TOKYO – Soprano Hildegard Behrens, one of the finest Wagnerian performers of her generation, has died while traveling in Japan. She was 72.
Jonathan Friend, artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, said Tuesday in an e-mail to opera officials that Behrens felt unwell while traveling to a festival near Tokyo. She went to a Tokyo hospital, where she died of an apparent aneurism.
Friend's e-mail was shared with The Associated Press by Jack Mastroianni, director of IMG Artists.
EAST LANSING, MI – As the Michigan State football team continues to prepare for the opening of the season, one of the big question marks entering this year is running back.
Michigan State has the tough task of replacing first-team all Big Ten selection Javon Ringer, who last year as a senior posted in 13 games 1,637 yards with a 4.2 yards per carry average and a single season Spartan record with 22 touchdowns.
LANSING, MI – The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Great Lakes Loons 5-3 last night at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts are off tonight before beginning a four-game road-trip in Fort Wayne at 7:05 p. m. on Thursday night.
DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning and Rick Porcello had a career-high eight strikeouts, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu took out starter Felix Hernandez after he struck out nine and gave up only a run through seven innings and Detroit took advantage.
Alex Avila hit the second pitch from Mark Lowe (1-6) over the fence to pull the Tigers within one and pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago followed with a single.
EAST LANSING, MI – A Lansing-area alternative energy manufacturer is expanding. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority has approved a $5.2 million tax credit for the Draths Corporation.
The Okemos-based firm makes components for plastic and nylon products using renewable fuels. It says it will use the incentive to combine with its administrative offices---currently in Minnesota---in a new, central location in Delhi Township. Dr. John Frost is Draths' Chief Science Officer:
LANSING, MI – The City of Lansing now has an ordinance on the books that supporters say will encourage the development of more bike and walking paths in the city. The City Council passed the Complete Streets ordinance last night.