The U.S. Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage equality — and it could have major implications for Michigan's prohibitive laws against the LGBT community
Dec. 12 2012
Depending on how a case before the U.S. Supreme Court turns out, Amy Hunter may change her birth certificate. Hunter, who was born a male but now identifies as female, has not changed the gender listed...
Dec. 12 2012
Sorry, Democrats. Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican elves in the legislature are leaving no presents under your tree this Christmas
Dec. 12 2012
(Background music: "The Twilight Zone" theme) Narrator: Imagine, for a moment, a state law that makes paying taxes voluntary. Why, backers successfully argued, should people be forced to pay for services...
Dec. 12 2012
By 5 p.m., it seemed like there were more Michigan State Police troopers on the Capitol grounds than protesters
Residents reject Niowave's landscaping plan. And they have a message: Fix the pole barn or we're coming to your neighborhoods with picket signs.
Dec. 5 2012
For five months, residents of the Walnut Neighborhood have been pushing a mantra on Niowave officials regarding the white, 14,000-square-foot pole barn they built on the property: "Fix the façade."
Dec. 5 2012
Early last month, a 75-foot-tall, infundibuliform mass appeared in front of Michigan's state Capitol. The alarmed populace was told that it was merely the state's official Christmas tree, an extra large...
A District Court ruling and a statewide decriminalization/legalization effort are welcome news for Lansing-area cannabis advocates
Dec. 5 2012
If District Judge Hugh Clarke Jr.'s ruling last month dismissing criminal charges against four local dispensary employees provided anything, it was a little piece of mind
Dec. 5 2012
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero reaffirmed to me last week he's running for a third term next year, hoping to become the fifth chief executive in the city's history to serve more than 10 years
Nov. 30 2012
Every vote counts the same, right? Wrong. If you are a Republican in Michigan, your vote counts more than votes from Democrats. Just consider what happened in this fall’s election
Michigan Retailers Association wants to build a surface parking lot on a downtown parcel, despite the wishes of neighbors
Nov. 29 2012
From his third floor balcony downtown, 28-year-old Stephan Moje has a clear view of a vacant, weedy eyesore below. A park might suit the .36-acre lot down there, he wondered last week. Maybe even a garden
Nov. 28 2012
Imagine designing a public library for a college town in the early 1960s. Fifty-two years later, the building is still in full use and the library staff cites a handheld piece of technology as an essential...
Things are looking up for vacancy-plagued Colonial Village Shopping Center
Nov. 28 2012
Excited neighbors at the opening of a new Family Dollar store in a vacant storefront of the Colonial Village Shopping Center have more good news coming: Sources say a grocery store will move into the former...
Nov. 28 2012
It was a bold statement: Merge Lansing, East Lansing and Lansing Township and I'll be gone. Speaking on the "City Pulse on the Air" radio show Nov. 7, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's attention turned to Michigan...
A plan for the pole barn surfaces, but Niowave and the Walnut Neighborhood appear to be on different wavelengths
Nov. 21 2012
The relationship between residents of the Walnut Neighborhood and Niowave Inc. is at an "all-time low," one resident told the Lansing City Council on Monday night. The comments came three days after a...
Nov. 21 2012
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Left unsecured, an exposed roof is a death sentence to any building. The roof is the first line of defense against wind, rain and snow — not to mention...
Nov. 21 2012
Organized labor took it on the chin on Election Day, and now it's getting ready for a legislative haymaker that could send the movement back in Michigan to the 1930s
Still no price tag on remaining Red Cedar Golf Course land; officials forge ahead
Nov. 21 2012
Once a week, about two dozen people with a stake in how the Capital Gateway project unfolds meet in Lansing to talk shop
Nov. 15 2012
He wasn't on the ballot, but the biggest political winner in Michigan last week was Gov. Rick Snyder. "One Tough Nerd" held his majorities in the state House and on the Supreme Court
State, county officials identify Potter Park Zoo as a potential source of elevated E. coli levels in the Red Cedar River due to runoff from animal enclosures
Nov. 14 2012
As visitors marvel over the more than 500 different creatures at Potter Park Zoo, they probably aren't concerned about where all that critter feces goes
Nov. 14 2012
One of the most easily recognizable architectural styles is the A-frame, ubiquitous in the construction of lake and mountain homes. This style of architecture, which has been utilized throughout history,...

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