full implementation of the Administration's Executive Order 13780. The Supreme Court decision narrows access to visas for nonimmigrants (e.g., students) and for immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries, as well as access to U.S. resettlement for ALL refugees.
Read More Thursday, August 10, 2017
Movie: “Spider-Man: Home Coming”

 Studio:  Sony/Marvel (2 hrs. 13 min.)

Plot: With the help of his mentor Tony Stark, Peter Parker, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student while fighting crime as Spider-Man.
Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Bokeem Woodbine, Jacob Batalon
Rating: PG-13
Bottom Line: ****
Read More Monday, August 7, 2017
Register of Deeds striving for ‘good deeds every day’

  The Register of Deeds office is located at the Ingham County Courthouse in Mason, Mi on the 

second floor.
 
 
TNCP  photo
 
Below: Derrick Quinney, Ingham County Register of Deed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read More Monday, August 7, 2017
Heroin Epidemic Hits Michigan and our Nation

 

Detective Lieutenant Lisa Gee-Cram of the Michigan State Police described the growth of the deaths from opioid epidemic in Michigan, in the Greater Lansing and Jackson areas at a forum sponsored by the Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research on May 15 at the Michigan State Capitol.

Photo by BigDreamPhotoWorks for IPPSR

Read More Monday, August 7, 2017
Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches

 PREP TIME - 5 MINUTES

COOK TIME - 15 MIN + 8.5 HR (CHILL)
SERVINGS - 4-6
SERVINGS - 12
 
 
 
 
INGREDIENTS
Read More Monday, August 7, 2017
Local Budget Concerns Brings Voters Out

 

Eaton County Undersheriff Jeffrey Cook discusses with members of Eaton County Board of Commissioners the likely impact on residents if 24 sheriff deputies are laid off beginning October 1, 2017 while a hearing room full of residents, employees, and interested persons listen.

Courtesy photo
Read More Thursday, July 20, 2017
Hundreds Celebrate Juneteenth

Shermaine Gardner, Jr. played the djemba drum at the Juneteenth celebration with Ayinde Fondren an African stiltwalker.  He was the drumline section leader at Eastern High School from 2015-2017.  The 18-year-old will be attending Full Sail University majoring in Music Audio Production.

Courtesy photo
 
Read More Sunday, July 9, 2017
News Spotlight: Lansing Police Department- Homicide Investigation

 On Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:50 am, the Lansing Police Department responded to the 1100 block of Ramada on a call of an unresponsive subject. While conducting their investigation, Officers located the female subject non-responsive within a motel room. Lansing Fire Department responded to the scene and determined the female to be deceased.

Read More Saturday, July 8, 2017
Pie Hole Pizza Truck: “Fresh and Lightning Fast”

 Cameron and Brenda Glinke own Pie Hole Pizza Truck.  They make individual pizzas in their food truck.

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Monday, July 3, 2017
MY PET WORLD: Finding relief for why your dog is itching

 

By Cathy M. Rosenthal
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Dear Cathy,
  My 10-year-old dog gnaws occasionally on his front legs, which end up red, inflamed and bare of hair. What might be causing this and how do I treat it? - Mel Davenport, Longview, Texas
 
Read More Monday, July 3, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Do fidget spinners help kids with ADHD?

 Children should be reminded to play with fidget spinners using only their hands, as some toys have been known to fall apart. 

Dreamstime.com photo
Read More Monday, July 3, 2017
Movie: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

  Studio: Disney (2 hr. 9 min)

Plot: Ghost sailors escape from the Devil's Triangle and are bent on killing Capt. Jack Sparrow.
Cast:  Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Orlando Bloom
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:  *1/2
Read More Monday, July 3, 2017
SUMMER IS A GREAT TIME FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO TRY START UP BUSINESSES

Woody Edwards started his mobile car detailing business, Shiny Wheelz, this spring.

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, June 25, 2017
Rap Artist Mikeyy Austin’s Music and Influence

Lansing has a wealth of hidden talents in the rap game.  Mikeyy Austin has recently dropped some new introspective music and still finds time to give back to the community. 

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Saturday, June 17, 2017
The Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce: Community Pillar Awards Gala

 (Pictured from left to right) -- Wendy Bradley, owner of Zoe Life Spa and Salon; Ashley Willis, owner of Michigan Premier Events; Andre Hutson, owner of Conquest Fitness; Lisa Young, owner of Express Employment Professionals of Lansing and Dontaye Garrett, owner of EliteFitness were presented with Entrepreneur on the Move awards from the Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce on April 29, 2017.

 
Photo Courtesy of the Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce
Read More Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The Lansing NAACP Chapter’s Special Election is Set for June 3

 Local Chapter Positions Open After Multiple Resignations

Read More Monday, May 29, 2017
News Spotlight: Initial focus of the missing person investigation is victim of homicide

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at approximately 8 a.m. a missing persons report was filed by  a co-worker at the Lansing Police Department Headquarters at 120 W. Michigan. Officers were informed a co-worker had not shown up to work in a few days, which was not normal. 

Read More Friday, May 26, 2017
News Spotlight: Suspect has been arrested in 7th homicide

 Lansing Police investigation into the homicide of Kevin Wade Wirth  (pictured) has led to an arrest.

Read More Monday, May 22, 2017
News Spotlight: Officers Discover Deceased Male During Burglary Call

 On May 21, 2017, just prior to 7:00 a.m. Lansing Police responded to a residential burglary alarm in the 1100 Blk of E. Kalamazoo. Officers checked security of the home including the interior.

Unfortunately, officers discovered a male subject that was deceased. No other persons were located therein.

Read More Monday, May 22, 2017
City of Lansing Mayoral Candidate Marc Townsend removed from ballot by the Lansing Election Commission

See a complete list of the candidates for 2017.  

Read More Friday, May 19, 2017
Lansing Families Gather for 5th Annual National Crime Victim’s Rights Week Event

  Vivian Bodiford and Jimmiel Bodiford, Amias James (not shown), Tamara Jones Bills (not shown) have attended every TNCPCAN dinner and ceremony since its inception.  Family member James “Jay” Jones III, was murdered along with his fiancee', Miranda Garza, in a double homicide in May of 2008.  

 
Photo by Joshua Gillespie 
 
 
Read More Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Jill on Money: How to pay for college

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
As the college acceptance letters arrive, students are thrilled. However, while parents and grandparents are proud, they may also feel a little anxious about footing the bill for what they know is an important credential in today's labor force. Before you sign on a dotted line, or heaven-forbid, raid your retirement account or borrow against your house, it's time for a financial reality check. 
 
Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
PET WORLD: Dogs can’t do two things at the same time, either

 By Cathy M. Rosenthal

Tribune Content Agency
 
  Dear Cathy,
  We have a wonderful Beagle/mix who is almost 10 years old. We are constantly amazed by Tanner’s intelligence and loving nature, but he has one behavior that we cannot seem to control. He barks at everyone who walks by our house, whether or not they are walking a dog, and everyone who comes to our door. If they come in, he wags his tail and loves them, so it’s not that he is ferocious. He’s just really loud. Is there anything we can do to curb this behavior? - Helaine Yancey, Charlotte, N.C.
Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
Excuse me, are you listening? 16-8

 Dear Readers,

 
I am looking forward to the day that I can take all of my winter clothes to the cleaners before I store them.  I will also take my winter boots and shoes to the shoemaker.
Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
The 13th Annual Sikh Community Day Parade is Set For Saturday, May 6th

 Sikhs gather every year in April in Lansing, MI to celebrate the New Year.  

Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Keeping your baby calm at the doctor's office

 By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

www.kidsdr.com
 
I imagine that you have heard the saying, "Motherhood is the necessity of invention." It seems I must use this saying often, as I can overhear my nurses quoting me and using the phrase as well.
Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
Movie: “Saban’s Power Rangers”

Studio:  Lionsgate (2 hr. 4 min)

Plot:  Five teenagers become the ultimate superhero team to stop a powerful foe.
Cast:  Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, Becky G., Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:  ****
 
Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
Interpersonal Edge: Stop playground tactics in workplace

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q. I work with a coworker who is fond of using negative labels with everyone he works with. People are incompetent, passive aggressive or stupid. The crazy thing is he actually thinks he is “communicating” when he is just calling people names. Most of the time neither I nor any of my coworkers know what upset him or what he wants. How can I get him to stop ruining morale with his enthusiastic name calling?
 
Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
Well-kept vacant lots can help reduce crime

  EAST LANSING, MI – Maintaining the yards of vacant properties helps reduce crime rates in urban neighborhoods, indicates a new Michigan State University study that’s the most comprehensive to date.

 
Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
Charisma- challenged? You can still be a good boss

 EAST LANSING, MI -- You don’t need the charisma of Steve Jobs to be an effective boss, indicates new research led by Michigan State University business scholars.

Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
RICK STEVES’ EUROPE: How to plan a dream vacation in eight easy steps

 Paris offers more sights than you’ll be able to see in one trip; enjoy the rooftop of Notre Dame but save some other attractions for your next visit. By Laura VanDeventer, Rick Steves’ Europe. 

Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
Recipe: Lobster Mac and Cheese Bites

 

This delicious snack is great for a picnic.

PREP TIME - 15 MINUTES

COOK TIME - 30 MINUTES

SERVINGS - 12
Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
BROKEN ROADS COST FAMILIES Rep. Andy Schor Pushes for More Road Funding for Cities

  Bill increases percent of state road funding to cities

 
LANSING, MI -- State Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing) introduced a bill today that would direct more road funding towards Lansing and other cities in Michigan.
 
Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
TEEN TALK: Q&As With Christopher Loring

 By Christopher Loring

 
Mohogany Wells a sophomore at Lansing School District’s J.W. Sexton High School.  She is an A,B student and has been on the honor roll since freshman year.  Mohogany is also in Michigan State University’s Upward Bound program and is also on the track and field team. Mohogany plans to go to a HBCU for college and one day hopes to travel the world. 
 
Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
Lansing Families Gather for 5th Annual National Crime Victim’s Rights Week Event

   Vivian Bodiford and Jimmiel Bodiford, Amias James (not shown), Tamara Jones Bills (not shown) have attended every TNCPCAN dinner and ceremony since its inception.  Family member James “Jay” Jones III, was murdered along with his fiancee', Miranda Garza, in a double homicide in May of 2008.  
Photo by Joshua Gillespie

 

Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
Tri-County Students “LEAP” Into Business Start Up Competition

  Stephonz and Delvonz Flamand (left to right) - a twin brother business team from Everett High School – used their baking and business skills to showcase and “pitch” their home based bakery business. “DADA’s Bakery.” Their cupcakes were very delicious and were gobbled up by judges and other participants quickly!

 
Photo by Howard Spence 
Read More Monday, April 17, 2017
A New—Healthier—Era for Soul Food

  Chef Amadeus, a celebrity chef from Jacksonville and host of the podcast radio show, The Southern Passion Lounge.

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Monday, April 17, 2017
TEEN TALK: Q&As With Christopher Loring

 By Christopher Loring

 
Jyrese Thompson is 10th grader at Lansing School District’s J.W. Sexton High School.
 
LORING: What is the most important thing you've learned in high school?
JYRESE: I've learned to stay to myself and that you don't have to be friends with everybody.
Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
Interpersonal Edge: Handling false allegations at work

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I've been accused by a coworker of something I did not do. My boss has taken the allegations seriously and I am being put through hell over a lie. I am not sleeping or eating because I am so scared and upset. How can I maintain any sanity or effectiveness when I am unfairly being put through hell?
Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
Jill on Money: Questions and answers ripped from the headlines

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
The news cycle has prompted many of you to write in ask a number of questions about terms that you read and hear about. These answers are intended to help you understand what you need to know about various policy initiatives that could be coming. 
 
Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: How to care for a child who's vomiting frequently

 Make sure your child consumes clear liquids after vomiting to stay hydrated. 

Photo by Dreamstine.com
Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
PET WORLD: 'Leave it' solves a host of doggie transgressions

 By Cathy M. Rosenthal

Tribune Content Agency
 
  Dear Cathy,
 
  I have some new neighbors that moved in with an outdoor cat. The cat uses our yard as her potty box. Our two dogs have found this cat poop delectable and they eat these deposits before I can remove them from the yard. Is there something I can do to dissuade my dogs from eating this poop? Thank you in advance for any insights. - Wendy Rutland, Pensacola, Fla.
Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
Recipe: Chicken Cordon Bleu Kabobs

 

Easy and delicious dish for a quick dinner.

Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
Celebrating Donate Life Month

 

Reminding residents of the more than 3,500 people in Michigan awaiting a potentially life-saving organ transplant, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today recognized April as Donate Life Month during a visit to St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
 
Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
Michigan Launches New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to Help Prevent Opioid Abuse

  Prescribers now provided with enhanced real-time information through state-of the-art technology

 
As part of Michigan’s multi-faceted strategy to prevent opioid abuse, the state has launched a new Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS). Appriss Health’s PMP AWARxE, replaces the old MAPS and puts Michigan at the forefront of prescription drug monitoring technology.
 
Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
Excuse me, are you listening? 16-7

 Dear Readers,

 
I am hoping that longer days are helping you deal with cabin fever.  It has been a long winter.  I know that it was mild but it just seems as though the sun does not stay out long enough.  The clouds seem to cover the sun more often than not.  It has just been a dreary time.
Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
Teacher resignation letters paint bleak picture of US education

 EAST LANSING, MI -- As teacher resignation letters increasingly go public -- and viral -- new research indicates teachers are not leaving solely due to low pay and retirement, but also because of what they see as a broken education system.

Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
Researchers find promising lead that reduces autism symptoms and more

 EAST LANSING, MI --Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of autism. Even though the single gene that’s responsible for it was discovered in 1991, and the disease is detected by a simple blood test, there’s no treatment or cure.

 
Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
Movie: “Going in Style”

 

Morgan Freeman as Willie, Michael Caine as Joe Harding and Alan Arkin as Albert Garner

Studio:  Warner Bros. (1hr 36mins)

Plot:  Desperate to pay the bills, three pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
INTERVIEW: INGHAM COUNTY PROSECUTOR CAROL SIEMON LOOKS BACK ON THE FIRST ONE HUNDRED DAYS

  By Howard T. Spence

 
Prosecutor Carol Siemon was elected Ingham County Prosecutor by the citizens in November 2016, and she began service in January 2017. She now is approaching the end of her first 100 days. She took over control of The Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from Gretchen Whitmer – who had been the interim Ingham County Prosecutor appointed by the judges of Ingham County for the last several months of 2016 following the resignation of former Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III.
 
Read More Monday, April 3, 2017
Celebrate National Library Week: Visit the Newly Remodeled Downtown Library

  LANSING, MI – National Library Week falls on the week of April 9-15.   According the American Library Association (ALA) web site, this special week was first sponsored by ALA in 1958 as a way to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. Also, since 1985, April has also been designated School Library Month.

 
Read More Monday, April 3, 2017
Autonomous or self-driving vehicles will soon be on the roads with you

 By Howard Spence

 
Rapid advances in technology and engineering are making big differences in our lives, and what the future holds for us. Many things that we used to dream about or see as ideas on television 20 or 30 years ago are now a part of our everyday reality.  It is a wonder how we could ever have been happy living the way we did even just a few years ago.
 
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
PET WORLD: Every dog is different, no matter the type of breed

 By Marc Morrone

Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q: We own an eight-year-old, male Pug, Digger, who is smart, lovable, and extremely calm. My brother-in-law always loved Digger and bought a male Pug from a breeder. Needless to say, this pup is the total opposite of Digger. Blackie is like the Energizer Bunny in that he just never stops moving. He has been recently neutered, which has not changed him too much. I know there are certain breeds that are known for their energy (Jack Russel Terrier’s) but on the other hand, are there breeds that are known for being calm? - Frank Williams, Baltimore, MD
 
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
TEEN TALK: Janene Gardin speaks with Christopher Loring about his battle with cancer

 
By Janene Gardin

 
When Christopher Loring was in the 8th grade he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s B-cell Lymphoma.  It is a type of cancer, 2 years later, he is in remission and living life each day.
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
Excuse me, are you listening? 16-6

 Dear Readers,

 
     Short and sweet today.  I am fighting off another cold.  
 
    Herbert Bayard Swope once said, “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure - which is: Try to please everybody.” 
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
Refugees with PTSD regulate stress differently

 EAST LANSING, MI --  New Michigan State University research has found that refugees diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder regulate stress differently than those who don’t have the disorder, but may have experienced similar suffering.

Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
Skilled workers more prone to mistakes when interrupted

EAST LANSING, MI -- Expertise is clearly beneficial in the workplace, yet highly trained workers in some occupations could actually be at risk for making errors when interrupted, indicates a new study by two Michigan State University psychology researchers.

Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
Interpersonal Edge: Attention deficit disorder and workplace success

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I have wicked attention deficit disorder (ADD) and really struggle with tracking detail, getting sidetracked and forgetting processes at work. I take medication but still find myself dropping details through the cracks. My manager is very frustrated with me, and I am afraid I will lose my job. Do you have any clients that have bad ADD, and how do you help them?
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
Jill on Money: Buffett: Enrich yourself, not your broker, with passive investing

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
 No investment guru's wisdom is more sought than that of Warren Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and so-called Oracle of Omaha. 
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: How harmful is marijuana to teens?

 By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

www.kidsdr.com
 
The legalization of marijuana in many states for medical and recreational usage is making marijuana use more and more prevalent. It has also made it incumbent for pediatricians to have conversations with teenage patients (and parents) about the harmful effects of marijuana use.  
 
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
Excuse me, are you listening? 16-6

 
Dear Readers,

 
     Short and sweet today.  I am fighting off another cold.  
 
    Herbert Bayard Swope once said, “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure - which is: Try to please everybody.” 
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
Movie: “Kong: Skull Island”

 Studio:  Warner Bros. (1 hr. 58 min)

Plot: A reimaging of the King Kong legend.
Cast:  King Kong, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Tian Jing
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line: ***
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
The Zen of Journaling

 It's never too early to begin capturing travel experiences in a daily journal. 

 
By Jennifer Davis, Rick Steves' Europe.
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
Recipe: Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

 Easy and delicious dish for weekend brunch.

Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
Casa de Rosado Offers a Unique Kind of Community Space

 Casa de Rosado, 204 E. Mt Hope, Lansing, MI. Bottom right:  A place to gather in the gallery.  

 
Photos courtesy of Casa de Rosado. 
Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
Movie: “Logan”

 

Studio:  20th Century Fox (2 hr. 17 min.)
Plot:  Wolverine protects Professor X and a young girl, the last mutants on Earth.
Cast:  Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriquez, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, Quincy Fouse.
Rating:  R
Bottom Line:  ***
Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
Lansing Meals on Wheels Faces Severe Volunteer Shortage
Meals on Wheels volunteer, John, delivers a meal and a smile. 
Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
What's new in Italy for 2017

 In Venice, only three "traghetti" (shuttle gondolas) still ferry voyagers across the Grand Canal from established stops, though you can always rent a gondola for your own private ride. 

