Found December 16, 2011 on Mets Guy in Michigan:
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I've been spending a great deal of time in Lansing, Mich., lately covering activity in and around the state Capitol.You know the expression about laws and sausage-making. Well, I like to see the process. I've enjoyed my new assignment.One of the best parts of downtown Lansing is a magical place called The Peanut Store, located on Washington Square a block from the Capitol.The aroma wafts throughout the block. Inside, it's like a step back in time. There are Mr. Peanut souvenirs on the wall that I think have been for sale for decades.And right near the register is a drawer overing a tumbler keeping unsalted peanuts warm. I usually walk out with a massive, $5 bag of warm peanuts to bring back to the bureau or all the way back to colleagues in Grand Rapids.The bag gets lighter along the way, I must confess. But I get to be a hero.The shop sells other kinds of nuts, too. But I'm not going into a place called The Peanut Store to buy cashews or some candy.I don't need ...

James was a solid pick-up - in-depth look...

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R.A. Dickey to receive Thurman Munson Award

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Report: Cardinals maintain strong interest in Carlos Beltran

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The Kid I Snuck Into the Party

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