Michigan

12:03am

Sat August 11, 2012
Music Interviews

Busking In Lansing, To Rave Reviews

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 11:02 am

Alexis Dawdy plays her violin on the streets of Lansing, Mich.
Scott Pohl WKAR

All summer long, Weekend Edition has been sampling the sounds of America's street musicians. The latest to catch our ear is Alexis Dawdy, a young violinist who returned to her hometown of Lansing, Mich., to study at Michigan State University — and do a little busking on the side.

"I'm actually not a music major. This is really a hobby that accidentally became a profession," Dawdy says. "I'm studying linguistics, and I'm 17 credits out from graduation. My goal is to do it debt-free, and this helps a lot. This pays for books and this pays for food."

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11:15am

Thu August 9, 2012
The Torch

Michigan's Claressa Shields Wins Historic Gold Medal In Women's Boxing

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 1:59 pm

U.S. boxer Claressa Shields (left) lands a punch on Nadezda Torlopova of Russia during the women's boxing middleweight final at the ExCel Arena in London. Shields, 17, won the first-ever gold medal in the event.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images

She's still in high school, but boxer Claressa Shields, 17, is also an Olympic gold medalist, after she won her middleweight final Thursday. She defeated Russia's Nadezda Torlopova by a score of 19-12.

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2:43pm

Sun June 17, 2012
Around the Nation

One For The Road: Teen Builds Her Own Pontiac Fiero

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 1:45 pm

14-year-old Kathryn DiMaria drilling door rivets in her Pontiac Fiero.
Courtesy of Jerry DiMaria

When 38-year-old Jerry DiMaria isn't on the clock at Central Michigan University, you can usually find him working on his Corvette.

"I guess I've always probably been a little bit into cars, but even as a kid I thought it would be a lot of fun to rebuild a car with my dad," he said.

He never got that chance with his dad, but now he's getting it with his oldest daughter, Kathryn.

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8:55am

Sun June 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Silenced Michigan State Rep To Perform 'Vagina Monologues' At State Capitol

Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield).
Lisa Brown

The Michigan state representative who was barred from speaking during debates on the State House after comments that referenced her vagina, said that in protest she will perform "The Vagina Monolgues" on the steps of the Michigan state capitol.

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5:12pm

Thu June 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Michigan State Rep Barred From Speaking After 'Vagina' Comments

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 9:17 am

Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield).
Lisa Brown

During a heated debate on the floor of the Michigan state House, Rep. Lisa Brown made an impassioned speech against a bill that seeks to put new regulations on abortion providers and ban all abortions after 20 weeks.

Brown, a Democrat, argued that her Jewish faith allowed for therapeutic abortions when the mother's life is in danger without regard to length of pregnancy.

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