 
By Rick Steves, Rick Steves' Europe.
Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
PET WORLD: Your smelly dog could actually be something medical

 

By Marc Morrone
Tribune Content Agency
 
    Q: Our 2-year-old American Bulldog is a great dog, but he has always has a bad odor and his fur feels greasy. We give him a bath as often as we can but the nice smell only lasts a day or so. What can we do to keep her odor down? - Dale Jones, Las Vegas, NV
Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
TEEN TALK: Q&A’s WITH CHRISTOPHER LORING

By Christopher Loring

 
Mr. Jeffrey Farrell is a Chemistry teacher at Lansing School District’s J.W. Sexton High School
 
LORING: Why did you become a teacher?
Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
How to improve your freshman retention rate
EAST LANSING, MI --  Incoming college students who already feel a connection to their institution are more likely to fit in and want to remain at the school, especially if they are ethnic minorities, indicates a new study by Michigan State University researchers.
 
Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
A Trump twist? Environment over economy in Michigan

 Most Michigan residents would prefer policymakers prioritize the environment over economic growth, finds a new survey by Michigan State University researchers.

 
Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Is it time for a babysitter?

 

Separation is an important milestone, as your child learns that while you may leave for an hour or two, you always return.

Photo by Dreamstine.com

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

www.kidsdr.com
 

Do you ever leave your child with a babysitter or caregiver? Weird question, right? But some parents never want to leave their child with someone else, and I am not sure that is healthy for either parent or child.  

 

Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
Interpersonal Edge: Get well, not even

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I know I am a very vengeful person, and I really would rather get even than get mad. I believe in "karma" but also think some people really need to be punished when they run others over. What do you think about vindictive feelings? How do you deal with people making bad allegations against you? 
Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
Jill on Money: Why you should consider a Roth IRA

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
The Roth IRA turns 20 years old this year. The retirement vehicle was part of the Tax Relief Act of 1997, and it was seen as such a boon to savers that many believed that it would not survive. Two decades later, it is alive and well. As many Americans consider funding retirement plans this tax season, it's a good opportunity to review the Roth. 
 
Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
Interpersonal Edge: Get well, not even

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I know I am a very vengeful person, and I really would rather get even than get mad. I believe in "karma" but also think some people really need to be punished when they run others over. What do you think about vindictive feelings? How do you deal with people making bad allegations against you? 
 
Read More Thursday, March 16, 2017
News Spotlight: CAPITAL AREA DISTRICT LIBRARIES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MAUREEN HIRTEN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

 

LANSING, MI -- After five years working devotedly as Executive Director for Capital Area District Libraries (CADL), Maureen Hirten is set to retire on May 12.
 
Read More Friday, March 10, 2017
Author Landis Lain Has the ‘Write Stuff’

 

Author Landis Lain 
signing books at the Soulful Chicago Black History Book Fair in February of 2017.
 
Read More Tuesday, March 7, 2017
New Golden Corral Restaurant to open soon at former Fire Mountain Grill site

 Despite delays, the residents of Lansing are looking forward to the opening of the new Golden Corral in Delta Township.

Courtesy photo
 
 

 

Read More Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Interpersonal Edge: Suffering presents an opportunity to learn and grow

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q. I'm in my 50s and have been working since I was 17. I am noticing that every year there are more things in my career that cause me pain. I am so exhausted with going to work and swimming upstream against all the problems that upset me. I feel like early retirement is my only option, but I can't afford that. What can I do?
 
Read More Monday, March 6, 2017
Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  PREP TIME

5 MINUTES
 
COOK TIME
10 MINUTES
 
SERVINGS
2
Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
Jill on Money: As tax prep season opens, so does tax scam season

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
 Tax preparation season opened on Jan. 23, and this year, once again, procrastinators will have an extra three days to dawdle. The tax filing deadline is April 18 rather than April 15, due to a Washington, D.C. holiday. 
Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Why babies needs to sleep on their back

 

Until babies are rolling on their own, you should always put babies to sleep on their backs.

Photo by Dreamstine.com

Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
Smokers’ memories could help them quit

 

Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
The way breast cancer genes act could predict your treatment
EAST LANSING, MI -- Rather than inciting fear, anti-smoking campaigns should tap into smokers’ memories and tug at their heartstrings, finds a new study by Michigan State University researchers.
 
Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
Eaton County Signs Resolution Recognizing The Significance of Black History Month

 

 Dr. Brian L. Metcalf, Ph. D., Superintendent of the Grand Ledge School District, accepts a copy of the resolution from the Eaton County Board of Commissioners presented by Commissioner Howard T. Spence. This historic resolution recognizes February as Black History month in Eaton County.  It encourages Eaton County school districts to focus on the important contributions to the county and country from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds and histories.

Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
TEEN TALK: Q&A’s WITH CHRISTOPHER LORING

 

By Christopher Loring
 
Mr. Joshua Moulton is a History teacher at Lansing School District’s J.W. Sexton High School.
 
Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
PET WORLD: Picking the right collar for your dog

  By Marc Morrone

Tribune Content Agency
 
 Q: Our lab/pit mix puppy is now 8 months old and we got a metal choke collars to stop her from pulling when we walk her. However even with it on she will pull ahead of us until she actually starts to choke and cough and yet she never seems to get the idea. How is this supposed to work? Does it not bother her when it gets so tight around her neck? - Brad Williams, Macon, GA
 
Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
Excuse me, are you listening?

 

Rina Risper, President & Publisher of The New Citizens Press

Dear Readers,

 
Bullying has reached a new low with cyberbullying. This term refers to any bullying done through the internet or a cell phone. 
Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
Beyond Havana: Cuba's Trinidad and Vinales

  The Church of the Holy Trinity overlooks the main square in the quaint colonial town of Trinidad, Cuba. 

 
Photo by Trish Feaster, Rick Steves' Europe
Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
“Tracking Terrence: Six Favorite Flicks”

 

Terrence Howard in Hustle & Flow

 

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

Terrence Howard really needs no formal introduction. We all know him as the music mogul, Lucious Lyon, from the hugely successful Fox Network drama “Empire.” An actor with incredible versatility, he’s played several cops, a doctor, a politician and a pimp and has been in over 40 movies since making his scene-stealing big screen debut as Cowboy in the 1995 Hughes brother’s film “Dead Presidents.”  From the womanizing Quentin in Malcolm D. Lee’s indie film, “The Best Man,” a swim coach in “Pride,” to former South African leader Nelson Mandela in “Winnie Mandela,” the Chicago native has had quite a prolific career.  Samantha Ofole-Prince delves into Howard’s film archives to scoop out our six favorites.

Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
News Spotlight: BWL Warns of Phone Scam

 The Lansing Board of Water & Light has received several reports of scams threatening both residential and commercial customers with loss of service if they do not make a utility payment over the phone.

Read More Sunday, February 26, 2017
Celebrate Women's History Month One Last Time at the Cooley-Haze House

 

LANSING, MI -- After 34 years, the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame (MWHOF) will be moving their operations from the historic Cooley-Haze House in downtown Lansing located at 213 W Malcolm X Street to the Meridian Mall in Okemos in late April 2017.


Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
Charles H. Wright Museum - Black History Month

 

 
Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
Recipe: Chocolate Truffles

 PREP TIME

5 MINUTES
 
COOK TIME
5 MINUTES
 
SERVINGS
12
 
Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
PET WORLD: How to get a dog to like all family members

  By Marc Morrone

Tribune Content Agency
 
 
Q: Four years ago we got our dog Cindy. At first she was very skittish but she has gotten better over the years. When we first got her my dad was working on our kitchen and making a lot of noise. Now she is still scared of my dad and barks at him whenever he enters and leaves the house. She also does not like to play ball with him unless my mom and I are in the room. Why is she scared of him? - Tiffany Brady, Chicago, IL
Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
Eaton County Officers and Community Members Recognized During Ceremony

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich, Deputy Andrew Jenkins  and Undersheriff Jeffrey Cook.  Deputy Jenkins works in the Delta Township patrol unit. He saved three people from a burning building. 

 

 
Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
Personality traits ‘contagious’ among children

 EAST LANSING, MI --  When preschoolers spend time around one another, they tend to take on each others’ personalities, indicates a new study by Michigan State University psychology researchers.

Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
Faster way of detecting bacteria could save your life

 EAST LANSING, MI -- A Michigan State University researcher has developed a faster way to detect the bacteria causing patients to become sick, giving physicians a better chance at saving their lives.

Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
Jill on Money: Fiduciary rule under fire under Republican administration

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
  I thought of the word "shame" when news emerged that Republicans in Congress were launching an effort to delay and perhaps kill portions of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, which is scheduled to begin implementation on April 10. (It's unclear where President Trump, who has ordered a freeze on regulations, stands on the fiduciary rule.) The potential about-face is a slap in the face to anyone who cares about investor protections. 
Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Can homemade products cure hand-foot-and-mouth disease?
 In a classic case of hand-foot-and-mouth disease, 
children develop rashes on the palms, soles and 
buttocks.
Photo by Dreamstine.com
 
Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
Interpersonal Edge: Stormy workplace? Learn to swim

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
 Q. This year is starting out with nothing but storms. We are being bought by a different company, no one knows if they have a job, and all our roles will change. Most of us are losing our minds! You always have excellent ideas about stress and change. How can we handle all this chaos that we can't even control?
 
Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
TEEN TALK: Q&A’s WITH CHRISTOPHER LORING

 

By Christopher Loring
 
Ms. Janene Gardin is a substitute Math teacher at Lansing School District’s J.W. Sexton High School.
 
Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
PET WORLD: How to get a dog to like all family members

  By Marc Morrone

Tribune Content Agency
 
 
Q: Four years ago we got our dog Cindy. At first she was very skittish but she has gotten better over the years. When we first got her my dad was working on our kitchen and making a lot of noise. 
Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
Parents Are Important Conference: “United We Will”

Devinn LoVette from City Life Lansing and Love the City discussing the impact of words such as “power,” “support,” and “respect” and how each individual has their own definition of these words.

 
Photo by Noah Maldonado
Read More Friday, February 17, 2017
Movie: “Fifty Shades Darker”

  Studio: Universal Studios (2 hr.)

Plot:  A couple dives into a series of misadventures when they reignite their relationship.
Cast:  Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Bella Heathcote, Rita Ora, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden, Ashleigh LaThrop
Rating:  R
Bottom Line: ***
 
Read More Friday, February 17, 2017
Capitol Area Community Services Offers a Wide Variety of Community Services and Programs

 

Brandon Glandon’s daughter, Amianah Glandon, attends the Head Start program.
Her classroom teacher is Ms. Darla Sprague (right).
 
Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
FOR MY HOME, MY HOMELAND

 

Cpl. Ali J. Mohammed, a Baghdad, Iraq native and a supply Marine with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, stands in front of the painting an Iraqi flag while in Northern Iraq, Dec. 26, 2016. Mohammed, fluent in Arabic, has strengthened the partnership between SPMAGTF Marines and Iraqi military members by translating pertinent information to support their operations.
Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
Investing in Your Values

 Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer

 
You’re likely aware of how specific investments in your portfolio relate to your overall financial goals. But did you know that your investments can also reflect your personal values? 
 
Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
Interpersonal Edge: Employees keep leaving? How to manage

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I manage a large team, and every year we seem to have faster turnover on our employees. We've done team building, additional rewards and retention bonuses, but it doesn't seem to slow down employees leaving. The odd thing is our team is ranked as one of the best to work on. What is going on, and how can I manage the problem of employees that barely last a year?
Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
Jill on Money: Obama's economic legacy is mixed

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
With President Obama's departure from office, it's time to reflect on how the economy fared during his tenure. 
 
Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
Movie: “Fences”

  Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Viola Davis plays Rose Maxson in “Fences”.

Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
Milk Means More: Recipe: Skinny Hummus

PREP TIME

10 MINUTES
 
SERVINGS
8
 
Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Can you use homeopathic products to relieve your child's illness?

 There are several ways to treat a sick child, but homeopathic medicine isn't one of them.

 
Photo by Dreamstine.com
Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
MSU nets $1M NSF grant to recruit, prepare students for STEM careers

 EAST LANSING, MI --  Thousands of jobs in the STEM fields of food, energy and the environment are going unfilled in the U.S. today. These applied biological disciplines are vital to our national and global security and economy, but graduate too few students to meet current and projected workforce demands.

Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
PET WORLD: How to travel safely with your cat

  By Marc Morrone

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: I seem to be facing a move from Connecticut to Southern Georgia. I am at a loss as to how to transport my 13-year-old Tabby cat. We are both too old to drive many hours straight through, and a midway stop with my kitty seems impossible. Any ideas? - Peter Langstrom, Stamford, CT
 
Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
MSU students perform better in new medical curriculum

 After just 12 weeks of introducing a new medical curriculum to its incoming College of Human Medicine students, Michigan State University is finding that these future physicians are already ahead of the game in their academic and clinical skills.

Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
Affordable water in the US: A burgeoning crisis

  If water rates continue rising at projected amounts, the number of U.S. households unable to afford water could triple in five years, to nearly 36 percent, finds new research by a Michigan State University scholar.

Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
Statement by Mayor Bernero on Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigrants and Refugees
 LANSING, MI --  Mayor Virg Bernero today hosted a community dialogue and planning session with local advocates, educators, and leaders from the faith-based community about President Trump’s executive orders concerning immigrants and refugees. 
Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
The Greater Lansing Area Celebrates the Dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

The 2017 King Legacy and Service Award recipient, Earnestine McMullen, pictured here at her home on the westside of Lansing during one of her Grammy parties. Her granddaughter, India.Arie was nominated that year. She passed away on March 12, 2009, her family accepted the honor on her behalf. 

TNCP Photo

Read More Monday, January 23, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Change bad habits, benefit the entire family

 
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

 
 A few days into 2017, there's no better time to talk about changing some habits. Why is it that habits are certainly easy to acquire, but difficult to change? I saw a book on The New York Times bestseller list about "Habits," and I am committed to reading it this year.  
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
Living United Locally: Lansing Promise and Capital Area College Access Network

 By Tamara El-Khoury Watson

 
For James G. Curry II, a Lansing Promise scholarship not only supported him through his first two years at Michigan State University, it instilled a drive to give back to the City of Lansing. That is why, after graduating with a degree in international relations, he choose to pursue his law degree locally, at Cooley Law School.
 
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
Jill on Money: The virtues of putting your investment decisions on autopilot

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
A year ago, I received a slew of mail from readers wondering what they could have done better in 2015 to improve their investment results. In 2015, in case you don't recall, the S&P 500 index was down by less than 1 percent, although when one includes reinvested dividends, the broad index managed to eke out a gain. 
 
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
Lansing Poet Laureate Seeks Qualified Area Poets Applications Available for the Tri-County Area’s First Poet Laureate

 LANSING, MI – The Lansing Poetry Club, the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University and Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) are seeking a Poet Laureate to engage the tri-county community in the literary arts. 

Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
Interpersonal Edge: Play the 'long' game at work

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I watch some of my coworkers and managers act like complete jerks at work and end up with some amazing goodies. I know there's the old line about good guys finish last, but do you really need to turn into a horrible human being to get ahead?
 
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
Study reveals best states for lovers
EAST LANSING, MI -- Is Virginia really for lovers? Other states may have something to say about that.
 
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
Mothers’ lack of legal knowledge linked to juvenile re-offending
EAST LANSING, MI -- Youth who commit crimes for the first time are more likely to re-offend if their mothers don’t participate in their legal process. Unfortunately, mothers are widely unfamiliar with the juvenile justice system – and those who know the least about the system also participate the least.
 
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
PET WORLD: How to handle a pet with diabetes

  By Marc Morrone

Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q: My nine-year-old cat was just diagnosed with diabetes. He was 16 pounds. Recently he lost three pounds. I am not giving him insulin shots. Is it possible to reverse the diabetes with diet alone? I'm giving him special food the vet has recommended. My question is will the diabetes be controlled enough with diet and no insulin? - Vincent Halstead, Hartford, CT 
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
Excuse me, are you listening? 16-1

 Dear Readers,

 
The new year has literally started off with a bang.  I am not sure what is going on but I think that we all need to put our phones away, turn down the music and pay attention.
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
Baby Boomers on the Move: What to Consider If You Are Planning to Relocate

 

Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer
 
You’ve worked hard and are nearing retirement age. Like many other baby boomers, with your kids out of the house and a surplus of empty space and time, you may be thinking about moving. To help you make up your mind—or make your transition go as smoothly as possible—we’ve compiled this list of tips. 
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
Movie: Passenger

 Studio:   Columbia Pictures  (116 min.)

Plot:  Two passengers on a 120-year journey to another planet are stuck in space when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early.
Cast:  Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne
Rating:   PG-13
Bottom Line:  **
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
Recipe: Aztec Hot Chocolate

 PREP TIME

10 MINUTES
 
COOK TIME
2 HOUR (CHILL)
 
SERVINGS
12
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
MSU lands $1 million USAID grant to fight Zika

EAST LANSING, MI --  Michigan State University has landed a highly competitive grant from USAID to fight the Zika virus in Mexico.

Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
COMMUNITY FOCUS: Former Lansing Student Becomes a Marine

 Eastern High School graduate, BJ Sprague, is now PFC Sprague.  He is in the United States Marine Corp.  

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Living United Locally: Central Michigan 2-1-1

 

Tom Page is the executive director of Michigan 2-1-1.
Courtesy photo
 
By Tamara El-Khoury Watson
 
Last month a daughter of a disabled veteran who was too depressed and discouraged to reach out for help did so on his behalf. She dialed 2-1-1 to ask for help locating an emergency food pantry. At the end of the call, the relieved daughter had information on the nearest food pantry as well as where to apply for food assistance. She was even connected to a program to help her father with gas money so he could attend his brother’s funeral.
Read More Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Jill on Money: More year-end financial planning tips

 

By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency

Last week, I outlined some financial planning tips that varied somewhat from year-end advice in past years, due to changes that likely in the tax code going forward. They included things like accelerating and bunching itemized deductions, using highly appreciated securities for charitable contributions, paying state and local taxes as soon as possible but holding off prepaying mortgages, and selling winners in taxable accounts.

Read More Monday, January 2, 2017
Recipe: Warm Blueberry Muffin Sipper


PREP TIME

20 MINUTES
 
SERVINGS
6
 
Read More Sunday, January 1, 2017
PET WORLD: Choosing the right pet for a child

  By Marc Morrone

Tribune Content Agency
 
 Q: My grandchildren are now 10 and 8-years-old, and I want to get them some kind of pet so that they will learn a bit of responsibility. The landlord will not allow dogs or cats, but said they could get any pet that stays in a cage. So we were thinking of a bird or rodent and wondered what you suggest. Their parents both work so it would have to be something with low maintenance. - Fran Williams, Arlington, Va.
Read More Sunday, January 1, 2017
Fatherhood Project: Parenting Advice: Marcus Brown

 When you spend time with your children, you usually have better results as a parent.  Marcus Brown says that parents have a challenging position but it is rewarding too.

Read More Sunday, January 1, 2017
Movie: Equality, Love’s Biggest Obstacle Is Fought in ‘Loving’

Ruth Negga (left) stars as Mildred and Joel Edgerton (right) stars as Richard

Read More Sunday, January 1, 2017
MSU receives $2M grant from Mott Foundation to improve future for Flint students

 

EAST LANSING, MI --  Michigan State University’s Office of K-12 Outreach will continue to help improve educational opportunities for students in the city of Flint, thanks to a $2.1 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Read More Friday, December 30, 2016
Are death row cases plagued with racial bias?

 EAST LANSING, MI --     Defendants charged with murder in North Carolina from 1990 to 2009 were more than twice as likely to receive the death penalty if the victims were white, Michigan State University researchers have found.

 
Read More Friday, December 30, 2016
My Perspective: The Death of Fidel

By Ramze Suliman

 
The best way to get to know a person, a country or even a dictatorship is to come in without any preconceived notions. It sounds much easier than it is.
 
