News Spotlight: Suspicious Death Investigation

 

On November 19, 2020 at approximately 11:20 a.m. Lansing Police were dispatched to an apartment in the 5500 block of Joshua St on a medical call. Ingham County 911 dispatch advised responding officers that a witness at the apartment stated a male subject was in need of medical attention.
 
Read More Friday, November 20, 2020
Ingham County Land Bank celebrates 15 years of community impact

 

Volunteers help prepare flower flats for Neighborhoods in Bloom.

Courtesy photo 

Leaders build a vision for the next 15 years.

Read More Thursday, November 19, 2020
Community-wide spread prompts changes for COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing


170 new cases have been coming in daily in Ingham County.  

 
Read More Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Newest Literacy Project Helps Bring The Community Closer Together


Top row: Lauren Bresky, Lauren Ehrlich, and Taryn Tucker

Bottom row: Annie Abbott, Maureen Cronin, and Rachel Moloughney

 

 

 

Read More Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Blondie’s Barn to serve Thanksgiving meals to go and continue eight-year tradition

Blondie’s Barn is hosting a Thanksgiving meal, hoping to serve those who may otherwise go without.  The event will be held from noon – 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, at Blondie’s Barn, 5640 Marsh Road in Haslett.  All are welcome to participate in this community event, and no pre-registration is required.  The event is free, but anyone wishing to make a donation can contribute to the Haslett Food Pantry.

Read More Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Statement from Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum on Certification of November 3, 2020 General Election

MASON, MI – Today, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) issued the following statement on the certification of the November 3, 2020 General Election.

Read More Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Local NAACP Denounces tactics used in Tuesday’s Baker Street Arrest

 LANSING, MI  – This correspondence is to serve as the Lansing Branch NAACP concern regarding a Use of Force and arrest incident on Tuesday evening November 10, 2020 on Baker  Street in Lansing. Media footage clearly showed a number of Lansing Police Officers atop of a  25-year-old African-American man. While atop of the suspect, officers restrained him while they simultaneously delivered strikes to his body.  

Read More Monday, November 16, 2020
City of Lansing to Offer Free On-Street Metered Parking Through 2020

On-street parking in Lansing will be free of charge for the rest of the year beginning on Monday, November 23, 2020

Read More Monday, November 16, 2020
Tips to reduce risks in the home kitchen while preparing holiday meals

Start with the basics! Always wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before handling food.

Read More Monday, November 16, 2020
We Remember: Rosemarie “Rosa” Lopez Killips January 9, 1949 - August 14, 2020

 

Rosa Lopez Killips was loved by many.  An ofrenda was built by her brother, Lorenzo Lopez, to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Courtesy photo

More ofrenda photos posted in story

 

Read More Sunday, November 1, 2020
Just Plain Selfish: The Audacity of Color

 By Kris Walker

 
Tough times have been said to reveal a person's true character. A person can paint a pretty picture of themselves using vivid or even pastel colors. Words, attire and demeanor make it easy to portray a perfectly polished image. The persona and posture however, must be able to be maintained and withstand the pressures of societal life. 
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2020
Tyler Perry is Variety's 2020 Showman of the Year

 

Tyler Perry attends the Netflix Premiere for Tyler Perry's "A Fall From Grace" at Metrograph on January 13, 2020 in New York City. (Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Netflix/TNS)

 
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2020
An apple lover's apple crumble that highlights its fresh fruit flavor (and doesn't bury it in sugar)

 

By America’s Test Kitchen
 
Some apple crumbles bury the fruit in sugar and streusel so that by the time you add a scoop of ice cream, you've lost the fruit's tangy freshness. It's the equivalent of heating really good olive oil so that it loses its grassy bite or cooking thick, well-marbled steak until the center goes gray.
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2020
Lighting Up Lansing - One Smile at a Time

 

Lourdes Stoner is in the11th grade, and lives in Lansing, MI. Read more...
 
Photo by Dan Defoy
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2020
Excuse me, are you Listening? How do you feel?

 

Dear Readers,
 
You have all been doing so well during the pandemic.  We are all trying to make sense of what is going on.  Well I am here to tell you that it is not easy.  You can get wrapped up in depression and not really figure it out until someone else tells you.
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2020
An apple lover's apple crumble that highlights its fresh fruit flavor (and doesn't bury it in sugar)

  By America’s Test Kitchen

 
Some apple crumbles bury the fruit in sugar and streusel so that by the time you add a scoop of ice cream, you've lost the fruit's tangy freshness. It's the equivalent of heating really good olive oil so that it loses its grassy bite or cooking thick, well-marbled steak until the center goes gray.
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2020
WWW.Aboutthatcar.com - 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

 By Frank S. Washington

 
DETROIT, MI – Smooth, really smooth. That’s how the 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid struck us.
 
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2020
Managing COVID-19 Disappointments for Kids

 By Dr. Kristyn Gregory, D.O.,

Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
 
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, adults have a wealth of information available to understand the importance of face masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing. From reading the latest news and recommendations for staying healthy to receiving prevention tips from health care providers, adults are more likely to grasp the greater context of staying vigilant during the pandemic. 
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2020
Black Friday Is Coming: Five Tips for Retailers

 By Ray Mitchell

 

For many of us, 2020 has been a year filled with uncertainty. One thing that is certain though, this year more than any other, shoppers are ready to take advantage of Black Friday Deals. With budgets a little tighter than in years past. Deloitte estimates a 7% reduction in holiday spending budgets, shoppers will be looking for good deals and great service.  While more shoppers plan to do their shopping online this year, there are still plenty of intrepid deal-hunters that want an in-store experience. Whether you are an online or in-store retailer, there's still some time to prepare for this year's shopping season. Here are a few things to consider as you finalize your holiday season plans.

Photo by Karolina Grabowska

Read More Sunday, November 1, 2020
The Plant Professionals: Pruning- how, when and why?

 

Photo by Gustavo Fring

By Kathy Valentine

 
For some gardeners a sharp pair of pruners or secateurs is a powerful tool for shaping, thinning and removing any broken, diseased or crossed branches in shrubs. For a novice gardener, there is often hesitation and anxiety. How do you decide what needs to be removed? 
 
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2020
News Spotlight: Man Who Stole Ambulance From Sparrow Charged

 

On October 20, 2020 at  5:45 p.m. Lansing Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of E. Michigan (Sparrow Hospital) in regard to a stolen vehicle complaint.
 
Photo of Jonas Encarnacion 
 
Read More Tuesday, October 27, 2020
News Spotlight: City of Lansing Election 2020 Lansing Police Department and the City Clerk’s Office will be vigilant in ensuring a Safe Election

 LANSING, MI –The Police Department is increasing vigilance in coordination with the Lansing City Clerk’s Office, to ensure a safe and secure election in the City of Lansing.

Read More Tuesday, October 27, 2020
News Spotlight: Child support community advisory committee being formed Members will provide input on policy to ensure fairness and transparency

 LANSING, MI – Michigan’s Office of Child Support is seeking parents and caregivers to join a Community Advisory Council to help ensure the office is fair and works for everyone. This effort is part of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion.

 
Read More Tuesday, October 27, 2020
News Spotlight: Lansing Police Department - Violent Crime Initiative Update

 LANSING, MI – In May of 2013, the Lansing Police Department (LPD) began the Violent Crime Initiative (VCI). The Initiative is a collaborative effort between federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as prosecutors, courts and community members in the Capital Area Region.

 
Read More Tuesday, October 27, 2020
THIS IS THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY: FORMER REFUGEE RUNS FOR LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD

 

Tou Vue was a tiny infant when his parents fled Laos as communist forces enacted revenge on the Hmong for supporting American troops. Now he’s a network engineer for the Lansing School District, running for Waverly Community School Board and raising a family.  Photo by Roxanne Firth

Story by Ruelaine Stokes 

Updated by TNCP Staff
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2020
Just Plain Selfish: Taking Inventory in 2020

  By Kris Walker

 
As we approach the final quarter of this year I encourage you to take a moment and take inventory. For most of us money, food, property and even family may have just come to mind as we begin to account for our belongings. Certainly those are all vital, but most important are those personal items that each person carries within themselves. 
 
