Articles from Local and State
News Spotlight: Homicide in Lansing

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

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

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

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

 

By Curlada Eure-Harris

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

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

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

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Photo by BigDreamPhotoWorks for IPPSR

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

 PREP TIME - 5 MINUTES

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Read More Saturday, July 8, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Milk Means More: Recipe: Skinny Hummus

PREP TIME

10 MINUTES
 
SERVINGS
8
 
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Recipe: Three Cheese Corn Chowder

  PREP TIME

30 minutes
 
COOK TIME
20 minutes
 
SERVINGS: 6 - 8
Read More Wednesday, November 30, 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
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
Recipe: Spicy Butternut Squash Bisque

 

PREP TIME
20 minutes
 
COOK TIME
20 minutes
 
SERVINGS - 6
Read More Sunday, November 20, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Personal Power For Single Fathers

  By Sherry Brantley

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

 Every Vote Counts

Absentee ballots available for those who qualify

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

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

 

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

 Above:  Scoops Old Town is now open.

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

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

 

By Carole R. Harris

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

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

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

Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
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
Behind the Scenes with HOMTV Primary Election Coverage

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

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

 

Courtesy photo

 

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


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

By Deborah Guthrie, HOMTV Executive Producer

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

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

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

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Monday, June 13, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
Announcement: Local Woman Runs for Delta Township Trustee Position

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

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

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

 
Courtesy photo
Read More Saturday, May 14, 2016
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
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
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
TNCPCAN Stop the Violence Event Set for Monday, April 11th

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

 
Photo by Satin Moseley
Read More Sunday, April 3, 2016
Successful College Student Reflects on Family, High School and Striving

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

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

  By Loretta Stanaway

 
Many citizens of Lansing are opposed to the BWL destruction of the historically significant Jenison House and are especially opposed to the destruction and "replication" of the beautiful 1930 vintage Scott Sunken Gardens. BWL chose this dedicated park land to build a proposed power substation with little to no public input. 
Read More Sunday, March 20, 2016
Judge and Activist Unite During Black History Month

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

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

 

Colder nights have the Homeless Angels working hard to feed more 
people, not only for those in their shelter
program at the Magnusen Hotel at 6501 S. Pennsylvania Avenue in Lansing, Michigan but for those who come every day looking for help. 
 
Photo courtesy of the Homeless Angels
Read More Monday, March 7, 2016
Greater Lansing CVB Announces Record 2015 and Award Winners for Community Support

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

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

                                    By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
 Q. When I was young and dumb, I believed in ideas like fairness and justice, but after seeing what goes on in my workplace I'm feeling bitter. I notice promotions aren't usually about skills or contribution. What am I missing that would allow me to get ahead without feeling powerless and unappreciated?
 
Read More Sunday, March 6, 2016
New app could benefit Flint residents affected by lead water

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

opportunity to showcase the unique talents and visions of our students." -    Jennifer Lantrip
 
 
Left:  2015 ATD Design:
 by Emma Theis
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Minimalist shoes a good choice for some runners, but not right for everyone

 Minimalist shoes are shoes intended to closely approximate

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

 

 

Provided by Sara Frank-Hepfer

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Far Left: Sonja G. Norris, DDS & Associates

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

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

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

  

EAST LANSING, MI  --- It’s not just strangers who target children online. Kids’ own friends are sexually harassing them over the Internet, finds new research led by a Michigan State University cybercrime expert.
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
It’s a Myth That Only New Car Dealers Can Service A Vehicle Under Warranty

  

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

 

By Mary Sanchez
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Bill Clinton, so the saying goes, was America's first black president.
 
  Novelist Toni Morrison dubbed him so, noting that he displayed "almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald's-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas."
 
Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Black History Month: Grand Rapids Public Museum Announces New Mini-Exhibition

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

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Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
PBS Lists Black History Month Movie Picks

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

Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
The Kid’s Doctor: Lice is tough to treat

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

Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
Quick Facts About Eastern High School

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

Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
Car Care: Winter Maintenance Check

 

Heavy snow can be fun for some, but many drivers dread treacherous winter driving conditions. Being car care aware will help ensure your vehicle is ready for harsh winter weather encountered on the road.
 
Read More Sunday, January 24, 2016
Giving Back:  Local Women Come Together to Feed the Homeless

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

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Read More Sunday, January 24, 2016
Opinion: American Bilingualism

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

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

 

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

 This is so delicious during the cold spells!  Yummy!

Read More Sunday, January 10, 2016
Wilbert Fobbs: Breaking the Rules is an Option

 

Pictured:  “Let’s Dance” by Wilbert Fobbs

Painting is unpredictable. It is an adventure. However, regulations abound. 
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
PARENT POST: Why Parent Involvement In School Is Important and What You Can Do To Help Your Child

  By Rosa Killips, Eastern High School Family & Community Liaison

 
When the parent is involved, students do better, regardless of economic status, ethnic/racial background or the parents' education level. When parents are involved, students have higher grades, better test scores, and good attendance.  Here is what happens when parents are involved:
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Opinion: Former Lansing School District Student Responds to Judge Scalia

 

Bejidé Davis is a Lansing, Michigan native and Class of 2005 graduate of J.W. Sexton High School.
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Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Beating the Odds: From Seasonal Farm Worker to School Principal

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

Photo courtesy of Faith Magazine
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Excuse me, are you listening? 14-24

  Dear Readers,

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

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

Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Trice named gospel choir director at Olivet College

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

Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
News Briefs: Byrum disputes Sen. Knollenberg’s political misinformation

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

 

Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
News Spotlight: Celebrate the Holidays with Fire Safety in Mind Water Christmas trees daily, watch candles closely
 Be fire smart as you deck the halls and entertain this holiday season. Water your Christmas tree daily and be cautious with candles and electric lights to keep this joyous time of year safe. 
 
Read More Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Opinions: 14-23

 Opinion pieces regarding refugees.

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

 

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
New America Media
 
The mop–up of the classroom floor with a black student at Spring Valley High School by canned South Carolina Richland County Deputy Ben Fields ignited two firestorms. The first was over Fields’ physical manhandling of the student. 
Read More Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Recipe: Minty Fudge Oat Bars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The subject of the stereotypical “angry black woman”  has made some wonder why this belief even exists.
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Aggressive Child Behavior Part I: Fighting in School and at Home

 By James Lehman, MSW

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

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

Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Opinion: Stand Against the Racist Trolls Going After Star Wars

 

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

 By Howard Smith II

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

  By Veronica Maria Brown-Comegys

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

 Photo of Craig Lee Knight 

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

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

Read More Monday, October 26, 2015
College Scholarships Available to Former Foster Youths

Scholarship recipient  Kevin Reidel speaking at the Fostering Futures event

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

 

 

 

 

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


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

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

 

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

Photo by Ike Lea 

Read More Saturday, October 17, 2015
Wise Time Management Tips to Get the Job Done

 

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

 Dr. Justine Lee, an emergency 

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

 

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

 A quick breakfast for your student! 

Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
NEWS SPOTLIGHT: Ingham County gets anti-overdose drug Narcan

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

Read More Thursday, September 24, 2015
REFLECTIONS: My trip to South Africa

By Erica N. Williams

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

 

By Deborah M. Walker and TNCP Staff
  
With so many schools allowing enrollment of students outside of their districts and specialized curriculums, from math and science to arts and performance, it is becoming the norm that parents have so many educational opportunities to choose from.
 
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
September is Alopecia Awareness Month

Nekeyta Brunson has been dealing with alopecia since elementary school. 

Courtesy photo 
Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
Lansing Firefighter Allegedly Intentionally Run Down While Raising Funds for Charity

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

Read More Wednesday, September 9, 2015
'Bounce' to Mid-Michigan's New Network

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

Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
News Briefs: YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY and REFUGEE DEVELOPMENT CENTER

 Local news briefs 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Late Start Wednesdays
 
For the Lansing School District's 2015-16 school year students will have full days of school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays with Wednesday’s start time being delayed by 2 hours. Read the  many reasons why they decided to go this route.
 
Photo:Yvonne Caamal Canul 
Superintendent 
Read More Sunday, August 23, 2015
Davenport University Rolls Out New Programs for Working Students

 

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

Photo by Tyrell Potts

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

 

What is moisture and what produces moisture in hair? Many curlies believe that the more oil the more moisture!  And this my curlies couldn't be further from the truth. 

Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
Tiny Houses: Why They Are Awesome

Jesse Kahtava and Erin Heeney on the back deck with their fur babies- Cedar, Willow and Cricket. Yes- they all live together in perfect harmony.

 
Photo courtesy of www.northernhoot.com
Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
Single Fathers Are Changing the Definition of Family

 Malvin Brewer and his son, 8-year-old, Zavier Brewer enjoying a cool beverage from Speedway after a trip to the park.

 
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Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
Robert C. Koehler: Zero tolerance

 

By Robert C. Koehler
Tribune Content Agency
 
  "As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me."
 
  The speaker is testifying before the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He was a high school freshman at the time. Ah, school days!
Read More Tuesday, July 28, 2015
OPINION: Workplace Bullying: The New Face of Discrimination

  By Elsie Duell 

 
Workplace bullying has become more and more of an issue in organizations, companies, and even government especially in our current climate of economic despair where jobs are few, and unemployment is high
Read More Monday, July 27, 2015
Robert C. Koehler: Zero tolerance

  

By Robert C. Koehler

Tribune Content Agency

  "As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me."

Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
Lansing School District Kindergarteners Get an Early Start on Saving For College

 Right:  Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero handing out piggy banks to help kick start savings for post secondary 

education.
Courtesy photo 
Read More Monday, July 13, 2015
Elite Fitness: Get in Shape for the Summer

 Angie Morris, Charese Horn and Heather Peak are preparing for a workout at Elite Fitness.  They say that getting back on track is easy with the right motivation. 

 
 
 
 The stage is being set for a heart pumping, high intensity Monday night cardio kickboxing class. Cardio workouts assist in revitalizing your current exercise program
 
Photos  by Toy Branklin

 

Read More Monday, June 29, 2015
KEEP IT LOCAL: Celebrate Michigan's dairy products

  In Michigan, approximately 1,900 dairy farm families work to provide safe, high-quality milk and dairy products for us to enjoy.

Pictured in Scott and Ali Ferry of Ferry Farms near Litchfield, MI.   

July is National Ice Cream Month!
Read More Sunday, June 28, 2015
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body and Soul”: TASTY MINI CRAB ROLLS

 Try these easy to make treats for a party with friends!

Read More Sunday, June 28, 2015
Five Fantastic Michigan Getaways for Friends and Family

1.North Beach Getaway:  This wonderful cottage sits on a private Lake Michigan beach in Grand Haven, Michigan.  

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2. Spacious but elegant log cabin retreat available to rent on a weekly basis.  Hidden Pines Log Cabin. 
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3. The Yacht is one well maintained vessel.  It is ideal for couples or a small family.  You can explore the spectacular scenery with all of the comforts of home.  
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4. This beautiful space at Campau Heaven is one that is sure to please any large group.
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5. Not pictured here:  The Boathouse is definitely for those who want access to an exclusive beach. 
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Read More Monday, June 15, 2015
Smart Commute Challenge 2015

 

Taking public transportation is much easier than you may think.  It saves you gas and the stress of driving in rush hour traffic.  Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) offers discounted passes for those who are eligible.  You can find out the nearest bus stop to your home and map out a route.  You can decide to ride public transportation later and familiarize yourself with the pickup time and the routes.  Your first time on the bus, just ask the bus driver if you are going in the right direction.    Saying “good morning” to the driver is a great way to start the day!  If you ride, give yourself some kudos for reducing pollution.  Not having the cost of parking and the walk to the bus stop is also beneficial.   For more information, call CATA  at 517-394-1100 or log on to www.cata.org.

Photo at the  CATA Transportation Center  courtesy of CATA

Read More Sunday, June 14, 2015
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body and Soul”: BANANA PUDDING CAKE

 

A delicious twist on bananas and vanilla wafers!

 

Read More Sunday, June 14, 2015
Child Abuse: What You Should Know

 Angelia Anthony and her son, Delkisse Anthony attended the National Crime Victim’s Rights Week dinner and ceremony at Lansing City Hall sponsored by The New Citizens Press Community Action Network (TNCPCAN).  

 
She was there to support her son, who is a survivor of child abuse.
 
Photo by Toy Branklin
Read More Sunday, May 31, 2015
Let The Game of Whack-A-Mole Begin: Feds Put Forward New Payday Rules

 

Photo by istockphoto
New rules put forward by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would have a major impact on the high-cost loan industry. But if history is any guide, lenders will quickly find some loopholes.
 
 
Read More Sunday, May 31, 2015
Help is Available for Veterans

 Did you know that approximately 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one traumatic event.  Of those who do, about 8% of men and 20% of women will develop PTSD.  For events like combat and sexual assault, these rates are even higher.  As of September 2014, there are about 2.7 million American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 

 
Read More Sunday, May 31, 2015
Opinions 14-9

 Opinions about the traffic stop and the music industry

Read More Sunday, May 17, 2015
Families of the Missing 43 Students In Mexico Visit Michigan

Left: Elva Reyes, member of the Action of Greater Lansing’s Civil Rights for Immigrants Task Force (shown right)  supporting the mother of one of the students missing in Mexico at Cristo Rey Community Center.   

 
Below: Poster of the missing shown during the event.
 
Photos by  the Action of Greater Lansing

 

Read More Sunday, May 17, 2015
Lansing Woman Celebrates 90th Birthday

Queen Esther (Neil) Harris was  born on April 20,1925 in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Read More Sunday, May 17, 2015
Homicide Victim’s Families Recognized During TNCPCAN’s National Crime Victim’s Rights Week Ceremony

 James McCurtis, Manager of the Crime Victim Services Commission for the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) was one of several guest speakers at the event hosted and organized by The New Citizens Press Community Action Network (TNCPCAN) for families impacted by murder.  Below:  Student volunteers from Everett High School, Norina Yoder and Sydney Cowles.

Photos by Toy Branklin
Read More Tuesday, May 12, 2015
LOOK TWICE AND SAVE A LIFE: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

 UAW Local 652 will be hosting 2015 Pride Ride on Friday, May 15, 2015. All riders must be there no later than 9:00 am. This motorcycle ride is to observe May as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  It is also  to remind everyone to LOOK TWICE AND SAVE A LIFE. Everyone is invited to participate in this ride. Just show up at UAW Local 652 Union Hall at  426 Clare Street in Lansing, MI.    A waiver must be signed.  All motorcycles are welcome.  The event is free. Linda “Turtle” Mogyoros is pictured above.