Read More Sunday, December 25, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening? 15-25

 Dear Readers,

 
I am so happy that 2016 is coming to an end.  I have been looking through gardening books and collecting information for my 2017 garden.  I know it may not be everyone’s aspiration to grow their own food but I enjoy it.  Even if I do not complete all of my goals, I love creating lists and information about growing my own food.
 
Read More Sunday, December 25, 2016
Buyer Beware: Tips for Safe Online Shopping

 

Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer, CFP®, AAMS®
 
Looking for power tools? A vintage Chanel purse? A living-room sofa? Millions of shoppers are bypassing brick-and-mortar stores, as well as their respective websites, in favor of purchasing such items from individual online sellers. For many people, sites like Craigslist and eBay offer a chance to save on everyday items and luxury products, both new and used—all from the comfort of their own homes. 
Read More Sunday, December 25, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Detailed history can help determine penicillin allergy

 It is important to give a good description of your child's medical history to determine allergies to medications.

 
Photo by Dreamstine.com
Read More Sunday, December 25, 2016
The Fatherhood Project: Darryl Evans: A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

  Morgan Evans, 10-years-old, spending time with her father, Darryl Evans and her sister, 3-year-old, Emiliya (aka “Emmy”).  Darryl spends time with his children at his photography studio, Pure Enchantment. His son, Dion, 21, is not shown. 

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Saturday, December 17, 2016
Living United Locally: Capital Area Mentoring Partnership

 

Tristin Harwell, 19, is a MSU student who volunteers as a mentor with Operation Homework.

 

Read More Saturday, December 17, 2016
News Spotlight: Winter Storm Operations Report and Reminders - On the Street Parking Rules in Effect

 The City of Lansing initiated winter storm operations early this morning and will continue around-the-clock until city streets are cleared of snow.

Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening?

 

Dear Readers,
 
As the years go by, I am finding that I love to explore culture and religion.  I am willing to go a temple, church or mosque.  To me it is about respecting the celebrations and the meaning behind the rituals.  This year St. Stephens will commemorate 50 years of Kwanzaa.  I often wonder how many people have actually gone.  So I provided the press release we received below: 
Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
Reading is Fundamental: How Reading can help you avoid Financial Pitfalls

  By Porsche Miles-Grant

 
A recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows one in six adults across the nation have low literacy skills. A person who is challenged with low literacy skills may  be able to read some words, but not enough to understand simple forms or instructions.
Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
Movie: Talking Moana: Eight Reasons to Watch

 By Samantha Ofole-Prince

 
Walt Disney's "Moana" is a delightful and inventive animated fantasy flick with a splendid blend of animation, music and culture. A film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a mission to save her people, Samantha Ofole-Prince breaks down the eight reasons why this one is a must see.
Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
Market Volatility and Your Retirement Investing Strategy

 

Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer, CFP®, AAMS®
 
Fluctuations in your 401(k) or workplace retirement savings account can stir up negative emotions, making you want to hit the panic button. But in turbulent times, it’s more important than ever to remain calm and stay on course toward your long-term retirement savings goals.
Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
PET WORLD: Positive reinforcement can help with a dog that bites

 By Marc Morrone

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: We have a 5-year-old male cockapoo dog that bites. We do not hit him. We got him at 8 weeks from a family breeder. We can't remove anything from his mouth or groom him without concern. If we pet him he can snap. He growls and attacks at times. 
Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
Recipe: Creamy Leftover Turkey and Quinoa Soup

PREP TIME

15 minutes
 
COOK TIME
30 minutes
 
SERVINGS: 6 - 8
Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Teen smoking on the rise as e-cigarettes are readily available

 Accessibility and advertising has led to an increase in teen e-cigarette usage.

 
Photo by Dreamstine.com

 

Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Pencil skirts are not career essential

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I have been thinking about how to dress for success at work as a woman. The problem is I'm middle aged and about 170 pounds. I cannot wear the really tailored, sharp-looking pencil skirts and snug business jackets. My career is wonderful but leaves little time for exercise. Can I dress for success without being 125 pounds?
Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
Jill on Money: Mobile apps will power strong holiday shopping season

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
With the election settled and wage growth strengthening, there could be an upside surprise to retail results this holiday season. Americans are expected to increase spending by 3 to 3.5 percent from a year ago. Regardless of whether sales increase by more or less than expected, the focus will return to the growth of digital as the main driver of consumer behavior. 
Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
Social Security and You! QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 There are plenty of questions when it comes to Social Security.  Some of the questions and answers are in this article.

Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
$2M grant to help youngest students learn science
It's often thought that kindergarten is too early to learn science. But with the right approach to teaching, even the youngest students can learn to think and talk like scientists, Michigan State University researchers say.
Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
Flashy language doesn’t fly with Supreme Court

Memo to all attorneys submitting legal briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court: Be subtle and your chances of winning go up significantly.

 
Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
Keep Your Home Heating System Humming with an Annual Check Up Preventive Furnace Maintenance Offers Energy Efficiency and Safety

 As the weather has turned colder, now is the best time for an inspection and tune up of your home heating system by a properly licensed mechanical contractor to make sure your system is operating safely and efficiently to keep you and your family warm all season.

Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
News Spotlight: Jury Duty Phone Scam Is Back

Ingham County Sheriff Gene L. Wriggelsworth is warning residents of a phone scam where the caller states he is from the Sheriff's Office. 

Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The Fatherhood Project: Manish Madan: My Two I’s and The Joy of Fatherhood

 

 Enjoying summer bliss with his girls, Irena, 2 years and Ivannah, 4.5 years. Dr. Manish Madan gives shares his life lessons to his children.
 
Courtesy photo
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Living United Locally: The Volunteer Center

 

Pat Hemingway, CAUW’s vice president of Community Investment says we live in a giving community.  
 
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: CALMs make parents anxious

 

If you're worried about your baby's health, don't hesitate to see your pediatrician.
 
Photo by Dreamstine.com
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Sharing key facts decreases employees' anxiety in times of change

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. My company is facing huge changes starting next year. Rumors are flying around the company, but we are trying to keep the facts about the changes quiet until 2017. The problem is that, along with the rumors, we have increasing anxiety flying around our office. How can we in upper management manage the anxiety without revealing all the data about what will happen next year?
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Choosing the RIGHT Financial Institution

  By Porsche Miles-Grant

 
At this point, as a responsible adult and a productive citizen of America, you should belong to some type of financial institution. Whether it is a bank or credit union, your finances should be located in a safe and secured place. 
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Jill on Money: Forget the election; focus on investment long haul

 

By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency

Defying the polls and odds, Donald J. Trump won the presidential election. As the results became clear on the evening of November 8, financial markets around the world reacted swiftly: Stocks plunged (at one point during the overnight session, U.S. futures were down 5 percent, indicating a more than 800 point wipe out for the Dow Jones Industrial Average), the Mexican peso cratered by 13 percent, the U.S. dollar tumbled and safe havens like gold, U.S. Treasury bonds and the Japanese yen jumped.

Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Organizing Your Finances: Before and After a Personal Loss

 

Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer, CFP®, AAMS®
 
Life’s uncertainties can present us with personal hardships that affect us not only emotionally, but financially as well. 
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
NATIONAL NEWS: Registration Officially Open for High School Poetry TeamsTo Enter Louder Than a Bomb Florida Poetry Festival

 

The Jason Taylor Foundation has officially opened on-line registration for its cutting edge youth poetry festival, Louder Than a Bomb Florida presented by Nova Southeastern University and UPS, it was announced today. Now in its third year, this highly anticipated event will take place from March 27 - April 8, 2017.
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
PET WORLD: How dog food has evolved and pet crow

  By Marc Morrone

Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q: When I was a child it seems that we were able to feed our dogs any food my mother bought at the supermarket that week and they all lived long lives. Now both my dogs - a poodle mix and a yellow lab - have food allergies. Other friends of mine that have dogs seem to have many of these same issues and I wondered why things have changed so much with dogs in the last 40 years? Has dog food changed so much since then? - Pat Flynn, Las Vegas, NV
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
MSU data breach exposed records
EAST LANSING, MI --   Michigan State University has confirmed that on November 13 an unauthorized party gained access to a university server containing certain sensitive data.
 
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Fewer students drinking and smoking regularly, MSU survey finds

 EAST LANSING, MI --     Fewer Michigan State University students are drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes on a regular basis, according to the State of Spartan Health survey, which is conducted every two years to assess the health of students on campus.

Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Movie: Arrival


Forest Whitaker as Col. Weber

Studio:  21 Laps Entertainment (116 min.)  Plot:  An elite team are brought together to investigate a mysterious spacecraft which appears across the globe.

 

Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Recipe: Three Cheese Corn Chowder

  PREP TIME

30 minutes
 
COOK TIME
20 minutes
 
SERVINGS: 6 - 8
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening? 15-23

  Dear Readers,

 
Dealing with the death of a loved one during the holidays can be extremely difficult.  My friend, Karen Chicky Scott, passed away on April 9th, 2014.  Her memorial service was held at Sleepy Hollow State Park.
 
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
RICK STEVES' EUROPE: European sweet treats


Baklava is the traditional queen of desserts in Turkey. 

Photo by Cameron Hewitt, Rick Steves' Europe.


 

Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Choosing the RIGHT Financial Institution

  By Porsche Miles-Grant

 
At this point, as a responsible adult and a productive citizen of America, you should belong to some type of financial institution. Whether it is a bank or credit union, your finances should be located in a safe and secured place. 
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
News Spotlight: Lansing Man has been Identified as Victim of Homicide

On November 21, 2016 at approximately 6:50 p.m. Lansing Police were dispatched to a shooting in the 3000 block of S. Washington (Lansing, MI).

 
Read More Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The Transition from High School to College

  By Amir Risper 

and TNCP Staff
 
LANSING, MI -- Rosemarie (Rose) Summers just started her 10th grade year at Eastern High School.  She is already preparing herself for college. 

 

Read More Monday, November 21, 2016
Gov. Snyder Creates Campus Fire Safety Month

 Off-campus housing -- a greater fire risk 

LANSING- MI -- College students living away from home should take a few minutes to ensure that they are living in a fire safe environment as they start their academic year at Michigan colleges and universities, as Gov. Rick Snyder recently proclaimed September as Campus Fire Safety Month. Living off-campus poses particularly high fire risks that are preventable when young adults know and practice life-saving fire safety measures. 

 
Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
PET WORLD: Why a male cat may become attached to an inanimate object

  By Marc Morrone

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: My girlfriend's family has a cat who almost every night will grab a wash cloth or dish towel in its mouth and carry it through the house crying as it does so.
Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
Advice for College Grads

 

Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer, CFP®, AAMS®
 
Every year I have the pleasure of speaking with some seniors at Michigan State University (Go Green!). We discuss the basics of investing and what the heck this 401(k) thing is.
Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
Movie: Kevin Hart: What Now?

 Studio: Universal Studios (1hr. 36 min.)

Plot:  Kevin Hart gives a historic stand-up performance at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.
Cast:  Kevin Hart, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Ed Helms, David Meunier, Richardson Jones
Rating:   R
Bottom Line:  ****
Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
Lansing Community College Ranked #1 in Michigan

  LANSING, MI -- Lansing Community College (LCC) is making lists, receiving awards, and being featured as a leading resource and contributor to higher education and community by local, regional and national organizations.

Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
College: Navigating the Steps to Post-Secondary Education

 

Photo by Kenn W. Kiser

By Michele Strasz, Capital Area College Access Network, www.capitalareacan.org 

 
The Capital Area College Access Network (CapCAN) is dedicated to increasing college attainment in our community.
Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening?

  Dear Readers,

 
Ever since 9th grade, my daughter has gone on a college tour with other students from the Greater Lansing Area.  She is now in 10th grade and has become very accustomed to being in high school.  The older the children get, the more exhausting it becomes juggling the things they want to do with the things you want to do. 
Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
Recipe: Spicy Butternut Squash Bisque

 

PREP TIME
20 minutes
 
COOK TIME
20 minutes
 
SERVINGS - 6
Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Preschool nutrition can be challenging
Teaching young children the importance of healthy eating habits encourages a lifetime of good health.
 

Photo by Dreamstine.com 

Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
Jill on Money: Don't let workplace benefits go to waste

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
 Like most Americans, you're probably weighing options in the open enrollment period for insurance and other workplace benefits. Like most people, you will probably default to what you did last year. That's a shame, because spending some time with your various plan options can help you save money and take advantage of your company's buying power.
 
Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Holiday etiquette in the workplace

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. My office always enjoys the holiday season and celebrates them all. We've hired a lot of diverse people over the last six months. Some of our new employees are offended by Halloween (devil worship?), others are offended by Christmas celebrations and some think Thanksgiving is politically incorrect. How do you navigate these differences while still celebrating the holidays important to many of us? 
Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
When dictators die, stability reigns

  EAST LANSING, MI --   A dictator’s death rarely leads to regime change, according to a new study that comes as a fifth of the world’s authoritarian rulers are at least 70 years old and in various stages of declining health.

 
Read More Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Mobs are, sometimes, good
EAST LANSING, MI -- Submitting to mob mentality is always a risky endeavor, for humans or hyenas. A new Michigan State University study focusing on the latter, though, shows that when it comes to battling for food, mobbing can be beneficial.
Read More Tuesday, November 15, 2016
News Spotlight: Request for Information - Death Investigation

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the community in the death of 69 yr old David Fluke.

Read More Friday, November 4, 2016
Man Charged with Open Murder for House Fire Death

 On November 3, 2016 the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office arraigned Thomas Michael McClellan, 25 year old from Holt, on Open Murder, 1st Degree Child Abuse, and 1st degree Arson in front of Magistrate Blumer of the 55th District Court, bond was denied. 

Read More Thursday, November 3, 2016
The Fatherhood Project: Wiza Phiri on Music, Culture and Parenting

 Oftentimes, you can find 9-year-old Angel Travis in the studio with her father, Wiza Phiri, making music.

 
Courtesy photo
 
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Work for love, money or both?

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I am just entering the work world and am thinking about money and jobs. People older than I am seem to always think they don't make enough money. A lot of people also seem very bitter about people who do make a lot of money. I'd like my job to balance making a good living with having a good life. Can you have both?
 
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Pregnant women encouraged to receive flu vaccine

 When a pregnant woman receives her flu vaccine, she is not only protecting herself but also her baby. 

 
By Piotr Marcinski/Deamstime.com
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
Jill on Money: Fiduciary rule will give investors a break

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
 Has the political season got you down? Here's an imperfect antidote to the vituperative presidential campaign scrum: Over the past month, large investment companies like Blackrock and Charles Schwab announced that they are cutting fees on some of their largest exchange traded funds (ETFs). 
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
Be Informed about Your Rights and Resources before going to the Polls on November 8

 By Chris Swope

 
As we approach the Tuesday, November 8 Presidential Election, I wanted pass along information to assist you to make the voting process as easy as possible as allowed by law, so that your voice can be heard in our democracy.
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening?

 Dear Readers,

 
I decided to take a walk recently and managed to walk two miles.  It was not on purpose.  It happened because it was a beautiful day.  There was so much to see and it was an emotional time.  I have been thinking about my father a lot lately and it has been interesting but surprisingly not so sad.  My father passed away in 2007 from complications from diabetes.
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
PET WORLD: A fence may help stop your dog from barking at others

  By Marc Morrone

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: My husband and I very recently adopted an eight-year-old rescued golden lab mix. He was in foster care for six months where he lived with two dogs and a cat. He is a mellow, sweet and adores humans. But when I have him in the backyard and dogs walk past the street, he goes into attack-mode, snarls and barks. 
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
How to Start an Emergency Fund

 

Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer, CFP®, AAMS®
 
You’ve probably been told at some point in your life that you need an emergency fund. The unfortunate reality is that many Americans don’t save for a rainy day, leaving them ill prepared for life’s misfortunes. Don’t let that happen to you.
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
Is America still an ‘empathetic and generous giant’?
EAST LANSING, MI -- A first-of-its-kind study that ranks nations by empathy puts the United States at No. 7, behind countries ranging from Peru to Korea to Saudi Arabia.
 

 

Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
Why Clinton and Trump backers don't mix

EAST LANSING, MI -- Living around people with opposing political viewpoints affects your ability to form close relationships and accept other perspectives -- and may even change your personality, finds a national study led by a Michigan State University scholar.

Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
Financial Abuse Hurts as Well! Learn How to Identify the Signs

  By Porsche Miles Grant

 
It may be an uncommon topic to speak about, but it is a very relevant one. Many women and men are victims of financial abuse. According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, financial abuse is categorized as a common tactic used by abusers to gain power and control in a relationship.
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
Movie: The Accountant

 Studio:  Warner Bros. (128 min.)

Plot:  A chartered accountant finds the Treasury Department on his tail after he picks up a new criminal client.
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
Recipe: Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

 Indulge in this pumpkin treat.  

 
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
UPDATE: News Spotlight: Domestic Violence Double Homicide Suicide Investigation

 The following information is preliminary in the investigation. It is likely that information and details in the investigation could/may change as the Lansing Police Department investigates further.

On Friday October 28th at approximately 1:20am, the Ingham Co. 9-1-1 Center received an anonymous call to check welfare of the resident who lived in a house in the 2900 block of Truman.
Read More Friday, October 28, 2016
Three Homicides in Southeast Lansing

 On October 28, 2016 at approximately 1:15 am, Officers were sent to the 2900 block of Truman to check the welfare of a resident. Officers developed information that necessitated entering the residence. 

Read More Friday, October 28, 2016
Want to Save Money and Live Longer? Stop Smoking

By Porsche Miles Grant

 
 When we think about needs and wants, we are positively sure that smoking is definitely a want, and a bad one at that. You literally cannot benefit from smoking in any way, besides it may eliminate some stress short-term. However, long-term it can result in an abundance of negativity. 
Read More Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The Fatherhood Project: Greg Hall’s Humorous Take on How Fathers are Celebrated

 Greg Hall in Chicago, IL, during a recent trip pictured here with his sons, Jake, 13-years-old  and Kevin, 5-years-old.  They are from Owosso, MI.  

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The Fatherhood Project: Brooklyn Ardister: Love at First Sight

 

Brooklyn Ardister says that having a daughter has changed his life.  Bri'elle Ardister is 2-years-old.
 
Photo by Jenna Sheerin
Read More Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Encore Careers: Becoming Your Own Boss

 

Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer, CFP®, AAMS®
 
When we think of today’s entrepreneurs, young technology developers like Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, or Sergey Brin and Larry Page, founders of Google, often come to mind. But while fresh-faced tech innovators may dominate the headlines, another crop of businesspeople is proving that it’s never too late to forge an entrepreneurial path. 
Read More Monday, October 24, 2016
More than 300 people gather for Peace Quest 2016 Day of Action At Union Missionary Baptist Church

 By Jim Detjen

 
Some came to walk with peace signs in their hands. Others came to listen to protest music. Still others came to smoke a peace pipe at a ceremony led by Chippewa Native Americans or learn about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Read More Monday, October 24, 2016
Paula Cunningham honored by Congressional Black Caucus

 

By Mark Hornbeck

LANSING, MI -- Paula D. Cunningham, AARP Michigan State Director and a pioneer in business and education in the Lansing community, will receive the Trailblazer Award from the Michigan Congressional Black Caucus on Friday, Sept.16, at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C.