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2020
Gratitude and 2020

 

By Jennifer Benson 
 
I don’t know about you, but at the beginning of 2020 I had all these plans, projects, etc….and that was all shot to hell come March. Friday the 13th of March, before the lockdown for the pandemic here in Michigan, one of my oldest friends had died suddenly from a heart attack early that morning. 
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2020
The Plant Professionals: Succulents and Care

  By Kathy Valentine

 
Succulents and cacti are fascinating. They tend to be compact and also very interesting in their geometry and form. Native to hot dry areas of the world, they catch our eye and lend themselves to collecting, as they are often sold as tiny plants in 2” or 3” diameter pots. 
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2020
Lighting Up Lansing - One Smile at a Time

 

Natisha Jorae has lived in the Lansing area for 40 years. 
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2020
Excuse me, Are you Listening? Life insurance is important, Part II

Rina Risper, President & Publisher of The New Citizens Press

Dear Readers,

 

 

In the last edition, I wrote about life insurance.  There are so many other reasons to have it so here is Part II.  I just need to put it on your radar that you need to consider getting some for your family and yourself. 
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2020
Making a good thing better: These sloppy Joes will appeal to kids and adults alike

  By America’s Test Kitchen

 
It’s easy to understand why sloppy Joes are a beloved family favorite. The filling couldn’t be easier to make, and it goes from skillet to table in less than 30 minutes. But there’s also room for improvement - such as the often dry meat, too-sweet sauce and the filling that falls off the bun - that if perfected, would make it more appealing to kids and adults alike.
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2020
WWW.Aboutthatcar.com - 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

 

By Frank S. Washington
 
BERLIN, OH – Subaru has refreshed its Crosstrek lineup, adding a Sport model with a larger engine.
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2020
Jill on Money: Beware of these home buying hurdles

 

By Jill Schlesinger
 
A surprising star has emerged from the pandemic-induced recession: the housing market. After freezing up in March and April, realtors, buyers and sellers began adapting to a new reality: we are spending a lot more time in our dwellings, and some of us are not happy with where we currently live. Add to that fact, that there are not enough houses for sale -- and that mortgage interest rates have cratered, and you may notice that there is a full-fledged frenzy going on in some housing markets around the country.
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2020
'Old-ish' starring Laurence Fishburne, Jenifer Lewis is being developed at ABC

 

Jenifer Lewis and Laurence Fishburne in ABC's "black-ish." (Christopher Willard/ABC/TNS)
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2020
Peckham Names New Chief Operating Officer

 

LANSING, MI- Peckham has named Lisa Webb Sharpe as its new Chief  Operating Officer (COO). Webb Sharpe will begin her appointment in late  August 2020, and will join the C-team in leading the award-winning  organization in the achievement of its mission and business operations.  
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2020
Interpersonal Edge: High tech and high touch

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: I fought for years to work from home and now I have to work from home. I'm glad remote work is acceptable but struggling with how to do the interpersonal stuff when home alone. Do you have ideas you are teaching clients on working remotely?
 
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2020
Suspect Arrested in West Cavanaugh Arson

On October 14, 2020 at 9:55 p.m., Lansing Police were dispatched to an apartment in the 1000 block of W. Cavanaugh on a burglary complaint.  Dispatch updated responding officers that the suspect, Keyona Amaris Young , 26-year-old female, had made entry into the apartment and was attempting to set it on fire.       

 
Read More Thursday, October 15, 2020
News Spotlight: Homicide Investigation -3600 block of Donald St.-

 On October 6th, at approximately 10:30 pm, Lansing Police Officers responded to a report of a shots fired in the 3600 block of Donald Street. Ingham County Dispatch updated responding Officers there was a subject shot in the street. Officers arrived on scene and located a 31 year old male, David John Kessler from Lansing, MI not responsive in the roadway with an apparent gunshot wound. Officers rendered first-aid until Lansing Fire Medics took over. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Read More Wednesday, October 7, 2020
NEWS SPOTLIGHT: Meijer will host its first virtual Supplier Diversity Summit, giving diverse-owned businesses nationwide the opportunity to showcase their offerings

  GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Meijer will host its first virtual Supplier Diversity Summit, giving diverse-owned businesses nationwide the opportunity to showcase their offerings for Meijer merchants looking to bring the next great item onto their shelves.

 
Read More Wednesday, October 7, 2020
NEWS SPOTLIGHT: FENNER NATURE CENTER’S APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL CANCELED

 

Due to COVID-19 virus, abundance of caution, major festival canceled, details on modified festivities forthcoming
 
WHO: Fenner Nature Center
 
WHEN: October 17 and 18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
WHAT: Fenner Nature Center’s Apple Butter Festival, scheduled for October 17 and 18, is canceled. 
 
Read More Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Les Mere et’ Debutantes Club of Greater Lansing’s 56th Annual Cotillion Ball, A Reflection of Radiance is Set in 2021

  LANSING, MI -- In preparation, debutantes have engaged in numerous training and skill building programs focused on leadership, scholarship, character, culture, and etiquette. In addition to training, the debutantes dedicated many hours to community service activities. 

Left to right:  Debutante Virtue Ayana Nicholson and Debutante Nijah D’Mani Roberts-Hicks 

Photo by Bryant Easter

Read More Sunday, October 4, 2020
Just Plain Selfish: Are You Self-Sabotaging?

 By Kris Walker

 
Self sabotaging is simply put, as standing in the way of your own happiness, success or growth. While common practices such as procrastinating, over indulging behaviors, self- doubt and fear are often mentioned, in this digital era where we seemingly look towards the internet and Influencers for today's standards, I think that Social Media definitely deserves an honorable mention on our Self-Sabotaging list. Listed below are a few ways that overuse or misuse of Social Media can stand in the way of your greatness.
 
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2020
Excuse me, Are you Listening? Life insurance is important, Part I

 Dear Readers,

 
September was National Life Insurance Month.  The Coronavirus has shown us how death could come so quickly.  I do not know anyone who likes to talk about death but it is very necessary.  Put aside fear and unknowing and just apply for insurance.
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2020
How Carole Baskin's Missing Ex-Husband's Family Crashed Her 'Dancing With the Stars' Debut

 

Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin in a still from Netflix's "Tiger King." (Netflix/TNS)

By Brian Steinberg

Variety
 
Just as ABC was getting ready last night to show "Tiger King" figure Carole Baskin on the dance floor, the family of her ex-husband devised plans to trip her up - and they weren't difficult to put into motion.
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2020
Lighting Up Lansing - One Smile at a Time

  Veronica Villarreal is a joy to have as a daughter according to her mother, Dolores Lopez.  

 

Read more...

Read More Sunday, October 4, 2020
www.Aboutthatcar.com - 2021 Chevrolet Suburban

 By Frank S. Washington

 
DETROIT, MI -- We got the chance to have a short stint with the new 2021 Chevrolet Suburban. But first a bit of background.
 
 

 

Read More Sunday, October 4, 2020
Jill on Money: The stock market is NOT the economy

 By Jill Schlesinger

 
"How can the stock market go up, while the economy is still struggling to recover amid the pandemic?" The answer is that the stock market is not the economy and vice versa.
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2020
The Plant Professionals: Plants Need Good Air Quality in Your Home During the Winter

 

By Kathy Valentine
 
Every person has been impacted by the Covid19 pandemic. For many of us, we are spending significantly more time at our homes. Those of us with exterior greenspaces have had more time to devote to gardening, but fall brings a reduction and eventually a virtual end to most outdoor gardening activities  till March or so. 
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2020
Interpersonal Edge: How do I start solving big problems?

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: I'm working remotely but with no enthusiasm. I find myself drifting toward watching funny cat videos. I don't feel depressed I just feel like what I'm doing is meaningless in the face of our big problems. First off what is wrong with me, second how can I shake it, and third how do I even began to contribute to solving these huge problems?
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2020
America’s Test Kitchen Recipe: Put down the box mix and make tall, fluffy pancakes in minutes

  These pancakes were made using a limited amount of ingredients.

 
By America’s Test Kitchen, Tribune Content Agency
America’s Test Kitchen
Read More Saturday, October 3, 2020
African American Twin High School Football Players inspired by The Black Lives Matter Movement Become Entrepreneurs

 

Left to right:  Lennie and Lonnie Smith

 OKEMOS, MI -- The Black Lives Matter movement inspired twin brothers to do more than just be black teenage athletes, the movement inspired them to speak up, stand up, and give back.

 
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
The Plant Professionals: Plant Now for Spring Excitement

 

By Kathy Valentine
 
Oh, how we love the first color of spring in our gardens. Bright crocus, tulips and daffodils planted in September and October really lift our spirits in March and April. For those of us with deer or rabbits, hyacinths, daffodils and even alliums are good choices to minimize the predations of the hungry herds, as these bulbs are toxic, taste bad, or both.
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
Pet World: Give cats space they need to adjust to new home

 

 

Photo by Khanh Nguyen

By Cathy M. Rosenthal, Tribune Content Agency

 

Dear Cathy,

We adopted a two-year-old cat. She was captured as a stray and spayed. She is very social with people. We were told she "hates" other cats but is okay with dogs.
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
Jill on Money: Six financial lessons from six months of COVID-19

 

By Jill Schlesinger
 
It's been six months since the financial fallout from COVID-19 infected the U.S. economy. During this time, I have heard from thousands of you, some who are still struggling with a financial crisis. Many others are okay, but need guidance on how to navigate various money issues. Here are my six financial lessons (so far) from the pandemic.
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
Dance Group Entertains Coronavirus Survivors and the Elderly

 

 Left to right:   Victoria Mayhoe, Ny'Jah Rembert and Angel Redmond perform in a local nursing home parking lot.

 

Photo courtesy of Heather Taylor
 
LANSING, MI – The pandemic has hit the entertainment industry hard and the non-profit liturgical praise dance group Worship Without Words (WOW) is no exception.  The novel coronavirus has forced the cultural dance group to reexamine their mission and types of performances that they engage in.  
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
Get Started on Your Small Business Website

  By Ray Mitchell

 
In the wake of COVID-19 economy, businesses that previously got along without having an online presence, or one that was limited to a Facebook or Instagram page, began looking for ways to get online and get online quickly. A website of your own gives your business control of your message and provides new opportunities to reach more customers.
 