Read More Monday, May 11, 2015
Crown Boxing Club of Lansing Offers Youngsters a Way Out


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back row (Adults): Bill Demmer, Moses Manuel, Kevin Shacks, Olga Barabanova, Aaron Easley and Bob Every

Front row: Tyree Vick, Kenyatta Gee, Tommy Vick, Rashawn Vick
This photo is courtesy of the Lansing/Dewitt Sunrise Rotary Club
Read More Monday, April 6, 2015
Moving Forward: "Why we Still need to talk about Race" 

  Health and Human Services Building, Rooms 024-025 at 515 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933

 
St. Paul’s Joins with LCC to Discuss Why We Still Need to Talk about Race
 
Tuesday, March 31st:   6:30pm to 8:30pm 
“Racialized Structures”
This segment looks at how institutional inequities in the education and criminal justice systems lead to inequities in the lives and opportunities of people of color.  
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Tuesday, April 7th:   6:30pm to 8:30pm  
“Toward Equity”
This final segment of the series continues the look at education as a central, structural issue that leads to inequitable outcomes for communities of color and is intended to serve as both a conclusion and a call to action.  
Read More Monday, March 23, 2015
Moving Forward: "Why we Still need to talk about Race" 

  By Deborah M. Walker

 
On November 4, 2008 the first black president was elected and America ushered in a new era of change. The election of President Barak Obama symbolized the fulfillment of a dream but reality is racism is far from over says Dr. Robert Gray director of the film “Mobile in Black and White”.
 
Read More Monday, March 23, 2015
POLLUTION: Remember, your dog isn’t just making a mess on the lawn 

 There is a new call to action for dog owners.  Environmentalist are asking that you pick up after your dog.  The waste is a threat to our waterways, drinking water and our health.  If you have a dog,  it is not too much work to clean up after them.

Read More Sunday, March 22, 2015
Dear Anonymous, excuse me, are you listening?

 

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

Dear Readers,

 
I was all set to write about something different in this edition and then the envelope arrived by U.S. Postal Service.  A very short letter, with all of its brevity and the author decided to remain unknown.  I will not bore you with the exact details of the letter. 

 

Read More Sunday, March 22, 2015
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Participates in the “REAL MEN READ” Challenge

 Top: Tuesday, March 24th and Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Kappa Delta Lambda Chapter (logo shown above) (Lansing Alumni) and Shabazz Public School Academy will host the “REAL MEN READ!” challenge.  Shown above:  Attorney Richard King, Haywood J. Edwards, Sr. and Dr. Eugene Cain during “Real Men Read”  last year

Read More Sunday, March 22, 2015
Suspended License? Help is Available


 Chris Swope, Lansing City Clerk; Yvonne Young McConnell, Senior Analyst, Customer Service Administration, Michigan Department of State; Kyle Dymond, Assistant Administrator, Michigan Department of Treasury and Linda Lee Tarver, Community Affairs Director, Michigan Department of State spent a day helping citizens understand issues surrounding suspended licenses.

By Deborah M. Walker

 
Having a suspended license comes as an inconvenience to many drivers. Not only are citizens banned from driving, but if caught, they face hefty fines and even jail time. Knowing the rights and responsibilities associated with a suspended license can save time and money.
Read More Sunday, March 8, 2015
The Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability Graduates to the Next Level

 

MMPGS partners gathered in January to recognize their dynamic work throughout the region: Michigan State University, Greater Lansing Housing Coalition, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, Mid Michigan Environmental Action Council, Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds, Meridian Charter Township; Michigan Energy Options; the Groundwater Management Board, Greening Mid-Michigan and the Urban/Rural Service Management Committee. Courtesy photo

Read More Sunday, February 22, 2015
Black History Month: Robert Robinson Taylor becomes 38th Honoree into Black Heritage Stamp Series

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Robert Robinson Taylor, believed to have been both the first African-American graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the nation's first academically trained black architect was inducted into the Postal Service's Black Heritage Stamp series today as the 38th honoree. His great granddaughter, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett joined Postmaster General Megan Brennan in dedicating the stamp. 
Read More Sunday, February 22, 2015
6 great gaming headphones

 

Left: Turtle Beach Elite 800 Wireless DTS 7.1-Channel Surround Sound Gaming Headset
 
Read More Sunday, February 22, 2015
New Café Gives Parents and Students a Place to Relax

Jalisa Brown dances in a Happendance Spring Concert. 

 
 
 
 Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, February 22, 2015
News Spotlight: State Police to Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting
LANSING, MI --  On Tuesday, February  17, 2015, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Eaton County deputies responded to a call involving a vehicle in the ditch on Canfield Road in Eaton Rapids Township, Eaton County.
Read More Tuesday, February 17, 2015
News Spotlight: The Links Celebrate Women's History Month With a Gala

 

LANSING, MI  – The Lansing/East Lansing Chapter of Links will celebrate Women’s History Month by hosting its 5th annual White Rose Gala on Thursday, March 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Huntington Club (Overlooking Spartan Stadium), on the campus of Michigan State University.

  

 

Read More Monday, February 16, 2015
Curtis Hertel Jr. Takes Office as Michigan’s State Senator of District 23

 Michigan State Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. is looking forward to serving his constituents and said his door is always open for those who are in need of assistance.  Courtesy photo

Read More Sunday, February 8, 2015
Dr. Manish Madan Receives New Scholar Award Recognition

 

 
Left:  Dr. Manish Madan
 
Dr. Manish Madan, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, was selected to receive the Western Social Science Association’s New Scholar Award.
Read More Sunday, February 8, 2015
Virtual Tourist: 10 things to try in 2015

 

Eating from street vendors can be quite an experience in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by fotolia.com

Tribune Media Services 

VirtualTourist.com

Read More Sunday, February 8, 2015
Opinion: Pastor and RNC African American Council Member Calls For Resignation of  MIGOP’s Agema

 

Left:  Bishop  Ira C. Combs, Greater Bible Way Temple and RNC African American Council

An open letter to Dave Agema, MIGOP National Committeeman

 
To:   Dave Agema, MIGOP National Committeeman
From:  Bishop Ira C. Combs, Greater Bible Way Temple, RNC African American Council Date: January 20, 2015
Read More Sunday, February 8, 2015
Pet World:Pet World: Give your dog something else to do besides bark at cyclists

 

By Steve Dale
Tribune Content Agency
 
   Q: My 4-year-old Australian Shepherd now barks at people on bicycles as they go by the house. She never did this before. What's going on? - C.J., San Diego, CA
MorgueFile photo
Read More Sunday, February 8, 2015
Executive Director Jeremy Orr is Mid-MEAC’S Newest Environmental Advocate

Left: Photo of Jeremy Orr

By Deborah M. Walker

 
Keeping up with the environmental integrity of Mid-Michigan is what the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (Mid-MEAC) is all about; whether it is river protection, green transportation, land use, and sustainability. Mid-MEAC was started on Earth Day in 1993. 
 
Read More Sunday, January 25, 2015
Robert C. Koehler: Turning our backs on a violent world won't change anything

  

By Robert C. Koehler
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Oh, the moral force of a snub.
 
  Several hundred cops turn their backs on New York's mayor as he eulogizes one of their own, killed in the line of duty, and the media have another us-vs.-them story to report. Bill de Blasio's in trouble, accused of playing politics with the lives of heroes. And, of course, the story goes no deeper than the dramatic accusation.
 
Read More Sunday, January 25, 2015
“Real Pirates” Can Be Found in Grand Rapids

 Real Pirates exhibit, photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Read More Sunday, January 25, 2015
Kiplinger on Travel: Great trips that cost $1,000

 

By the editors of Kiplinger's Personal Finance

 
The February issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine features a collection of ideas for spending $1,000.
Read More Sunday, January 25, 2015
Pet World: Can cats get arthritis?

 

Watch your animals for signs of trouble with their joints.  They can mask pain easier than humans.
MorgueFile photo
Read More Sunday, January 25, 2015
Peckham Art Program gives Persons with Disabilities a Creative Outlet

 Left:  This artwork is by Tracey Morris a Peckham client artist.

 
Source:
artfrompeckham.com
Read More Sunday, January 11, 2015
Peckham Art Program gives Persons with Disabilities a Creative Outlet

 Left:  This artwork is by Tracey Morris a Peckham client artist.

 
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artfrompeckham.com
Read More Sunday, January 11, 2015
Peckham Art Program gives Persons with Disabilities a Creative Outlet

 Left:  This artwork is by Tracey Morris a Peckham client artist.

 
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artfrompeckham.com
Read More Sunday, January 11, 2015
SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN MICHIGAN: NEXT STOP, THE SUPREME COURT?

  By Jacquelyn A. Dupler

 
Family law in Michigan is constantly changing. For the time being, the ban on gay marriage in Michigan is still in effect. On November 6, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its opinion in DeBoer v. Snyder, upholding the bans against performing and recognizing same-sex marriages within the states in the Sixth Circuit. 
Read More Monday, December 29, 2014
Pet World: Anxiety likely at the root of cat's car sickness

 It's estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37% have a cat. 

Source: APPA
MorgueFile photo
Read More Sunday, December 28, 2014
OPINION PIECE: Through The Media Lens: Covering Race and Police Brutality

 

By Bob Butler

(Black PR Wire) -- The second half of 2014 has been marked by the shooting deaths of four African-American males by local law enforcement -- Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Eric Garner in New York, John Crawford and Tamir Rice in Ohio -- that have attracted the attention of national media and the federal government, and shined a light on the issue of policing in minority communities. 

Read More Sunday, December 28, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: 10 great gifts for travelers under $50

 

Photo by morguefile

By Cameron Huddleston

 
  If you're looking for the perfect gift for the frequent traveler in your family but don't want to break the bank, we can help. We asked several travel experts to share their picks for affordable items they pack when they hit the road. These 10 things can help both business and leisure travelers save money, stay organized and be a little more comfortable on all their trips.
 
Read More Sunday, December 28, 2014
Michigan’s Auto No-Fault Law: Understand Your Rights Now Before They May Change

 By Stephen H. Sinas

                 
The Michigan Legislature continues to contemplate changes to the Michigan Auto No-Fault Insurance Law. 
Read More Sunday, December 14, 2014
TAX SOLUTIONS:  Doing Business As

 

By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

In my previous article titled “Corporations” we reviewed the Corporation business structure.  The next article will review limited liability company (LLC).  This article is on Doing Business As (DBA).

Read More Sunday, December 14, 2014
OPINION PIECE: Robert C. Koehler: Racism: It's the law

 By Robert C. Koehler

Tribune Content Agency
 
  Smoke and fire, sirens blaring, horns honking, a sudden hail of bullets. This is what passes for the American dialogue on race and justice. 
Read More Sunday, December 14, 2014
Bryan Beverly: An Advocate for Education

 

By Molly Goaley and TNCP Staff

Bryan Beverly, a 2006 Olivet College graduate, is passionate about his education. So much so, that he’s spent his entire career working to ensure others have the same opportunities he was given.

Read More Sunday, November 30, 2014
Do Dogs Have the Right to Attack Other Dogs in Their Home?
  Q: While visiting our son and his family, their Australian Shepherd attacked our Sheltie. My husband broke up the fight up before any serious damage was done. We love traveling with our dog, and our grandkids and the dog love one another. 
 
Read More Sunday, November 30, 2014
Aboutthatcar.com: 2015 Dodge Challenger

 

Read More Sunday, November 30, 2014
Historic Lansing Tower Apartments Gets a Facelift

 By Deborah M. Walker

Read More Sunday, November 30, 2014
Detouring Domestic Violence: Oasis Family Center Acts as a Mediator for Victims

 

By Deborah M. Walker
 
October was domestic violence awareness month. To shine light on the hidden and often ignored problem Oasis Family Center in Lansing hosted an open house on Friday October, 24 2014 to bring awareness to the public and share resources with the community.
Read More Sunday, November 16, 2014
Bicycle Insurance: What You Need to Consider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Bryan Waldman practices law at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm in Lansing.  Bryan devotes a significant part of his practice to protecting the rights of the  severely, catastrophically injured and lecturing extensively on Michigan personal injury and auto no-fault matters.  Bryan is also a well-known bicycle lawyer and heads the Sinas Dramis Bicycle Law Group.  Courtesy photo

Read More Wednesday, November 12, 2014
News Spotlight - LCC to Host Annual K-6 Science and Math Exploration Event November 8

 

LANSING, MI -- Elementary children in kindergarten through sixth grade in the tri-county area are invited to attend Lansing Community College’s (LCC) annual Science and Math Elementary Exploration Day (SMEE) on November 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Read More Thursday, November 6, 2014
Introducing 'Curious Crew' a new original series from WKAR
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Host Rob Stephenson with the inquisitive kids of the ‘Curious Crew.’ At Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing. July 2014. 
 
‘Curious Crew’ airs 5:30 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Saturdays on WKAR-HD (23.1)
November 3 through 
December 27, 2014
 
Photo by Anthony Cepak/WKAR-MSU
 
Read More Sunday, November 2, 2014
Southern Flair City Twist

 

 

 

Southern Flair City Twist, serves up some righteous tasting Southern and Caribbean food at a price families can afford. Shown above is their Gourmet Black Beans and Rice.

Photo by Abegail Davis

 

Read More Sunday, November 2, 2014
News Spotlight - MSP Tri-County Metro Narcotics Team Seizes 4 ounces of Heroin

 

 

LANSING, MI--   On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, detectives from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Tri-County Metro Narcotics Team seized 4.1 ounces of heroin, over $4,500, packaging materials and other paraphernalia after executing a search warrant at the home of a suspected heroin dealer in Lansing.  The search warrant was executed after an extensive undercover operation.

Read More Monday, October 20, 2014
Race Car Driver Liz Patterson Heats up the Track

 Above:  Liz Patterson has been dirt racing for quite a while.  Her inspiration is her father Rod Patterson, who also races.

 
Photo courtesy of Tri-City Motor Speedway
Read More Monday, October 20, 2014
MICHIGAN APPLE RECIPES: Apple Crème Brulee

 Michigan is the third largest producer of apples in the United States.

Read More Monday, October 20, 2014
Hispanic Advocacy Day Draws Statewide Audience

 

Latinos from Michigan and State Senator Rick Jones (shown fifth from the right) taking part in the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan's 4th Annual Hispanic Advocacy Day. 

Courtesy photo
Read More Monday, October 20, 2014
Farmington High School Student Wins 14 Scholarships Including the Detroit Rainbow PUSH Excel/ GM Scholarship

 

Left:  Aubrey Perry, high school senior at Farmington High School in Farmington, Michigan

 Aubrey Perry was pretty much like any other high school kid. She loved to have fun, laugh a lot, go to the mall and the movies with her friends, listen to music and her favorite pastime – tweeting and texting her friends.

Read More Monday, October 20, 2014
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Partners with Michigan 211 to Centralize Veteran Resources

                                                                                        

Above:  MVAA Director Jeff Barnes recently announced the launch of the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center. (L-R): Nate Cross, Trayse Fowler, Gov. Rick Snyder, MVAA Director Jeff Barnes, Michigan Association of United Ways President/CEO Scott Dzurka, Jason Wentworth, Randy Calloway and Lisa Castro.

 
Photo courtesy of MVAA
Read More Monday, October 6, 2014
Teaching Our Youth the Truth About Hip Hop

 

Edgewood Village youth proudly showing off their graffiti art they created for the community. 

Photo courtesy of AOTA

 

Read More Monday, October 6, 2014
MICHIGAN APPLE RECIPES Apple Cherry Raisin Crisp

  

 

 

There are more than 9.2 million apple tree in commercial production, covering 36,500 acres on 850 family run farms in the great state of Michigan. 

Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014
Pet World: Costumes OK, just keep your pet away from the Halloween candy

 

By Steve Dale
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q: My husband insists that putting a Halloween costume on our little dog is a horrifying idea. What do you think? - M.E., Henderson, NV
Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014
Will Ferguson Be a Tipping Point for Black Youth Voter Turnout?

  By  Khalil Abdullah 

New America Media
 
WASHINGTON, DC -- A week before National Voter Registration, Tuesday, September 23, civil rights leaders  hope to increase African American youth voter turnout by citing the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a city where only 12 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in the last city council elections. 
Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014
We Remember: Mary Lou Pittman

 Above:  (L-R)  President & Publisher of The New Citizens Press and Mary Lou Pittman at a Men Making a Difference (MMAD) fundraiser at Riverfront Apartments.  Mary Lou will be missed by many. TNCP Photo

Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014
Local & National News Briefs

 News from BWL, WKAR and a spectacular journalism group looking to diversify journalism

Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014
SINAS DRAMIS ATTORNEYS HONORED BY BEST LAWYERS

  The Lansing- based Sinas Dramis Law Firm, which has only 12 lawyers, was honored to have five of its attorneys included in the most recent publication of The Best Lawyers in America.  

 
Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
Museum Links Michigan War Efforts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: The Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the  stories of Michigan citizens who served and sacrificed, here and abroad , from WWI to the present

Photo by Rick Garcia

Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
QP Voices: 'Finding Your Roots' with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

 

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the past of well known people and their ancestry on PBS.  Left: Author Stephen King

 
Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
Michigan Apples Taste Better Geographic factors contribute to superior taste from Michigan-grown apples

  LANSING, MI —With the majority of Michigan’s apple growing region located along the coast of Lake Michigan, it is clear that proximity to the Great Lakes makes a difference in producing high-quality, flavorful apples.

 
Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
Interpersonal Edge: Sharing your feelings won't boost your effectiveness at work

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency

 

  Q. I've been through quite a bit of therapy, and I believe it is important for me to be honest with my feelings at work. The other day I told a coworker he was hurting my feelings, and he just got mad. Isn't the point of mental health to know how you feel? Is there a way to talk about my feelings that doesn't make my situation worse?

 
Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
Jill on Money: Will sizzling summer lead to a September swoon for stocks?
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
 
So much for the summer doldrums! August 2014 was the best August for stocks in 14 years. The Dow gained 3.6 percent on the month to 17,098; the S&P 500 took out the psychologically important 2,000 level, rising 3.8 percent to 2003.
Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: White patches on a child's skin could be vitiligo

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

 
 
  I recently saw a 10-year-old patient for her routine physical. One of her mother's concerns was that her daughter had "white patches" under both arms. Once I examined her, I told her mother that the "white patches" were actually due to Vitiligo, an acquired disorder of pigment loss.
Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
Migrant Camp Visit Reveal Basic Needs

  A young daughter of Campo Rojo admires the setup for the cookout.

 
Photo by Rick Garcia
Read More Saturday, September 13, 2014
How Did a Chinese-American Woman Become a Black Power Activist?

Left:  Grace Lee Boggs is a 99-year old Chinese-American who lives a life of activism.

Photo by Quyen Tran
Read More Saturday, September 13, 2014
Sculpting Out Success

 Austen Brantley , 17-years-old creating during a recent public demonstration.  He is considering going to college in Italy.

 

Read More Sunday, September 7, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: Should you buy travel insurance?

  By Jessica L. Anderson

Kiplinger
 
  Hurricane season is upon us, which means a tropical storm could be brewing just as you're about to leave on vacation. Is travel insurance the solution?
Read More Sunday, August 24, 2014
DTW Airport Helped Shape Michigan’s Aeronautic  History

 

Left: Daniel Mason, Volunteer Historian for the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, has written a book about the history of the airport while maintaining collections.
He also has discharge papers from the National Guard Observation Squadron in 1937, is one of many collections from Mason's efforts. 
Photos by Rick Garcia

 

Read More Sunday, August 24, 2014
Committed to Helping Community: People’s Law School


Stephen Sinas practices law at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm in Lansing, MI.  He represents people in personal injury cases throughout Michigan. On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Sinas will be presenting the “Implications of the Affordable Care Act” session for the People’s Law School.  The school provides the community with the opportunity to be educated about legal issues for a minimal cost.  Courtesy photo

Read More Sunday, August 24, 2014
More ways to protect your child from the Internet

  The Protect MI Child Registry is a secure database containing protected e- mail, fax, instant message, and mobile text message addresses. It allows Michigan parents and schools to register electronic addresses used by children to access the Internet.

                                                       Photo: istockphoto

Read More Sunday, August 24, 2014
CATA Board Approves Service Expansion in Delta Township

  LANSING, MI — At this afternoon’s meeting, CATA’s Board of Directors approved an agreement with Delta Township that adds new service to the Township. Delta Redi-Ride is a curb-to-curb demand-response service that will be available throughout Delta Township Monday through Saturday. 

Read More Sunday, August 24, 2014
Pacha Mama Tea is Nature's Miracle Drink

 

Left  - Anthony Stein a friend and soon-to-be business partner of William “Chef Nick” Nicklosovich fell in love with the tea when he tried it for the first time, came across the gauyusa  (pronounced gwhy-you-suh) leaf when he was working in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  Right - William “Chef Nick” Nicklosovich, co-owner of Pacha Mama Tea.  Pacha Mama Tea is all natural and is made from only gauyusa leaf, water and lime.
Courtesy photo

 

Read More Saturday, August 16, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Swimming lessons alone will not prevent drowning

 

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

 
 Swimming lessons for children as young as age 1 could be 
effective, research indicates. Petro Feketa - Fotolia. 
 
Read More Sunday, August 10, 2014
Local News Briefs

Ingham County Health Department Helps Kids Get Ready to Go ‘Back-to-School’

Michigan Women’s Commission to Survey Female Veterans
Findings Will Help Policy Makers Develop and Deliver Targeted Services to Michigan’s Women Veterans

You, your family and friends, consumers of our services are all invited to join us for agency 50th Year Anniversary Celebration on Monday, September 8, 2014. 
Read More Sunday, August 10, 2014
Interpersonal Edge: Courage is a muscle - use it!

  By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Media Services
 
Q. There are many people I admire in my career, but I think they were all born with a whole lot more courage than I was. I know they had to risk failing or looking foolish or being disappointed. Do you think that some people just start out with more self-confidence? How can I compete with people who are simply born braver than I was?
 
Read More Sunday, August 10, 2014
Jill on Money: Protect your portfolio against inflation
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
 Two years ago, when the Federal Reserve announced that it would engage in its third round of bond buying ("Quantitative Easing") to spur economic growth and help reduce unemployment, fears of runaway inflation bubbled up. 
Read More Sunday, August 10, 2014
Consumers Energy Foundation Supports Farm Award Program

 From the Consumers Energy Foundation, Chris Thelen, Lansing Area Manager, and Carolyn Bloodworth, Director of Corporate Giving; from the Historical

 Society of Michigan, Larry Wagenaar, Executive Director, and Kellie Bolster,Centennial Farm Program Coordinator.
 
Photo by Rick Garcia
Read More Sunday, July 27, 2014
TAX SOLUTIONS: New Michigan Offer Program

  By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

 
 Governor Snyder signed into law HB 4003.  HB 4003 allows the State of Michigan to negotiate Michigan taxes.  This is exciting news for Michigan taxpayers!  For the first time ever, Michigan residents will be able to negotiate Michigan taxes for less.  The new law will start in 2015.
Read More Wednesday, July 16, 2014
News Spotlight: Information from BWL about Phone Scam Alert

 

The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) has received several reports of scam imposters threatening commercial customers with loss of service if they do not make a utility payment over the phone.
Read More Wednesday, July 16, 2014
News Spotlight: Home Invasion

 

On July 11, 2014 at 1:39 a.m., LPD officers responded to a residence on the 1600 block of Linval St. on report of a home invasion. The three occupants of the residence report that four males entered the residence and at least two had handguns (revolver and semi-automatic).
Read More Friday, July 11, 2014
Keep Kids Safe with Summer Camp

 

 
 
 
 
 
By Deborah M. Walker
 
Now that school is out parents are left wondering what to do with their children for the summer. Parents want a fun, safe, educational alternative for their children, the answer is simple… summer camp.
 
Read More Saturday, July 5, 2014
CIA officer Speaks on Personal Branding

 

 

 
 
 
By Rick Garcia
 
A unique partnership between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Arab American Women Business Council (AAWBC) was evident as approximately 75 women and a few men gathered for a dinner presentation at the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle early June.
 
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: SOUTHERN CORN PUDDING

 

A tasty addition to any meal!
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
Excuse me are you listening? 13-12

 

Dear Readers,
 
Even though summer has just started, it has brought us much rain in Michigan.  I am pleased about it though because the water bill for keeping the plants looking great outside the office will not cost a fortune.  
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: Why senior travel discounts aren't always the best deal

 

By Cameron Huddleston
Kiplinger
 
Most seniors know that they can take advantage of travel discounts geared specifically toward them for savings on hotels, attractions, rental cars, guided tours and more. But are the special rates for older travelers really that special?
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
State Fire Marshal Urges Safety with Fireworks Buy from State-Certified Retailers

  With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, State Fire Marshal Richard Miller today urges consumers to use extreme caution when using any type of fireworks especially the more powerful consumer-grade devices such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, sky lanterns, and Roman candles; and to buy only from state-certified retailers.

Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
TAX SOLUTIONS: Injured Spouse Tax Relief

  By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

 
Your spouse owes outstanding federal or state debt.  You are not responsible for your spouse’s debts.  If you file joint taxes with your spouse, the tax refund will be garnished and used to pay the outstanding debt.  The outstanding debt can be back IRS taxes, back state or city taxes, back child support, unpaid student loans, or any other unpaid federal obligations.  You have two options to stop your refund from being garnished.
Read More Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Island Conference –A Glimpse of Michigan’s Future

  By Rick Garcia

 
The 34th Mackinac Policy Conference convened more than 1,500 professionals, government leaders, CEOs and media on the island- a scaled down version of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  
Read More Monday, June 16, 2014
HUD grants help to get marginalized groups involved in the Government process in the greater Lansing area

 

The Community Reinvestment Fund Board just announced the award of the latest round of HUD grants to numerous groups here in the Tri-County region. Those grants, ranging up to $10,000, were awarded by the Board to fund projects which are designed to encourage "marginalized" group members to begin to participate in greater numbers in the government planning and decision-making processes which affect us all here in this Tri-County region.
Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
After Frigid Winter of 2013 Left Many Without Electricity - BWL Will Adopt All CRT and MPSC Recommendations

  J. Peter Lark, General Manager of the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL), announced to the BWL Board of Commissioners that all recommendations made by the Community Review Team (CRT) and Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) will be adopted by the BWL. The recommendations, which total more than 180 when the BWL’s internal review is included, were made in response to the December ice storm that knocked out power to 40,000 customers.

Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: BEEF POT PIES

  By Sharon Fox

 
1-2 boxes (17.3 oz.) frozen puff pastry
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 lb. beef--stew meat, chuck roast, or sirloin, cut into 3/4" cubes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups chopped mushrooms
                                             Click for more ingredients.  Delicious.
Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
Movie Review: “X-Men Days of Future Past”

  Studio:     20th Century Fox (2 hrs. 11 min.)

Plot:     Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halley Berry, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Cast:     The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
 
Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
Movie Review: “X-Men Days of Future Past”

  Studio:     20th Century Fox (2 hrs. 11 min.)

Plot:     Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halley Berry, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Cast:     The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
 
Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
Jill on Money: College is still worth it

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
  As the Class of 2014 throws their caps into the air during this graduation season, many families are facing the stark reality of a mound of education debt. Given the still-tough job market, is college worth it? The answer is yes, with a caveat. 
Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
Aboutthatcar.com: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

  By Frank S. Washington

 
WEST BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – Hyundai stopped just short of calling its redesigned 2015 Genesis a luxury performance sedan. The Korean automaker opted to call the car a midsize premium sedan.
Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
Your Other 8 Hours: How to stay strong and get what you deserve in a divorce

 

By Robert Pagliarini
Tribune Media Services 
 
What should you do if you are in the middle of a divorce but feel at the end of your rope? When you're struggling for an equitable resolution but don't see any end in sight?
Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
2014 Lansing Black College Tour: College Visitation List

During its 23 years, the Lansing Black College Tour (LBCT) has been to many educational institutions.  

Read More Sunday, June 1, 2014
2014 Lansing Black College Tour

 

Orlando "Pepper" Livas, II was one of the young men who has attended the LBCT for two years in a row.   

Read More Sunday, June 1, 2014
News Spotlight: Lansing Has a New Cold Case Website and Detective

 

 Lansing Police Department has established a website page for cold cases. Cold cases are homicide cases that have not been solved within one year of the date of the crime.

Right:  New cold case Detective Lee Mc Allister
Read More Friday, May 23, 2014
Homicide Suspect Pleads Guilty

 Homicide suspect, 45-year-old, Derrick Scott McClure, awaits sentencing.

Read More Friday, May 23, 2014
News Spotlight: Accidental Death

  On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Lansing Police Department was dispatched to the 2900 block of S. Washington in regard to a male subject stuck in the opening of a large metal donation bin located in a parking lot.

Read More Monday, May 19, 2014
U.S. District Court Museum Reveals Historic Movements

 

By Rick Garcia
 
Michigan is chalked with over 1,000 historical entities from museums to genealogical societies. 
Read More Sunday, May 4, 2014
The Lansing Black Chamber Pillar Awards 2014

 At this year's 2014 Community Pillar Awards gala honored the following five esteemed individuals for their invaluable contributions to Greater Lansing and the State of Michigan: Wendell Barron, Barbara Roberts Mason, James W. Butler III, Renee Freeman and A. Gregory Eaton.

Read More Sunday, May 4, 2014
Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

 WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?

 
Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery, that occurs on an international, national, and local scale. 
 
Although human trafficking takes many different forms—labor, domestic service, organ trafficking—79 
percent of human trafficking is for sexual exploitation. Overall, women make up 66 percent of trafficking 
victims and girls make up 13 percent.
 
Source: www.liveyourdream.org
 
istockphoto
 
Article by Dr. Daryl Green
Read More Wednesday, April 30, 2014
News Spotlight: CATA announces summer service changes and reductions effective May 5

 Summer CATA bus schedule changes.

Read More Wednesday, April 30, 2014
News Spotlight: BWL Issues Telephone Scam Alert

 

The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) has received several reports of scam imposters threatening commercial customers with loss of service if they do not make a utility payment over the phone.
Read More Monday, April 28, 2014
News Spotlight: 40th Anniversary of the Tri-County Office on Aging

  This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Tri-County Office on Aging providing services and support to empower older adults and persons with disabilities. Programs like Meals on Wheels, the Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, Project Choices and other in-home services support independence. In celebration, Tri-County Office on Aging has planned a year of events. The following is a list of dates and times for the events. 

Read More Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Lansing Community College Coach Mike Ingram Celebrates his 500th Win

 Coach Mike Ingram is a graduate of Lansing Community College and Central Michigan University. He was an All-American player at Lansing Community College and competed 

for two years at Central Michigan University after a stand-out high school career in Jackson, MI.
 