Read More Monday, October 24, 2016
Recipe: Mexican Spinach Dip

 

PREP TIME - 10 Minutes
COOK TIME - 30 minutes
SERVINGS - 8
 
Read More Sunday, October 16, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Breastfeeding gets a lift from advocacy, education campaigns

 

A number of advocacy campaigns and hospital initiatives encourage moms to breastfeed their newborns. 

Photo by dreamstine.com

Read More Sunday, October 16, 2016
Recipe: Hot Caprese Dip

Prepare this dish in 10 minutes!  

Read More Sunday, October 2, 2016
News Spotlight: Barricaded gunman surrenders to Ingham Sheriff's Deputies

 Sunday, October 2, 2016, at approximately 4pm, Ingham County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 4800 block of Old Plank Rd in Onondaga Twp for a subj who had barricaded himself in a residence with a shotgun.

 

Read More Sunday, October 2, 2016
Movies: Magnificent Seven

 Studio: Columbia Pictures. (2hr. 12 min.)

Plot:  A group of mercenaries are recruited to defend a town from a ruthless band of outlaws.
Read More Sunday, October 2, 2016
Parent Corner: Winning is Not Everything

 By Julie Vandenboom 

 
As a parent of a student-athlete, there’s one question that makes me cringe every time I hear it:
 
“Did they win?”
Read More Monday, September 19, 2016
Pastor James Hines: A Father Mobilizes His Grief and Anger to Heal Others
Joseph Hines (center) was recognized by the city of Jackson, his hometown, for keeping a positive spirit and for bringing healing between law enforcement and civilians.  He is flanked by his mother Leontyne Hines and his father James Hines. 
 
Courtesy photo
Read More Monday, September 19, 2016
September is National Preparedness Month: Tips to Get Your Family Ready

 While most people don’t like to think about worst case scenarios, giving them their proper consideration can ultimately offer peace of mind.

September is National Preparedness Month and it is a great time to get your home and family ready for a range of emergencies. Here are three steps to take.

Read More Sunday, September 18, 2016
Doll Company Debuts 1960’s Detroit Historical Collectible Character Melody Ellison

  -Civil Rights Era Character and Motown Fan Encourages Girls to Lift Their Voices for Positive Change--

 
Read More Sunday, September 18, 2016
PART III - The Top 4 Common Mistakes Most People Make When Setting Goals

 By Sherry Brantley

 
In parts one and two of this series, we focused on two of the common mistakes most people make when setting their goals. This third part of course, will cover the third mistake most people make. 
Read More Sunday, September 18, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening?: Summer’s Bounty 15-18

  Dear Readers,

 
Be as encouraging as possible.  There may be people who think that you are faking because you choose not to be negative but why should you care?  To become a happier person, you must want it and be it.  While you may not be in a positive mood all the time, putting positive vibes into the universe may help someone else. 
Read More Sunday, September 18, 2016
Recipe: Green Chile Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

 INGREDIENTS

 
2 tomatoes, Roma seeded and chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 Serrano pepper, minced
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup white onion, chopped
Read More Sunday, September 18, 2016
Movie: War Room

 Studio:  Warner Bros. (114 minutes)

Plot:  Two young men win a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.
Cast:  Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Pollak
Rating: R
Bottom Line:  ***1/2
Read More Sunday, September 18, 2016
A Healthy Spin: The Mobile Food Bus Rolls Into Town
 A 54 passenger bus has been retrofit with a demonstration kitchen which will serve meals to 
children year-round in partnership with the Greater Lansing Food Bank and the Lansing School District’s food vendor, SodexoMAGIC. 
Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
10 things to try for your next holiday

  By VirtualTourist.com

 
Summer is almost over but that does not mean you cannot start planning for your next vacation.  
 
Take the Golden Gate Ferry, San Francisco, Calif.
 
Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening? 15-17

 Dear Readers,

 
Summer 2016 has been a roller coaster for me.  I think that my children’s schedules have my mind rattling.  Most think of summer as a time of rest, for me it is more hectic.  No beach filled week long vacations or the early morning sounds of the birds only to roll over and get the really good second go round of sleep in. 
 
Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
Sparrow Foundation and Women Working Wonders Present: Kaleidoscope: Reflect. Recharge. Reimagine.

 

Speaker Suzanne de Passe
 
LANSING, MI -- The 42nd Kaleidoscope event is set for September 9, 2016 at Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, MI. 
Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
PET WORLD: Cats, dogs, chicadas and toads

 

By Marc Morrone
Tribune Content Agency
 
   Q: I seem to be facing a move from Connecticut to Southern Georgia. I am at a loss as to how to transport my 13-year-old Tabby cat. We are both too old to drive many hours straight through, and a midway stop with my kitty seems impossible. Any ideas? - Peter Langstrom, Stamford, CT
Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
PART II - The Top 4 Common Mistakes Most People Make When Setting Goals

 

By Sherry Brantley
 
In the first of this 4-part mini-series, we were able to tackle one of the common mistakes most people make when setting their goals which was becoming paralyzed with fear from focusing on the thought of your goals being ‘Too Big.’ This section of the article will focus on the second mistake most people make. 
 
Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
Movie: Jason Bourne

 

Studio:   Universal (2 hrs. 3 min.)

Plot:    The most dangerous former operative of the CIA is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past.

Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
Recipe: Bacon, Spinach, and Cheddar Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust

 

INGREDIENTS:
Nonstick cooking spray
2 medium sweet potatoes
6 ounces center-cut bacon, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup diced onion (about 1 small yellow onion)
Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: The case for having a land line at home

 A cellphone is not a toy, and research suggests keeping it away from young children. 

 
Photo by fotolia.com
Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Tone and gesture are often more truthful than words

 

  Q. My boss just did my review and told me I am monotone in my conversations at work. Apparently people read me as uninterested and disengaged. How important is tone of voice, and why does it matter what my tone is? Don't people pay attention to my words?

 
Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
The Chase to Financial Success: How Do You Achieve It?

For those of us who are spiritual, we would like to attribute any sort of success to a higher power (GOD). This is no different when it comes to chasing financial success. A lot of what it takes to achieve financial success is staying faithful in the lord, and putting forth continuous efforts. Money management is also extremely vital. 

Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
MSU technology could help keep elderly safe in their homes

EAST LANSING, MI – Can Grandma’s Wi-Fi router alert you that it’s time to check on her? 

A grant from the National Science Foundation will allow Michigan State University to explore whether home Wi-Fi systems can preserve the privacy of our aging loved ones while detecting abnormal events in their homes.

 
Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
Would you like the option to vote from home in the Presidential Election?

If you are at least 60 years of age, are physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another, or meet one of the other requirements under state law, you are entitled to vote by absentee ballot.  In fact, we want to make it even easier for you by placing you on the Permanent Absentee Application List. 

Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
News Spotlight: Lansing Police Sergeant Suspended

 On Thursday, August 18, 2016, Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski placed Sergeant Charles Funk, an 18-year department employee, on administrative leave while a criminal investigation was being conducted by the Michigan State Police (MSP).

Read More Monday, August 29, 2016
“Team Hope” Raises Money and Awareness for Huntington’s Disease

  Dawn (Hatter) Perry (far right) and her daughter, Lindsey Smith (far left) visit Kevin Hatter in the community room at East Lansing Health Care.  Kevin loved Christmas.  He was 47 years of age in photo with Santa.  He died three weeks later from Huntington’s Disease complications.

Read More Monday, August 29, 2016
Alert: News Spotlight: MDOC searching for prisoner Johnny Rodgers released from Oakland County Jail August 24

 

The Michigan Department of Corrections is searching for prisoner Johnny Rodgers after he was mistakenly released  from the Oakland County Jail at 6:03 p.m. August 24.

Rodgers, 25, is 6 feet tall and about 187 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on his arms, face, neck and chest.

Read More Wednesday, August 24, 2016
August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

 

Mishael Freeman, 2-years-old and 7 months; Clara Freeman, 11-years-old; Daro Freeman, 8-years-old; Iris Freeman 17 months and their mother, Claretta Duckett-Freeman and Vickie Freeman, 9-years-old on the Capitol .  All of the children have been breastfed. 

Courtesy photo

Read More Monday, August 22, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening?

  Dear Readers,

 
Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies.  My mother had a garden at our home on Long Island.  It was one of her many projects after leaving the concrete and asphalt of Brooklyn, NY.
 
I actually disliked gardening as a child.  We just knew that weeding interfered with our play time.  It was also very difficult to have a garden due to the sandy soil.  I will never forget my mother going through the process of preparing the soil for planting.  It was a lot of work.
Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
How incivility spreads in the workplace

 EAST LANSING, MI --Condescending comments, put-downs and sarcasm have become commonplace in the politically charged workplace, and a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University business scholar shows how this incivility may be spreading.

 
Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
Head Start benefits children with disabilities

 EAST LANSING, MI -- Young children with multiple disabilities who are enrolled in Head Start have better literacy, reading and math scores than children who aren’t in the federally funded program, indicates a new study by Michigan State University researchers.

 
Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
PART I - The Top-4 Common Mistakes Most People Make When Setting Goals

 By Sherry Brantley

 
Goals. What a wonderful tool we get to use in order to assist us in making our dreams come true! Goals help us to shape our destiny, create our future and begin to experience the life we’ve always envisioned for ourselves. Goals excite us, ignites the passions within us and helps us to keep our eyes on the prize when challenging times arise.
Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
Movie: Suicide Squad

 Studio:  Warner Bros. (1hr. 40 min.)

Plot:  A secret government agency recruits imprisoned super villains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.
Cast:  Will Smith, Jarde Leto, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevinge
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:  **
Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
Recipe: Salted Pistachio Ice Cream

  PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOK TIME:  15 MIN + 5 HR CHILL
SERVINGS:  6-8
 
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup roasted, salted pistachios, roughly chopped
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/4 cups 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 egg yolks
Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
The Keyzer Chronicles!: I’m Going On An Adventure!

 By Aleshia Keyzer

 
I’ve recently been on a documentary kick on Netflix. I've always found them boring before, and I've often wondered who in their right mind would choose a documentary over the thousands of other options available (my brother would). 
Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
PET WORLD: Huskies, wolves, dog food and fish

 

By Marc Morrone
Tribune Content Agency
 
   Q: My son loves wolves and he wants to get a Siberian husky but I heard that since they look like wolves they act like them too, and that they can turn on you, and be unpredictable. 
Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Parents can help teens deal with stress

 Teens should not be in pressure cooker mode all the time. 

Photo by fotolia.com
Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: When politics comes up at work, be curious, not judgmental

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Media Services
 
  Q. People in my workplace are getting very polarized about the upcoming election and the two probable candidates, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Emotions seem to be running higher this year than in any election I can remember. There seem to be intense feelings on both sides. How can I navigate these conversations without alienating my coworkers? Why do people get so angry over these political differences?
 
Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
Travel: Heart in Havana

 

 

By Angela Fossi

TNCP Community Writer
 
For as long as I can remember, Cuba was so close to my heart, but so far way. 
Read More Monday, August 15, 2016
Cuban Band Orquesta Ritmo Set to Play at the Great Lakes Folk Festival

 Great Lakes Folk Festival Schedule

Friday, August 12,  6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 13, noon – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 14, noon – 6:00 p.m.
 
Orquesta  Ritmo Schedule
Saturday - 9:30 p.m.
Sunday - 4:30 p.m.

www.greatlakesfolkfest.net

Read More Monday, August 8, 2016
Arabs and African Americans: A complicated relationship between solidarity and bigotry

On July 11th, Arab and black activists discussed ideas to increase solidarity.

Courtesy photo
Read More Monday, August 8, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Balancing grief and work

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q. My wife died very recently, and I am now a single parent of young kids. I have to admit my attention at work is greatly diminished. I’m afraid I’ll get fired, but I know I am unable to give my all at work. How can I balance intense grief and keeping my job?
Read More Monday, August 8, 2016
Jill on Money: Financial risks you can control

 

By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency

  Earlier this summer, the Economist Intelligence Unit updated a list of the top 10 global risk scenarios. 

Read More Monday, August 8, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Discussing menstruation with young girls is important

 It is important to ask specific questions about an adolescent’s periods and provide them with good information. 
Photo by fotolia.com

 
Read More Monday, August 8, 2016
Thirty minutes (and that's plenty) with Pokemon Go

 By Greg Schwem

Tribune Content Agency
 
  Oh boy, am I gonna have FUN today! I'm gonna download Pokemon Go and join three quarters of the world's inhabitants - including my next door neighbor, his daughter, their cat, my plumber and maybe even LeBron James - who are wandering around the world staring at their phones while trying not to get hit by a city bus.
Read More Monday, August 8, 2016
The Power of Positive Thinking Creates a Financial Increase

 By Porsche Miles Grant 

 
What you believe, has the power to manifest. We’ve all heard the saying, “What you believe, you can achieve.” This saying also applies to your finances.
Read More Sunday, August 7, 2016
The Keyzer Chronicles!: For the Love of Old Things

 

By Aleshia Keyzer
 
Throughout the past few years, I have acquired a collection of junk. Old, eclectic, useless, beautiful things. I have no room to store the trillions of old vinyl records I've collected. 
Read More Sunday, August 7, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening?

  Dear Readers,

 

It is that time to talk about healthy living during the summer.    I have been seeing a lot of people at the pool or beach not using sunscreen. Please protect your family from the sun and heat.

Rina Risper, President & Publisher of The New Citizens Press

Read More Sunday, August 7, 2016
Movie: Ghostbusters: Answer The Call

  Studio:  Sony Pictures (1 hr. 45 min.)

Plot:  Four friends suit up to stop an evil scientist from letting ghosts run savage on the Big Apple.
Read More Sunday, August 7, 2016
Recipe: Homemade Fudgsicles

 This easy frozen recipe will be sure to make your family happy!

 PREP TIME: 10 Minutes

COOK TIME:  12 Hours (CHILL)
SERVINGS:  12
Read More Sunday, August 7, 2016
Adolescent exposure to drugs, alcohol fuels use in adulthood

 

EAST LANSING, MI --- Teenagers who have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home are more likely to drink and do drugs in their early and late 20s. That’s according to the one of the first studies to look at how adolescent exposure to illegal substances affects patterns of abuse in adulthood.
Read More Sunday, August 7, 2016
Why Clinton and Trump backers don't mix

 EAST LANSING, MI -- Living around people with opposing political viewpoints affects your ability to form close relationships and accept other perspectives -- and may even change your personality, finds a national study led by a Michigan State University scholar.

 
Read More Sunday, August 7, 2016
Jack Pitts Open Golf Tournament Helps Those in Need

 Dr. Damon Davis, Urologist and Professor at Michigan State University and Jack Pitts holding a check for $3,000 from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Jack Pitts Open Golf Tournament.  The tournament will be held on Saturday, August 6th. 

Read More Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Every dog is different, no matter the type of breed

 By Marc Morrone

Tribune Content Agency
 

  Q: We own an eight-year-old, male Pug, Digger, who is smart, lovable, and extremely calm. My brother-in-law always loved Digger and bought a male Pug from a breeder.  

Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
Personal Power In The Workplace

 

By Sherry Brantley
 
Utilizing Personal Power works in all areas of your personal growth. Your home, social and work life. 
Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
Common additive may be why you have food allergies

 EAST LANSING, MI A Michigan State University researcher has found that a common food additive may be linked to a rise in food allergies.

 
Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
Dads play key role in child development

 EAST LANSING, MI  --- Fathers play a surprisingly large role in their children’s development, from language and cognitive growth in toddlerhood to social skills in fifth grade, according to new findings from Michigan State University scholars.

Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Make your annoying coworker a free career coach

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q. I really, really dislike one of my coworkers. She is bossy, arrogant and demanding. She seems to have no shame about promoting herself and getting what she wants. Every day I dread dealing with her. Are there any techniques to handle the people at work that you hate the most?
 
Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
Jill on Money: Time for mid-year maintenance on your finances

 

By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency

  Global uncertainty, volatile markets and elections are out of your control, but there many things you can do to control your financial destiny. 

Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Best ways to use bug spray

 

Do not allow children to handle bug repellent without supervision. 

Photo by fotolia.com

Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
SCAM ALERT: Some Degree Programs are not FULLY Accredited

  By George White

New America Media
 
Federal law enforcement agencies and their state-based watchdog partners are stepping up efforts to protect the integrity of academic degrees by shutting down education programs that are not fully accredited. They’re also cracking down on alleged degree-for-fee scams that help some enrollees commit fraud or that saddle unsuspecting students with worthless diplomas. 
Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
Traveling Europe: Appreciating Dutch Cliches

 

 Holland's whirring windmills harness wind energy to pump excess water into canals. 
Photo by Cameron Hewitt, Rick Steves' Europe.

 
Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
Traveling Europe: Appreciating Dutch Cliches

 

 Holland's whirring windmills harness wind energy to pump excess water into canals. 
Photo by Cameron Hewitt, Rick Steves' Europe.

 
Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
Movie: The Purge: Election Year

  Studio:  Universal Pictures (105 min.)

Plot:  A group of unlikely allies band together to protect a senator on Purge night.
Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
The Keyzer Chronicles!: Why Black Lives Matter

 By Aleshia Keyzer

 
I'm surprised my tongue is still attached after how hard I have been biting it this past week. When events occur that rock the nation, such as the events that have taken place this past week, I plead with myself to stay off of social media. 
Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
Recipe: Strawberry Oatmeal Popsicles

  This easy frozen recipe will be sure to make your family happy!

Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Parents can help teens deal with stress

 

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
www.kidsdr.com
 
  If you have a teenager, you’ve probably heard the words, “I’m stressed out!” on a regular basis. I don’t remember ever saying this as a teen, but I’m sure there must have been some version of that saying in the air, although stress wasn’t much of an issue when I was growing up. 
 
Read More Thursday, July 21, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening?

 

Dear Readers,

Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies.  My mother had a garden at our home on Long Island.  It was one of her many projects after leaving the concrete and asphalt of Brooklyn, NY.

Read More Thursday, July 21, 2016
The 10th Anniversary “Poetry in the City” is Set For July 14th

 Featured poets:

Top: East Lansing High School student, Aaliyah Buell
 
Bottom:  Poet, singer and 
performer, Rosemarie Wilson “One Single Rose”,  from Detroit. 
 
Courtesy photos
 
Day: Thursday, July 14
Time: 7-9 pm
Where: Capitol steps (Lansing, MI)
 
You can listen or read. Sign up at the event.  No offensive 
language.  Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. For more information, call 517-372-8466.

 

Read More Sunday, July 10, 2016
Nobody’s Perfect, But That Doesn’t Mean Your Credit Can’t Be!

 

By Porsche Miles Grant
 
You may be wondering if it’s possible to get a perfect credit score, and how many people actually have perfect credit. However, it is not impossible to obtain a perfect credit score.
Read More Sunday, July 10, 2016
For Walk-in Absentee Voting in August Primary, Lansing City Clerk Opens South Washington Office to the Public and Announces Weekend Hours

 LANSING, MI – With free parking, a 24-hour secure drop box and located on CATA route #2, the South Washington Elections Unit is now open to the public in preparation for the August 2 Election.  Open to the public until Election Day, the South Washington Elections Unit is open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Read More Sunday, July 10, 2016
Local Attorney Vies For Ingham County Prosecutor Position

 

LANSING, MI -- Attorney Carol Siemon announced that she is a Democratic candidate for Ingham County Prosecutor.
 
