March 7 2012
Property: 500 S. Fairview Ave., Lansing Owners: Bobbie and Claudia Pelfery Assessed: $38,100 Owner says: Unable to be reached for comment Some houses flake away quietly at the edges, tucked among better...
East Lansing led the nation in local legislation that protected gay employees against discrimination. Forty years later, the city celebrates.
March 7 2012
Two score years ago, after hearing from an angry resident who didn’t want to pay the city $11 for mowing his vacant lot and before taking up the matter of an abandoned easement, the East Lansing...
March 7 2012
Salivating over a scorched earth Republican primary here a week ago, Michigan Democrats are moving all of their chips to the middle right now. In March. Let’s go
As a vote nears, members are still listening and making up their minds.
March 7 2012
If Jody Washington were speaking only as a constituent, and not the 1st Ward City Councilwoman, she said she would be thrilled to bring a casino to downtown Lansing
A look inside the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians: How tribal gaming is modernizing the Sault Tribe and how politics is tearing it apart
March 7 2012
Sault Ste. Marie — Outside the historic Chippewa County Court House, a statue depicting a Roman legend greets visitors near the north entrance. Two small children, Romulus and Remus, are feeding...
Artie's Filling Station
March 7 2012
Despite ongoing construction, Artie’s Filling Station celebrated its “soft opening” last month (the grand opening is expected to take place next month). Its Italian-style coffee (which...
Renewed Spirit
March 2 2012
When Renewed Spirit opened in Okemos last January, owner Heidi Foland wanted to give her customers a refreshing experience. As it turns out, the opening of her first full service salon and spa was an...
Feb. 29 2012
Meanwhile, Meijer also reached out to me, albeit with only a temporary solution. But, after some confusion, it’s clear to me now that Meijer is truly interested in a long-range solution that meets...
Could Sault Tribe members put a stop to the downtown casino deal?
Feb. 29 2012
The chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is worried his members will overturn the tribe’s vote to support a downtown Lansing casino, putting an end to over a year’s worth...
Feb. 29 2012
You’ve probably never noticed the plinth of erect concrete located in the median of Michigan Avenue on the eastside between Detroit Street and LaSalle Court. It is no ordinary bit of concrete —...
Facts are subjective in the political saga between Virg Bernero and Kelly Rossman-McKinney
Feb. 29 2012
Last week’s political theater staged by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero was the latest act in a professional relationship with PR executive Kelly Rossman-McKinney that shows things are getting personal
Feb. 29 2012
Last week thousands of Lansing Community College students and commuters dashing between the suburbs and their business downtown noticed an old wooden boat suspended by a crane 20 feet above the Grand River...
Feb. 29 2012
Ahh, 2012: Leap Year, a presidential election and the beginning of the rest of our lives. Michigan is not immune to the onslaught of negative campaigning that swamped Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina,...
Feb. 29 2012
Attorney General Bill Schuette, Romneyeuro;s campaign chief in Michigan, is fond of saying that if Obama loses the Great Lakes State, he can kiss the General Election goodbye. Right now, the lowly Detroit...
Feb. 22 2012
Meijer reached out to me late Friday to suggest the magazine rack as at least a temporary solution, but that will accommodate just a fraction of the 3,000-plus papers readers pick up in Meijer each week....
Feb. 22 2012
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: It’s easy to dismiss simple houses as not having a specific style, but the fact is, nearly all buildings fall into a stylistic category. Case in point:...
East Lansing school plan divides a passionate community
Feb. 22 2012
Supporters of the plan say the district needs to act on a grand scale now, before plunging property values erode its capacity to apply for bonds in order to replace or upgrade 40- and 50-year-old elementary...
Is it time to reopen the defined benefits/defined contributions debate as pension and retiree health care costs add to deficit? The Bernero administration says yes.
Feb. 22 2012
Randy Hannan, chief of staff for Mayor Virg Bernero, said while "time will tell" if the city’s pension and retiree health care systems are unsustainable, "everything is on the table" when asked about...
Feb. 22 2012
Standing in front of the Veterans Memorial Courthouse in downtown Lansing, Byrum took a few digs at the current officeholder, retiring Clerk Mike Bryanton, who is backing Lansing Clerk Chris Swope as his...
Why is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigating Shannon Wiggins? Her husband's probation violation hearing may offer some clues.
Feb. 15 2012
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration executed a federal search warrant late last month at her eastside clinic. A spokesman for the federal agency could “neither confirm nor deny” that her...

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