Courtesy photo
Read More Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Secretary of State Kicks Off “Wrap-Around” Statewide
 

 Experts were on hand at a recent community event to speak about topics from drivers licenses to voting.  Photo by Rick Garcia

Read More Wednesday, April 16, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: JERK CHICKEN DINNER

Enjoy this tasty Caribbean meal!!

Read More Wednesday, April 16, 2014
News Spotlight: Lansing Makes Plans for New-Build Hyatt

 

LANSING, MI -- CSM Lodging has announced the latest addition to its portfolio: The Hyatt Place in Lansing Township, Mich. The six-story, 125-key Hyatt Place Lansing hotel will be located in the Heights at Eastwood adjacent to the Eastwood Towne Center.
Read More Monday, April 14, 2014
Stop Violence in Our Community

 2nd Annual 

National Crime Victims’ Rights 
Week 
dinner & ceremony
Monday April 7th
 
Lansing City Hall Lobby
124 W Michigan Avenue Lansing, Michigan 48933
 
6:00 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - City Council
 
Family and friends of 
murder victims. This event is free.  Please 
RSVP at 517.372.8466
 
Monica Blackwell at a candlelight vigil for her son Domonique Ardister on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Letts Community Center. Ardister was killed on May 25, 2012 and leaves behind four
children. So many people have been impacted by this murder, 
at least 100 people showed up. 
TNCP Photo
Read More Monday, March 31, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: SWEET POTATO CHEESECAKE

 

 
This is delicious!
Read More Monday, March 31, 2014
REPUTATION IS MADE IN A MOMENT:  CHARACTER IS BUILT IN A LIFETIME

 By James Adrian 

 
How can children be our future if they are left with no hope?  The Michigan legislature has passed a bill that allows juvenile lifers to receive a sentence of 25-40 years of incarceration with a 60 year maximum. 
Read More Monday, March 31, 2014
The Lost Art of Phone Calls

 

 By Rick Garcia

 
Phone calls are slowly becoming passé.  The other day I attempted to call one of my clients only to have a hollow, artificial voice of a woman in a monotonous tone - “If you know your party’s extension please dial it now.  Otherwise press “1” to continue, press “2” to dial by last name or press “3” to leave a voice message.”
 
Read More Monday, March 31, 2014
Students Shine at “Michigan History Day” Competition

 

Raamiz Shuttari of Troy displays his History exhibit on "The Reign of Abubakr".
Photo by Rick Garcia

By Rick Garcia

 
Many people are familiar with academic school competitions like the Science Olympiad, First in Michigan Robotics and Quizbowl, which all have wonderful merits on student achievement. 

 

Read More Monday, March 31, 2014
News Spotlight: Suspect in Bank Robbery Arraigned

 Darryl Sephus Smith, 47 year old Lansing man, was arraigned yesterday March 15, 2014 in 54-A District court 

Read More Sunday, March 16, 2014
News Spotlight: Suspect in Bank Robbery Arraigned

 Darryl Sephus Smith, 47 year old Lansing man, was arraigned yesterday March 15, 2014 in 54-A District court 

Read More Sunday, March 16, 2014
New Spotlight: Suspect in House Shooting Arraigned

  The following suspect,  Melvin Martel Taylor, was arraigned March 13, 2014 in 54-A District court in front of Magistrate Millmore.

Read More Friday, March 14, 2014
News Spotlight: “Nightingales” Fundraiser for the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival to Take Place March 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Avenue Café in Lansing’s downtown will be the backdrop for “Nightingales: An intimate Evening with Lansing’s Ladies of Jazz” – a fundraiser for the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) taking place on Friday, March 21 from 7-9 p.m.

 

Read More Friday, March 14, 2014
News Spotlight: Shooting on Cedar and Holmes Near Barbershop

 Charge(s) were issued on the 41 year old Lansing man Arthur Lee Hall. Arraignment was in 54-A District court in front of Magistrate Millmore on the following charge(s).

 
 
Read More Thursday, March 13, 2014
Michigan Business: “Hats” Off to Stormy Kromer Caretaker
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Rick Garcia

 

Without a doubt this will be one of the harshest winter on record.  Bob Jacquart, CEO  of Jacquart Fabric Products, maker of Stormy Kromer wear. He is standing in front of one of the many collages at the factory. Photo by Rick Garcia

Read More Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Michigan Travel: History on Display: The Ella Sharp Museum
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Ella Sharp Museum’s  50th anniversary approaching the museum is still meeting the challenge of bringing the visual arts and the area's history to visitors through exhibits, community festivals and outreach programs.   Courtesy photo

 

Read More Tuesday, March 11, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: JAMAICAN BEEF PATTIES

 

By Sharon Fox
 
This tasty Caribbean dish is sure to please.  
 
 
Read More Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Movie Review: “The Lego Movie”

  Studio:   Warner Bros. (1hr. 40 min.)

Plot:   An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.
Cast:   Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Shaquille O’Neal
Rating:     PG
Bottom Line:     ****
Read More Tuesday, March 11, 2014
News Spotlight Update: Wendy’s attempted robbery Surveillance Photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at approximately 8:40 p.m. Ingham County dispatch sent Lansing Police to a Robbery at the Wendy’s restaurant in the 3600 block of S. Martin L. King. While enroute Officers were updated with information that the suspect left. Upon arrival Officers learned the following information:

 
Read More Monday, March 10, 2014
Arrests Made in Long Blvd. Shooting

 

 
 
 
 On Saturday, March 8, 2014 at approximately 5:26 p.m. Lansing Police were dispatched to the area of 900 Long Blvd. in regard to several calls of gun shots being fired.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read More Monday, March 10, 2014
News Spotlight: Habibi Dancers to Host Legendary American Bellydancer, Dahlena, During Annual 2-Day Bellydance Workshop and Performance

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LANSING, MI  – The Habibi Dancers and special guest artist, Dahlena present “Habibi Raks,” a weekend of bellydance workshops and performance on April 12 and 13, 2014, at Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Rd. East Lansing. The weekend will feature Middle Eastern Oriental, Sai’di, and tribal fusion.
Read More Sunday, March 9, 2014
News Spotlight: Miller and Kaynorth Shooting- Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upper Left: Demetrius Raymont Roberts, 25 year old Lansing man

Upper Right:  Dionel Deangelo White-Beard, 17 year old Lansing man

Lower:  Shelton Darnell Coats, 22 year old Lansing man 

On Friday March 7th, 2014, at approximately 4:35pm, the Ingham County 9-1-1 Center received several 9-1-1 calls about two vehilces chasing and shooting at each other while travelling e/b on Miller from Wise. Within minutes of receiving the intial 9-1-1 calls, the 9-1-1 center advised responding officers that there was a shooting vicitim at the car wash in the area of Kaynorth and Miller.

 

 

Read More Sunday, March 9, 2014
Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative Has Promise

There are a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?”  – President Obama, July 19, 2013

By David Muhammad

 
Recently, at the White House, President Obama will formally launch his promising new initiative to effectuate meaningful change in the Black community, something I had hoped for since that first euphoric moment when I learned that a Black man had been elected President of the United States.
Read More Sunday, March 9, 2014
Interpersonal Edge: Want brilliant employees? Hire an intern

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Media Services

 Q. I am in charge of bringing entry-level employees into my company. Our turnover is a thing of wonder. Is there any way to do a better job screening before I make a commitment to hire and end up disappointed? Watching new employees come and go is exhausting! 

Read More Sunday, March 9, 2014
Opportunity for all: President Obama Launches My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to Build Ladders of Opportunity For Boys and Young Men of Color

 

President Obama is taking action to launch My Brother’s Keeper – a new initiative to help every boy and young man of color who is willing to do the hard work to get ahead.
Read More Sunday, March 9, 2014
Social Security disability benefits

  By Vonda VanTil

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
 
We celebrate Black History Month, President’s Day and Valentine’s Day  during the month of February .  Also February 2-8, 2014 was also celebrated as Chicano History Week in the state of Michigan.  With all of these celebrations there are also awareness campaigns regarding Social Security benefits.
Read More Sunday, March 9, 2014
Cultivating Life: In cold winter, insect-eating birds need special consideration


The yellow-rumped warbler is just one of the many insect-eating birds that you can help survive the winter by setting out feeders with suet or mealworm. Photo by Steve Byland, FotoliaBy Sean Conway

Tribune Content Agency
 
When I got out of bed this morning the thermometer outside my window read a mere 12 degrees. Several inches of new snow fell overnight, and as soon as the sun popped up over the horizon the brightness was almost blinding.
Read More Sunday, March 9, 2014
News Spotlight: Robbery at QD Photos Released

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at approximately 8:40 p.m. Ingham County dispatch sent Lansing Police to a Robbery at the Wendy’s restaurant in the 3600 block of S. Martin L. King. While enroute Officers were updated with information that the suspect left.

 

Read More Friday, March 7, 2014
News Spotlight: MI Carpenters, Volunteers, Businesses Surprise Wounded Veteran, Family with New Home, Job

  TAYLOR, MI – Christopher Holcomb served the nation as a Marine in Afghanistan, spearheading the global fight against terrorism. He also bore the scars of being in a forward combat position, sustaining a serious injury during his Afghanistan deployment.

Read More Friday, March 7, 2014
Robbery at Walgreens This Morning: Suspect at Large

  

Read More Friday, March 7, 2014
News Spotlight: General Motors May Build New Stamping Plant in Lansing

  

 
Expansion of Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant would keep GM’s Lansing facilities competitive on global stage

 
LANSING, MI – General Motors’ Lansing Grand River Assembly (LGR) manufacturing complex could grow by 225,000 square feet and add dozens of new jobs with the possible construction of a new cutting-edge stamping facility.
Read More Thursday, March 6, 2014
News Spotlight: Robbery at PNC Bank Earlier Today

 

Today, Robbery at PNC Bank
 
Medium completion black male, small in build (5’5”) approximately 30 years old wearing a navy blue stocking hat, navy blue puffy jacket (red Nike on chest), blue jeans and sun glasses.
 
Read More Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Dance Troupe Continues the Legacy

 Heather Taylor has led her dance group through spirit, movement and peace for many years.  They have touched many hearts and minds on a global level.

 
From bottom left to right:
 
Taliah Taylor
Tiffany Taylor
Megan Peterson
Heather Taylor
Malinda Milton
Kenya Milton
Martha Rogers-Milton
 
In the middle:
Christina Weiss and 
Anastasia Thomas-Cruze
 
Courtesy photo
Read More Thursday, February 27, 2014
News Spotlight: Public Asked to Help Identify Unknown Female

 

After 35 years, body found in Jackson still unidentified

 
Read More Thursday, February 27, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: GRILLED JERK CHICKEN WITH MANGO SALSA

Sharon Fox is the author of COMFORT FOOD FOR THE MIND, BODY, AND SOUL and she has a series of eBooks for Kindle. Try one of her delicious recipes!

Read More Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Top 10 Tips for Getting Your Taxes Prepared

 

 By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

1)  Check the tax accountant’s PTIN.  All tax accountants preparing tax returns must have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).  You do not want your tax return to be prepared by a tax accountant without a PTIN.

 
Read More Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Enjoy 'The LEGO Movie' outside of the theatre

 By John Gaudiosi

GamerHub.tv
 
Warner Bros. has a bonafide blockbuster with "The LEGO Movie," which has dominated the box office since opening Feb. 7. The movie has already made over $143 million in the U.S. to date and is on its way to surpassing $200 million domestically. The LEGO Movie broke records over President's Day Weekend earning $63.5 million 
Read More Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Excuse me, are you listening? 13-3

  Dear Readers,

 
Women’s History Month is in March.  I have always found it to be an interesting time.  I make it my business both during February and March to learn an abundance more about black history and women’s history. Being a woman and black, it is important for me to learn more.  I also must get in some Latino history as well.
Read More Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NEW NETWORK ASKS YOU TO SHARE YOUR POSITIVE STORIES ABOUT BLACK MEN

 BMe Community, is a 3,000+ community of inspired black men leading positive change. 

Courtesy photo
Read More Wednesday, February 26, 2014
2014 Winter Olympics Story: Shani Davis: Skating for History, Not Love

  By Mark Starr

The Root/New America Media
 
Speed skater Shani Davis will go down in history for his succession of Winter Olympic firsts, most notably as the first African-American athlete to win an individual gold at the Winter Games. But in his own sport, he is celebrated for his extraordinary record of sustained excellence.
Read More Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Opinion: Black Quarterback Wins Super Bowl: Where’s the Fuss?

 By  Stephen Crockett

The Root
 
Disney couldn't write a better story: A short kid, much too short to play quarterback, won't let that fighting spirit in him die. So he plays in high school, both ways: quarterback on offense and cornerback on defense. Hell, he even punted the ball. His high school coach called him a one-man wrecking crew. He breaks records and is still rated only as a two-star recruit. Too short, they say.
Read More Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Movie Review: “Labor Day”

 

Studio:  Paramount (1 hr. 51 min.)
Plot:  A depressed single mother and her son offer a wounded fearsome man a ride that changes their lives.
Cast:  Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith, Toby Maguire, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe
Rating:    PG-13
Bottom Line:    ***1/2
 
Read More Monday, February 24, 2014
Excuse me, are you listening? 13-2

 

Dear Readers,
 
It is still snowing outside and some are becoming weary.  I personally love it. Even as the temperature reads 3 degrees. I love everything about Lansing because I live here.  There is nothing to complain about because I find the beauty in almost everything.
 
Read More Sunday, February 9, 2014
Globetrotters Score Smiles at the Breslin

 Globetrotter’s “Flight Time” gets a confetti splash from team captain Special K Daley at the Breslin Center during their show. 

 
Photo by Rick Garcia
Read More Sunday, February 9, 2014
Teen Talk: Why Public Education Is Worth Funding

 

By Claudia Kelley
 
Throughout the course of my academic career, my educational path has been tremendously nontraditional. From homeschooling to independent learning in a Montessori school, and from parochial school to public education, my unconventional educational transitions are the foundation for who I am as a human, a woman, and a member of society.
Read More Sunday, February 9, 2014
Governor Snyder Introduces Michigan Office for New Americans

 

 By Rick Garcia

 
A few weeks ago Governor Rick Snyder in his state of the state address pledged to make Michigan more welcome to immigrants – The only Governor in the nation to make that stand.
 

 

Read More Sunday, February 9, 2014
Aboutthatcar.com: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST


 By Frank S. Washington

 
DETROIT, MI – The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST was firecracker of a little car.
 
Read More Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Retire Smart: Mailbag: An uphill battle for Generation X
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
When the stock market began to crater in 2008, an 85-year-old client said to me, "I'm not worried about me - I don't have a job to lose, and most of money is in bonds and CDs. But I am very concerned about my kids and my grandkids." I thought about how prescient that comment was after reading a new report from the Pew Charitable Trust's economic mobility project, "Retirement Security Across Generations."
 