Read More Sunday, July 10, 2016
Virtual Tourist: 5 Must-See Musical Cities

 

By Virtual Tourist
 
If you love music and you love to travel, then you'll want to check out this list of the five Must-See Musical Cities, as comprised by members of travel website VirtualTourist.
Read More Sunday, July 10, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening?

 Dear Readers,

 
I love the Fourth of July.  It is Independence Day.  It is the day that you can serve hot dogs and hamburgers for dinner and no one can get upset.
Read More Sunday, July 10, 2016
Recipe: Cherry Lemonade Ice Cream

  INGREDIENTS:

2 1/3 cups heavy cream
2 1/3 cups whole milk
4 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons lemon extract
READ MORE....
 
 
Read More Sunday, July 10, 2016
Movie: Central Intelligence

 Studio:  Warner Bros. Pictures  (1 hr. 54 min.)

Plot:  A mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage after he reunites with a high school classmate.
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Danielle Nicolet
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:  ***
 
Read More Sunday, July 10, 2016
Personal Power For Single Fathers

  By Sherry Brantley

 
WANTED—MUCHO NOT MACHO MAN!
 
Having written information for Personal Power for single mothers, I would be remiss if I didn’t address Personal Power for single fathers.  Since I’ve stated earlier that women can’t teach males to be men, I certainly won’t attempt to do so here. 
Read More Saturday, July 9, 2016
News Spotlight: Deadline to register to vote in August primary election nears

 Every Vote Counts

Absentee ballots available for those who qualify

Read More Monday, June 27, 2016
Teen Talk: School is Out, Let the Learning Begin

 Alana Brunson is glad school is out but she is still looking forward to the learning opportunities that summer programming offers.

 

Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
Get the “Scoops”: July is National Ice Cream Month

 Above:  Scoops Old Town is now open.

Below: Business partners, Rico Lewis and Linda Baughman are enjoying the summer heat.  They are serving up Michigan State University Dairy store ice cream this summer.

 
Courtesy photos
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
Recovering from Devastation: My Moments of Gratitude

 

By Carole R. Harris

What was your most devastating day or moment in your life? I mean, really life altering, unearthly painful? Did you have to really think about it or is it right there in your every moment? Did you have the opportunity to thank those hearts and souls who helped you navigate those moments? 

 
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
State Fire Marshal Urges Safety with Fireworks

  The warm weather is here and if you plan to celebrate by setting off a few fireworks or giving the kids sparklers, know the dangers and take every safety precaution to avoid injuries.

Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
Movie: Captain America: Civil War

 Studio:   Disney (2hrs. 26 min.)

Plot:   The Avengers are split on whether to let themselves become regulated by the world’s governments, or continue to operate independently.
Cast:     Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:   **1/2
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
Recipe: Breakfast Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  INGREDIENTS:

1 loaf bread, Ciabatta
1 (5-ounce) package pancetta, diced cooked and drained well
4 eggs
4 thick slices Havarti cheese
1 cup fresh arugula
Salt and pepper
butter
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
In the end, it all comes back to 'Gorilla Mom'

 By Greg Schwem

Tribune Content Agency
 
  Several years ago, my wife faced the wrath of a woman incensed that her son had been excluded from an after nursery school playgroup my wife had organized.
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
Make a Good Impression, the First Time!

 

By Porsche Miles Grant
 
In my previous article (Land the job, Increase your Finances), I discussed the proper ways to land a job. I covered the proper attire, and manner in which a person should conduct themselves
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
Personal Power For Single Mothers

 

By Sherry Brantley
 
After having been married for seven years and becoming a single parent when my girls were 2, 4, and 6 years of age. I know full well how challenging it can be to go it alone.
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: The math of goal setting

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I feel like I'm getting nowhere in my career. I work hard, show up every day and still don't get ahead. I am trying to figure out what I need to learn to make this the year I have a career break through. How can I improve my goal setting so I'm satisfied with my progress this year?
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
Jill on Money: The tricky business of getting Americans to save more

 

By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency

There is some much-needed good news for retirement savers: As investing fees hurtle toward zero, employers are seeing the benefit of ditching expensive funds from 401(k) plans and replacing them with cheaper index funds. The result has been a boon for retirement savers.

Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Ear pulling not always a sign of infection

 Most babies and children do not get an ear infection without any other symptoms besides ear pulling.

 
Photo by fotolia.com
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
Behind the Scenes with HOMTV Primary Election Coverage

 HOMTV is arguably the leader in providing extensive election coverage by a Government Access Channel. Since 1988, HOMTV has won numerous awards at the state, regional and national level for Overall Excellence in government programming and election coverage. This is our 28th year providing one-on-one candidate interviews, candidate statements, LIVE Debates, Special Features on Ballot Proposals and LIVE Election Night Results Coverage. We stay live on air from the time the polls close until all of the ballots are counted and reported at the local level. 

Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
Words of Wisdom Celebrating Fathers
Masaki Takahashi and his son, Milo, age 9, at a Michigan State University game.  
 
Fatherhood has definitely been surprisingly wonderful and he says that he would not change it for the world.
 
Sunday, June 19 is Father’s Day.
 

 

Courtesy photo

 

Read More Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Behind the Scenes with HOMTV Primary Election Coverage


Photo:  Meet the Candidate Interview with Incumbent Democratic Candidate for Township Treasurer Julie Brixie running unopposed. 

By Deborah Guthrie, HOMTV Executive Producer

HOMTV is arguably the leader in providing extensive election coverage by a Government Access Channel. 

Read More Monday, June 20, 2016
Athlete With Cerebral Palsy Shows Courage to Compete

 Angel Irvin, 26, is participating on June 18th in the First Try Triathlon in Linden, Michigan.  It is her first triathlon which is includes a 300 yard swim, 9 mile bike ride and 2 miles in her everyday wheel chair. Her  goal is to compete in Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii which would require a roll of 26.2 miles via wheel chair.  

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Monday, June 13, 2016
Encore Careers: Becoming Your Own Boss

 Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer, CFP®, AAMS®

 
When we think of today’s entrepreneurs, young technology developers like Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, or Sergey Brin and Larry Page, founders of Google, often come to mind. But while fresh-faced tech innovators may dominate the headlines, another crop of businesspeople is proving that it’s never too late to forge an entrepreneurial path. 
Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Jill on Money: The tricky business of getting Americans to save more

  By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
There is some much-needed good news for retirement savers: As investing fees hurtle toward zero, employers are seeing the benefit of ditching expensive funds from 401(k) plans and replacing them with cheaper index funds. The result has been a boon for retirement savers. Why are fees so important? Like termites that eat away at your foundation, higher investment costs can erode your potential savings by tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars over your lifetime. 
Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Make fear a friend, not a foe

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. My company is facing significant challenges in 2016. I am worried about my job, my industry and how we are going to solve numerous complicated problems to stay afloat. My worry is affecting my health, my family and my focus at work. What do you tell your clients about how to deal with their fears in the workplace?
 
Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Amidst the Thrills, Keep it Safe on Carnival and Amusement Rides; Ride Responsibly

 

mourgefile photo

 The more than 40 million people who will travel Michigan to enjoy carnival and amusement rides this season are urged to make safety a priority, especially with the kids

Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening?

 Dear Readers,

 
There are some who say that libraries are a thing of the past and are no longer relevant.  They really do not know what they are talking about!  In my opinion, libraries offer so much more than they ever have to businesses, employees and the community.  My mother learned how to navigate the internet in a class at her local library in Georgia.  
 
 

 

Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Energy-saving devices work – if you use them correctly
EAST LANSING, MI --  A well-insulated home with a high-efficiency air conditioner and programmable thermostat are only as effective as the person using it.

 

Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Land the job, Increase your Finances

By Porsche Miles Grant

 
It may seem like common sense, but common sense is not so common. Therefore, it’s no shock that how you dress, what you say, and how you conduct yourself can either lead to an increase or a decrease in finances.
Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Too much pressure to play sports?

 It might be a good idea to make sure your child is potty trained before joining an organized sport.

 
Photo by fotolia.com
Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Using Personal Power In Relationships!

  DO NOT LET YOUR ‘BELIEFS’ KEEP YOU IN GRIEF! 

Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Recipe: Coconut Hot Fudge Ice Cream
 
By Rachel Gurk
 
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup flake coconut, unsweetened
1 cup whole milk
 
Log on for the rest of the recipe...
Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Studio:  Disney

Plot:  Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
Cast:  Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Lindsay Duncan, Leo Bill, Alan Rickman
 
Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Is an office war worth it?

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. There's a power struggle/war going on in my office that could result in me greatly increasing my salary. I've been fighting this battle along with others on my team, but it is getting really ugly and personal at this point. I'm not sleeping well, worrying about it a lot, and the battle is consuming a lot of my time during the day. How do you determine the battles you fight and the battles you walk away from?
 
Read More Monday, May 30, 2016
Announcement: Sexton High School Graduate Wants to be Ingham County’s Next Prosecuting Attorney

LANSING, MI -- Brian Jackson is running for the Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney’s seat. Jackson attended Indiana State University and earned his B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Criminology - the study of criminal behavior.

Read More Monday, May 30, 2016
Residents encouraged to share fun, not germs, this holiday weekend and all summer long

MDHHS recognizes Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

 
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging residents to maximize the health benefits of swimming with healthy and safe habits. As part of these efforts, MDHHS is recognizing this week as Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.
Read More Monday, May 30, 2016
Financial Decision Making
By Porsche Miles-Grant 
 
If you can believe it, you can achieve it, but achieving financial success is reliant on the financial decisions you make. There is no magical solution to increasing your finances besides making the right decisions. 
Read More Monday, May 30, 2016
Enjoy Michigan's Summer Free Fishing Weekend June 11-12

  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone the annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12. That weekend, everyone – residents and nonresidents alike – can fish without a license, although all other fishing regulations still apply.

 
Read More Monday, May 30, 2016
If you have any information regarding a cold case, contact the Lansing Police Department

    

Detective Lee McCallister
 
Detective Lee McCallister is assigned as the Cold Case investigator for the Lansing Police Department. Detective McCallister is an 18 year veteran with the department and was promoted to Detective in 2010.
Read More Sunday, May 29, 2016
Jill on Money: Career advice for new grads

  By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
I am often asked to offer career advice to recent college graduates, which makes me think back to the advice I received before starting my first post-collegiate job as a commodities trader: "Do your job and don't screw up!" 
Read More Sunday, May 29, 2016
How To Tap Into Your Personal Power!

  By Sherry Brantley

 
How does one begin to tap into their Personal Power? First of all, one has to be open-minded or at least receptive enough to allow the idea of Personal Power to take root. Let’s begin to look within and never without. Your Personal Power is there. It has always been there.
Read More Sunday, May 29, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening? Laughter is Good!

Dear Readers,

 
I am sure that you have heard plenty of laughter quotes.  However, mine is from the old timer, Milton Berle. 
 
Berle said, “Laughter is an instant vacation." 
Read More Sunday, May 29, 2016
Recipe: Savory Cheddar and Chive Waffles with a Fried Egg

 Try this tasty dish for brunch!

Read More Sunday, May 29, 2016
How U.S. police departments can clear more homicides

 Communicating effectively involves helping the interviewees and connecting with other media.  The New Citizens Press Community Action Network (TNCPCAN) helps families of violence. Monica Blackwell (her son, Domonique Blackwell, was murdered in 2012) and Rina Risper, Executive Director of TNCPCAN were recently interviewed on WKAR’s “Current State”.  The program is archived at www.wkar.org/programs/current-state-905-wkar

Please share, the families need the public's support.
 
Photo by Kevin Lavery

 

Read More Sunday, May 29, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: How to prevent SIDS

 It is routinely recommended that babies sleep on their backs.

 
Photo by fotolia.com.
Read More Saturday, May 28, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Intranasal steroid sprays approved for children with allergies

   When considering allergy medications for your child, consult your pediatrician. 

Photo by fotolia.com.
 
Read More Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Recipe: Chicken Greek Salad
 

Recipe Serves: 4

Recipe Prep Time: 20 minutes
Read More Sunday, May 15, 2016
What is Personal Power?

 

By Sherry Brantley
 
START TO EXERCISE 
PERSONAL POWER 
 
What is Personal Power and how do we go about ‘tapping’ into it? First of all, it is a Spiritual Power that we all literally have within us.
Read More Sunday, May 15, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening? 15-9

 

Dear Readers,
 
Violence, bullying and relationships are all related.  I wonder what would happen if there were some strategic problem solving skills in the schools that could stem conflict that actually worked.  I wonder if there would still be so much violence.  
Read More Sunday, May 15, 2016
Movie Review: “Huntsman”

 Studio:  Universal (2 hrs. 3 min.)

Plot:  As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:   **1/2
Read More Sunday, May 15, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Your coworkers' prickliness is about them, not you

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
 Q. The people I work with seem rarely to take the way they affect me into account. Why do they think so little of me? How can I work well with others when they appear to have no interest in my needs?
Read More Sunday, May 15, 2016
Jill on Money: How to spend your tax refund - responsibly

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
 The IRS says about 82 million taxpayers have received an average refund of about $2,800. Although many love the concept found money, a refund is really just the return of a yearlong, interest-free loan that you extended to Uncle Sam.
Read More Sunday, May 15, 2016
At Home and at Work: Make Electrical Safety Everyone’s Responsibility May is Electrical Safety Month

  Electrical safety at home and at work is everyone’s responsibility is the life-saving message today offered jointly by the state Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOHSA) within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Don’t run the risk of an electrical fire, injury or electrocution. May is electrical safety month.

Read More Sunday, May 15, 2016
Teen Talk: Becoming a Teenager

  By Alana Brunson

 
I recently turned 13!  Becoming a teenager is a big change. Feelings and emotions start to change which lead to a change in actions good and bad. 
Read More Sunday, May 15, 2016
Announcement: Local Woman Runs for Delta Township Trustee Position

 DELTA TOWNSHIP, MI -- Deana M. Newman, a Policy Analyst Lead for the Michigan Public Health Institute, has announced her 2016 campaign as a Democratic candidate for one of four Delta Township Trustee positions.  Her campaign is empowered by the slogan “Sustaining Community Health and Wealth”.  

Read More Sunday, May 15, 2016
Gallo Boxing Gym: Creating Champions

 Joe (Joey) Bermudez, Jr.  wrapping his 11-year old stepson’s, Dominic Jones’, hands at  the Jr. Olympics State Championship tournament in Flint, MI. Dominic won the title and will box in Ohio at the regional tournament in June.

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Saturday, May 14, 2016
NEWS SPOTLIGHT: Suspect Admitted to Intentionally Contaminating Salad bars and/or Produce sections

  The Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural Development and Health and Human Services are cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement in Ann Arbor on an investigation involving intentional food contamination at retail grocery stores in Ann Arbor.  


Read More Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Parents Are Important Conference at Lansing Eastern High School

 Jerome Vierling and Devinn Lovette (intern) of City Life Lansing held a workshop on communicating with your teen.

 
Photo by Bob Killips
Read More Sunday, May 1, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening? 15-8

  Dear Readers,

 
A trip out of town to check out a new venue was just what the doctor ordered.  I love traveling in Michigan.  No matter where you live explore your state, city or county.
Read More Sunday, May 1, 2016
Movie Review: “Barbershop: The Next Cut”

 Comedian Cedric the Entertainer reprises his role as Eddie, long-time barber and friend of Calvin (Ice Cube) and his dad.

Read More Sunday, May 1, 2016
Recipe: Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Wraps


Recipe Serves: 10

Make healthy wraps for a potluck lunch.  They are delightful!

 

Read More Sunday, May 1, 2016
Congratulations on your Student Loan DEBT… It has Increased!

  By Porsche Miles-Grant

 
Did you know that the college graduates of 2015 made history by having the most student loan debt? In 2015, the average student loan debt totaled to 35k. In past years, student loan debt ranged anywhere from 26k-28k on average.
Read More Sunday, May 1, 2016
Virtual Tourist - 5 Thrilling Adventures

 

 By VirtualTourist.com

 
Looking for some adventure on your next trip? Members of travel website VirtualTourist.com love adventure and with this in mind prepared a list of some of their favorite activities and places to do them.
 
Swimming with Whale Sharks, Exmouth, Western Australia
Read More Sunday, May 1, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Workplace friendships are different from those in private life

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I'm a very loyal person, and I have a hard time with the rapid coming and going of people in the workplace. I enjoy long-term relationships, and it just seems like I get whiplash watching the turn over at work. How do you recommend your clients handle their personal attachments to people at work?
Read More Sunday, May 1, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Early talkers are few but mighty

 

 

There are few children who are speaking in full sentences by the time they are 18 to 24 months.
Photo by fotolia.com.
 
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 
Is your child a precocious talker? Most children start to acquire words around 12 to 15 months, but that means five to 10 words and building. By the time children are 18 months old, they are often mimicking when you ask them to say a word, and some are putting two words together. 
Read More Sunday, May 1, 2016
Jill on Money: Onus is on students, parents to nail down college costs

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
College acceptances are in, and now the hard part: figuring out how to pay for it! With the cost of tuition, fees, room and board at public four-year colleges running around $20,000 - and up to $70,000 for some elite private schools - how can families foot the steep education bill?
 
Read More Sunday, May 1, 2016
Girl Scout Collects Boxes of Cookies to Donate to the Homeless Angels

 

 Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan was formed in 2008 when 7 councils merged to one.

 
 
The cookie program is great for girls and it is in most cases girls 
introduction to financial 
literacy.  
 
The skills the girls gain are:
 
Business ethics
Goal setting
Money management
People skills
Decision making
 
These are skills that prepare them for adulthood and prepare them to be tomorrow leaders.
 
Courtesy photo 
 
Mike Karl and Leyliana Moreno.  Leyliana collected 132 boxes to be donated to the Homeless Angels.  
Read More Monday, April 18, 2016
Making An Impact On Students From Kindergarten to College

  By Jeannine Belton Williams

 
The purpose of this article is to inspire, encourage and to challenge educators, parents and community members to continue to advocate for students to ensure their academic, social and personal success!  
Read More Monday, April 18, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Caring for kids with strep throat

 A rapid strep test entails having a swabbed specimen taken from the throat.

Photo by fotolia.com.
Read More Sunday, April 17, 2016
Jill on Money: Free trade: Good or bad for America?

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
There has been a lot of trash talk about U.S. trade policy this political season. Candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have led the rallying cries about how trade deals have killed U.S. jobs and upended the economy, which is a great way to incite disgruntled voters. However, as always, the facts are a bit murkier. 
 
Read More Sunday, April 17, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: If you run yourself ragged, don't expect gratitude
By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I try really, really hard to be good at my job. I work late, work extra and always go the extra mile. I get really upset when customers get mad at me anyway. Recently, a customer made a big stink after I bent over backwards to help her. I felt so unappreciated. I keep obsessing about what she said about me and worried about my reputation. How can you handle negative reviews when you try so hard to do it right?
Read More Sunday, April 17, 2016
Movie Review: “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice”

 Studio:  Warner Bros. Pictures (2 hr. 31min.)

