On this edition of Focal Point, we break down the results of the 2020 Election as of Friday, November 6. The MSU swim team makes its last dive, IM West reopens for the first time since the pandemic, and MSU’s football win against U-M results in a spike in COVID cases in Ingham County.
On this edition of Focal Point, President Donald Trump visits Lansing for the first time ever. Our team meets supporters and protestors at the rally. With admissions down at MSU, Jacob Lothamer investigates how the school is handling a $54 million loss in revenue. We preview MSU football’s massive matchup with Michigan and catch up with Jalen Watts-Jackson. Those stories and more on Focal Point.
The pandemic has caused discomfort for many people and taken away activities that normally would be indulged in. One local pub and brewery changed that for their customers. EagleMonk Pub and Brewery has live music every Wednesday. People come in and enjoy food and drinks. However, the real fun is when you enter the “beer garden”.
On this edition of Focal Point, a look at the recently announced changes to the Spring Semester and how MSU plans to keep students healthy while slowly reopening. Due to the pandemic, one East Lansing business is forced to close its doors, and graduating students struggle to find jobs. Big Ten football is back, but two MSU linebackers will not take the field after being arrested in September. Other varsity sports will not return at all after the Athletic Director announced swimming and diving have been cut. Those stories and more on Focal Point.
On this edition of Focal Point, Vice President Mike Pence rallies in Grand Rapids while local candidates adjust to campaigning during a pandemic. Local businesses also adapt to stay open. We visit a cider mill, a local bar, and the East Lansing Farmer’s Market to see how they are opening safely. One East Lansing bookstore is still in business because of support from the community. All those stories and more on Focal Point.
The Sun Theatre Williamston plans to reopen in a few weeks, said owner Lisa Robitaille, postponing the scheduled Oct. 9 reopening due to COVID-19 concerns. For now, the theatre will continue serving popcorn ‘to go.’
Robitaille announced on March 16 via Facebook the temporary closure due to COVID-19 concerns. The theatre saw an outpouring of support on social media. The first popcorn ‘to go’ event happened days after on March 19.
On this edition of Focal Point, a look at a busy week in politics. The FBI foils a plan to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the candidates for Vice President debate, the the Libertarian presidential candidate visits Detroit. On campus, over 700 student employees are out of work as COVID-19 continues to spread in Ingham County. But even as the pandemic continues, new businesses come to East Lansing. All that and more on Focal Point.
At the corner of E. César Chávez Ave and North Larch St. stands Replay Entertainment Exchange, where owner Ted Wilson has been hosting socially distant live events for the Lansing community. Techno blares from public address speakers as vendors and DJs set up their stations while Zee Simons and Travis Stillwater, coordinators for the Live at the Replay event, make sure that the artists and activities set up around the open lot are ready for a night of music, movies, and laughter. “It’s bummer summer 2020 and so we wanted to replay some of the summer and bring it back a little bit,” said Stillwater. Wilson said the idea to have outdoor events at the Replay parking lot was brought up years ago but wouldn’t have happened without the coronavirus pandemic.
Northern Michigan – land of hunters and resorters, anglers and campers, sightseers and birders. But also land of mobsters, gamblers, gun molls and booze smugglers? From“Scarface” Al Capone to the UP’s own Public Enemy #1, John “Red” Hamilton, the state’s Up North has historic ties to organized crime and the baddies who used the area as a Prohibition Era playground far from their normal haunts in Chicago, Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland and elsewhere. We talk to the Mount Pleasant-raised author of the new book “Gangsters Up North: Mobsters, Mafia and Racketeers in Michigan’s Vacationlands.” By Eric Freedman.