Read More Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Schools to carry epinephrine injectors to help protect students from dangerous food allergies

 

Gov. Rick Snyder, state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, and Doug and Lisa Rutter, of Rochester, and their sons, 6-year-old Evan and 4-year-old Hayden,  after the governor signed House Bills 4352 and 4353. The new laws require Michigan schools to have at least two epinephrine injectors onsite and have at least two staff members trained to use the devices. The devices provide inexpensive and effective emergency treatment for anaphylaxis brought on by food allergies. Courtesy photo

Read More Tuesday, January 28, 2014
North American International Auto Show: “Niche” Auto Debut Turn Heads

 Ian James, Professional Racer and EQUUS Automotive brand ambassador introduces the BASS770 at the NAIAS in Detroit.

 
Photo by Rick Garcia
Read More Sunday, January 26, 2014
Michigan Singer Takes Talent International

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palau de la artes in  Valencia, Spain is an area that holds Cassandra Allen’s school; Berklee College of Music, Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.

Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
Michigan Travel: Ziibiwing Center Preserves Tribal Heritage

 

Top  Photo:Every culture seeks to tell their story.  The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's story is told at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways. 
Courtesy photo
 
Bottom Photo:  Through the presentation of  selected cultural textiles,  the cultural center teaches about the vibrant lifestyle.
Courtesy photo
 
 
 

 

Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS

 

By Sharon Fox
 
1 large chicken
1 onion, chopped
3-4 carrots, chopped
2-3 celery stalks
1 Tbsp. chicken bouillon crystals
1 quart chicken stock
 
1 can cream of chicken soup
Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
6 Rules for Keeping Track of Charitable Contributions

  By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

 
Donating to charitable causes is a good thing.  You are helping others in need.  For your generosity, the IRS allows you to claim a tax deduction.  If you donate to charities, you should understand the basic record keeping rules for claiming a tax deduction.
 
Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
Inside The Mind of a Sportsaholic: Great Job Spartans

  By Jimmy L. Wilson, Jr.

 
Sitting down to write my thoughts on a sporting event is usually an easy thing. However, in the 48 hours since the Michigan State Spartans won the 2014 Rose Bowl with a 24-20 victory over the Stanford Cardinal, it has been difficult. The biggest problem has been figuring out which angle to cover because there are so many different ones. 
Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
News Briefs: Medicaid and New DNR Recruits

  Medicare is the best care if you are age 65 or older and DNR conservation officer academy starts Jan. 12 with 31 recruits

Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
Teen Talk: Eating Disorders and the Media

 

By Claudia Kelley
 
The holiday season is upon us once again- the time of year when we can listen to Frank Sinatra classics while shopping for gifts at the mall and spend much needed time with family members. The part of this season that we can easily ignore, however, is the elevated amount of corporate advertising- the majority of which is targeted toward young men and women. This advertising pushes and reaffirms the idea of unattainable perfection and the need to be pretty: a standard of worth that is absolutely inaccurate and unimportant.
Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
Make MLK a Day of Service

 

By Rick Garcia
 
As we gear into 2014 with a clean slate, many resolutions have been made to become healthier, happier and productive among family, co-workers and friends.  Why not include a resolution to help our fellow man or to improve our environment and community?
 
Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Sniff test: Some young children are ready for deodorant

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

www.kidsdr.com
 
 I recently received an email from a mother asking if her 5-year-old son, an avid athlete, could wear deodorant. It seems his arm pits "smell like a grown man's." I have actually been asked this question on occasion in the office, and I've even noticed body odor (BO) while examining some 5- to 8-year-old patients.
 
Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
Retire Smart: Mailbag: What's your retirement number?

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
   A former client once argued with me about his "retirement number." He couldn't believe that he needed $1 million in savings before he could retire. "That amount just seems like way more money than is necessary!" But after walking through the variables and calculations, he finally said, "Geez, a million bucks. ... I guess that's my number."
Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
Movie Review: “The Hobbit: The Desolution of Smaug”

  Studio:  Warner Bros. (2 hr. 41 min.)   

Plot:    The continuing adventure of Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.  
Cast:   Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly
Rating: PG-13    
Bottom Line:  ***1/2  
 
By Laurence Washington
 
Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
Aboutthatcar.com: 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT

 

By Frank S. Washington
 
DETROIT, MI – One of GMC’s advertising tag lines for its pick trucks is “Professional Grade.” It appears that designers and engineers took that to heart in creating the 2014 GMC Sierra pickup truck.

 

Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
News Spotlight: Gospel Artists Raise Voices, Stroke Awareness in National Singing Competition

   The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Most Powerful Voices gospel singing competition returns in search of dynamic gospel performers who will raise stroke awareness — particularly in the African-American community — through the power of music. 

Read More Wednesday, January 8, 2014
New Year 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Readers,

 
In preparation for 2014, I am suggesting that we really become more connected with people that we like.   In the new year, my goal will be to sit down with at least four people that I have met on social media or just in passing.  You know the people who always make you smile when you see them but you do not know them well.  There are just some people who just make you want to give them a great big hug.
Read More Sunday, December 29, 2013
Latino Commission Honors Diversity Leaders

                                                                                        Mexico Consul Solana, Left, cuts the cake with Matt Wesaw, Director of Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

 

Photo courtesy of Rene Rodriguez of Studio One Creative

Read More Sunday, December 29, 2013
Movie Review: “Out of the Furnace”

  Studio:     Relativity Media  (1 hr. 46 min)

Plot:    When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.
Cast:   Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Zoë Saldana
Read More Sunday, December 29, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: FRIED RICE and BAKED SWEET N SOUR CHICKEN

 

Two recipes in one column....  
Read More Sunday, December 29, 2013
Giving Wisely This Holiday Season

 

By Rick Garcia
 
This time of year, mailboxes and inboxes are filled with requests for charitable donations with the same message – financial support is needed now more than ever. But in these tough economic times, how can families ensure that their dollars will do the most good?
 
Read More Sunday, December 29, 2013
Retire Smart: Mailbag: Inheritance, long-term care and tapping retirement savings

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
 
  Every few months, I like to use this space to empty out the inbox and answer some reader questions. And just a reminder: If you have a financial question or a comment about a recent column, send it to askjill@jillonmoney.com. And if you would like to be a guest on my syndicated radio show, call 1-855-411-JILL.
Read More Sunday, December 29, 2013
Interpersonal Edge: Helping employee understand the meaning of 'no'

 

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Media Services
 
 Q. I have an employee that treats "no" as little more than a speed bump. He just goes faster and pretends I didn't say anything. Also, if I give him an inch on any policy, he figures the policy doesn't even apply. I have had repeated conversations where I point out the rules; he smiles and then does what he damn pleases. How do I get him to toe the line?
Read More Sunday, December 29, 2013
Lessons of a Former Bully

By Diego Sandoval

We'Ced Youth Media / 
New America Media
 
According to studies by the American Medical Association, more than 3.2 million youths experience “moderate” or “serious” bullying. In my case, it started as early as I can remember.
 
I can recall saying to one classmate in kindergarten, “Listen, this is my playground kid,” as I held a pointy object to his neck.
 
Editor’s note:  Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family  of Everett High School student Dalia Carpenter who committed suicide, a tragedy family and friends have blamed partially on cyber-bullying.

Also Christine Keith, 37, lost her life along with her teenage son Isaac Miller,14, in a domestic violence crime.
Adults bully too. 
 
 
 
Read More Sunday, December 29, 2013
5 destinations for your Christmas holiday

St. Patrick's Cathedral Exterior

Tony Pleavin, Dublin Regional Tours


 

www.VirtualTourist.com

 

Christmas is widely considered one of the worst travel times of the year, with flight prices jumping up and delays regularly occurring due to winter weather.

If you're going to brave the airports this year, why not use those two extra days to your advantage and venture off to a new and exciting destination? With a variety of travelers in mind, VirtualTourist members and editors compiled this list.

 

Read More Sunday, December 15, 2013
“Christmas Lights” Up Our Lives
By Rick Garcia
 
Like many families in neighborhoods across the country, I go through the holiday ritual like a surgeon preparing for an operation, donning strands after strands of colorful, twinkling lights all over my home. 
 
Tradition passes from father to son, despite the advancement and technology of decorative illumination from grenade-sized bulbs to the hi-def LED or from the plastic Santa and his reindeers to the “blow-up” snowman.
Read More Sunday, December 15, 2013
Get Ready to Itemize Your Tax Deductions
By A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.
 
Joy to the world, tax time is just around the corner. I know you are excited. Ok, probably not. We CPAs and accountants are a unique breed. We get excited to work every day and night for three months straight to get everyone’s tax returns filed on time. Filing taxes is a necessary evil. It is best to prepare for tax time by reviewing your itemized deductions in December. You may be able to gather additional deductions before the year ends. The following is a list of itemize deductions.
Read More Sunday, December 15, 2013
Celebrating Life at 100 Years Old

Ella Cowan celebrating 100 years of living life!
TNCP photo

LANSING, MI --  Ella Cowan celebrated a century on her birthday as she turned 100 years old with family and friends at Riverfront Towers located at 601 S. Cedar Street.  She was surrounded by a crowded room of friends and family.  She received resolutions from the U.S. Congress, State of Michigan, Ingham County and the City of Lansing.  Ella also received a birthday card greeting from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

 

Read More Sunday, December 15, 2013
Toy Village is Closing its Doors Forever
Toy Village sign shown here touting one of its many sales to bring customers in. Going out of business will be bittersweet for many.
 
Courtesy photo 
 
By Deborah Walker
 
For over 50 years Toy Village, located at 3105 West Saginaw, Lansing, Michigan has provided quality collectable toys for children and adults of all ages. Selling antique dolls, bears, games, puzzles and  a slew of other toys Toy Village has provided its customers access to toys that cannot be found any place else, but that is all due to end.
Read More Sunday, December 1, 2013
Republican Party Introduces  State Director  and Michigan Black Advisory Board
Wayne Bradley has been hired as the Michigan State Director of African-American Engagement for the  Republican Party.
 
Photo courtesy of RNC
 
Michigan Black Advisory Council: Terry Johnson (Farmington Hills), Blake Edmonds (Grand Rapids), Kerry Jackson (Farmington Hills), Eunice Myles Jeffries (Detroit/Farmington Hills), Kelly Mitchell (Grand Rapids), Jessica Ann Tyson (Grand Rapids), RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (at the podium)  Linda Lee Tarver (Lansing), Bishop Ira Combs (Jackson), Wayne Bradley (Michigan State Director of African-American Engagement) and Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak. Not in photo: Jerome Barney (Detroit), Bill Brooks (Detroit), Jimmy Greene (Saginaw), Dr. Phillip Johnson (Saginaw) and Pastor Phillip Smith (Grand Rapids).
 
 
 
Read More Sunday, December 1, 2013
The Gales of November

By Rick Garcia


When I think of November in Michigan, I instantly picture a dark, angry air of tumultuous weather as Gordon Lightfoot’s haunting ballad “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” continuously plays in my head. “November Witch” is the name that sailors have used for years to refer to the unexpected and wickedly violent storms on the Great Lakes. There are many stories and legends coming out of the large fresh water body that shaped our great State into a sailing enigma.


Read More Sunday, December 1, 2013
4 Good Business Tax Resources

By A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.


Operating a small business can be tough. There is plenty of work to complete.

Generally, one aspect of the business that is easily mismanaged is taxes and accounting. Many small business owners gather documents at the end of the year for taxes. Gathering documents at the end of the year can be time consuming and inefficient. The following are IRS resources to help you categorize expenses and identify business expenses throughout the year.

(Forms and Publications can be downloaded online at www.IRS.gov or our website

www.ALGTaxSolutions.com in the Resources section).


Read More Sunday, December 1, 2013
News Spotlight: Help the Jaycees Stuff the Bus, bring Christmas cheer to local children

 LANSING — Shoppers will have an opportunity to help spread holiday cheer next month at the Lansing Jaycees’ annual “Stuff the Bus” event, which this year aims to provide Christmas to 26 local children and their families.

Read More Sunday, November 24, 2013
Cancer Survivor Finishes Her First Five Mile Race
Jessica Fox has a story of perseverance.
 
However, she continues to highlight what is so 
magnificent about being true to yourself and 
making positive things
happen.
 
Courtesy photo
 
By Deborah M. Walker
 
A college graduate with hopes of law school Jessica Fox thought it could never happen to her. “I was shocked,” said Fox. “I don’t understand how this could have happened to me.”
Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
Movie Review: 12 Years A Slave
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
Just when you thought you had seen all the historical films about slavery, along comes “12 Years a Slave.” 
Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: WARM GINGERBREAD WITH CARAMEL SAUCE

Try It!

Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
College Student's Birthday Inspires Volunteerism
Left to right: Miriam Chege engineering student at Michigan State University (MSU) celebrated her 21st birthday by volunteering.  Walnut Neighborhood Organization resident Wendell Hill, 
donated yard tools for  use. Friends, Hilena Tibebe (MSU), Abigail Onchiri (MSU) and Sylvia Onchiri (Davenport University) lent a helping hand.  
TNCP photo
 
LANSING, MI -- Instead of spending her birthday partying, Miriam Chege  celebrated  her birthday by giving back.  She turned 21-years-old on November 3, 2013. 
 
Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
Inside the Mind of a Sportsaholic: Plenty To Cheer For
By Jimmy L. Wilson, Jr.
 
"I'm glad that basketball season is here, so I can ignore the football team", has been the refrain for Michigan State alumni and fans many times. That is not the case this year. With the football team playing well, and the basketball team starting a season with national championship aspirations, Spartan eyes have to be smiling. Here is a quick look at things for both teams. 
Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
Small Turtles Banned For Sale as Pets, Pose Salmonella Risk

LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating cases of Salmonella in people who have contact with small pet turtles. Throughout the past 18 months five Michigan cases have been linked to three multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections from small turtles. 

Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
Michigan History… In the Making
By Rick Garcia
 
Coca-Cola had a famous ad slogan, “The Pause That Refreshes.”  The artwork and part of the text originally appeared in a 1931 campaign, rebooted in June 1943 to tie the nation’s current military activity to a long line of military service—and when servicemen needed a break from their grueling work, they took a pause. Naturally, those pauses involved refreshing bottles of ice-cold Coca-Cola.
Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
Your Other 8 Is selfishness the solution to our country's problems?
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
 
We've got problems. Our economy has stagnated; unemployment is high; we have an almost inconceivable amount of national debt; and our elected officials are fighting among themselves. What we need are some good solutions. What's to blame for this mess? In a country that is so politically divided, surprisingly you'll often get the same answer in Beverly Hills that you'll get in Biloxi, Miss.: selfishness. Wall Street greed. 
Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Coxsackie virus is going around again
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 
 Coxsackie virus is rampant once again! I've seen too many kids to count (TMKTC) with symptoms of coxsackie virus and the classic skin rash associated with "hand, foot and mouth disease." Many parents are telling me that their day care centers are having outbreaks, which is what typically happens at this time of year.
Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
Retire Smart: Digging into the mailbag
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
Every few months, I like to empty out the inbox, which has definitely piled up. I will answer a variety of your questions. As a reminder, if you have a financial question or a comment about a column, send it to: askjill@jillonmoney.com. If you would like to be a guest on my syndicated radio show, call 855-411-JILL.
Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
Love and Embrace the Real You
By Gina L Battle
 
It's still the same story, we often think we want what someone else has, not being satisfied with the juxtaposition of our own lives. You know how it is; if only I were taller, richer, or shorter, or skinnier, or had a house like my neighbor. But, the problem with having positioned your attitude in that way is, you really have no idea what the person's life you envy is truly like. 
Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
Top 5 non-art museums

Left:  The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum maintains the world's largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials.
 