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
Excuse me, Are you Listening? If you have a skill, offer to help with schooling.

 

Rina Risper, President & Publisher of The New Citizens Press

Dear Readers,

 
Most of our readers have been supporting for a long time.  I am so happy to announce that I have two children in college.
 
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
Lighting Up Lansing - One Smile at a Time

 

Grace Carras is a spoken word poet from Michigan. 
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
MDHHS to Begin Posting School Outbreak Information; Includes School Names and Case Numbers

 

LANSING, MI -- Recently, in an effort to provide accurate and timely information about COVID-19 in Michigan schools, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will begin reporting outbreak information by school building. 
 
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
Michael B. Jordan Honors Chadwick Boseman: 'I'm Dedicating the Rest of My Days to Live the Way You Did’

 Chadwick Boseman during arrivals at the 91st Academy Awards on February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. CREDIT: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
America’s Test Kitchen Recipe: Salmon

  The key to perfect pan-seared salmon is doing less, not more

 
By America’s Test Kitchen, Tribune Content Agency
America’s Test Kitchen
 
Pan-searing salmon sounds straightforward: Just add a little oil to a nonstick pan, get it good and hot, season a couple of fillets, and cook them until they're cooked through and nicely browned on the exterior but still pink on the inside, right? 
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
Pet World: Give cats space they need to adjust to new home

 

Photo by Khanh Nguyen

By Cathy M. Rosenthal, Tribune Content Agency

 
Dear Cathy,
 
We adopted a two-year-old cat. She was captured as a stray and spayed. She is very social with people. We were told she "hates" other cats but is okay with dogs. We have a 13-year-old male dog who is totally complacent about everything. The cat has started to lay her ears back, meow annoyance, and chase him from wherever she doesn't wish him to be. Thus far, our corrections have been clapping hands with a displeased tone of voice. She will exit the situation but will repeat the behavior later. I've also sprayed pheromones around sleeping areas and tried calming cat treats.
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
Interpersonal Edge: Stopping the cycle of abuse

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: I've been watching the news on the Floyd demonstrations to protest the death of the African American man. I'm both heartbroken and afraid of what is happening. I don't see how more violence in words or behavior creates change. In your work inside companies what do you see that breaks the cycle of verbal or physical abuse between perpetrator and victim?
 
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2020
News Spotlight: Suspect Arrested in Fire That Killed Three People

 The Lansing Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a house fire located at 1450 Elizabeth Street at 11:45PM on September 3, 2020.

Photo of Abbieana Reneka-Cameilla Williams 
Read More Thursday, September 17, 2020
COVID-19 surge prompts self-quarantine recommendation for all local MSU students

 EAST LANSING, MI -- At least 342 people affiliated with Michigan State University have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) since August 24. The health department strongly recommends all local MSU students self-quarantine immediately to contain the outbreak. 

 
Read More Saturday, September 12, 2020
News Spotlight: Do Not Use Vlanc+Piür Brand Hand Sanitizers

 LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) issued a Stop-Use and Stop-Removal Order for Vlanc+Piür brand hand sanitizer after finding the products do not protect the public and do not comply with the standards in the Michigan Weights and Measures Act, 1964 Public Act 283.

Read More Friday, September 11, 2020
Couple Fights COVID-19 Together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron and Bethany Holloway, former Lansing residents, now living in Minneapolis, MN, fight the novel Coronavirus together.  

They have been married for 24 years.
 
Photo courtesy of the Holloway Family
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2020
Self Care : Mental Matters

 By Kris Walker

 
       Self-care is a trending topic, often promoted as the way to relieve stress and live your best life. Many people believing this continued state of calmness is found at the bottom of bubble baths, on girls trips, in man caves, or by acquiring luxury items. Other people  are convinced the correct path is physical exercise. 
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2020
The Clash of COVID-19 Pandemic Student Learning

 

By Dr. Judith Berry

Over six months have passed since students, educators, families, and businesses were caught unprepared as COVID-19 ravished our lives.  Instructional leadership shifted from teachers to family members without warning.  Our home base became the classroom, and siblings at different grade levels had to contend with utilizing digital modalities at the same time to work with their instructors. 

Read More Sunday, September 6, 2020
Wealthy Mindset: Let’s Face Reality

 

 

By Jason Ray

 
Wealth can change your life. 
 
The definition of wealth varies for many. Freedom, time, and money are important variables that make up the definition of wealth. Attaining these 3 variables is not easy and is never complete, but having the right mindset is important to progress towards each. Specifically, a wealthy mindset is critical for this progress and it involves four pillars: framing, brainstorming, taking action, and evaluation. This essay will explore these four pillars in an effort to provide you with a wealthy mindset framework. 
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2020
Lighting Up Lansing - One Smile at a Time

                                                                 This is a happy family: Jeremy 

Deanda, Santo Deanda and Selina Terry took this photo at Binder Park Zoo.  Jeremy recently popped the question and she said, “YES!”  The couple plan to marry in 2021.

Courtesy photo
Send your photos to 
rinarisper.tncp@gmail.com
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2020
Excuse me, Are you Listening? We will be talking about 2020 for a long time!

 Dear Readers,

 
It seems as though 2020 has lasted for two years already.  Is that even possible in late August or early September?  With the amount of sleepless nights and no end to the novel Coronavirus, we still remain more stressed than ever.  Who would have ever thought that the idea of wearing a mask would cause so much controversy? 
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2020
VIDEOVIEW

 By Jay Bobbin

Tribune Content Agency
 
Ratings for each film begin with a ``star’’ rating — one star meaning ``poor,’’ four meaning ``excellent’’ — followed by the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and then by a family-viewing guide, the key for which appears below. 
 
 
``THE OUTSIDER: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON’’: It might seem impossible for someone to be in two places at the same time — including a murder scene — unless Stephen King is involved.
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2020
America’s Test Kitchen Recipe: Thai Beef Salad

 

 This bright, balanced Thai grilled-beef salad will be your new favorite summer salad. 

By America’s Test Kitchen, Tribune Content Agency
America’s Test Kitchen
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2020
SELF CARE = SELF LOVE

 

Taking deep breaths help you relax. 

Photo by Oluremi Adebayo

By Jennifer Benson 

 
How do we self care these days when 2020 has changed our lives? Let me count the ways.... 
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2020
The Plant Professionals: I am bringing my plants in from outside. Is there anything I should be doing?

 By Kathy Valentine

 
As   summer fades and fall approaches, many an indoor plant collector begins thinking about the process of acclimating plants back into the lower light of indoors. All those lovely bright green specimens that have been out on the deck or under the pergola must come indoors before the temperatures swoop down into the frost zone. A little preparation will make the transition successful. 
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2020
Jill on Money: Halftime for pandemic recovery

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
COVID-19 started as a health pandemic and then became a financial pandemic — now the two are intertwined. Let’s start with the big picture on where things stand and then we can get to your action plan for the second half of the year.
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2020
Interpersonal Edge: Dealing with change burn out

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: I’m dragging myself through my home work day lately, fantasizing about beach vacations, and generally exhausted. I’ve been tired before but this is different. I’m burnt out worrying about COVID-19, the protests, finances, government, and the economy. Why am I so tired, am I just a change wimp, and how can I handle my burn out better?
 

 

Read More Sunday, September 6, 2020
Action Needed for Social Security Beneficiaries with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Child Payment

 “Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department soon.  People receiving benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. 

 
Read More Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Science and Christianity - Explore the connection!

 International speaker, Mary Alice Rose

Read More Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Poets Roundtable Offers Day of Free Workshops
 

On Saturday, January 18, 2020, local writers are invited to attend “The Poets Roundtable” — a day of free writing workshops, plus an Open Mic and Authors' Alley in which local authors display recent publications. The “Roundtable,” a production of the Lansing Poetry Club, will run from 10:30 AM to 5 PM at the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing.

 
Read More Saturday, January 4, 2020
County treasurers work to avoid foreclosure

 

By Bob Robinson

Eaton County, MI Treasurer  

Helping families and property owners avoid tax foreclosure is a primary objective for me as Eaton County Treasurer, and for treasurers across the state. 

Read More Monday, December 23, 2019
Rigo Flores looks to further his LEGACY with “Festival of Fights” at The Fledge on December 13

 Lansing resident Rigo Flores is not going to entertain you by attempting to lift and body slam a 280lb person. The crafty entrepreneur and promoter will, however, organize a family friendly event where professionals will carry out such awe-inspiring feats instead.

Read More Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Fatal Fire on Lansing's Northside

 

 
                                                                      Lansing firefighters responded to a structure fire with reports of people trapped at 2007 New York Street on the City’s North side at 01:33 am on October 30.
 
 
Read More Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Your Child Is Not Your “Friend”

 

By James Lehman, MSW
 
 
The emotional role of the parent is built on love, affection, and esteem. It’s an important part of being a parent and it’s a beautiful thing to behold. But your child is not your friend. And your role as a parent is not just emotional.
Read More Thursday, October 17, 2019
Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission Evening of Global Diversity

  LANSING, MI -- The Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission announced its 2019 Global Impact Awards.  

