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Biden wins Michigan primary; state’s new voting laws get test

Former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to win today’s Michigan Democratic primary as the state tried out its new voting rules. Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose campaign got a lift in the 2016 Michigan primary, found 2020 to be deflating.

East Lansing, including MSU students who were registered on campus, also faced questions about renewing property taxes that support the Capital Area Transportation Authority, Ingham County parks and trails, Potter Park Zoo, special education services and county health care services.

Entertainment industry champions sustainability on and off set

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How sustainable is the entertainment industry? That became the question on social media following the backlash the Kardashians faced after having a food fight in November. In the past few years, many celebrities have been vocal about sustainability and the environment, including Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. Even Coldplay announced they will not tour until concerts are sustainable. Yet, it’s not just the celebrities that are doing their part to increase sustainability in the industry.

Meridian Township’s farmers market ends regular season

It was cold and windy this past Saturday, but that didn’t
stop the Meridian Township farmers’ market from running on its last Saturday of
the regular outdoors season on Oct. 26. The farmers’ market is hosted every Saturday and Wednesday at the Central Park Pavilion in Okemos from May to July. The market offers a wide variety of locally grown produce, homemade goods and more from around the state of Michigan. The goal of the market is to provide the community an area to get fresh produces as well as support Michigan-based businesses.

Expo highlights the power of women-owned businesses

Food and women came together for a weekend of networking, empowerment and laughter. Women business owners participated in the Great Food Expo and Ultimate Women Expo in Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on Oct. 5 and 6, 2019. The two expos were combined and allowed attendees to network and show off their companies. Activities highlighted the importance of women in business, with guest speakers including celebrity chef Anne Burrell, actress Keke Palmer, and Grammy winner Kandi Burruss.

MSU event addresses police brutality in US and Brazil

Professor Christen Smith came to Michigan State University on Oct.3 to present a lecture on anti-Black state violence and the global issue surrounding this topic in Brazil and the Americas. The lecture was sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Year of Global Africa and James Madison College. Christen Smith is an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin, an author and an advocate for anti-Black state violence. The talk was called The Sequelae of Black Life: A Transnational Reflection on Violence, Gender, Space and Time. Smith’s lecture was told in three series of vignettes, a method of lecturing called dialectical montage.

Capital City Comic Con returns to East Lansing

Comic book fans, anime lovers, cosplayers and artists alike descended upon Michigan State University’s Breslin Center on Sept. 21 for the annual Capital City Comic Con. Comic Con is the biggest comic book  convention that happens in the Greater Lansing area every year since 2015. Originally it focused on comic books, but has evolved to include other pop culture sections, including anime, games and film.  

“It is a really great show,” artist Timothy Zulewski said. “For me Halloween is all year around, so I fit in perfectly with these shows.” 

Zulewski draws Halloween art and travels to comic book conventions all over Michigan. He said he uses the conventions to spread his love for? Halloween and to gain inspiration for new art.  

This year there were a number of activities and panels, including face painting, a costume contest, and Q & A’s with several creators. Special guests included Jim Benson, the creator of Captain Underpants and other New York Times bestselling work. Fans were able to get autographs and take photos.  

The main speaker was George Lowe, best known for his work as the voice of animated superhero Space Ghost.