Plot: Batman takes on Superman while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.
Cast:  Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Laurence Fishburne, Holly Hunter
Rating:   PG-13
Bottom Line:    **
Read More Sunday, April 17, 2016
Architect Zaha Hadid’s Death is a Global Loss for Architecture

 Zaha Hadid pushed boundaries with her buildings—and that’s what architects will remember. Hadid’s design was chosen to build The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, the contemporary art museum, opened November 10, 2012.  MSU photo

Read More Sunday, April 17, 2016
Recipe: Turkey Black Bean Chili with Sriracha and Yogurt

  This yummy recipe serves 8.  Whip up a batch and take it to your next party with friends.

Read More Sunday, April 17, 2016
Preparing for the Car Buying Experience

 By Porsche Miles-Grant

 
Summer time is right around the corner and what better time than now to prepare for buying a car. However, car buying is a process. It’s not something that you just jump into. Taking our time when purchasing a car will allow us the opportunity to make wiser decisions. 
Read More Sunday, April 17, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening? 15-7

  Dear Readers,

 
Gosh, April has been interesting!  Snow and sun in the same month and it is not even over yet.  However, you can start making your list to prepare for summer.  This is Michigan.  However, it seems as though the same crazy weather patterns are happening all over the United States.  We can blame it on global warming but it is kind of difficult to change the weather.  It is kind of like your life, you may want it to be perfect but it may not always go that way. 
Read More Sunday, April 17, 2016
Speaker offers spiritual solutions for healing mind and body -- live online and locally

 In a live online lecture on Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m., Evan will walk attendees through the practical aspects of Christian Science that empower prayer to heal.

 
Read More Monday, April 11, 2016
TRAVEL: 10 unique places to stay

 Cave Suites: Cappadocia Cave Suites, Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey.

Read More Saturday, April 9, 2016
Jill on Money: Remembering the great bear market, and its lessons

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
 I hate to bring you back to a scary time, but seven years ago this month the U.S. stock markets plunged to their worst levels of the entire bear market of 2008-2009. Although the entire financial system almost went over the cliff in September and October of 2008, it wasn't until March 9, 2009 that stocks hit rock bottom.
Read More Sunday, April 3, 2016
Traveling to areas known to have the Zika virus poses great risk

 The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.  

Photo by fotolia.com.
Read More Sunday, April 3, 2016
Recipe: Sweet Potato and Crab Chowder

 

This yummy recipe serves 4

Recipe Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients: 
• 1 tablespoon butter
Cont'd....
Read More Sunday, April 3, 2016
Movie Review: “Deadpool”

 

Studio:  20th Century Fox (1hr. 48 min.)
Plot:  A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers.
Cast:  Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrand, Gina Carano, Michael Benyaer
Rating:  R
Bottom Line:  ***
Read More Sunday, April 3, 2016
Spending Plan or a Budget?

 

By Porsche Miles-Grant
 
In my opinion, a spending plan is a sophisticated way of simply saying budgeting. I found that people are more comfortable with making a spending plan rather than the notion of budgeting. Nevertheless, for the sake of this article we will refer to them both as a spending plan.
Read More Sunday, April 3, 2016
TNCPCAN Stop the Violence Event Set for Monday, April 11th

 Michael McKissic II was murdered on August 1, 2015.  The case is unsolved.  Natasha Hall, his sister, received a photo with his image added.  Hall stated that the photo is perfect because she feels that he is always with her.  Also children pictured from left to right are Aiyana Hall (daughter), Amiyah Morris (niece) and Gervon Hall (son).

 
Photo by Satin Moseley
Read More Sunday, April 3, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening?

  Dear Readers,

 
No one ever wants to think about their favorite artist retiring.  They never seem to age on the cover of the album.  Yes, I said album.  I have no problem dating myself.  I love the time that I grew up in.  
 
To make a long story short and to understand why a Black child with Caribbean roots would know so much about Barry Manilow, I will explain.
Read More Sunday, April 3, 2016
News Spotlight: GET A FRESH START IN 2016!! FRIEND OF THE COURT BENCH WARRANT AMNESTY

During the month of April 2016, Ingham County is offering amnesty on Friend of the Court bench warrants.  Amnesty applies to warrants from Failure to Appear, or Failure to Comply with a Court Order for non-payment of support. 

Read More Thursday, March 31, 2016
Successful College Student Reflects on Family, High School and Striving

 Adrian Carrillo (sitting in the middle) recently treated his young family and friends to a movie.  The children seated from left to right: Devin VanHorn, Jayden Silva, Evelia Solis, Anay Solis, Armando Garza and Iyana Solis.

Courtesy photo
Read More Monday, March 28, 2016
Opinion: Don’t Tear Down the Jenison House

  By Loretta Stanaway

 
Many citizens of Lansing are opposed to the BWL destruction of the historically significant Jenison House and are especially opposed to the destruction and "replication" of the beautiful 1930 vintage Scott Sunken Gardens. BWL chose this dedicated park land to build a proposed power substation with little to no public input. 
Read More Sunday, March 20, 2016
Movie Review: “Zootopia”

  Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios (1 hr. 48 min.)

Plot:  A fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop work together to uncover a conspiracy.
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Shakira
Rating:   PG-13
Bottom Line:  ****
Read More Sunday, March 20, 2016
Milk Means More Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Flatbread

 Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
Read More Sunday, March 20, 2016
BREAKING NEWS: NEWS SPOTLIGHT: Schuette, Wriggelsworth to Discuss Criminal Charges Filed Against Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings

 Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney arrested  

Read More Monday, March 14, 2016
News Spotlight: Shooting Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge

 On March 13, 2016 at approximately 1:00A.M. Lansing Police Officers were patrolling the area of Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, 6810 S. Cedar, preparing for anticipated crowd and traffic control due to a large event at the club. Hundreds of patrons were present at the Club where a music artist was performing.

Read More Sunday, March 13, 2016
News Spotlight: Nestlé USA Announces Voluntary Recall of a Limited Number of DiGiorno® Pizzas, Lean Cuisine® and Stouffer’s® Products Due to the Potential Presence of Foreign Material

 

MDARD food inspectors should conduct recall audit checks during routine inspections or as directed.
Read More Friday, March 11, 2016
News Spotlight: Lansing Woman Shot

 On March 10, 2016 at approximately 8:30 pm, Lansing Police responded to the 800 blk of Cawood near Oakland on a report that a woman had been shot.  Officers located and attended to a 23 yr old Lansing woman who sustained a gunshot wound to her midsection.  Lansing Fire responded and transported the woman to an area hospital where she was treated and remains in non-life threatening condition.

 
Read More Friday, March 11, 2016
Judge and Activist Unite During Black History Month

 Ingham County’s Chief Judge Donald L. Allen and Maria Starr VanCore, President of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLLA), share common goals for equality and justice.  

Read More Monday, March 7, 2016
States, Localities Try Creative Financing to Help the Homeless

 

Colder nights have the Homeless Angels working hard to feed more 
people, not only for those in their shelter
program at the Magnusen Hotel at 6501 S. Pennsylvania Avenue in Lansing, Michigan but for those who come every day looking for help. 
 
Photo courtesy of the Homeless Angels
Read More Monday, March 7, 2016
Movie Review: “Race”

  Studio:     Focus Features (2 hrs. 14 min.)

Plot:     Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.
Cast:     Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree, Shanice Banton, Carice van Houten, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, March 6, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening?

 Dear Readers,

 
This is the start of our 15th year!  Have you thought about your resolutions and whether they have been started or fulfilled?  How about your goals?  Have you at least written one down?  Making commitments are good!  At least you have something to look forward to or strive for. 
Read More Sunday, March 6, 2016
Jill on Money: No, mortgage apps aren't going to cause Housing Bubble 2.0

                                                                      

 
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
 Super Bowl commercials rarely create activity in my inbox, but the one for Quicken's Rocket Mortgage earlier this month was an exception. In the middle of the game, people started sending me messages like, "Did you just see that mortgage spot?" 
Read More Sunday, March 6, 2016
Greater Lansing CVB Announces Record 2015 and Award Winners for Community Support

 LANSING, MI – The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB) held its annual meeting on March 1, 2016, and announced both good news for the local economy and recognized numerous individuals for helping to foster meetings and events within the Capital Region.

Read More Sunday, March 6, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Getting ahead in the workplace is about strategy

                                    By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
 Q. When I was young and dumb, I believed in ideas like fairness and justice, but after seeing what goes on in my workplace I'm feeling bitter. I notice promotions aren't usually about skills or contribution. What am I missing that would allow me to get ahead without feeling powerless and unappreciated?
 
Read More Sunday, March 6, 2016
Recipe: Shamrock Milk Mixer

  St. Paddy’s Day is on Thursday, March 17th!  Enjoy this rendition of 
Mc Donald’s famous shake.  

Recipe Serves: 1

Recipe Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Read More Sunday, March 6, 2016
What Are You Waiting For? It’s Time to Repair Your Credit

  By Porsche Miles-Grant

 
In life, you have 3 things; money, credit, or both. If you have money, more than likely you don’t need credit. Those individuals are able to buy all the things they need, want and desire. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, you will definitely need credit when making big purchases such as buying a home, car, or taking a vacation. Furthermore, if you are lucky enough to have both credit and money, you are living the America Dream. 
Read More Sunday, March 6, 2016
FINANCIAL FOCUS: Why Every Woman Should Have a Long-Term Care Plan

 

Provided by Sara Frank-Hepfer
 
Many of the women we see portrayed in movies and on television are independent, wealthy, and confident, with great digs, a closetful of designer clothing, and high-powered careers.
 
Read More Sunday, March 6, 2016
New app could benefit Flint residents affected by lead water

 

 

EAST LANSING, MI – People living in Flint affected by the ongoing water situation now have a new tool to navigate the available community resources.

 
Read More Sunday, March 6, 2016
Methods for taking a child's temperature vary with age

 

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 
Throughout the year, especially during flu season, the questions surrounding how to take a child's temperature and how to treat a fever seem never ending. So let's jump right in with a discussion on taking temperatures in children of all ages.
Read More Sunday, March 6, 2016
NEWS SPOTLIGHT: Lansing's Latest Homicide Victim is Identified

On Tuesday,March 1, 2016 at approximately 5:22 A.M. Lansing Police were dispatched to the 3200 block of S. Washington (apartment complex) in regard to shots being fired/shooting. Dispatch updated responding Officers the shooting may be on the 5th floor of the apartment building.

Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2016
NEWS SPOTLIGHT: Ingham County Woman Arrested for Homicide, Child Abuse 1st degree and Torture

On February 29th 2016 the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Michigan State Police Fugitive Team, arrested 43 year old Cari Ann Wright of Onondaga in connection with the death of her daughter, the late Hannah Warner, who died at age 16.

 

Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2016
NEWS SPOTLIGHT: Michigan’s First Confirmed Case of Zika Virus Reported

LANSING, MI – Michigan health officials have identified the first confirmed case of Zika virus in a Michigan resident. The patient, a female resident of Ingham County, contracted the virus when traveling in a country where Zika virus is being transmitted. The patient, who was not pregnant, experienced symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease shortly after her return to Michigan.

Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2016
NEWS SPOTLIGHT: Norovirus identified as cause of outbreak at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center


EAST LANSING, MI– Testing by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirms norovirus is the cause of the gastrointestinal illness that sickened at least 375 people who attended events at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center from February 16–21.
 

Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2016
MSU Presents Its 2016 Apparel and Textile Design Annual Fashion Show

 "The ATD Fashion show allows a wider audience to share in the creativity and innovation in fashion that the Apparel and Textile Program at MSU is known for.  It is a fantastic, entertaining 

opportunity to showcase the unique talents and visions of our students." -    Jennifer Lantrip
 
 
Left:  2015 ATD Design:
 by Emma Theis
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Beyond the 'Model Minority' Image: Asians in the US

  Pranee Wilcox, a native of Thailand, immigrated to the U.S. 14 years ago to work in the Thai embassy as a housekeeper. Her journey belies the stereotype of the "model minority."

 

Courtesy photo

Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Minimalist shoes a good choice for some runners, but not right for everyone

 Minimalist shoes are shoes intended to closely approximate

barefoot running conditions.They have reduced cushioning, thin soles, and are of lighter weight than other running shoes, allowing for more sensory contact for the foot on the ground while 
simultaneously providing the feet with some protection from ground hazards and conditions (such as pebbles and dirt).
 
Source:  wikipedia
Photo: Vibram
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
FINANCIAL FOCUS: Do-Over Option and Voluntary Suspension for Social Security Benefits

 

 

Provided by Sara Frank-Hepfer

 

Although the social security system allows claims for reduced worker benefits as early as age 62, claiming early may not be your best choice. Fortunately, if you claimed early, you may be able to take advantage of a do-over option that restarts the clock on your benefits. Provided by Sara Frank-Hepfer

 
Although the social security system allows claims for reduced worker benefits as early as age 62, claiming early may not be your best choice. Fortunately, if you claimed early, you may be able to take advantage of a do-over option that restarts the clock on your benefits. 
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
The White Rose Gala is Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Far Left: Sonja G. Norris, DDS & Associates

Right:  Sarah Swistak, Evening News Anchor, Fox 47 News

 LANSING, MI --  The Lansing/East Lansing Chapter of Links will kick off Women's History Month by hosting its 6th annual White Rose Gala on Thursday, March 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Huntington Club (Overlooking Spartan Stadium), on the campus of Michigan State University.   

 
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
1 in 4 kids sexually harassed by friends online

  

EAST LANSING, MI  --- It’s not just strangers who target children online. Kids’ own friends are sexually harassing them over the Internet, finds new research led by a Michigan State University cybercrime expert.
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Income Taxes: To Spend or Not to Spend, That is the Question

  By Porsche Miles-Grant

 
Tax season has finally arrived and it is super exciting to know that you will soon, if you haven't already, be receiving a great amount of funds. Many of us have a lot of plans on how we are spending our money. Some plans consist of purchasing things we want and need; vacations, new cars, homes, expensive clothes, jewelry, and much more.
 
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
It’s a Myth That Only New Car Dealers Can Service A Vehicle Under Warranty

  

True or false: Until your vehicle is out-of-warranty, it must be serviced by the new car dealer or the factory warranty will be void.
 
Although you may have answered “true,” the correct answer is “false.”
 
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
OPINION: QP VOICES: Can Bernie Sanders win the African-American vote?

 

By Mary Sanchez
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Bill Clinton, so the saying goes, was America's first black president.
 
  Novelist Toni Morrison dubbed him so, noting that he displayed "almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald's-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas."
 
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Movie Review: “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

 

Studio:  Sony (1hr. 40 min.)
Plot:  A retelling of Jane Austin’s classic novel – with zombie.
Cast:  Lily James, Sam Reilly, Lena Headey, Jack Huston, Matt Smit Charles Dance, Douglas Booth
Rating:   PG-13
Bottom Line:     **
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Recipe: Easy Parmesan Chicken

  Recipe Serves: 4

Recipe Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients: • 3 six-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Read more....
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: Anger is energy; use it to your advantage

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q. I work too much and feel pretty much underpaid and underappreciated. Promises were made when I first took this job, and none of these promises have been fulfilled. When I try to meet with my manager, he avoids me. I figure it is time to hit the job hunt trail. I can't wait to see my manager's face when I tell him to shove this stupid job. Is there a best way to look for a job while still employed?
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Jill on Money: Love and money: How to mix them without strife

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
  CreditCards.com has released a sobering report indicating that 13 million Americans have committed financial infidelity. That is, they have hidden a bank or credit card account from a spouse or partner.
 
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Study shows increase in infant injuries, deaths attributed to crib bumpers

 A new study shows that the number of infant deaths and injuries attributed to crib bumpers has spiked significantly in recent years. 

Photo by fotolia.com

Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Black History Month: Grand Rapids Public Museum Announces New Mini-Exhibition

Rosa Parks iconic bus trip changed the course of history in America.  Take a trip to Grand Rapids to see the new exhibit.

Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
Hawai’i and Michigan Connections? Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

 Hawaiian Mission Houses was established in 1923 by the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society, a private, non-profit organization and genealogical society. It consists of three mission houses that served as homes and workplaces for the first Christian missionaries who came here. At right is the 1821 Mission House, and, left, the Mission annex that was originally built of coral block as a bedroom annex, but now houses the print shop.

Courtesy photo

Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
Your Ability to Save!

 

By Porsche Miles-Grant
 
More often than not, people express their inability to save money. Some statements include, “I don't have any money to save.", or "How can I save what I don't have?" But saving is not what you do after you have spent. Saving is what you do before you spend.
Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening? 15-2

  Dear Readers,

 
There are so many changes that are going on and after having a conversation with my daughter, I realized that she has been deeply affected by the sale of Eastern High School’s building.
Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
TAX SOLUTIONS:  IRS to Use Debt Collectors

 

By A.J. Gross
 
The Internal Revenue Service will soon use private debt collectors to collect unpaid back taxes.  This new tax collection provision was included in the new highway funding bill that passed in December.   Included in the new law is the authorization for private debt collectors to make “robocalls” or “robotexts” to collect unpaid IRS taxes.  The use of robocalls may make it easier for scammers. 
Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
FINANCIAL FOCUS: End-of-Life Planning Checklist

 

Provided by Sara Frank-Hepfer
 
To ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death, end-of-life planning is essential. But when it comes to organizing your personal and financial affairs, it can be difficult to know where to start. The following checklists are designed to guide you through the planning process. 
Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
PBS Lists Black History Month Movie Picks

  Documentaries can open windows to our past. Through the lens of talented filmmakers, we can re-live iconic moments in history like the 1963 March on Washington or climb aboard a Greyhound bus to join the Freedom Riders on their journey through the Jim Crow South.

Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
Movie Review: The 5th Wave

  Studio:  Sony (1hr. 52 min.)

Plot:     The world is devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has decimated Earth’s population.
Cast:     Chloe Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello, Nick Robinson, Maggie Siff
Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
Milk Means More Recipe: Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Bites

 

Recipe Serves: 8 (makes 24 bites, serving size is 3 bites)
Recipe Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Ingredients: 
• 1 1/2  cups vanilla greek yogurt
• Seeds scraped from one vanilla bean ..... continued
Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
The Kid’s Doctor: Lice is tough to treat

 If your child's school tells you your child has head lice, call your doctor for advice on treatment. Photo by potolia.com

Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
Interpersonal Edge: What is workplace enlightenment?

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I'm interested in emotional maturity, personal growth and enlightenment, but every day I just want to bite people at work. Isn't enlightenment some state you achieve where you sit around in nirvana all day?
Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
Jill on Money: In volatile market, keep emotions in check

 

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
 Stocks have plunged for the second time in six months, and the big swings are testing every investor's internal fortitude. The bad start to the year is even stirring grim memories of 2008, especially given the dire predictions of some economists and analysts.
Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
Quick Facts About Eastern High School

 On a fall day in 1928, Eastern High School opened its doors for the first time to 917 students who were greeted by Principal Dwight Rich.

Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
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 1, 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 www.pepperzmind.com.
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/Fotolia.com

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
The Story Behind The World’s Largest Collection of Hebron Glass Now Displayed at Saper Galleries

  Roy Saper stands with second and third generations to the elder Hamzeh Natsheh, all involved in the family glassblowing business just as were the many generations of the Natsheh family before them over more than 700 years. 

Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Oscar producers on Chris Rock: 'We're absolutely stoked'

 

Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Wilbert Fobbs: Breaking the Rules is an Option

 

Pictured:  “Let’s Dance” by Wilbert Fobbs

Painting is unpredictable. It is an adventure. However, regulations abound. 
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Milk Means More Recipe: Lighter Loaded Potato Soup

 

Ingredients: 
• 2 1/2 lbs. baking potatoes (OR 3 cups coarsely mashed potatoes, about 4 russets, or 8 Yukon gold—see recipe notes for a timesaving tip)
• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
PARENT POST: Why Parent Involvement In School Is Important and What You Can Do To Help Your Child

  By Rosa Killips, Eastern High School Family & Community Liaison

 
When the parent is involved, students do better, regardless of economic status, ethnic/racial background or the parents' education level. When parents are involved, students have higher grades, better test scores, and good attendance.  Here is what happens when parents are involved:
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Movie Review: The Hateful Eight

 

Studio:    The Weinstein Company (2hrs. 47min.)
Plot:     Bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard, but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception.
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
TAX SOLUTIONS: Lose Your U.S. Passport Due to Taxes

 

By A.J. Gross
 
U.S. Citizens that owe back taxes could lose their passport if a recent highway bill becomes law.  
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Opinion: Former Lansing School District Student Responds to Judge Scalia

 

Bejidé Davis is a Lansing, Michigan native and Class of 2005 graduate of J.W. Sexton High School.
Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Be Car Care Aware: Hanging onto Current Vehicle vs. Buying New a No Brainer

 

Buying a new car might sound cool and exciting, but keeping your current vehicle, and continually maintaining it at recommended intervals, makes more economic sense than purchasing a new one, says the non-profit Car Care Council.
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Excuse me, are you listening? 14-25


Dear Readers,

 
Tis’ the season, right?  Well, indeed it is the season of giving.  I often wonder if we showed the gift of gratitude more during the year, if so many people would be grumpy.
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
FINANCIAL FOCUS: Medicare: Key Points to Bear in Mind


Provided by Sara Frank-Hepfer

 
When you turn 65, you become eligible for Medicare. If you are currently receiving social security benefits, you will be enrolled automatically. If you are not currently receiving social security benefits, you need to sign up for Medicare as soon as you are eligible in order to avoid penalties. 
 

 

Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Interpersonal Edge: Right words can transform an antagonist into an ally

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
 A. I often find people at work will respond in an intensely negative way to a word I use when I don't mean anything bad by it. Then people get upset and think I want to fight with them. How do I stop these cycles of conflict before they begin?
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Jill on Money: Social Security: The No-COLA

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 

 There will be no raise for Social Security recipients next year and one of the nation's retirees (aka my Mom) responded to the bad news with an expected comment: "that stinks!" I had to explain to her that because the government uses inflation data to calculate the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security and overall prices were essentially flat from a year ago, she, along with over 60 million Americans who currently receive Social Security retirement benefits, will not get a bump in pay next year. That means most seniors will be stuck with an average monthly check of $1,341 ($2,212 for retired couples who are both receiving benefits). 

Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
NEWS SPOTLIGHT UPDATE: Man Shot by LPD Allegedly Requested For a Message To Be Sent Out on Social Media Prior to His Death

 In a public post to M. Allen that was shared 131 times on Facebook, man that was shot allegedly leaves last words.  

Read More Friday, December 25, 2015
News Spotlight: LPD Officer Involved Shooting

   On Thursday December 24, 2015 at 7:38 pm., Lansing Police personnel responded to the 5900 block of Selfridge, in southwest Lansing, for a report of a home invasion in progress where a man was seen entering a window of the home.  

Read More Friday, December 25, 2015
Updated News Spotlight: Community: Ingham County Sheriff's Office responds to a Home Invasion in progress and arrest (3) suspects in the house

 

On Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 3:43pm, Ingham County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to the report of a home invasion in progress at 300 N. Meridian Rd. in Ingham Township. Photos

Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Beating the Odds: From Seasonal Farm Worker to School Principal

 Andrea Rodríguez works to empower Latinos and her journey gives many food for thought.

Photo courtesy of Faith Magazine
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
The Best Holidays and Festivals for 2016

 

 Winter Solstice, Cusco, Peru.

By VirtualTourist.com

The holidays are quickly approaching and hopefully those who are traveling have already done their planning. And for those adventure seekers thinking about 2016, members of travel website www.virtualtourist.com have come up with a list of holidays and festivals to celebrate in 2016.
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Interpersonal Edge: To tackle big tasks, use the 5 minute solution

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q. My job has numerous large projects that I never get a chance to tackle. I can't seem to carve out enough time to get any one complicated assignment done. Do you have a strategy for getting large projects done when you are overwhelmed with daily demands?
 
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Jill on Money: Americans know less than they think about Social Security benefits

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Whenever I write about Social Security, I am inundated with follow-up questions. It's no wonder, since there are about 2,800 rules that govern the system and thousands of retirement claiming strategies. 
 
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Excuse me, are you listening? 14-24

  Dear Readers,

 
Recently, I had an interaction that really changed the way that I look at things.  The original post regarding this was on Facebook but I did not go into detail like I will do now.  Social media is for short messages, which is why I like it.  However, I love writing  so I decided to take this piece and give it the detail that it deserves:
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Not all earaches require antibiotics

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

www.kidsdr.com
 
   Parents are so SICK of their children being SICK and I must agree ... it is time for everyone to stop coughing and sniffling and get well. And that means fewer ear infections, as well.
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Driving in Winter Wonderland Takes Preparation

  After two of the worst winters ever in many parts of the country, the Car Care Council suggests that motorists take a little extra time now to make sure their vehicles are prepared for the unexpected when weather arrives.

Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
"I Love My Child...But Sometimes I Can't Stand Him!

 

Photo by dreamstine 

By James Lehman, MSW

 
You’d do anything for your child, but you feel guilty about admitting the truth, even to yourself—sometimes you don’t like him very much. It’s a secret that many parents of acting-out kids share, but rarely confess to anyone. James Lehman explains how dealing with a difficult child can take its toll on the parent-child relationship, and he gives you some practical advice on how to handle it.
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
FINANCIAL FOCUS: Financial Checklist: Post-Divorce Tips

 

Provided by Sara Frank-Hepfer
 
If you're recently divorced, it's normal to worry about your financial situation. Settling into a new financial life will take time, but here are some tips that may help.
 
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Trice named gospel choir director at Olivet College

 OLIVET, MI --  La’Rae Trice has been named gospel choir director at Olivet College, according to an announcement from Maria Davis, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college.

Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
TAX SOLUTIONS: Tips on Choosing a Tax Preparer for 2015 Tax Season

 

By A.J. Gross
 
As with any major decision in life, you should choose your tax preparer wisely. Paying taxes is a serious matter, so it's important where you choose to have your tax return prepared. While you only need to file your taxes once each spring, you can save yourself from any last minute stress by spending time now to find the right tax professional to prepare your tax return.
 
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
News Briefs: Byrum disputes Sen. Knollenberg’s political misinformation

  County Clerk denies requesting $1-million appropriation be added to legislation regarding straight-party voting

 

Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Milk Means More: Recipe: Creme de menthe bars

  Recipe Prep Time: 

40 minutes plus 1 hour chill time
 
Cook Time: 
10 minutes
 
These delicious treats are worth the prep time!
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Movie Review: Chi-Raq

  Studio:     Amazon Studios (127 Minutes)

Plot:     A group of women organize a campaign to tackle the on-going violence in Chicago's Southside.
Cast:     Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson and John Cusack
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
News Spotlight: Nominations Solicited for the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame

 What women in your community are worthy of recognition on the state level? Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 class of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Read More Wednesday, December 16, 2015
News Spotlight: Celebrate the Holidays with Fire Safety in Mind Water Christmas trees daily, watch candles closely
 Be fire smart as you deck the halls and entertain this holiday season. Water your Christmas tree daily and be cautious with candles and electric lights to keep this joyous time of year safe. 
 
Read More Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Wolfgang Puck: Sugar cookies are always a tasty, reliable treat for the holidays

 

By Wolfgang Puck

Tribune Content Agency

  Whenever I fly to Florida to spend a weekend on Home Shopping Network, Marian Getz - who joins me on-screen and previously worked as executive pastry chef at my Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe in Orlando - always greets me with a plate of freshly baked cookies.

Read More Monday, December 14, 2015
News Spotlight: Community: SCAM ALERT: Fake Internal Revenue Service calls

  

Please be aware of a scam in the area, where the callers state they are from the Internal Revenue Service attempting to collect money for back taxes, or you will be arrested and charged with tax fraud.

Read More Tuesday, December 1, 2015
News Spotlight: Bomb Threat at Local School

 Threat written on bathroom wall concerns authorities

Read More Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Movie Review: Steve Jobs

  Studio: Universal Pictures (2 hr. 2 min)

Plot:   Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Cast:   Michael Fassbender,  Seth Rogen,  Katherine Waterston,  Kate Winslet,  Sarah Snook,  Jeff Daniels
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ***
 
Read More Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Opinions: 14-23

 Opinion pieces regarding refugees.

Read More Tuesday, December 1, 2015
TAX SOLUTIONS: What is a Retirement Plan?

  

 

The IRS has a secret account for all U.S. citizens.  There is money in the secret account accessible to taxpayers.  By filing Form 1099-OID, taxpayers can gain access to their own secret account.  

Read More Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Opinion: Was It a Case of Racism or Bad Behavior at Spring Valley High?

 

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
New America Media
 
The mop–up of the classroom floor with a black student at Spring Valley High School by canned South Carolina Richland County Deputy Ben Fields ignited two firestorms. The first was over Fields’ physical manhandling of the student. 
Read More Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Interpersonal Edge: Get support for personal tragedy outside the workplace

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I'm going through a bad divorce and a cancer diagnosis. I do not know how much to tell people at work. Obviously, I'm thinking about my personal life a lot, but I don't want other people to see me as incompetent. How can I maintain both my credibility and my sanity through this difficult time? 
Read More Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Jill on Money: Health care enrollment season present dizzying choices

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
  Just in time for the upcoming benefit enrollment period, the Kaiser Family Foundation has released its annual survey of employer health plans, which cover more than half of the non-elderly population, or 147 million people.
 
Read More Tuesday, December 1, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Middle ear issues can be remedied without surgery

 By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

www.kidsdr.com
 
I read an intriguing study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal about children who have persistent middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion). The problem is fairly common and is often a reason that children will undergo a day surgical procedure to insert tympanostomy tubes (ear tubes). In fact, my 11-month-old granddaughter just had tubes placed.
 
Read More Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Recipe: Minty Fudge Oat Bars

Recipe Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients:For the cookie:
• 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 2 eggs
For the rest of the recipe click "more".
Read More Monday, November 30, 2015
Sundance Institute Selects Michigan Native American Filmmaker for 2016 Full Circle Fellowship

 Devin Weekley-Dean spends a lot of time at his favorite cafe Kaya Coffee & Tea.Located in Mount Pleasant, Weekley-Dean finds the cafe a perfect place to create. 

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, November 29, 2015
Shabazz Academy Celebrates 20 Years: Remembering the Past, Embracing the Future

Thousands of students have passed through the doors of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy. This picture was taken in 2011.

Photo by Dr. Eugene Cain
Read More Sunday, November 29, 2015
Be Car Care Aware: Before the Holiday Roadtrip

  The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about your vehicle making it over the river and through the woods in time for dinner at grandma’s house. The Car Care Council recommends that before hitting the road for the holidays, you take a little time to have your vehicle thoroughly inspected to make sure it is road ready.

Read More Sunday, November 29, 2015
November is Native American Heritage Month

 Utes--Chief Sevara [i.e., Severo] and family

 
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-D4-10865]
Read More Monday, November 16, 2015
Detouring Domestic Violence: Oasis Family Center Acts as a Mediator for Victims

 

By Deborah M. Walker
 
October was domestic violence awareness month. To shine light on the hidden and often ignored problem Oasis Family Center in Lansing hosted an open house on Friday October, 24 2014 to bring awareness to the public and share resources with the community.
 
Read More Monday, November 16, 2015
Five Young Adult Books for Native American Indian Heritage Month

  To celebrate Native American Indian Heritage Month at the Capital Area District Libraries, we’ve compiled a list of five great young-adult books whose protagonists are shaping how teens see identity create their futures.  

Read More Monday, November 16, 2015
Celebrate Astronomy Day
 
Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year, once in spring and once in the fall. In the spring, the holiday is held on the Saturday closest to the first quarter Moon between the months of April and May, while in the fall (autumn) it occurs on a Saturday closest to the quarter moon between September and October.
 
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
8TH ANNUAL GRAND RAPIDS INTERNATIONAL WINE, BEER & FOOD FESTIVAL

 

Grand Rapids’ annual pre-holiday event, the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival is set for Thursday, November 19 (5-10pm); Friday, November 20 (4pm-10pm) and Saturday, November 21 (Noon-10pm) at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids located at 303 Monroe Avenue NW.   It is the largest wine festival in Michigan.
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Local Man Makes Reaching For the Stars Easier

 

By TNCP Staff
 
The cosmos is always changing and delighting us.   Amateur astronomer, Rod Bisher, has been instrumental in exposing everyday people the science of exploring of the universe. 
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Opinion:14-23

 

Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Opinion: Dear Black Men, Black Women Aren't "Angry" They're Frustrated

 

The subject of the stereotypical “angry black woman”  has made some wonder why this belief even exists.
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Milk Means More Recipe: Sweet Potato Biscuits

 

Ingredients: 
• 2/3 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
• 1/2 cup whole milk
• 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
continued...
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Movie Review: The Martian

 

Studio:     20th Century Fox (2 hr. 14 min.)
Plot:     An astronaut presumed dead on Mars struggles to survive as he finds a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Cast:     Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig Donald Glover 
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **1/2
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
TAX SOLUTIONS: IRS Secret Account Tax Scheme

 

By A.J. Gross
 
The IRS has a secret account for all U.S. citizens.  There is money in the secret account accessible to taxpayers.  By filing Form 1099-OID, taxpayers can gain access to their own secret account. 
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
FINANCIAL FOCUS: Talking to Your Aging Parents About Their Finances

 

Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer
 
Each day between 2011 and 2030, 10,000 baby boomers will celebrate their 65th birthdays. As the boomers grow older, their middle-aged children may find themselves in a challenging situation: providing financial assistance to their parents as well as their own kids. 
 
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Aggressive Child Behavior Part I: Fighting in School and at Home

 By James Lehman, MSW

 
Does your child always seem to get in trouble for fighting? You’ve tried talking to him, but the aggressive behavior hasn’t stopped—he still roughhouses with his siblings at home to the point of injury, brawls with kids on the bus and gets into fistfights at school. In part 1 of this two-part series on aggressive child and teen behavior, James Lehman explains why kids get into fights in the first place—and tells you the three basic types of fighting that you need to address as a parent.
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Interpersonal Edge: Make sure workplace jerk doesn’t

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q. I have a guy at work that everyone agrees is rude, arrogant and hostile. I am the opposite. He has made it clear to our team that he doesn’t like me. The weird thing is that people always throw me under the bus and blame me about the conflict. Why do people favor the people who act badly and not support the person who is nice? And how do I deal with this?
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Jill on Money: Best financial advice comes with the F-word

   

  The Financial Planning Association (FPA) had its national conference recently, and it could have been presented by the F-word - that is, “fiduciary.” The weekend brought together 2,000 certified financial planners, all of whom adhere to the fiduciary standard. That standard of care requires that financial professionals put the interests of clients first.
 
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Helmet use helps prevent ATV injuries

 

Whatever your views, parental supervision and helmet use is one way to help prevent serious injuries.  By Brad Sauter/Fotolia.com

 
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Find a Little Bit of Paris in the Greater Lansing Area

  By TNCP Staff

 
Gaëlle Cassin-Ross had her son, Sagan, in August of 2014.   While on maternity leave, she only spoke to her child in French.  She stated that she wanted her son to have a good start in life, so she took six months off to spend time nurturing him.  
 
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Rudeness and Disrespect: How Kids Try to "Defuse" It

 

By James Lehman, MSW
 
“I was just kidding! Can’t you take a joke?” If your child gives you this excuse after he’s said or done something rude, it might leave you feeling frustrated and unsure of how to handle the situation. Later, you might question yourself when he says, “But I didn’t mean it that way.” In this article, James Lehman explains why disrespect and inappropriate behavior are really nothing to laugh at—no matter what the excuse.
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Excuse me, are you listening? 14-21

 

Dear Readers,
 
Some things only happen once, like becoming a grandmother for the first time.  The sound of my son Gianni’s voice, telling me that Claire is in labor will forever be etched in my mind.  
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Travel: Europe far from the madding crowd

 Long lines at the Louvre are usually avoidable, if you purchase tickets in advance, buy a Paris Museum Pass or enter through the underground mall instead of the grand glass pyramid. 

CREDIT: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe.
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Interpersonal Edge: Seek the truth - not mere compliments - about your work performance

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I've noticed how often I have intense emotional reactions to both praise and criticisms at work. When I am complimented, I do pretty much whatever the person flattering me asks. When I am criticized, I end up getting upset for days about whether I am doing a good job. Is there a way to not be so influenced by whether people like what I am doing or not? 
 
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Jill on Money: What the financial crisis taught us

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
 This month we marked the seventh anniversary of the financial crisis. Sometimes people forget just how close to the brink the U.S. and global financial system was.
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Kids are over-worked, over-scheduled

 

Children of all ages need some "down-time" to relax. 
Photo by Fotolia.com
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Are You a Severe Driver?

  Things change, including the way we use our cars, how we drive them and the condition of our roads. Although normal driving is defined as steady driving in non-extreme weather or environments, for most motorists today, being a severe driver is more the rule than the exception, says the Car Care Council.

Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Movie Review: The Walk

 This movie is based on Philippe Petit, the French high-wire artist’s, walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. 

Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Recipe: Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Orange Zest

 

 
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
FINANCIAL FOCUS: Estate Planning for Your Digital Assets

 

Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer
 
Today, most of us rely on our cell phones and digital records to keep track of important contact information. In fact, we depend so greatly on online profiles and accounts for completing transactions and storing information that paper checks, address books, photo albums, and handwritten letters may soon become things of the past. 
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Opinion: Stand Against the Racist Trolls Going After Star Wars

 

John Boyega as Finn in  “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” 

 By Howard Smith II

 
As most of you have heard, the trailer for “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” premiered on the internet and its ubiquitous fanbase reacted with jubilation and glee. But as anyone on the internet knows, trolls grow hungry when people are full of joy. Shortly after the trailer premiered, either out of fragility or boredom, the hashtag #BoycottStarWarsEpisodeVII popped up on twitter calling for a boycott of the movie under the claim that the film promotes “white genocide”. 
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
TAX SOLUTIONS: Holiday Travel

 

By A.J. Gross
 
The holidays are great for spending time with family and friends.  The holidays may also mean travelling long distances to meet with family and friends.  Business owners and self-employed individuals may take advantage of this opportunity to deduct the cost of travel as a business expense.  I recommend understanding the rules for business travel before taking the business deduction.
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Opinion: LOOKING FOR BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS in BRAZIL

  By Veronica Maria Brown-Comegys

 
About thirty years ago, I was walking down posh Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, where I lived with my white Brazilian “family.” The crown that Mother Africa had given me was evident. In other words, all traces of my perm had vanished. Suddenly an Afro-Brazilian man stopped me. He pointed at my head, and said in English, “Black Power,” then he cackled for so long that I thought he would become breathless.
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Walgreens Robbery Suspect Apprehended

 Photo of Craig Lee Knight 

Read More Friday, October 30, 2015
News Spotlight - The Ingham County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens of a phone scam

 The Ingham County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens of a phone scam where the caller identifies themselves as a member of the Ingham County Sheriff's Office Civil Division. 