Read More Saturday, August 31, 2019
Jill on Money: Don't let sense of confidence derail investing

 

By Jill Schlesinger
 
Dow 27K! S&P 500 3K! NASDAQ 8200! Just months after the bull market in stocks became the longest on record, U.S. equity indexes hit new milestones. Fears about the escalation of trade wars, Brexit, and worries about Congress' ability to raise the U.S. debt ceiling retreated, allowing stocks to power higher.
Read More Saturday, August 31, 2019
Dog suddenly attacking his longtime friend

By Cathy M. Rosenthal

Tribune Content Agency
 
Dear Cathy, 
 
My daughter and I both have rescue Shih Tzu mixed breeds dogs who have played together for the past four years. 
 
Read More Saturday, August 31, 2019
Interpersonal Edge: Worry can fuel your problem solving

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: I am a worrier. I worry about thawing permafrost unleashing devastating viruses, the collapse of the dollar, and whether my boss is planning to fire me. I act calm, but internally I worry about everything. I've noticed more people around me seem constantly worried. How can I make my worry help me and not hurt me on the job?
Read More Saturday, August 31, 2019
Europe's crazy rich royals and their lavish retreats

 

About 15 miles from St. Petersburg in the town of Pushkin, the sprawling Catherine Palace is one of the best places to experience Romanov opulence. (photo: Rick Steves)

 
Read More Saturday, August 31, 2019
INVESTING 101: RENTAL OR FLIP?


By Dale Huber

Broker, DS Huber Real Estate Group
 
I am often asked the question: “Should I invest in long term rental properties or in flip properties?”
Read More Saturday, August 31, 2019
Excuse me, Are you Listening?: Hope and Faith

 

By Rina Risper
President & Publisher
 
Dear Readers,
 
There are plenty of things to experience in life.  You can be healthy and happy when you focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses.  People may have a very limited scope of what individuals should act like, move like, believe in or worship…  However, the reality is that we are different and deserve the opportunity to express ourselves.  As a journalist, I feel that I am often pulled into spaces, I do not necessarily agree on.
Read More Saturday, August 31, 2019
Movie: Stuber

 Studio:  20th Century Fox (1 hr. 45 min)

Plot:  A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure.
Cast:    Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Iko Uwais
Rating:  R
Bottom Line:  ****
Read More Saturday, August 31, 2019
Recipe: Berry Ginger Frozen Yogurt

 

Read More Saturday, August 31, 2019
KARYN ARMSTEAD: IN FOR THE RIDE OF HER LIFE: TEEN EQUESTRIAN FROM CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE AN OLYMPIC HOPEFUL


Karyn Armstead with her horse Petro this year at  the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show after winning a blue ribbon in Dorset, Vermont. 

Photo courtesy of the Armstead Family

By Nadia Sellers, Contributing Writer

CHICAGO, IL -- Karyn Armstead is not your ordinary teen, she’s actually quite extraordinary. Unlike most young ladies her age, Karyn already has her life planned out. In fact, she dreams of one day becoming an Olympic equestrian champion. 
Read More Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Excuse me, Are you Listening?: Spend time with your tribe

 By Rina Risper

 
Recently, my daughter Anissa and I went on a trip to Lexington, KY.  Bluegrass country with its sprawling lush pastures dotted with horses was breathtaking.  I could not tell the difference between the types of horse but it was so beautiful and serene.
 
Read More Wednesday, August 7, 2019
What’s RSVP of Ingham, Eaton & Clinton Counties?

Grandma Dorothy has been a tremendous volunteer at Cornell Elementary in Okemos, MI.  She is a foster grandparent and has impacted so many lives.

Courtesy photo
Read More Wednesday, August 7, 2019
“I lost Everything, but I have Everything”

 By Jeannine N. Williams

 
The title of this article are the exact words, I said after losing everything I owned in an apartment fire and experiencing one trial after another.  What else could go wrong? Although, I felt numb, and in disbelief. 
Read More Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Recipe:Cheesecake Ice Cream with Fruit Swirls

Pure indulgence best describes this cheesecake ice cream featuring swirls of your favorite flavor of fruit spread.

Read More Wednesday, August 7, 2019
How Are You Going To Fund Your Real Estate Investment Endeavor?

 By Dale Huber

Broker, DS Huber Real Estate Group
 
Want to start investing in real estate or flipping properties but you don’t have a bunch of cash available?  You can!  You will just need some sort of financing to start your venture.
Read More Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Jill on Money: Important lessons as we reach dog days of summer

 By Jill Schlesinger

 
The first half of the year is over and I don't know about you, but I am exhausted! As I prepared for a much-needed week off, I thought back on some recent interviews I conducted with guests who inspired me. Three seem apt, as I prepared for vacation.
Read More Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Interpersonal Edge: Confused by co-workers who flatter, but don't follow through

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: I work with people who constantly tell me how much they value me but treat me badly. They are late to meetings and don't follow through. Weirdly enough, they also flatter me a lot. How do I figure out how to handle these confusing people
Read More Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Movie: Aladdin

 Studio:   Disney (2hrs. 8mins)

Plot:   A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess.
Cast:  Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud, Marwan Kenzari, Billy Magnussen, Nasim Pedrad
Rating:  PG
Bottom Line:   ***1/2
Read More Wednesday, August 7, 2019
F.O.C.U.S. Focus On Creating Ur Success -Through Faith- Part II

 

By Jeaninne Belton Williams
 
I want to start off by saying that, “faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by  the word of God (Romans 10:17KJV) ; and now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1KJV).” “For we know that God works all things for good, for those who love him and called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 NIV).” How do you put these scriptures into action and help you focus on creating your success through faith? But more importantly, bring honor and glory to God.  What are you hoping for today?  What are you seeking God for at this very moment?  It takes trust and complete faith that God will bring every one of your dreams and desires into fruition.  
 
Read More Saturday, May 4, 2019
Jill on Money: Don’t shortchange your retirement by overspending

 By Jill Schlesinger

 
 So many of us focus on retirement saving that we can forget how difficult it is to actually spend the money in a smart and methodical way during retirement. 
 
Read More Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Travel: Peeling back layers of history in Evora

The Chapel of Bones, at the Church of St. Francis, contains thousands of skulls and bones unearthed from various Evora churchyards. 

Photo credit: Cathy Lu, Rick Steves’ Europe. 
Read More Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Book Review: Coyote Ate the Stars

 In the book Coyote Ate the Stars, author Beth Burnett writing as E.A. Van Stralen intricately weaves a tale about obese and disfigured, Coyote Jones who has spent his life in hiding. Trapped by the demands of his abusive mother and his mentally-ill sister, Coyote spends his day working to pay the family bills. 

 
Read More Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Interpersonal Edge: Working with your spouse? Learn how to handle conflict

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: I work with my husband. A joint business sounded like a romantic idea, but the reality is we now fight all the time. The other downside is I never get time away from him. I've read in your column that you work with family businesses. What are the secrets to couples who work together without their marriage coming apart?
Read More Wednesday, May 1, 2019
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE FREE FROM LIMITATIONS OF TIME?

 Have you found yourself trying to get the most out of a 24-hour day, but usually ending up with more to be done – and more stress?

Read More Tuesday, April 16, 2019
THE COLD REALITY OF HOMELESSNESS IN MID MICHIGAN

 The City Rescue Mission located at 607 E Michigan Avenue in Lansing, MI was founded in 1911 as a Christian ministry that first meets spiritual needs. While they  provide for physical needs for those coming to the Mission for services, they do ask guests to attend a brief, non-denominational, Christian chapel service. 

Read More Monday, April 1, 2019
Movie: Captain Marvel

Studio:  Marvel (2hrs. 8 mins.)

Plot:  Earth is caught in the middle of an intergalactic race war. Enter Captain Marvel to the rescue.
Cast:  Brie Larson, Samuel l. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lashana Lynch
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:  ***
Read More Saturday, March 30, 2019
MY PET WORLD: How to stop a small dog from being mischievous when left alone

Dear Cathy,

 
We have an 11-year-old dachshund named Schnitzel. Whenever we leave home for more than an hour or so, she pulls down clothes, pulls the Kleenex box off the table and pulls the tissues out or grabs the end of a toilet paper roll and has a grand old time pulling that out too. What can we do? - Lloyd, Tucson, AZ
Read More Saturday, March 30, 2019
Recipe: Chicken Taco Soup

Look no further for a quick and certain antidote to car pools and commutes than this taco-flavored, cheesy chicken soup. Chunks of tender chicken mingle with bell pepper and tomatoes in creamy and spicy sauce. Serve it with tortilla chips for a bit of crunch.

Read More Saturday, March 30, 2019
Milk Means More Recipe: Greek Cheese Burgers

Burgers on the grill take on a whole new meaning when they’re made with cottage cheese and topped with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and Garlic Mint sauce.

Read More Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Public Access to Information

 

By Howard T. Spence

Throughout our history the person who has control over information has been able to assert leadership and control over many of the dialogues and decisions which are most important to us in many of our everyday activities and undertakings.
Read More Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Count It All Joy

 By Jeannine N. Williams

Have you ever been told by your family, friends, religious folks, and people in the church, “to count it all joy” when you are in a midst of a major life storm? This phrase is biblical and it’s in the book of James 1:2-3. The King James version of the bible states, “my brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diver temptations. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
 
Read More Wednesday, March 13, 2019
The Pros and Cons of Cruising

Cruising might not be for everyone, but it's an economic, efficient, and popular of mode of travel in Europe and beyond. 