Courtesy photo
 
 
 
When you mention the word "museum," most travelers imagine the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the thralls of people trying to sneak a peak of the Mona Lisa at Le Louvre. 
Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
Retire Smart: When to take Social Security benefits

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Media Services
 
In 2013, 37 million Americans will receive Social Security (SS) retirement benefits totaling $47.4 billion. Clearly, Americans have come to rely on Social Security retirement income, with more than half of married couples and nearly three-quarters of unmarried persons receiving 50 percent or more of their total income from the program.
 
Read More Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Aboutthatcar.com: 2013 Ford Fusion

 

By Frank S. Washington

 
DETROIT, MI – Ford has done really well with the redesigned Fusion since it was introduced last year. Much of its success goes to the pragmatic and very functional way the midsize sedan operates.
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
Interpersonal Edge: Is coworker a liar or just unrealistic?

  By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Media Services
 
Q. I work with a person who was just promoted to lead. My problem is he always promises to get tasks I need done and then makes excuses. We just had someone quit, and I know he has a lot on his plate, but I am tired of him lying. Is there a way to get him to deliver what he promises?
 
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
Lansing School District Fights Back to Curb School Suspensions

By Deborah M. Walker

 
How can a student learn in school if they are not there? The answer to this question is simple… they cannot. It is no wonder as the rate of school suspensions climb the rate of graduations decline. Students are being suspended at a rate of more than double that of thirty years ago. School expulsions have risen fifteen percent from 2002-2006. These rates are alarming and it seems this trend is only going to continue yet, local school officials are fighting back and new in-school programs are proving successful. 
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Family routines can reduce childhood obesity

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

www.kidsdr.com
 
 I just read an article published in the journal Pediatrics which once again validated the importance of family routines. In this study, researchers from Ohio State University looked at household routines as they related to childhood obesity, an ever-escalating problem.
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
Michigan Artist Named "Male Vocalist of The Year" at 2013 Tejano Music Awards
Ricky Valenz from Lansing, Michigan is 
making waves in the Tejano music industry.
 
Courtesy photo
 
SAN ANTONIO, TX--  The 33rd Annual Tejano Music Awards held at the Lila Cockrell Theater on October 19th, proved to be a big night for Tejano newcomer Ricky Valenz. Valenz, who won last year's "Best New Artist Male-2012" walked away with two awards, including "Male Vocalist of the Year", making Valenz the first male artist to win "Best New Artist Male" and "Male Vocalist" back to back.
 
 
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
Movie Review: Dark Girls
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
What makes a documentary essential? Is it its political, social relevance or subject matter? 
 

Powerful, intelligent and surprisingly entertaining, “Dark Girls” is an essential and riveting film that pulls back our country’s curtain to reveal the deep seated biases and hatreds of racism – within and outside of the Black American culture. 

Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: HOLIDAY WAFFLES WITH VANILLA CREAM SAUCE
Try It!
 
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
Living a life of no regrets with your time
By Cedric Dukes
 
You have 24 hours, 1440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds in a day – what do you do with your time? 
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
Veteran’s Day is November 1, 2013 New Benefits on the Horizon Assistance Applying for VA Benefits

LANSING, MI --  Many veterans and their dependents find the VA process overwhelming while others are unaware of their eligibility. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has numerous benefit programs for eligible veterans and their surviving spouse. 

Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
November Slates National Adoption Month
By Rick Garcia
 
 
What do Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela and former U.S. Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Bill Clinton all have in common?  If you haven’t already done a google search on your phone or computer, the aforementioned notables are on the same team of Wendy’s Restaurant founder Dave Thomas – also the creator of the Wendy’s Foundation for Adoption.
 
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
Your Other 8 Hours: The broken window fallacy and unintended consequences
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
 
Have you heard the parable of the broken window? It's a wonderful example of unintended consequences that applies not only to businesses activity and government regulations but to individuals as well. Fans of the book "Freakonomics" are given a front row seat to watch the dramatic and always surprising (they are "unintended" after all) effects of unintended consequences. But in our haste to laugh and condemn the short-sighted thinking of others, we often don't see the unintended consequences we are creating in our own lives.
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
Top 5 Spots to Learn Something New
Cooking at the Culinary Institute of America.
Courtesy photo
 
 
Along with ecotourism and voluntourism, a growing trend in travel is edutourism, where visitors spend part of their trip engaged in a class to learn a new skill or hobby that is indicative of the place and or culture.
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
Reflections of Life

Antonella Milagros Benavides and her father, Sean Paul Benavides celebrating her Sweet 16.   Courtesy photo

 

By Sean Paul Benavides

While working at the Domino's Pizza store in East Lansing in 1985, Sundays were crazy as we would sell hundreds and hundreds of pizzas to  Michigan State University (MSU) students. One particular day an older manager named Phil (name changed), would do the routing of the pizza deliveries which meant that he would send different orders on the same delivery with one driver. 

 

Read More Wednesday, October 30, 2013
News Spotlight: Lansing Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is presenting "White Christmas"

 Lansing Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is presenting "White Christmas", a Gala Night at the Riverwalk Theatre, Tuesday, December 3, beginning at 6:00 pm.


Read More Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Movie Review: Baggage Claim
Studio:     Fox Searchlight (96 minutes)
Plot:     A single flight attendant embarks on a thirty-thousand-mile expedition mission to find a potential suitor.
Cast:     Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Adam Brody, Trey Songz
Rating:     PG 13
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: GAME DAY CHILI AND CORNBREAD

Try It!

Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
Get Free Asthma Help on Saturday, October 26

The Mid-Michigan Asthma Coalition’s free asthma help event for area residents, “Not One More Life (NOML)” is Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church at 3500 West Holmes Road, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The NOML event was originally developed by Dr. LeRoy Graham of Atlanta, Georgia to help adults and children experiencing breathing difficulties gain the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about their health.

Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
Your Other 8 Hours: 3 steps to prepare for the next disaster
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
 
As a "sudden wealth" financial planner, I take great pride in helping others determine where they are going and how to get there. I consider myself an eternal optimist. In my mind, the glass is not half empty or half full -- it is well on its way to becoming full. People are generally good and do what is right. On the other hand, I'm also a realist, looking not only at the destination but rather at all of the things that can go wrong along the way.
Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
Top 5 Ghost Towns
Hashima Island (also called Gunkanjima) off the coast of Nagasaki Port in Japan.
GUNKANJIMA Japan National Tourism Organizat Virtual Tourist
 
 
Halloween is synonymous with costumes, an abundance of bite-sized candy and adorable photos of children dressed as cartoon characters, superheroes and monstrous creatures. However, the spirit of Halloween can also influence your travels. Rather than focusing on haunted destinations, the members and editors of VirtualTourist.com have compiled a list of those places that have been abruptly abandoned by people, making them spooky and eerie. From an abandoned Greek village in Turkey to a former disaster site in the Ukraine, here are VirtualTourist's "Top 5 Ghost Towns."
Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
My Michigan: Local Screen Writer Returns Home to Promote Debut Film
Left:  Jazmen Darnell Brown is a screenwriter born and raised in Lansing, MI with his mother, Dawn Brown at the screening of his feature film, “The Citizen”.    Courtesy photos
 
By Deborah M. Walker
 
LANSING, MI -- For the past five years, Jazmen Darnell Brown a 2003 J.W. Sexton High School graduate had been waiting anxiously for what would be his inauguration into the world of feature film writing. Since 2008, Brown had been working on his project trying perilously to explain his cinema venture to friends and family who were perplexed as to the extent of his work. Brown tried countless times to clarify and the grand scale of his work and now he can finally reveal the result of his endeavor. 
Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Be truthful when explaining death to a child
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 
 The mother had been fortunate that no one in her own immediate family had died, and therefore she'd never really discussed death with her daughter. I could sense that she was dreading the discussion, just as much as some parents dread discussing sexuality with their children. Interestingly, both of these issues are "facts of life."
Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
Retire Smart: 401(k) Fee-asco
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
 A Yale professor is providing a perfect follow-up to the PBS' "Frontline" episode "The Retirement Gamble" that aired earlier this year. The program detailed America's retirement crisis and how the financial services industry feasts on high fees inside of many employer-sponsored plans.
Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
Aboutthatcar.com: 2013 Mazda CX-9
By Frank S. Washington
 
 
DETROIT, MI – After a week-long test drive of a 2013 Mazda CX-9, a seven passenger crossover utility, it is easy to understand why this three-rowed vehicle became so popular so quickly.
Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
Will Handwriting Be A Dead Form?
By Rick Garcia
 
Since the early dawn of mankind the origins of communication began with cave paintings.  As civilization and progress had begun, so did the evolution of these pictographs which converted to Cuneiform, Runes, Hieroglyphic and ultimately Alphabetic writing.
Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
80-Year-Old Grandma Gets US Citizenship
Salvadorian immigrant Carlota Gutiérrez holding her U.S. naturalization certificate.
Courtesy photo
 
By  Elena Shore
Andrea Acosta, Translated
El Pregonero
 
Despite her advanced age and limited English language skills, Salvadoran immigrant Carlota Gutiérrez passed her citizenship test and is a new U.S. citizen.
 
With the help of her kids, the 80-year-old grandmother applied to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for citizenship in January 2012 and four months later, on May 23, she got an appointment for the test and interview in her language.
Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
Sandhill Crane Vineyards Event
Sandhill Crane Vineyards
 
Tasting room and café hours: 
 
Mon.-Sat. 11-6
Thirsty Thursday open-9 p.m. with live music and an extended café menu. 
 
Winery tours: 
 
Saturday 12:00 p.m. 
Sunday 1:00 p.m.
 
Sandhill Crane is located at 4724 Walz Rd. Jackson, MI 49201. 
For more information contact heather@sandhillcranevineyards.com.
Read More Monday, October 7, 2013
Movie Review: Things Never Said
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
Studio: Raising Kane Films (112 minutes)
Plot:   An aspiring poet in a troubled marriage starts a new relationship with a new man who helps her find her artistic voice.
Cast:  Shanola Hampton, Elimu Nelson, Omari Hardwick, Tamala Jones, Dorian Missick, Michael Beach
Rating:   R
Bottom Line:     ****
Read More Monday, October 7, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: GAME DAY (or ANY DAY) SOUP
Try It!
 
 
Read More Monday, October 7, 2013
My Michigan: Wine Tasting is Michigan’s Juiciest Attraction
Left:  Sandhill Crane Vineyards held a  "Warm the Children, Chill the Wine" fundraiser in 2011. Wonderful knitters and crocheters created hats and scarves for wine bottles.    In the fall, sandhill cranes gather in staging areas like the Haehnle Sanctuary to begin the migration process, which is located close to Sandhill Crane Vineyards. During the height of the staging period thousands of cranes can be seen at the sanctuary. Courtesy photo
 
By Deborah M. Walker
 
Think of Michigan and the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is the deflated economy. Michigan has lost more than 1 million jobs since 2000 and over a half-of- million homes since the economic crisis in 2005. But Michigan is more than a slumping manufacturing industry, crippled economy and high unemployment. Michigan is  home to an industry that is growing faster than its fruitful harvest.
Read More Monday, October 7, 2013
DELTA TOWNSHIP NEEDS AND DESERVES A BETTER PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
By Howard Spence, 
Eaton County Commissioner 
 
 
There is a present unmet need for fixed route public transportation in Delta Township along regularly scheduled routes. At the present time, most Delta Township residents do not have reasonable access to public transportation on a bus system which will reliably get them to their jobs, educational institutions, and friends in the Greater Lansing Metropolitan areas of Lansing and East Lansing.
Read More Monday, October 7, 2013
Inside The Mind of a Sportsaholic: Love's Cycle And Social Networking Do Not Mix
By Jimmy L. Wilson, Jr.
 
When used correctly, social networks can be a very effective tool. They can help you meet people in your field, and advance your career. They can help you with promotion of things you want to get out to a broad audience. They can help you reconnect with people you lost contact with. There are many positives that can come from proper use of social networks. 
Read More Monday, October 7, 2013
Your Other 8 Hours: The Blame Game: Knowing where to place it makes all the difference
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
 
It's your fault. It's all your fault. Everything wrong in your life is entirely your fault. Thank goodness for that! If it wasn't your fault, then what control could you possibly have over making it better? But it's not politically correct to write these things. If you are unemployed, it's because of a lousy boss, the bad economy or terrible political leadership. If you have diabetes, it's because of genes you inherited or the lack of money or time to eat properly. We are conditioned to believe that it is decidedly NOT our fault. We're told it's never our fault. 
Read More Monday, October 7, 2013
Talking About Race Heals
By Rick Garcia
 
It doesn’t matter if you’re White, Black, Brown, Yellow, Red or any combination of our “Hue” man race.  It does matter if we don’t have a conversation about race.  Racism is another ball of wax, but for purposes of examining our current state of the current socio-economic challenges, we have to look at race for what it is:  fear of what is not known.
Read More Monday, October 7, 2013
Capital City Call Out Auto Show 
Damion Jordan's 1968 Chevrolet Impala that  his cousin, Nathan "Young N8" Loveless, a City Limit Car Club Member, used to own before he passed away in 2010 at the young age of 26. 
 
Courtesy photo
 
Read More Monday, October 7, 2013
Retire Smart: Lessons from Detroit
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
  On July 18, Detroit filed for Chapter 9 federal bankruptcy protection. At over $18 billion in liabilities, it is the country's largest-ever municipal bankruptcy case. Although there have been rampant accusations of financial mismanagement and scapegoating, the main culprit for Detroit's woes was demographic: The city's population, which peaked at 1.8 million in the 1950s, now stands at 700,000 after many middle-class workers and businesses fled the city, taking their tax dollars with them.
Read More Monday, October 7, 2013
African culture thrives in ‘Mother of George’
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
Slow, steady and stylish are three words that best describe Andrew Dosunmu’s latest offering “Mother of George.”
 
For Dosunmu, a Nigeria-born director, New York is once again the city of choice. It’s where he filmed his last movie “Restless City” and it’s in Brooklyn we follow the life of Adenike (Danai Gurira), a Nigerian newlywed who resorts to drastic measures after she discovers that she’s unable to conceive a child.
 
Read More Sunday, September 22, 2013
Break Bread While Breaking the Ice: Fellowship Luncheon is Once Again a Success for Local Professionals
“Fellowship Fellas”  started meeting for lunch and decided to invite others to their very popular fellowship luncheon Above: (Top Right) Lindsay Huddleston, Jackie Jerome Marks and Dennis McCants
Seated:  James Butler III and Judge Donald Allen
TNCP photos
 
 
By Deborah M. Walker
 
“It’s not about me, it’s not about the founders, it’s about us,” said Jackie Jerome Marks as he addressed guests at the semi-annual fellowship luncheon.
 
Looking around at the sea of smiling faces it’s easy to see the comradery that the fellowship luncheon brings. A chance to network, share ideas and connect with old friends the fellowship luncheon is a hot spot for young black professionals in the Lansing area.
Read More Sunday, September 22, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: POTATO SOUP

Try It!