Read More Monday, October 26, 2015
A Day in the Mind of Your Defiant Child

 Although it may feel like your defiant child hates you, that’s usually far from the truth

Read More Sunday, October 18, 2015
Interpersonal Edge: Better boundaries guarantee better behavior

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q. I am a great believer in second chances, but I’m finding people use my generosity to take advantage of me repeatedly. How can I give people the benefit of the doubt without ending up on the short end of the stick?
 
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2015
Jill on Money: Reflections on the recent correction

  

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Time flies when investors are enjoying a bull market. Until the recent correction, it had been four years since the last time the stock market declined by 10 percent.
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Magic words offer picky eaters food for thought

Healthy eating, regular exercise and a good night's sleep often help reduce daily headaches in adolescents.

Read More Sunday, October 18, 2015
Recipe: Salsa Mac with Colby Jack

 This delicious dish is a dinner time favorite.

Read More Sunday, October 18, 2015
Movie Review: He Named Me Malala

 The gripping story of Malala Yousafzai teaches us that despite horrific acts, one can still advocate for what they believe in.

 

Read More Sunday, October 18, 2015
Juggling Life Can Be Successfully Done

 

You wake up in the middle of the night and dread checking the time because you already feel the pressure of getting up to start another hectic day. Even though it is time to get up, you continue to lie there.
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2015
 Kids allowed to be kids make better parents

 

EAST LANSING, MI -- Mothers who took on burdensome caregiving roles as children -- and weren’t allowed to just “be kids” -- tend to be less sensitive to their own children’s needs, finds new research led by a Michigan State University scholar.
 
Read More Saturday, October 17, 2015
TAX SOLUTIONS: BECOME IRS AUDIT PROOF

  By A.J. Gross

 
Do you want your business to be IRS Audit Proof?  Follow these 5 tips to insure that you don’t get in trouble with the tax man.
 
Read More Saturday, October 17, 2015
Excuse me, are you listening? 14-21

 Rina Risper, President & Publisher of 

The New Citizens Press
Read More Saturday, October 17, 2015
College Scholarships Available to Former Foster Youths

Scholarship recipient  Kevin Reidel speaking at the Fostering Futures event

 DETROIT, MI -- More than 300 former foster youths received college scholarships through the annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Benefit held on the evening of September 25th.

 

 

 

 

Read More Saturday, October 17, 2015
10 Steps to Keep Your Car Up and Running
  Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes. 
Read More Saturday, October 17, 2015
New Book: Memoirs of Black Entomologists


 Sleeping in graveyards, picking worms off tobacco crops, and battling cultural and familial perceptions—these are just some of the stories chronicled in Memoirs of Black Entomologists, a new book published by the Entomological Society of America (ESA).

Read More Saturday, October 17, 2015
Pleasant View Seventh Graders Go to College

 

Seventh grade students on a tour of Lansing Community College.  They are featured in a shoot in the photography lab. The group shot is a combination of light painting and strobes.

Photo by Ike Lea 

Read More Saturday, October 17, 2015
Blackflix.com: Talking Peanuts - Charlie Brown Makes His Big Screen Debut

  By Samantha Ofole-Prince

 
In just a few months, Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang will make their big-screen debut like they’ve never been seen before -- in 3D animation.
 
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
Excuse me, are you listening? 14-19

 

Dear Readers,
 
Sometimes I wonder about what I will write about when my last two children leave home.  I am not ready for it.  I think that I have taught them well enough.  I am trying not to look at my experiences as a student and compare them to my own children.  My educational experience was less than stellar but a trip back to New York put me in the proper perspective.
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
HoneyChild: How to Beat Winter Hair Dryness 

 

By Shamecka Freeman
 
Winter is making its way to Michigan and before long the grounds will be blanketed with snow and the air will be coupled with frost, and our hair will feel the affects of the dry and cold winter air.  
 
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
Jill on Money: Get more out of Social Security with 'file and suspend'

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
  To qualify for Social Security retirement benefits, you need to have worked at least 10 years. You can check out where you stand with SSA's easy-to-use online benefits statement, which will provide your estimated monthly payment at your full retirement age (FRA).
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
Interpersonal Edge: Hate the flakes who won't commit? Force the issue

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q: When I look at the long lil s Q: People who won't commit drive me crazy. They seem to think I'm waiting in suspended animation - just in case they decide to follow through! Is there a strategy to get flaky people to either make a commitment or leave me alone? I'm so tired of organizing my schedule around people who won't make a plan and won't go away, either.
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Sunburn isn't the only scorching injury to guard against outdoors

 

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
www.kidsdr.com
 
 The ongoing heat wave blasting many parts of the country has hit Texas exceptionally hard. The Dallas area has experienced extreme temperatures between 100 and106 degrees in recent weeks. The heat has made everyone miserable and many warnings have been issued about heat exhaustion and heat stroke, along with tips on how to stay hydrated.
 
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
Wise Time Management Tips to Get the Job Done

 

By Heather Williams
 
With only 24 hours in a day, there are often times when we are unable to complete a task before the clock runs out.  On Sunday, November 1, 2015, daylight savings time ends at 2:00 am.  Even though there is a change in time for some, most of who will have the luxury of an extra hour will not feel it. 
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
TAX SOLUTIONS: Obamacare Tax Credit Trap

  By AJ Gross

 
You may qualify for a subsidy when applying for Obamacare.  The subsidy is considered an advanced payment of the Premium Tax Credit.  The amount of subsidy you may qualify for is based on your estimated family income. 
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
Artificial sweetener can be toxic for dogs

 Dr. Justine Lee, an emergency 

veterinarian and 
critical care 
specialist, as well 
as a toxicologist
in St. Paul, MN, 
concurs that Xylitol is toxic to pets.
 
mourgefile photo
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
East Lansing Contestant Places in Miss Michigan USA

 

Ashley Jones from East Lansing, a recent Michigan State University (MSU) graduate, was a top 15 semi-finalist in the Miss Michigan USA 2016 pageant this in Port Huron. 
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
Recipe: Breakfast Banana Split

 A quick breakfast for your student! 

Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
Movie: Man From U.N.C.L.E.

 This movie is based on the American television series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” in the 1960’s.

Cast:     Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Elizabeth Debicki, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris

Rating:     PG-13

Bottom Line:     ***

 
Read More Sunday, September 27, 2015
NEWS SPOTLIGHT: Ingham County gets anti-overdose drug Narcan

  The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office has acquired Narcan for use against the increased abuse of heroin and other opiates in our county. 

Read More Thursday, September 24, 2015
Interpersonal Edge: the path to big-time career success starts with small achievements

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q: When I look at the long list of tasks to do before I can get ahead in my job this year, I feel discouraged. When I look at people I admire, I simply can’t understand how they accomplished all they did to end up so successful. Is there a strategy you teach clients to achieve great things when they’re overwhelmed by the number of steps to the goal?
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
Jill on Money: Social Security at 80: A pillar of economic security for Americans

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
  In August 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed The Social Security Act, establishing a national plan to provide economic security for the nation’s workers. The program’s 80th anniversary is a good time to review the popular safety net.
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Stay vigilant to survive tick season

 If you find a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the head of the tick as close to the skin as possible, then slowly pull it out.  Photo by fotolia 

Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
Excuse me, are you listening? 14-18

 

Photo: Rina Risper, President & Publisher of The New Citizens Press

Dear Readers,

 
School has started for all students in Michigan.  My daughter has started high school.  I remember when she was born and how excited I was.  It is a production week and I can hardly keep my hands on the keyboard as I multitask.
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
REFLECTIONS: My trip to South Africa

By Erica N. Williams

TNCP Community Writer
 
South Africa 2015
 
This summer I had the honor of taking a once and a lifetime trip to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Soweto South Africa. This six-week transformative journey through a country which just 21 years ago was plagued by apartheid, proved to be a “rekindling of the flame” experience for me. 
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
TAX SOLUTIONS: IRS is Hacked

 

By A.J. Gross
 
Earlier in the year, the IRS said identity thieves stole tax return information from 114,000 taxpayers.   The IRS has since said the number of taxpayers affected was actually 220,000.
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy Takes Education to the Next Level

 

By Deborah M. Walker and TNCP Staff
  
With so many schools allowing enrollment of students outside of their districts and specialized curriculums, from math and science to arts and performance, it is becoming the norm that parents have so many educational opportunities to choose from.
 
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Stay vigilant to survive tick season

  If you find a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the head of the tick as close to the skin as possible, then slowly pull it out.  Photo by fotolia 

Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
September is Alopecia Awareness Month

Nekeyta Brunson has been dealing with alopecia since elementary school. 

Courtesy photo 
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
Travel: Tempt Your Taste Buds in West Michigan

 

Henderson Castle has become one of the most popular restaurants in Kalamazoo.  Built in 1895, it is on a steep hill and overlooks the downtown area.  

 

Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
Milk Means More Recipe: Recipe: Bean and Cheese Taco Rolls

 Try these for your next sports party!

Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
UPDATE: Suspect is Charged with Hit and Run Homicide of Lansing Firefighter

The Ingham County Prosecutors office issued charges on the following suspect, Grant Jacob Taylor, that was arrested involving the hit and run homicide 


Read More Thursday, September 10, 2015
Lansing Firefighter Allegedly Intentionally Run Down While Raising Funds for Charity

  At approximately 3:40 pm Lansing Police was summoned to the scene of Cedar and Jolly for a hit-and-run accident where a Lansing Firefighter had been struck.

Read More Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Later:  Losing Mama

  Hurricane Katrina survivor, Mama Carrie Celestine at her 90th birthday celebration at an East Lansing area nursing home in 2013. She is with her daughters Cheryl Celestin (standing) and Pamela Canty. 

Courtesy photo 
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
'Bounce' to Mid-Michigan's New Network

  Bernie Mac stars as a famous stand-up comedian living large in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife Wanda (Kellita Smith) in “The Bernie Mac Show”, which was just added to the Bounce TV mid-Michigan lineup. Their world changes when they must take custody of his sister's three children. 

Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Downtown Owosso Invites You to the Annual ArtWalk Owosso
 Corunna High School living statues are a favorite at ArtWalk Owosso and they will be located throughout the downtown area. Courtesy photo
 
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
News Briefs: YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY and REFUGEE DEVELOPMENT CENTER

 Local news briefs 

Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Excuse me, are you listening? 14-17

 

Rina Risper, President & Publisher of 
The New Citizens Press
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Your Other 8 Hours: How to leave your company to your children

 

By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Content Agency
 
In my financial planning practice, I work with many clients who own closely held, private, companies. As many are nearing their retirement years, a big focus of our work is planning the exit strategy for their family business. While a lot of the discussion is technical (e.g., how to maximize the value, how can we best minimize tax), a good deal of what we discuss, at least initially, is centered on a discussion regarding if they should transfer it to their children and how.
 
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Coping With College Loans Paying them down, managing their financial impact

 

By Jose S. Yanez
  
Are student loans holding our economy back? Certainly America has recovered from the last recession, but this is an interesting question nonetheless.
  
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Black Lives AND Police Lives Both Matter

 By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

New America Media

It’s not, and never should have been, an either or proposition to say black lives matter or police lives matter. The slaying of a police officer must and should be denounced with the same vigor, passion and outrage as the unwarranted slaying of an unarmed African-American. 
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
TAX SOLUTIONS: Tried Calling the IRS Lately?

 

By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.
 
If you tried calling the IRS lately, you were likely either on hold for a long time or you were disconnected and told to call back later.  You are not alone.  Customer service at the IRS has declined significantly over the past year.
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Interpersonal Edge: Collaboration trumps independence in the workplace

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency

  Q: I’m hard-working, thorough and extremely competent, so it frustrates me how often co-workers drop the ball. My boss says I need to work with my team better, but they don’t know as much as I do. How can I can improve teamwork and still maintain my productivity?

Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Jill on Money: Medicare at 50 years: Popular, but needs bolstering

 

By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency

  This year is the golden anniversary of Medicare, the U.S. government’s sprawling health care initiative, which President Lyndon Johnson signed into law in 1965. Today, Medicare covers more than 55 million people, including 9 million beneficiaries who are under age 65 and permanently disabled.

Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Rashes from poison ivy, oak and sumac reaching their summer peak

 Learn to recognize poison ivy wherever you bump into it. Photo by fotolia 

Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Movie: Straight Outta Compton
 Eazy-E (Jasob Mitchell) and Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti)
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Milk Means More Recipe: Recipe: Oatmeal Pancakes

 An easy breakfast to charge you up for the day!

Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Destination Detroit: The Comeback City

  Detroit’s Greektown has a little bit of something for everyone.  As the sun sets, it comes alive with people and plenty of establishments with live music to visit.  There are also street performers, plenty of casinos in the area and many places to lounge or eat.
Photo by Vito Palmisano

Read More Sunday, August 23, 2015
Octagon house on Marshall Historic Home Tour September 12-13

This Octagon house was built in 1856 and was under restoration in this photo. 

Courtesy photo
 
Read More Sunday, August 23, 2015
Letters: Lansing School District Has Some Changes

 

Late Start Wednesdays
 
For the Lansing School District's 2015-16 school year students will have full days of school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays with Wednesday’s start time being delayed by 2 hours. Read the  many reasons why they decided to go this route.
 
Photo:Yvonne Caamal Canul 
Superintendent 
Read More Sunday, August 23, 2015
Excuse me, are you listening? 14-16

 Rina Risper, President & Publisher of 

The New Citizens Press
 
Dear Readers,
 
I cannot believe that school began for my youngest on August 10th.  I am not sure if I will indeed go crazy this year or just need to cope with for the first time having two children in two separate schools for the first time ever.  I wonder how they will fare not being together for the first time since they are 15 months apart.
Read More Sunday, August 23, 2015
Movie: Fantastic Four


A re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team.

 
Read More Sunday, August 23, 2015
Davenport University Rolls Out New Programs for Working Students

 

Right:  Kriss Kinney started Davenport in the Fall of 2014.  She is striving to obtain her Masters in Social Work.  

Photo by Tyrell Potts

 
Read More Sunday, August 23, 2015
Milk Means More Recipe: Pleasin' Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

 An easy breakfast to charge you up for the day!

Read More Sunday, August 23, 2015
HoneyChild: Product Review: JBOC

 

What is moisture and what produces moisture in hair? Many curlies believe that the more oil the more moisture!  And this my curlies couldn't be further from the truth. 

Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
Movie: Amy

 Studio:   A24 Films (1 hr. 30 min.)

Plot:     A portrait on the life of Amy Winehouse, one of the biggest music icons in British history.
Cast:    Yasiin Bey, Tony Bennett, Juliette Ashby, Lauren Gilbert, Nick Shymansky
Rating:    R
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
Tiny Houses: Why They Are Awesome

Jesse Kahtava and Erin Heeney on the back deck with their fur babies- Cedar, Willow and Cricket. Yes- they all live together in perfect harmony.

 
Photo courtesy of www.northernhoot.com
Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
Milk Means More Recipe: Ice Cream in a Bag

 A fun and easy summer treat!

Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
Do Your Investments Match Your Risk Tolerance?

 

 
When was the last time you looked at the content of your portfolio? 
 
Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
Excuse me, are you listening? 14-16

  Dear Readers,

 
I have a friend, Valerie Smith, who always makes me happy.  Ever since I have known her she has been about truth, justice and diversity.  Despite what is going on, she always has a positive note or information that is so outside the box that it makes me smile or ponder why is no one else doing this?
Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
TAX SOLUTIONS: Capital Assets

 

 
By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.
 
When most people think of capital assets, the first thought is stocks.  Stocks are considered a capital asset, however personal property are also considered capital assets.  We will provide a overview of capital assets.
 
Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
Single Fathers Are Changing the Definition of Family

 Malvin Brewer and his son, 8-year-old, Zavier Brewer enjoying a cool beverage from Speedway after a trip to the park.

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
OLD TOWN’S JAZZFEST SET

 The Corey Kendrick Trio & Aguanko kick off Friday night at the 2014 Lansing JazzFest

Courtesy photo 
Read More Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Robert C. Koehler: Zero tolerance

 

By Robert C. Koehler
Tribune Content Agency
 
  "As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me."
 
  The speaker is testifying before the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He was a high school freshman at the time. Ah, school days!
Read More Tuesday, July 28, 2015
In Cuba, ‘Creeping Capitalism’ Arrives

  

By Louis Nevaer

New America Media
 
HAVANA—When the U.S. embassy reponed in Havana on Monday after more than 54 years, it signaled what Cubans have now accepted: creeping capitalism is the future.
Read More Tuesday, July 28, 2015
OPINION: Workplace Bullying: The New Face of Discrimination

  By Elsie Duell 

 
Workplace bullying has become more and more of an issue in organizations, companies, and even government especially in our current climate of economic despair where jobs are few, and unemployment is high
Read More Monday, July 27, 2015
Jill on Money: Get financial house in order before having children
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Birth rates are up for the first time since the recession began, and economists are cheering. It’s not that the practitioners of the dismal science are lovers of baby showers; rather, they say that the new mini baby boom is yet another example of an improving economy.
Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
TAX SOLUTIONS: Back Taxes on Credit Report

 

By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.
 
Delinquent back taxes can show up on your credit report.  This will have a harmful effect on your credit score.  There are steps that can be taken to remove taxes from your credit report.  
 
Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
OPINION: There is a need to make it possible for more people to be released on bail

 

By Howard Spence

In America, some people are charged with a crime without any credible investigation and proof, then put into jail and left there for a long time awaiting trial – despite their protests that they are innocent... That happened to a poor 16 year old black kid named Kalief Browder, who was detained in Reikers Island jail over 3 years awaiting trial with a bail of $10,000 that neither he nor his family could afford.

Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
Robert C. Koehler: Zero tolerance

  

By Robert C. Koehler

Tribune Content Agency

  "As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me."

Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
Movie: Trainwreck

 

Studio:     Universal Pictures (2hr. 2 min.)
Plot:     Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.
Cast:     Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, LeBron James, Method Man, Leslie Jones
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
The Kid's Doctor: Don’t let swimmer’s ear keep your kids out of the water this summer

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

 
  This time of year, kids spend a lot of time in the water, which can lead to a painful condition called “swimmer’s ear” (otitis externa). This is a common summer infection of the external auditory canal, the portion of the ear that connects the outer ear (where the Q-tip goes, but really shouldn’t!) to the inner ear.
Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
Recipe: Grilled Steak Salad with Chive Yogurt Dressing Recipe -

  Recipe: Grilled Steak Salad with Chive Yogurt Dressing

Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
Movie:Trainwreck

  Studio:     Universal Pictures (2hr. 2 min.)

Plot:     Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.
Cast:     Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, LeBron James, Method Man, Leslie Jones
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
The Kid's Doctor: Teach your kids how to swallow a pill

 

 If you wait too long, pill-swallowing can becomes a huge issue for a child.

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

www.kidsdr.com

 
  I’ve always been a proponent of teaching children how to swallow a pill. In fact, I think I taught my boys this skill before they were 5 years old, mainly because I was tired of trying to find the measuring cup or syringe for the liquid medicine, which often didn’t go down “like spoon full of sugar,” even though we sang the song during dosing. 

 

Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
Interpersonal Edge: Fight the battle you can win