 
Photo by Cameron Hewitt, Rick Steves' Europe.
Read More Wednesday, March 13, 2019
IN THE KNOW: Dale and Sara Huber: The “Real” in Real Estate Investing

Dale and Sara Huber stand in their conference room at 330 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. next to a map pinned with over 500 properties.

Read More Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Recipe: Greek Cheese Burgers

 Burgers on the grill take on a whole new meaning when they’re made with cottage cheese and topped with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and Garlic Mint sauce.

Read More Tuesday, March 5, 2019
F.O.C.U.S. (Focus On Creating Ur Success)!

 By Jeannine N. Williams

 
When life throws you a curve ball, a challenge, or situation that causes you to lose your focus. Take a step back, examine the situation, from multiple perspectives.  And brainstorm solutions and develop a pros and cons list. But more importantly, think logically and not emotionally.  This will help you, think clearly and hear that little voice inside of you. That little voice inside of you, tells you exactly, how to resolve the issue(s) at hand. 
 
Read More Sunday, March 3, 2019
PEOPLE IN THE KNOW: DEANNA RAY BROWN: THE CHEESECAKE CONNOISSEUR

 

Ask Lansingnites where to find the best cheesecake and they will tell you that the Everything is Cheescake truck can be found at Friday through Sunday between 1 and 5 pm at 4400 S Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd in Lansing, MI.  When Everything is Cheescake posts a menu, social media erupts with orders and they are usually sold out before the end of the day.  If you have experienced their rich, fluffy and creamy desserts you know how decadent they are.  So we wanted to know where the magic was created and who held the miraculous “most delicious cheesecake” wand.

Photo:  Deana Ray Brown and her famous Superman Cheesecake.

Read More Friday, December 14, 2018
Looking ahead to less-robust 2019

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
Thanksgiving week provided investors with a healthy reminder: When the bear reveals his teeth, the results can be nasty. 
 
Read More Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Interpersonal Edge: Good therapy can create a good career

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: You frequently talk about the benefits of psychotherapy. I am wondering how to find a good therapist and why you believe psychotherapy can help me succeed in my workplace?
Read More Wednesday, December 12, 2018
PEOPLE IN THE KNOW: CRIS BEAN : SOAP and DOG HANDELER

 Disaster Training with Rizzy

Photo credit to Nathan Landick, photographer
Read More Saturday, December 1, 2018
UPDATE: Missing Lansing Woman Found

 Shalyn Manson has been found.

Read More Thursday, November 15, 2018
UPS today announced it is hiring 200 people in the Lansing area

 

UPS is hiring

Read More Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Be Informed about Your Rights and Resources before going to the Polls on Nov 6

 

By:  Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope
 
Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day, 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.
Before going to the polls, visit Lansingmi.gov/clerk or call 517-483- 4133 if you have questions. You will discover links to:
Read More Monday, November 5, 2018
PEOPLE IN THE KNOW: ACTOR DERRICK GILLIAM

 

NAME: Derrick D. Gilliam

BUSINESS: SAG-AFTRA

POSITION: Actor

CITY, STATE: Lansing Michigan 

Derrick Gilliam will be filming "Garrison 7" in Iceland soon.  His character is Ghost.

Read More Monday, October 8, 2018
Interpersonal EDGE: Finding ways to work with ADHD

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: I have ADHD and find my workplace challenging. I've told my manager that I struggle with this issue, but he does not care. I cannot help that my brain wiring is different than my co-workers. How can I get my manager to give me latitude on my work?
 
Read More Sunday, October 7, 2018
No More Butts!
By Kelsey Schell
 
Summer is finally here! All across Michigan people are planning outdoor activities and taking advantage of relaxing in Michigan’s Great Lakes. Unfortunately, pollution can influence how much time we can spend outdoors and enjoy our waterways. Even though Lansing does not border one of Michigan’s Great Lakes, Lansing’s pollution can influence the quality of the water. Littering is a huge problem that can kill wildlife and marine life. One of the biggest forms of waste littered everywhere is cigarette butts. 
Read More Sunday, October 7, 2018
CLERK SWOPE OPENS SOUTH WASHINGTON ELECTIONS UNIT EARLY IN ANTICIPATION OF INCREASED ABSENTEE VOTING


LANSING, MI –The South Washington Elections Unit opened to City of Lansing voters for walk-in absentee voting and voter registration on Monday, October 1, a week earlier than previously planned.  

Read More Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Community Leader Kevin Brown Installed as Senior Pastor at Shiloah

Pastor Kevin Brown was installed as the new pastor of Shiloah Missionary Baptist Church located at 5225 S. Waverly Road on September 8, 2018. 

Photo by Cari Wilbur

 

Read More Saturday, September 15, 2018
PEOPLE IN THE KNOW: Rodney Ross Experience is the Father of Wisdom

 Rodney Ross walks his daughter, Rukiya Ross, down the aisle during her wedding  on September 3, 2017.  

 
As a retiree, survivor of leukemia and the father of seven children and one grandchild, we question him about his life as a 
survivor. 
Read More Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Creative Slayy: Happiness

 By Mary O'Connell

Happiness is arguably the most highly sought after conceptual phenomenon in life, ever! The quest to find happiness ignites passion and sparks curiosity, it provides a sense of security, it offers a sanctuary for hope while testing and nurturing our faith, and it acts as both a conscious and subconscious reverie where ones life purpose can be revealed, explored, and pursued.

Read More Tuesday, September 11, 2018
UPDATE: Suspicious Death Investigation

 Public Service workers advised they had made a discovery of a body within the city’s sewer system during routine maintenance checks. An identification has been made.

Read More Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Robbery at Subway on E. Saginaw

 

Anyone with information with regard to this robbery is asked to call the Lansing Police Department at 517-483-4600 or CRIME STOPPERS at 517-483-7867
Read More Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Farmers Market at the Capitol, Thursday, August 23 on the East Lawn of the Michigan Capitol Building

 LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA), a statewide association with a mission to advance farmers markets to create a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products, is looking forward to hosting the second of three Farmers Markets at the Capitol this summer. The next market takes place on the east lawn of the Michigan State Capitol Building in downtown Lansing on Thursday, August 23 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with the final market of the season on Thursday, September 20. 

Read More Wednesday, August 15, 2018
PEOPLE IN THE KNOW: FIERCE AND FABULOUS FEMME AUTO MECHANIC

 

NAME: Chaya M MilchteinBUSINESS: Mechanicshopfemme.com

POSITION: Owner/Blogger
CONTACT: Chaya@mechanicshopfemme.com
Read More Monday, August 13, 2018
REFLECTIVE WISDOM: Integrity

 By M. Lynn Griffin

 
When you tell someone you’ll call them back, do you actually do it? When you tell someone you’ll be over to help them move, do you show up? How about when you borrow money from a friend or relative and you promise to pay them back on payday or when you get your taxes, do you actually repay it? If you don’t call like you said you would, don’t show up at all, or suddenly can’t be found on payday or at tax time, you are lacking integrity.
Read More Wednesday, August 1, 2018
8 Ways Black Parents Can Encourage French Language Learning in Their Children

 By Robin Morris-Wilson

 
If you have considered learning a foreign language with your child, it is never too late to open the door to foreign language learning. A French speaker, author, and educator, Robin Morris-Wilson has conducted research on French language learning in an urban community. Now, she is offering helpful tips for parents who want to bring French language learning into their households.
Read More Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Cake

 

Delicious family dessert

PREP TIME - 30 MINUTES

COOK TIME - 45 MINUTES

SERVINGS -  12

Read More Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Blackflix.com: Skyscraper proves to be an entertaining ride

 Studio:  Universal Studios (105 mins.)

Plot:  On  assignment in China, a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader who now assesses security for skyscrapers finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze.
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Pablo Schreiber
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:***
Read More Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Interpersonal Edge: How women can tame the apology reflex at work

By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: I'm a female senior IT professional, and the older I get, the more I notice how often I apologize during the day. I consider that I have good interpersonal skills, but I wonder if apologizing frequently is undermining my reputation. How and when do you recommend your clients apologize at work? Do you find women apologize more than men?
Read More Wednesday, July 25, 2018
IN THE KNOW: EMPOWERING PROFESSIONAL

 NAME:    Tedi R. Parsons, CCC, CEC, CPC

BUSINESS:  
The Professionals Forum LLC
POSITION:    President
 
What do you consider to be the start of a great day?  
A nice hot cup of coffee enjoyed during the quiet early morning hours.
 

 

Read More Thursday, July 19, 2018
Lansing native is a U.S. Navy Destroyer Sailor

 

Lansing native Tatiana Thomas is a sonar technician (surface) aboard the guided-missile destroyer operating out of San Diego.
 
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Heidi Cheek
Read More Saturday, July 7, 2018
July 4th cookout still a bargain for consumers

 

A cookout of Americans’ favorite foods for the Fourth of July, including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk, will cost slightly less this year, coming in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).
 