Read More Sunday, September 22, 2013
Inside The Mind of a Sportsaholic: A Couple Of Requests 
By Jimmy L. Wilson, Jr.
 
Football season is back! For many, this is start of what could be considered the sports fiscal year. From September to June, we immersed in football, and basketball. There is not much that we ask from people who are not as enthralled as we are during these months. However, there are a couple of requests that I would like to make on behalf of myself, and other sports fanatics. Even though you all may not be able to grant the requests, please indulge me, and see if you can work with any of them. 
Read More Sunday, September 22, 2013
Nina Davuluri Is America's Future
Nina Davuluri 
was crowned Miss America and made history as 
the first 
Indian-American to hold the title.
 
Photo courtesy of 
Miss America
 
By Andrew Lam
New America Media
 
Nina Davuluri is the first Indian American to hold the title of Miss America. It should be something for all Americans to celebrate. Alas, it's a victory marred by waves of racist backlash in social media. Davuluri is called a "terrorist," and derogatory references to convenience stores - "Miss 7-Eleven" - and Muslims are mentioned. But the biggest complaint? Miss America should be more "American."
Read More Sunday, September 22, 2013
MICHIGAN LEGAL HELP ASSISTS MORE THAN 200,000 SELF-REPRESENTED PEOPLE IN ITS FIRST YEAR

 MichiganLegalHelp.org launched on August 17, 2012 and initial estimates  were expected around 3,000 visits per week to the legal information website. According to Michigan Legal Help Project Manager Angela Tripp, “This estimate proved too conservative. Starting in January, there were over 5,000 visits per week, and that grew to over 6,000 per week by July. We are very gratified that so many people have turned to the website for help.”

Read More Sunday, September 22, 2013
Impending Cuts to Anti-Poverty Food Program Will Cost Michigan $183 million and Bring Greater Food Insecurity to Families and Children
By Marissa Zamudio
 
On November 1, 2013, the temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is due to expire, taking a slice out of the food budgets of families, especially, low income families with children. In Michigan, one in six people receive SNAP benefits and will be affected. Such a cut is likely to result in an increase of families with children going hungry – what policy experts call “food insecurity.” Food insecurity is identified as “the lack of consistent access to adequate food” in a May 2013 report titled “Food Insecurity in Households with Children” from the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   
Read More Sunday, September 22, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Wound adhesive reduces the need for stitches
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 
  I was just heading out to grab some lunch when a patient of mine, who happens to have three young sons (brings back memories!) walked in with her youngest, who'd been jumping on the bed and bumped his head.
Read More Sunday, September 22, 2013
Retire Smart: KISS for the end of summer
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
  It's the end of summer, and if you're like most people, just about the last thing you want to deal with is your money. But I have great news - it's time to employ the KISS method of financial management ... you know, KISS: K-I-S-S or "Keep it Simple, Stupid!"
Read More Sunday, September 22, 2013
 Hispanic Heritage Month to Laud Latinos Statewide
By Rick Garcia
 
 
National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th through October  15th -, celebrations, lectures and festivities will be taking place throughout the State from Church halls to city halls or from elementary classrooms to public libraries.  Topics range from the historical civil rights movement of Cesar Chavez to the economic impact and contribution of Latinos from the State’s robust agri-business and entrepreneurial sector.
Read More Sunday, September 22, 2013
Your Other 8 Hours: Stop feeling intimidated: How to instantly boost your confidence in 2 minutes
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
 
Are you ever in a professional or personal setting where you feel intimidated, unsure of your abilities, nervous, awkward or downright scared? No more. What would your life look like if you had more confidence and felt more powerful? Would you perform better at work, during a job interview or while giving a presentation?
Read More Sunday, September 22, 2013
MEN’S CONFERENCE PLANNED FOR GREATER LANSING

Greater Lansing Clergy Forum led by Dr. Melvin T. Jones Pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church including 25 additional Lansing area churches and ministries is hosting the Men’s Summit. 

Read More Sunday, September 22, 2013
Inside The Mind of a Sportsaholic: A Couple Of Requests

  By Jimmy L. Wilson, Jr.

 
Football season is back! For many, this is start of what could be considered the sports fiscal year. From September to June, we immersed in football, and basketball. There is not much that we ask from people who are not as enthralled as we are during these months. However, there are a couple of requests that I would like to make on behalf of myself, and other sports fanatics. Even though you all may not be able to grant the requests, please indulge me, and see if you can work with any of them.
Read More Monday, September 16, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: GRILLED BURGERS SEASONING and GRILLED PEACHES AND ICE CREAM

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is almost over.  Get your grilling in with these two delicious recipes.

Read More Monday, September 16, 2013
 Heart Disease: American’s Number One Killer

 By Deborah Walker

 
Claiming more than 500,000 lives a year heart disease reigns as the leading cause of death in the United States, yet most people are unaware that this threat exists. Heart disease affects all Americans and is the number one cause of death for Whites, African American, and Hispanics alike. Heart disease strikes with little or no warning and most people diagnosed with heart disease showed no signs until it was too late.
 
Left: Cameron “Big Perm” Doyle and Aniyah Lake.  Big Perm and Aniyah visiting her school before he passed away.

 

Read More Sunday, September 8, 2013
Movie Marks 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement

 

Carib Press --  Starring Anika Noni Rose, Wood Harris and David Alan Grier, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” is the tale of a summer journey that leaves a family – and a nation – forever transformed.
 
Read More Sunday, September 8, 2013
Hope Still Out for Older Job Seekers

 

By Rick Garcia
 
After receiving my first AARP membership in the mail, I knew I would soon belong to a membership that can not be avoided - Being a Senior Citizen.
Read More Sunday, September 8, 2013
Your Other 8 Hours: What's holding you back and what to do about it

 By Robert Pagliarini, 

Tribune Media Services
 
There's one thing that's holding you back more than any other. It's not your education, who you know, or even how much time you have. It's fear of pain. It's that simple. The bad news is that the challenge you face is yourself. Of course, this is also the good news. It's not the economy, your mistakes from the past, a bad childhood, or anything else. The problem is within you, and so is the solution. Your ability to deal with the fear of pain effectively is your golden ticket to your best life, job promotions, health, and better relationships.
Read More Sunday, September 8, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Migraines in children: Treatment options

 

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
www.kidsdr.com
 
We discussed migraine headaches and how they're diagnosed in children. Now it's time to decide how to treat a migraine. Just as with diagnosing these headaches, it's important to individualize treatment for each child, with the goal being fast relief, no rebound or re-occurrence, and minimal or no side effects to medication.
Read More Sunday, September 8, 2013
Retire Smart: Drowning in documents: What to shred, what to keep

 

By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
You probably just received some bank, investment or retirement quarterly statements in the mail, which makes it a perfect time to fire up the shredder and organize that stack of documents piling up on the table. 
 
  Here are some thoughts on financial paperwork that you can toss:
Read More Sunday, September 8, 2013
Aboutthatcar.com: 2014 Chevrolet Impala

  By Frank S. Washington

 
DETROIT,  MI -- Chevrolet has a hit on its hands. That fact did not need to be certified but during a week-long test drive of the 2014 Impala, Chevrolet’s new flagship sedan got as much attention as some exotic sports cars that cost three times more.
Read More Sunday, September 8, 2013
LANSING CLERGY ADDRESS ISSUES AFFECTING YOUNG MEN

 By Rev. John H. Burns II

 
It takes a man. Mothers can nurture, encourage and support but it takes a man to guide a youngster through the maze that is the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The leadership qualities you have shown uniquely qualify you for the task we face. 

 

Read More Sunday, September 8, 2013
New World Flood Back To School Expo Fills Lansing Center
Left: All volunteer staff helped New World Flood with the 3rd annual “Back to School Expo.
 
Left: Over 1,000 backpacks given to local K-12 students in 3 hours at the Lansing Center 
Courtesy photos
 
“I am extremely pleased with the way this first expo went. It was important for us to pull this off  in order for others to see the vision; which definitely did happen.”
Heather Sheets, co-founder, New World Flood 
Read More Sunday, August 25, 2013
All Out Latino Comedy Show Brings Laughter to the Loft

Left to Right: Pagan, comedian; Sam Perez, owner of Cocky Promotions and Sin 2 Skin; L.T. Rodriguez, hostess; Michael Reyes, Poet and Speaker and Itchie Richie, comedian on the stage for Latino night on August 18, 2013 at the Loft in Lansing, MI.  

Read More Sunday, August 25, 2013
Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler
Studio:     Weinstein Company (2 hrs. 6 min.)
Plot:     The story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades, while trying to keep his family together.
Cast:     Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, David Banner, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***1/2
Read More Sunday, August 25, 2013
Inside The Mind of a Sportsaholic Returns
By Jimmy L. Wilson, Jr.
 
Last year, the readers of this great publication were invited “Inside the Mind of a Sportsaholic”. While in there, ladies were given some thoughts on how to "Think Like A Sports Fan". Parents, coaches, and student-athletes received "Tips For A Successful Season". Readers were even introduced to "My Three Girls".
Read More Sunday, August 25, 2013
ATTORNEY ASSOCIATION TO HOST ANNUAL PEOPLE’S LAW SCHOOL
This year’s program will be held in East Lansing at the Hannah Community Center
 
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) along with Sinas Dramis, PC, and Wayne State Law School, will host the People’s Law School starting on September 10th.  This seven-week program is open to the community and provides an opportunity for non-lawyers to learn about the legal system. The People’s Law School faculty includes judges, elected officials, seasoned attorneys and law professors
Read More Sunday, August 25, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: Elegant Pasta Salad

For a delightfully refreshing salad this pasta dish is easy to make and tasty.

Read More Sunday, August 25, 2013
“Good Timing” Expected to Bring Enjoyment to Audiences
DETROIT, MI -- The highly anticipated theatrical production “Good Timing” is hitting the Adray Auditorium on the campus of Henry Ford Community College on September 14, 2013. “Good Timing”  is centered around the 1970's sitcom “Good Times” with a modern twist. Memorable episodes from the series are portrayed throughout the play but in a more updated scenario. The characters are portrayed the same even though the names have slightly changed due to trademark acknowledgement. This hilarious show will completely captivate the audience as they reminisce and enjoy the parody of the popular series! With an all-star cast this show is a must see! 
 
Read More Sunday, August 25, 2013
Retire Smart: Protecting yourself from the costs of long-term care
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
There's no denying it: Most of us are going to need some form of long-term health care during our golden years. And costs of such care are rising.
Read More Sunday, August 25, 2013
Your Other 8 Hours: The one word that can change your life
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
 
"No" has become a knee-jerk reaction to every request and opportunity. "No, sorry. My schedule is full. Maybe later. That just doesn't work for me. No, thank you."
Read More Sunday, August 25, 2013
Pre-School for Latino Children is Critical
By Rick Garcia
 
The research is in.  Educators have long known that attending preschool makes a difference throughout the balance of a child’s life. That makes the recent research from the Annie E. Casey Foundation “Kids Count 2013 Report” critical to the Michigan Alliance of Latinos Moving toward Advancement (MI-ALMA) Michigan’s Statewide Hispanic Advocacy and Research group.  The Kids Count report points out that Latino children have the lowest rate of preschool attendance of any race or ethnic group in the United States. 
 
Read More Sunday, August 25, 2013
SOS Ruth Johnson: Expanded online services, other tools improving customer service
By Ruth Johnson
 
Like so many working parents, I know it takes a lot to balance work with the demands of family life, whether it's paying bills, school conferences, soccer games, doctor appointments or the challenges of helping out with our own parents.
Read More Sunday, August 25, 2013
Delta Theta Sigma Celebrates 100 Years of Sisterhood

Left: Cynthia Harrington and Felicia Wasson both from mid-Michigan,celebrated a century of sisterhood with over 40,000 other women from the nation’s oldest American-American women’s organization from July 11 - July 17 2013 in Washington D.C.
Courtesy photo

LANSING, MI --  When Cynthia Harrington was a student at  McKenzie High School in Detroit  she overheard her teacher, who had just graduated from college speaking about her "sisterhood" with a woman who was visiting her at the school.  

 

Read More Sunday, August 11, 2013
The Deltas Honor “Fortitude”

On April 28, 1979, members of Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a national public service sorority founded at Howard University in 1913, unveiled a sculpture in the Valley Mall at 3:15 p.m. to honor its founders.

Read More Sunday, August 11, 2013
Movie Review: 2 Guns
Studio: Universal Pictures (1 hr. 49 min)
Plot: Two crooked undercover officers unknowingly lead investigations on each other.
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paul Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     **1/2
Read More Sunday, August 11, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: KEYLIME POUND CAKE

 

Try It!
Read More Sunday, August 11, 2013
Retire Smart: Index vs. managed funds
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
 "What does your fund manager do?" screamed the headline of the April 8 edition of Barron's. All I could think was, "What, indeed!" The article says some superstar fund managers "fly around the world, they crunch reams of data, they dissect industries" - and, for good measure, ultimately beat the index against which their funds are measured.
Read More Sunday, August 11, 2013
Your Other 8 Hours: Stop being a wimp and start being fearless
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
 
Let's just get this out of the way now: You can't get rid of fear or pain but you can minimize it, control it and even use it to create your best life possible with a little practice. If you are in perpetual fear or are avoiding the one thing that terrifies you, there is relief. The solution, however, is counter to what you probably have been doing.
Read More Sunday, August 11, 2013
Michigan’s Future Depends on Educational System
By Rick Garcia
 
With economic recovery e?orts mostly focused on job development, there is a tendency for education to get lost in discussions about the future of the state.  Fortunately, Governor Snyder has emphasized education as one of the key areas in his proposed roadmap to Michigan’s recovery.
Read More Sunday, August 11, 2013
Cultural and Music Festivals: A Little Something For Everyone
Left:  Exciting Cuban/ Caribbean jazz combo to perform on Friday, August 9, 2013  from 9:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m. and Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. 
 
Courtesy photo
 
 
Bottom: Paulette Brockington doing a Swing Dance and Lindy Hop
performance on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Highland Park, MI
 
Courtesy photo
 
2013 GREAT LAKES FOLK 
FESTIVAL SET FOR 
AUGUST 9-11 
 
The MSU Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival has always been known as an eclectic exhibition of music, dance, arts and culture from across America and around the world, and the 2013 program is shaping up to be one of the most diverse in the event's history. 
Read More Sunday, July 28, 2013
Euromight: A Quest to Capture the Afro-European Narrative
London-born Olive Vassell is the founder and managing editor of euromight.com.
 
This interesting and insightful website provides news and information on Afro-
European issues and events.
 
Courtesy photo
 
Read More Sunday, July 28, 2013
Lansing JazzFest Organizers Announce Exciting Lineup for August 2 and 3: Rodney Whitaker, Terell Stafford, Mardra Thomas
Martha Thomas
 
LANSING, MI -- Organizers of the annual Lansing JazzFest announced Tuesday the exciting lineup of performers for the 2013 outdoor music festival, including the Rodney Whitaker Quartet, Terell Stafford and Mardra Thomas. The three have decades of performing experience between them, and will play before crowds of thousands at mid-Michigan’s premier free outdoor jazz event of the summer.
 
