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Lansing Jews divided on Netanyahu’s U.S. visit

By Ian Wendrow
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING- Earlier this month, the world was abuzz as Benjamin Netanyahu secured his fourth term as prime minister of Israel after delivering a dramatic speech in front of the U.S. Congress. The speech was controversial well before it began. Political experts critiqued the timing of the speech, the impact it could have on nuclear negotiations with Iran, and fraying relations between Israel and the United States. But another controversy was brewing among those who Netanyahu claimed to represent, political leanings irrelevant. He referred to his visit to Congress as a “historic mission” in which he acted as an “emissary of all Israelis, even those who disagree with me, of the entire Jewish people,” the Washington Post reported.

Lansing’s newest microbrewery has the attention of Lansing residents

By Asha Dawsey
Listen Up, Lansing
A new microbrewery is to be launched in the summer of 2015 in Lansing called Ellison Brewery + Spirits. This new big trend of microbrewery has gotten various opinions from the Lansing public. Ellison Brewery + Spirits was an idea shared by co-owners Eric Elliot and Aaron Hanson to produce handmade beer straight to the community, according to a press release. This new business has been highly anticipated from many locals, according to the Ellison Brewery + Spirits Facebook page. “Microbreweries are one of three license types of distributing beer to retailers.

Homelessness, year round and just around the corner


By Jazzy Teen
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING – As temperatures plummet in months surrounding the holidays, greater concern and attention for the homeless population is given. While aid and support during the winter months is very appreciated by local Lansing shelters and homeless individuals personally, homelessness is not seasonal. “I’ve been working here [Jersey Giant, a sandwich shop] since early fall, and it’s pretty consistent all throughout the year. I’ve seen at least six to seven homeless people a day in this area since I’ve started, regardless of the weather,” said Mason Hannah of Lansing, in reference to the traffic stops near U.S. Highway 127 on East Saginaw Street and East Grand River Avenue. According to data provided by the Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness’ website, there are more than 86,000 homeless people in Michigan, with over one-third of the homeless being the working poor.

Local gala hopes for sellout

By Laurel Young
Reo Town Reporter

This could be your last chance to buy a prom dress or tuxedo and dance until the wee hours of the morning. This is your chance to watch a pageant and a burlesque show in the same night. On March 21 from 8p.m.-2a.m. Foliage Design Systems in REO Town will host the second annual REO Town Thrift Store Gala and Burlesque Extravaganza! Ryan Wert, a local recording studio owner and president of the Reo Town Commercial Association, is the creator and planner of the event. He came up with the idea for the Extravaganza!