Read More Friday, June 29, 2018
PEOPLE IN THE KNOW: POETRY HOST EXTRAORDINAIRE

 

NAME:  Masaki Takahashi

BUSINESS:  Making Poetry Popular
 

POSITION:  Host of “The Poetry Room” at The Robin Theatre

PHOTO by Parios Kirby Photography

Read More Thursday, June 28, 2018
Gretchen Whitmer Supporters Announce the Formation of ¡Viva Whitmer! For Governor

 LANSING, MI -- Today Gretchen Whitmer for Governor supporters announced the formation of ¡Viva Whitmer! For Governor, a group of Latino community leaders from across Michigan. 

Read More Thursday, June 28, 2018
William Brewer II Advances the Credit Union Spirit Through Service and Volunteerism

 The Michigan Credit Union Foundation (MCUF) presented William Brewer II the Board Chairperson of CASE Credit Union with the Credit Union Community Volunteer Award.  This award recognizes leadership in financial education and community outreach. 

Read More Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Tariffs on dry beans will negatively impact Michigan agriculture

 LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Bean Shippers (MBS) and the Michigan Bean Commission today voiced deep concerns over new tariffs on U.S. dry beans by the European Union (EU). The EU recently levied a 25 percent tariff on all U.S. dry bean imports. The tariffs will have direct negative impacts on Michigan bean sellers and growers, which represents an important segment of Michigan’s agricultural economy.

Read More Monday, June 25, 2018
ELPD Investigating Report of Indecent Exposure

 

EAST LANSING, MI -- The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) is currently investigating a case of indecent exposure that occurred today, June 25 in an East Lansing neighborhood.
 
Read More Monday, June 25, 2018
5 Ways Black Parents Can Encourage French Language Learning in Their Children (Part 1)

 By Robin Morris-Wilson

Say oh là là to learning French! Your children can have fun and your family can be enriched by the experience.


Read More Friday, June 22, 2018
Summer Travel Tips for Detroit, Michigan

 It’s GO TIME in Detroit. Events like the Ford Fireworks, Woodward Dream Cruise and Detroit Jazz Festival are excellent reasons to plan your next visit to The D. 

 
 

 

Read More Friday, June 22, 2018
Pest Solutions Company Assures Michiganders That Brown Recluse Spiders Are Not a Threat to Great Lakes State Homeowners

 


Company offers $300 reward, comp inspection, 
free treatment for any validated infestations
 
Courtesy photo of a brown recluse spider taken on May 18, 2011 in Kansas City, Kansas.
 

 

Read More Friday, June 22, 2018
UPDATE: ON FIGHTING DOGS SEIZED IN 2017

 MASON, MI- In the spring and summer of 2017, Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter (ICACS) conducted a large scale dog fighting investigation and seized 47 dogs as evidence in the fighting cases. 

Read More Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Ingham County Auction Buyer Information Sessions

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing will be hosting 3 Auction Buyer Information Sessions. These will be question and answer type meetings where the Treasurer will give a short overview of the tax auction process and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

 

Read More Tuesday, June 19, 2018
PEOPLE IN THE KNOW: MICHIGAN MERMAID

NAME: Leona King 

BUSINESS: Emanuel Lutheran School 
Previously at Capital City Scuba 
 
POSITION:  Lunch Lady/ Daycare Worker
Previously a Scuba Sales Associate
 
"In the Know" asks questions that provoke thought and encourages others to dream.  Let us know who you think we should "know".  Remember they can be someone that you enjoy talking to every single day or the cashier at your favorite store.   Contact us at 517-372-8466 or rinarisper.tncp@gmail.  Log on to www.tncp.net.
Read More Sunday, June 17, 2018
BANK ROBBERY INSIDE MEIJER

 On June 15th, at approximately 9:30 a.m.,  Lansing Police were dispatched to 6200 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in regard to a Bank Robbery (Huntington Bank). Responding officers were advised the bank business is within the Meijer store at this address.

Read More Friday, June 15, 2018
REFLECTIVE WISDOM: BAGGAGE

 By M. Lynn Griffin

 
We all carry it. We push it around or we pull it. Sometimes it’s packed all nice and neat; sometimes it’s messy. I’m not talking about the Louis Vuitton or Michael Kors with the 360° wheels and the projectile handle that airlines toss around without a care in the world. I’m talking about the kind of baggage that is damaging to your future, or current, relationships. This kind of baggage travels as well—it travels around your mind, heart, and spirit.
Read More Thursday, June 14, 2018
Youth Art Show highlights talent of New Americans during World Refugee Week

 World Refugee Week begins June 16th,  Samaritas will host an art show highlighting the works of refugee youth at Tabooli Restaurant located at 515 West Grand River Avenue in East Lansing, with an exhibit opening June 18th from 6-7 p.m.

Courtesy photo from last year's event. 

Read More Wednesday, June 13, 2018
PEOPLE IN THE KNOW: COMPASSIONATE CAREGIVER

 NAME: Andrew Brewer, Jr.

 
BUSINESS:  Peace of Mind Home Healthcare LLC
 
POSITION: President
 
"In the Know" asks questions that provoke thought and encourages others to dream.  Let us know who you think we should "know".  Remember they can be someone that you enjoy talking to every single day or the cashier at your favorite store.   Contact us at 517-372-8466 or rinarisper.tncp@gmail.  
Read More Monday, June 11, 2018
UPDATE on the Tragic Fire at LaRoy Froh Townhomes

LANSING, MI -- The investigation into the death of 43 year old Tarshrika Beasley and her son, Elijah Brown, 5-years-old, is ongoing.  June 7th was her 43rd birthday and the day of the fire. 

Read More Monday, June 11, 2018
June is Caribbean Heritage Month

Caribbean Heritage Month commemoration was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005 to recognize the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. The resolution passed the Senate in Feb. 2006 and President George H.W. Bush issued the proclamation in June 2006. Caribbean Heritage Month commemoration was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005 to recognize the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. The resolution passed the Senate in Feb. 2006 and President George H.W. Bush issued the proclamation in June 2006. 

Read More Monday, June 11, 2018
LCC Alumni Association Day at the Zoo

 LANSING, MI  – The LCC Alumni Association will host its 14th annual Day at the Zoo 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Potter Park Zoo, sponsored by LAFCU. Admission is FREE for LCC alumni, students, employees, retirees and their families. Parking is $3 for Ingham County residents, and $5 if you reside outside of Ingham County. If you have taken one class at LCC, you are considered an alumnus.

Read More Monday, June 11, 2018
Mayor Andy Schor's Statement Regarding a Fatal House Fire

LANSING, MI  – Early this morning, on June 7th, there was a fire at LaRoy Froh housing complex in the 2400 block of Reo Road. 

Read More Thursday, June 7, 2018
The Fatherhood Project: Aaron Lee

 Aaron Lee is a single father.  He celebrates Father’s Day with his children, Ava Lee and Cameron Lee.  Every day is special.  He is grateful for the opportunity to be a father and believes it is a blessing.

 

Courtesy photo
Read More Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Receive Social Security Benefits? Keep Your Address Up-To-Date With My Social Security

 
By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

 
Keeping your address up to date with a my Social Security account helps us mail your important documents to the correct place.
Read More Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Milk Means More Recipe: Balsamic Glazed Peaches and Cream

Balsamic vinegar, a less-astringent, sweeter member of the vinegar family, makes a memorable glaze for the fresh fruit and creamy cheese in this elegant dessert.

Read More Monday, June 4, 2018
Professional Administrative Assistants Take Care of Business During Summit

Left to right:  Monica Sparks, 2018 Administrative Professionals Leadership Summit keynote speaker; Cindy Whittum, Davenport University Senior Career Coach and Tedi Parsons, President of The Professionals Forum.

TNCP Photo
Read More Monday, June 4, 2018
Ingham County Sheriff's Office seizes guns while assisting CPS

 Deputies responded to the home to check the welfare of a student from the Leslie School District, the student attends the same school where a threat of violence was reported late last week.

Left: Kevin Wells was arrested.

 

Read More Sunday, June 3, 2018
France for Rookies

 

By Rick Steves

Tribune Content Agency

In Paris last June, I kept running into a delightful woman from Indiana on her first trip there. Wonderstruck by the city's charms, she was doing everything right - picking up French words, conversing with every local she could, and enjoying the great artistic and cultural experiences. 

 
Read More Tuesday, May 22, 2018
THE FIRE HUB CELEBRATES ONE YEAR OF OPERATION

 

BATTLE CREEK, MI -- In April, 2016, FireKeepers Casino Hotel and its owners, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi purchased and took possession of the historic Fire Station No. 4 located near downtown Battle Creek, Michigan, with the goal of revitalizing the building and turning it into a restaurant, bakery, and, most importantly, a much needed food pantry to help those less fortunate.
 
Read More Friday, May 18, 2018
Milk Means More Recipe: Grilled Steak with Chive Yogurt

 PREP TIME - 15 MINUTES

COOK TIME - 10 MINUTES
SERVINGS -  6
 
Read More Friday, May 18, 2018
Movie: Tomb Raider (2018)

Studio: Warner Bros. (1hr. 2 mins.)
Plot:  Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. 

Read More Friday, May 18, 2018
Mikey 23 Foundation Builds More Than Just Confidence

 

LANSING, MI -- The McKissic family started Mikey 23 Foundation to keep the memory of their son, Michael “Mikey” McKissic II, alive.  
 