Read More Sunday, July 28, 2013
Why you should care about Hope Soccer Complex – even if you don’t care about soccer
By Kara Hope
Ingham County Commissioner, District 7
 
You might already know that Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero recently signed a deal to let a private company run the Kenneth A. Hope Soccer Complex. Maybe you thought, “So what?” After all, outside the soccer community, did anyone even know that Ingham County ran the facility for the past 15 years? Does anyone outside the soccer community care who runs the place?
Read More Sunday, July 28, 2013
Chong-Anna Canfora Issues Statement to Urge Lansing City Officials to Take Action in Response to Sister City’s Enforcement of Anti-Gay Laws
Urges Lansing’s Sister City St. Petersburg, Russia to condemn and resist enforcing the new law.
 
"Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being." - Khalil Gibran
 
LANSING, MI -- Chong-Anna Canfora, candidate for Lansing City Council's 4th Ward issued the following statement about the recent events in Lansing's Sister City, St. Petersburg, Russia:  
 
Lansing showed real leadership and showed who we are in 2006 by passing a human rights ordinance designed to protect the rights of all residents from discrimination on personal attributes, including the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 
Read More Sunday, July 28, 2013
Epilepsy Foundation Builds Awareness
By Rick Garcia
 
 
One cold January, Debra Nelson decided to drop in for a quick visit to her only son.  Using her key to enter his apartment, the place was eerily silent.  She called out for him with no response.  She approached the bathroom and found him unconscious, lying face down on the floor.  She called 911 but by the time paramedics arrived, he was already dead.
Read More Sunday, July 28, 2013
Your Other 8 Hours: Biggest mistake job hunters make
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
 
Whether you've been unemployed for six weeks, six months or a year, the emotional drain on your mental health and well-being may have you at the end of your rope. You've bought the suit, polished your resume and printed out business cards branding you as an expert in your field.
Read More Sunday, July 28, 2013
As I See It: My thoughts about the Trayvon Martin verdict...and its aftermath
By Joseph Harris
 
The evening of July 13th will remain a night I remember for a long time. It was the night a jury in the United States made it a capital crime to be a young black man. There is, of course a lot about this case we will never know. We do know there were two people present and one killed the other. So we will only have one perspective to go on.
Read More Sunday, July 28, 2013
Younger Women Are Battling and Surviving Breast Cancer

 

Left:  Brayana Ardister, Monica Blackwell and Kaniya Jackson. Blackwell said that she learns to appreciate life more after her experience with breast cancer.  Shown here with her granddaughters.
Courtesy photo
 
Bottom:  When Michelle Brennan found out that she had breast cancer, her Lansing family and friends became her support system.  Shown here at Golden Harvest,which is the best place for breakfast and brunch in town (located at 1625 Turner Street, Lansing, Michigan 48906).
Courtesy photo
 
LANSING, MI -- Breast cancer can be a frightening diagnosis. At 36-years-old, Monica Blackwell was diagnosed with a very rare aggressive form of breast cancer called Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). According to the National Cancer Institute, IBC accounts for 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the United States.
Read More Sunday, July 14, 2013
World's top five aerial trams
 
We're often stuck on cars, buses and trains, commuting to work or trying to get to our next destination, but what about transportation that highlights a destination? Aerial trams and cable cars take visitors up mountains, over rivers and above cities, often as a means to an end, but sometimes these cable cars are the destination themselves. With gorgeous views and unique experiences as our criteria, the members and editors of VirtualTourist.com have compiled a list of the "Top 5 Aerial Trams."
Read More Sunday, July 14, 2013
Nelson Mandela’s Long Goodbye Has Lessons For All of Us
Firstpost, Commentary, Sandip Roy
 
Nelson Mandela is dying.
 
Hard as it is to accept the fact, the world has to come to terms with it.
 
It's not surprising that South Africans are praying for his recovery. But perhaps a final gesture of gratitude to the man who is indisputably the Father of the Nation is to pray for his peaceful death. Or passing. Or transition. If those euphemisms offer some solace and sound less final than death.
Read More Sunday, July 14, 2013
Movie Review: Fast & Furious 6
Studio:     Universal (2 hrs. 10 mins.)
Plot:     Agent Luke Hobbs enlists Dominic Toretto and his team to bring down former Special Ops soldier Owen Shaw, leader of a unit specializing in vehicular warfare.
Cast:     Vin Diesel, Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Sung Kang, Luke Evens, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and a Souped-up 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger.
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Saturday, July 13, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: MUSTARD BASED BBQ SAUCE (CAROLINA STYLE)

Bring a different flavor to the grill with this tasty recipe.

Read More Saturday, July 13, 2013
Retire Smart:The Dow's record barely noticed
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
Has the magic worn off? Despite all of the fanfare and fancy graphics from financial outlets, the public reaction to the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching a new all-time nominal high seemed downright muted. Or as a recent radio caller said, "The record didn't feel as good this time around!"
Read More Saturday, July 13, 2013
Interpersonal Edge: Identify root of workplace problems
By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Media Services
 
 Q. I'm generally overwhelmed by the number of problems I face at work every day. I've been to time management classes. I know how to prioritize. I still see no way to actually fix the mountain of issues that face me every Monday morning. Is there some way not to start out behind every day I go to work?
Read More Saturday, July 13, 2013
Your Other 8 Hours: 6 Steps to resolve conflict
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
 
Yesterday, a good friend of mine called me in tears. She said she had a very upsetting interaction with someone she had known for many years and didn't know what to do about it. Our conversation during those first few minutes was dominated by a flurry of emotions.
Read More Saturday, July 13, 2013
Resources Available for Hearing Impairment
By Rick Garcia
 
What is it like being Deaf? I can’t really describe the experience to the full extent, but as a young child I experienced a temporary hearing impairment known as Tinnitus, when a neighbor repeatedly fired a gun at close proximity. 
Read More Saturday, July 13, 2013
MSP and LPD Join Forces to Tackle the Bernita White Murder Mystery

Left to Right:  Lieutenant Kyle Bowman, Assistant Post Commander at the Michigan State Police Lansing Post and Lansing Police Department’s Captain Daryl Green have partnered to investigate the cold case of Bernita White who was shot and killed at Potter Park Zoo.  TNCP Photo

LANSING, MI  -- One of Lansing’s most intriguing cold cases is the murder of Bernita White. It is being reviewed again by a new team of cold case experts. According to Lansing Police Department’s (LPD) Captain Daryl Green, unsolved cases are not re-opened because they are never closed.

Read More Sunday, June 30, 2013
Vitual Tourist: 10 travel tips that are good for the environment
A French woman fills a bottle of Evian water to take to her home in Evian, France.
Dallas Morning News
 
 
Saving resources can be a lifestyle at home and abroad. And for those who are just getting started, here are some environmentally friendly things to think about when you travel. In collaboration with staffers from World Wildlife Fund, members and editors of global travel website VirtualTourist have put together 10 tips on how to travel with conservation in mind.
 
Read More Sunday, June 30, 2013
Movie Review: Man of Steel
Studio:  Warner Bros. (2 hr. 38 min.)
Plot:     A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth.
Cast:     Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburn, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Sunday, June 30, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: CHOCOLATE TOFFEE CAKE

Deliciously dangerous for your favorite chocolate lover.  

Read More Sunday, June 30, 2013
On Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity
By Howard T. Spence, 
Eaton County Commissioner
 
Advances in Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity within Eaton County and Delta Township
 
The Board of Trustees of Delta Township, Michigan, is in the process of considering and enacting an ordinance which will make it illegal to discriminate in employment within the township based upon race, color, sex or gender, age, or a number of other demographic characteristics. Of great significance concerning the ordinance which is presently being considered and likely to be enacted is the fact that, for the first time, if the ordinance being discussed is enacted, it will be illegal to discriminate in Delta Township on the basis of sexual orientation.
Read More Sunday, June 30, 2013
Your Other 8 Hours: 4 Steps to achieve any goal
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
 
How would you like a shortcut to success? A strategy to follow that would help you get what you want in the most efficient and effective way possible? If you're like me, you have a limited number of hours in the day and a limited amount of energy to accomplish what you need to while still going after your bigger goals. Get ready to learn a simple four-step strategy that will help you create your best life in the most streamlined way possible.
Read More Sunday, June 30, 2013
KIDS COUNT REPORT: State Lags in Child Well-Being

By Rick Garcia
 
Rising child poverty pushed Michigan to last among the Great Lakes States in a new KIDS COUNT report on child well-being, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 
 
Read More Sunday, June 30, 2013
Retire Smart: How to talk to your parents about money
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
"How can I talk to my parents about money? Every time I try to bring up the topic, my mother gets paranoid and the conversation deteriorates quickly." It is hard to balance being a responsible adult child, while not seeming like you are prying. Even if your loved ones appear to be financially self-sufficient, neurologists say that cognitive ability starts sliding as early as 60.
Read More Sunday, June 30, 2013
New Spotlight: Murder and Shooting: Two Separate Incidents

On June 16, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. officers responded to a business on the 5900 block of S. Pennsylvania reference a shooting. Officers contacted a 21 year old Lansing male with a gunshot wound. 

Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
Old Town General Store Opens For Business
Left:   Rhea Van Atta at the Old Town General Store located at 408 E. Grand River, Lansing, MI. 
(517) 487-6847
 
Courtesy photo
 
Below: Welcoming view from the 
sidewalk.
 
It is open:
 
Tue - Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
 
Photo by Thomas Harpstead
Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
Trayvon's Dad, Tracy Martin Speaks to The Root: 'My Kid Was Perfect to Me'
Trayvon Martin 
Family photo
 
(The Root) -- June 10, 2013 was the beginning of jury selection for the second-degree-murder trial of 29-year-old George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old high school student Trayvon Martin. The trial comes just ahead of Father's Day, and The Root spoke with Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, to ask him about the son he knew and loved.
 
This was printed in the June 16, 2013 - June 29, 2013 Edition
(Please note that a correction was made to the date.  It originally stated July, 10, 2013.  We regret the inconvenience.)
Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness
Fast paced and witty, Abrams delivers some good moments of tension
 
 
 
Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: LEMON CHEESECAKE MOUSSE TART

This recipe is perfect for any summer gathering!

Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
Learn to fish this summer at a 'Hook, Line and Sinker' program 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites those who would like to learn how to fish to attend a free “Hook, Line and Sinker” program offered at over 30 state parks and hatcheries across the state this summer.

Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
As Tick Activity Increases, Michigan Residents Encouraged to Protect Against Bites

LANSING, MI -- As the weather gets warmer, the tick population activity in Michigan begins to increase. As residents spend more time outside, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) would like to remind people, especially those spending time outdoors and children at camps, to protect themselves from tick-borne illnesses by taking a few precautionary steps.

Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
Pioneer Civitan’s Pro-Am Mini-Golf Tournament June 22-23 benefits Special Olympics

Which station anchor’s team will prevail in the 2013 Pioneer Civitan Pro-Am Miniature Golf Tournament, June 22-23 at FunTyme Adventure Park, 3484 James Philllips Dr., Okemos, one-half mile north of Okemos High School off Jolly Road? Amateurs can rally around TV-6’s Evan Pinsonnault  or TV-10’s Jason Colthorp for three-rounds of amateur putting on Saturday, June 22.

Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
Summer Reading Essential to Children’s Learning
By Rick Garcia
 
Just because school is out doesn’t mean that reading is tied to the classroom.  In fact, I find my daughters curled up on the lawn chair under the tree or sunken in a bean bag in their bedroom with their noses buried on great titles and series books.
Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
Your Other 8 Hours: How you can better influence people
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
 
I've always been fascinated by FBI profilers. Those are the folks who get inside the heads of criminals to try to figure out why they do what they do. There is a great deal of power that comes from being able to analyze someone to determine what they are all about, and there are numerous tools and techniques for doing so. Popular methods include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the DISC Assessment, both of which try to classify someone's personality. Then, there are numerous books on interpreting body language, analyzing eye movement and even decoding handwriting.
Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
Retire Smart: Retirement reconsidered
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
 When it comes to retirement, most Americans aged 45 and older say that peace of mind is seven times more important than accumulating wealth. According to a new survey from Merrill Lynch, people are reconsidering what retirement means and how they are going to get there. 
Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
Veterans in Civilian Transition: Ten Effective Job Search Strategies to Get Hired
By Patricia Dorch
 
In the Military you presented ideas and strategies to officers, peers and civilians to accomplish daily goals. The skills you used in the Military are transferable to the civilian job market. Use transferable skills and new interview strategies to illustrate to civilian employers you are the most qualified candidate for the job. Listed are strategies to prepare you for your interview.
Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
Father's Day: What is a father?
Left:  Derrick and Isaiah Radford. Derrick doing daddy duty so that Isaiah’s mother, Shameka,  could sleep.
Courtesy photo
 
 
By Joe Israel                           
 
Chris Rock made a very astute and interesting joke in his 1999 HBO special Bigger and Blacker when he railed about all the songs that talk about mom, but don’t mention dad.
Read More Monday, June 3, 2013
Time for Change: First Woman Takes Helm at the FCC
Mignon Clyburn, acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission.
 
New America Media, Commentary, Joseph Torres
 
It’s important to celebrate whenever social barriers are knocked down — including the one that fell  when Mignon Clyburn became the acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission
Read More Monday, June 3, 2013
Did You Know There is a Heat Awareness Day, Michiganders Reminded to Prepare for the Summer Heat

LANSING, MI -- The National Weather Service has declared Wednesday, May 29 as Heat Awareness Day in Michigan. Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.

Read More Monday, June 3, 2013
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE BURRITO

Oh, this is a must try recipe.  A bonus apple filling recipe too!

Read More Saturday, June 1, 2013
Movie Review: Iron Man 3
Studio:     (2 hrs. 10 min.)
Plot:     When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
Cast:     Robert Downey Jr. Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **1/2
Read More Saturday, June 1, 2013
Michigan will Gain Billions with Immigrant Path to Citizenship
By Rick Garcia
 
On May 23 that show a monumental boost to the nation as a whole including Michigan when immigrant workers become citizens and full economic participants. Billions of dollars  over a ten year period will accrue through increases in wages, purchasing power and revenue for the state. 
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Your Other 8 Hours: Three goal-crushing mistakes most of us make
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
 
If you set goals for yourself or for others as part of your job, it is imperative that you don't make these three goal crushing mistakes. You already learned how positive fantasies hurt real-world success -- that when you imagine the positive result too vividly, you experience some of the joy and become less energized to actually do the work. But that's just the beginning. Not all goals are created equally.
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Retire Smart: Lessons from the 1987 stock market crash, 25 years later
By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Media Services
 
 I remember clearly my first year as a gold options trader on the floor of the commodities exchange in New York, specifically October 19, 1987. The morning started with stock selling, lots of it, and ended with a day of historic losses. Twenty-five years later, although the recent financial crisis was more severe and long-lasting, the crash of 1987 remains the single-most dramatic day of trading that most people have ever experienced on Wall Street.
 
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Local Group Helps Transforms Boys to Men

LANSING, MI -- The Turning Point of Lansing gives male students in grades 7 through 12 in the Tri-County area cultural, developmental and emotional support through the direct and regular interaction with our el