Photo by Andrew Brewer
Read More Friday, May 18, 2018
News Spotlight: Shooting Investigation Updated to Homicide

 On May 9, 2018 at approximately 7:11 a.m. Lansing Police were dispatched to a shooting in the 700 block of Cleveland St.

Upon arrival, officers locate an unresponsive male (victim, 27 yrs.) subject lying on the ground with apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.
 
Read More Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Interpersonal Edge: Practice making the world you want at work

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q: The older I get the less I like people. Integrity is missing and kindness is rare. Other than staying home with my dog, how do you look forward to a workplace where a whole lot of people simply suck? I'm not saying some people are not wonderful, but they seem to be the exception. 
Read More Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Jill on Money: Lessons from this year's tax preparation

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
 
Your 2017 taxes are done. Congratulations! But you're not done yet.
 
Read More Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Sharing Security With Mom On Mother’s Day

 By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

 
Spring is upon us, and it marks two very popular annual events: Mother’s Day and the release of Social Security’s baby name list! There’s no better time to share some security with the people you love.
Read More Tuesday, May 8, 2018
MY PET WORLD: Cats can be distracted and redirected toward better behavior too

 

By Cathy M. Rosenthal
Tribune Content Agency
 
Dear Cathy,
 
  I have a four-year-old American short-hair female cat. I got her at 8 weeks old from a friend. The problem is, she scratches my upholstered furniture and rugs. She only does it when I am in the room. I have tried sprays, tape and correcting with a spritz of water. I have various scratching posts, which she is not interested in, even when I put catnip on them. Putting towels over things helps a bit, but she usually finds a way around them. Any other ideas? - Carol, via email
 
  Dear Carol,
 
Read More Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Sharing Security With Mom On Mother’s Day

 

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
 
Spring is upon us, and it marks two very popular annual events: Mother’s Day and the release of Social Security’s baby name list! There’s no better time to share some security with the people you love.
Read More Monday, April 30, 2018
Movie: Pacific Rim Uprising

 John Boyega in a promotional shot for “Pacific Rim: Uprising.” The sequel to 2013’s worldwide hit is bound to upset “America First” supporters with its international agenda.

Read More Thursday, April 5, 2018
A Sister’s Pregnancy Surprise One Week After Brother’s Homicide

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Natasha Hall’s son, Michael Anthony Hall was born on March 16, 2016 at 3:45 am at just 35 weeks. Her brother, Michael “Mikey” McKissic II,  was murdered in Lansing, MI on August 1, 2015, just 7 months prior to the birth of his nephew.  She believes that it is not a  coincidence.

TNCP photo
Courtesy photo
 

 

Read More Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Excuse me. Are you listening? The Unintentional or Intentional Eavesdropper?

Dear Readers, 

 
It used to always feel wonderful when someone would ask me to meet at a coffee shop for a business meeting.   More recently, I am finding that it is better to stay in an office setting depending on the type of conversation that you are going to have.  Watching the steam rise from your cup of black coffee with a double shot of expresso, while waiting for your coffee mate to arrive can sometimes turn you into a chatterbox.
Read More Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Healthy Stuffed Pepper Casserole

 The extra lean ground turkey breast makes this low calorie meal a winner for those who are watching their weight.  It tastes great too.  Everyone in the family will be satisfied

Read More Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The Sixth Annual Ceremony and Dinner Set for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

 

 LANSING, MI – The New Citizens Press Community Action Network (TNCPCAN) in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 8-14, 2018, will be hosting the sixth annual dinner and ceremony at Lansing City Hall to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available. 

 
Read More Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Milk Means More: Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo

 This easy dish can be served with garlic bread and a side of brussel sprouts or spinach for a healthy meal.

Read More Monday, March 26, 2018
Part II: Ingham County Land Bank: Two Drug Rehabilitation Facilities in One Square Block?

 Editor’s Note:  This was printed in the last edition, however, I am reprinting it for clarity and content. Everything about this transaction between Ingham County Land Bank and MidMichigan Recovery Services (MMRS) appears shady, underhanded and suspicious and should be investigated thoroughly.  

Read More Thursday, March 22, 2018
Interpersonal Edge: Fix this one flaw for success

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
 
  Q. Is there one character flaw that is most harmful to a successful career? I’m starting 2018 really examining my strengths and weaknesses and am a huge fan of this column. I thought your experience would give you a good sense of what people do that most hurts their chances of success?
Read More Friday, March 16, 2018
Jill on Money: Working longer means a better retirement

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Years ago, I wrote an article that warned people not to place too much faith in their ability to work longer to fund retirement.
Read More Friday, March 16, 2018
A Sister’s Wish: To Solve Her Brother’s Homicide

 Left: Natasha Hall holds a poster sized photo of her brother, Michael “Mikey” McKissic II, who was murdered in Lansing, MI on August 1, 2015. His murder is still unsolved.

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Read More Saturday, March 10, 2018
Excuse me, are you listening?: Ingham County Land Bank: Two Drug Rehabilitation Facilities in One Square Block?

  Editor’s Note:  This was printed in the last edition, however, I am reprinting it for clarity and content. Everything about this transaction between Ingham County Land Bank and MidMichigan Recovery Services (MMRS) appears shady, underhanded and suspicious and should be investigated thoroughly.  People should be very knowledgeable about any and everything that goes on in their community especially those things that have potential for lasting impact.

Read More Saturday, March 10, 2018
What Can Divine Love Do?

 Walters will present a free talk, “The Healing Power of Divine Love,” on Sunday, February 25, at 2:00 p.m., in Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing.

“No power can withstand divine Love.” Could that possibly be true?


Read More Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Bank Robbery Suspect Caught

 On Friday, February 9, 2018 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Lansing Police were dispatched to a Bank Robbery in the 5200 block of S. Cedar St. (Comerica Bank).

 
Read More Friday, February 9, 2018
Update: Death Investigation

 On Friday, 2/9/18 at approximately 12:10 p.m. Lansing Police were dispatched to the 4300 block of Pleasant Grove Rd. in regard to a shooting. Ingham County 911 Central dispatch advised responding officers of subject lying outside near a building.

Update:  This death was ruled a suicide.

 

 
Read More Friday, February 9, 2018
Armed Robbery Arrest

 Arbow Abdikadir Musa was arrested for armed robbery.

Read More Friday, February 9, 2018
News Spotlight: Flint is Helping Find Missing Family Members

The Michigan State Police, Genesee County Medical Examiner’s Office, NamUS and Crime Stoppers of Flint & Genesee County are hosting Identify the Missing 

 

Read More Monday, February 5, 2018
News Spotlight: Michigan Couple Identified in Multi-State Cold Case Homicide Investigation

Remains Found in Missouri and Arkansas in 1978

Read More Monday, February 5, 2018
#ProjectArtMatters Fundraiser to Benefit Lansing Students

Above: Darion Brown, host of Reo Town Sessions, Alejandro Saláis and Michael ‘Mikeyy’ Austin during the check presentation in 2017.

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Monday, February 5, 2018
Community Activism Begins on a “High Note” of Enthusiasm in 2018

Diane Nash, the keynote speaker at the annual luncheon coordinated by the Greater Lansing Area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission.

Read More Monday, February 5, 2018
Lansing Students Prepare for Trip to Japan

From left to right:  Japanese language and culture teachers Dawn Stark from Everett High School (E) and Bridget Cooper from JW Sexton High School (S) convened with students; Miracle Yang (S), Monica Medina (S), Kenneth Hobday (E),  Kyjuana Floyd (S), Zakari Williams (E) and Eddianys Torres (E).  

Photo by Howard T. Spence
Read More Sunday, February 4, 2018
Excuse me, are you listening? Ingham County Land Bank: Two Drug Rehabilitation Facilities in One Square Block?

Dear Readers,

 
Yes it is true that Ingham County Land Bank has accepted an offer from Mid- Michigan Recovery Services (MMRS), for men recovering from substance abuse.  I am finding it difficult to understand who thought this would be a good idea.  We have a 30 bed facility around the corner on Willow Street that also serves men.  They would like to have a 16 bed facility to add to our neighborhood.   As a 28 year resident and business owner it is disturbing.

 

Read More Thursday, February 1, 2018
“The Time is Now”: Andy Schor Sworn in as New Mayor of Lansing

 

A message from Mayor Andy Schor:  
Thank you to everyone who made today special- my family, the Inauguration Committee, my staff, all of the Inaugural sponsors, the Lansing Center, all of the volunteers, and everyone who came out to celebrate! I am ready to get to work, Lansing’s time is now! #Lansing2018
Photo courtesy of Facebook
Read More Wednesday, January 31, 2018
MSU - Physics, Bees and Discrimination

How a physics class is changing student attitudes for the better

New discovery, more bees mark Michigan’s first, full bee census

Discrimination harms your health – and your partner’s

  

 

 
Read More Friday, January 26, 2018
Movies: Blackflix 10 Best Flicks Of 2017

 

Read More Thursday, January 25, 2018
Murder Suspect in Custody for 2017 Case

 On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at approximately 8 a.m. Lansing Police were dispatched to Police Headquarters at 120 W. Michigan to meet with a subject reference a Missing Person report. Officers were informed a co-worker had not shown up to work in a few days, which was not normal.

Read More Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Spotlight: Man Involved in Fatal Accident Identified

The person who died in an accident that occurred on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at approximately 10:20 p.m. on the 3000 block of Dunckel Rd. involving two vehicles has been identified.


 
Read More Monday, January 15, 2018
Opinion Piece: Crystals: How to Find Your Soul in Grief

Tricolor Calcite is a multi-colored calcite from Mexico.  These make great mineral specimens!  But minerals also carry a spiritual side for some.  Calcite symbolizes cleansing. This is the perfect crystal to have with you when you’re looking for a big change in your life, or when you need to make a fresh new start.

 

 

 
Read More Tuesday, January 9, 2018
2017 - A Year of Activism, Resistance and Anger

 

A Lansing area resident rallied at the state Capitol to denounce hatred, racism, and neo-Nazi/white supremacy alt-right groups two days after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
 
Read More Tuesday, January 9, 2018
THE KID’S DOCTOR: When is the best time to potty train?

 By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

www.kidsdr.com
 
   Every parent wants to know when their child will be ready to potty train. A study that was published in an issue of the Journal of Pediatric Urology is one of the first to show that timing of potty training children seems to be more important than the technique. 
Read More Sunday, January 7, 2018
Milk Means More Recipe: Fruit Pizza Wreath

 Try a healthy fruit wreath for your next gathering.

 

 

Read More Sunday, January 7, 2018
MSU Newsroom: Gun restrictions, the College Labor Market and Robots

From the Michigan State University Newsroom:

Broader gun restrictions lead to fewer intimate partner homicides

College labor market remains strong

Robot learning improves student engagement

Read More Wednesday, January 3, 2018
The Bereaved Employee: Returning to Work

Going back to work after a death in the family is difficult.  Getting back to normal will take time.Source: https://americanhospice.org/the-bereaved-employee-returning-to-work/

Read More Tuesday, January 2, 2018
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 Monday, December 25, 2017
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 Monday, December 25, 2017
'If You Give a Child a Book' Campaign Donates a Thousand Books to Schools

Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy welcomed the “If you give a child a book” representatives from FOX 47 WSYM.  From left to right: Lawrence “Ray” Franklin, Anthony Austin,  meteorologist Dustin Bonk from FOX 47 WSYM, Christiano Cantu, Community Affairs Coordinator Kevin Brown from FOX 47 WSYM and Charles Miller.  

 
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Read More Friday, December 15, 2017
Lansing School District High School Students to Travel to Japan

J.W. Sexton freshman Colin Janak is one of twenty-three students selected for the Kakehashi Project in Japan.

Read More Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Creamy Leftover Turkey and Quinoa Soup

  Delicious and easy to make!

Read More Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Movie: The Mountain Between Us

 Studio:  20th Century Fox (1 hr. 40 min)

Plot:  Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain.
Cast:  Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Beau Bridges
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:  **
Read More Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Milk Means More Recipe: Pumpkin Coffee Cake

 PREP TIME

10 MIN
 
COOK TIME
35-40 MIN
 
SERVINGS
16
 
INGREDIENTS
 
For the topping:
 
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Read More Tuesday, November 14, 2017
News Spotlight: Mayor-Elect Schor Announces Transition Team

Lansing Mayor-elect Andy Schor has selected an experienced slate of Lansing leaders to lead his transition team. The team, which is already hard at work, will meet throughout the rest of the year and make policy recommendations to the Mayor-elect on education, economic and business development, neighborhoods and public safety and infrastructure. Rina Risper has been chosen to serve as a Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee Co-Chair.

Read More Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Head Start may protect against foster care placement

 EAST LANSING, MI -- Participating in Head Start may help prevent young children from being placed in foster care, finds a national study led by a Michigan State University researcher.

Read More Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Worship Without Words Praise Dance Troupe Celebrates their 10th Year

 Kenya Milton, Taliah "Tweety" Taylor, Magic Johnson,  Heather Taylor,   and Martha Rogers-Milton before the praise performance at Christine Johnson’s surprise birthday party in 2012.  She is the mother of Magic Johnson. 

 
TNCP photo
Read More Sunday, November 12, 2017
Excuse me, are you listening?

 Dear Readers,

 
For my birthday on December 27th, I would like for you to consider doing something different.  I know that some save all year for material items but I would like you to consider education.  I am not asking people to go back to school if that is not what you want to do but  I would like people to donate a book to an agency that helps young people read.
Read More Sunday, November 12, 2017
Mayor-Elect Schor Announces Key Mayoral Staff Appointments

 Lansing Mayor-Elect Andy Schor is proud to announce the team he will be bringing to City Hall in January: Samantha Harkins as Chief of Staff; Jennifer LeFevre as Office Manager; Chelsea Coffey as Special Assistant to the Mayor, and Marilyn Plummer as Community Outreach Coordinator.

Read More Sunday, November 12, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Does your child have trouble going to the bathroom?

 

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
www.kidsdr.com
 
 Constipation is a topic that every pediatrician discusses at least weekly, sometimes daily. It is estimated that up to 3 percent of all visits to the pediatrician may be due to constipation. Constipation is most common in children between the ages of 2 and 6 years. I have been reading an article on updated recommendations for diagnosing and treating common constipation, and the most important take home message is "most children with constipation do not have an underlying organic disorder. Diagnosis should be based on a good history and physical exam for most cases of functional constipation." 
 
Read More Sunday, November 12, 2017
Jill on Money: Use open enrollment period as a time to make better choices

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
  It’s open enrollment season for health and retirement plans, and if you are like most people, you will probably default to the choices you made last year. That’s a shame, because spending some time investigating your options can help you save money.
Read More Sunday, November 12, 2017
Abusive bosses experience short-lived benefits

  EAST LANSING, MI -- Being a jerk to your employees may actually improve your well-being, but only for a short while, suggests new research on abusive bosses co-authored by a Michigan State University business scholar.

Read More Sunday, November 12, 2017
Lawyers Present Case to Sue Pharmaceutical Companies for Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

 Mark Bernstein of the Sam Bernstein Law Firm presents before the Eaton County Board of Commissioners seeking to have Eaton County become a plaintiff in a "mass tort" lawsuit against several "Big Pharma" drug manufacturing and distribution companies. 

Read More Sunday, November 12, 2017
Excuse me, are you listening?

 

Dear Readers,
 
There’s something about having the opportunity to reflect on what you have been doing right and wrong as a parent.  There isn’t a guide book on parenting because each child is uniquely different. 
Read More Saturday, November 4, 2017
News Spotlight - Pattengill Shooting Investigation- UPDATE

 On Friday, November 3, 2017 at approximately 4:33 p.m. the Ingham County 9-1-1 Center received several calls regarding a possible shooting that had just occurred at Pattengill Academy (626 Marshall Ave). When officers from the Lansing Police Department (LPD) arrived on scene they received information from witnesses that a black SUV vehicle was seen leaving the scene after the shooting.

Read More Friday, November 3, 2017
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

 Marcia Civils and Monica Blackwell are both breast cancer survivors who volunteer and raise money for “It’s a Breast Thing.”

 
Read More Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Milk Means More: Make Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home

 

Servings: 4
 
Serving Size: 8 ounces
 
Ingredients
 
3 cups fat-free, 2% or whole milk
Read More Sunday, October 15, 2017
Movie: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

 

Studio:  20th Century Fox (2 hr. 21 mins)
Plot:  When the Kingsman are under siege by a mad drug lord, they must team up with their American cousins to stop her.
Cast:  Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Elton John, Hanna Alström Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges
Rating:  R
Bottom Line:  ***
     
Read More Sunday, October 15, 2017
MY PET WORLD: Don’t believe it; dogs can get fleas at a kennel

 

By Cathy M. Rosenthal
Tribune Content Agency
 
  We boarded our 115-pound white German shepherd, for 10 days. A few hours after picking him up from the kennel, we discovered he had fleas. The kennel owner said the flea life cycle was 14 days and therefore, my dog could not have gotten fleas during his stay. 
Read More Sunday, October 15, 2017
For worriers, expressive writing cools brain on stressful tasks
EAST LANSING, MI --  Chronic worriers, take note: Simply writing about your feelings may help you perform an upcoming stressful task more efficiently, finds a Michigan State University study that measured participants’ brain activity.
 
Read More Sunday, October 15, 2017
Fighting Back Against Hatred And Violence

During the past several months we have seen, all across our nation, a startling increase in the showing of hatred and insensitivity towards various minority groups here in the United States, and also even here locally in the mid-Michigan area. A milestone in the advance of this hatred and related acts of bullying and violence occurred during the demonstrations and protest which occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, during late August of this year.

Read More Sunday, October 15, 2017
News Spotlight: Homicide in Lansing - Update

 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
No More Butts!

 

Read More Monday, July 17, 2017
No More Butts!
By Kelsey Schell
 
Summer is finally here! All across Michigan people are planning outdoor activities and taking advantage of relaxing in Michigan’s Great Lakes. Unfortunately, pollution can influence how much time we can spend outdoors and enjoy our waterways. Even though Lansing does not border one of Michigan’s Great Lakes, Lansing’s pollution can influence the quality of the water. Littering is a huge problem that can kill wildlife and marine life. One of the biggest forms of waste littered everywhere is cigarette butts.
Read More Sunday, July 16, 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
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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.

 

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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.  

 
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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.

 
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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