Why is a development project near the Stadium District held up in Mayor Bernero's office?
Feb. 20 2013
Lansing developer Pat Gillespie is interested in transforming a prominent eyesore across the street from his Stadium District in downtown Lansing, but a key step in the process has been held up in Mayor...
Lansing School District considering heightened security at its buildings
Feb. 20 2013
The Lansing School District is considering spending roughly a half-million dollars to heighten security at all of its buildings. One district official says the expansion has been contemplated for years...
Feb. 20 2013
If you enjoy drinking a glass of wine now and then, you're probably familiar with the numerous choices of brands and types to be found in many local grocery and drug stores. The rows and rows of creatively...
Feb. 20 2013
A soft-spoken policy wonk has become one of the most influential voices in Michigan on how to reinvent the state’s economy. No, it's not the self-described "One Tough Nerd" in the Governor's Office....
Council members push city attorney to decide if Niowave violated its zoning permit
Feb. 13 2013
Lansing City Councilman Brian Jeffries and Council President Carol Wood have asked the City Attorney's Office to investigate whether Niowave violated its zoning permit when it built a controversial pole...
Feb. 13 2013
A cupola allows a house to reach skyward, filling it with light and air. A relatively rare feature seen in contemporary residential design, the cupola was all the rage during the mid- to late-19th century...
Personnel Committee chairwoman says meeting minutes are inaccurate as the mayor's chief of staff says they border on libel and slander
Feb. 13 2013
Lansing City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar's computer continues to be a topic of discussion this week at City Hall. Now the administration has stepped up its criticism of the way its being handled, saying...
Several problems with campaign filings of two LCC trustee candidates
Feb. 13 2013
Robin Smith, secretary of the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees, owes her running mate a couple of thousand dollars and the Ingham County Clerk's office some important paperwork — both...
Feb. 13 2013
Don't look now, but Lansing is already in another election cycle. And it looks like it is going to be nasty
Exploring an unpopular solution to Lansing's budget deficit
Feb. 13 2013
When Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says "everything is on the table" to fix the city's budget problems, it's not entirely true
Bernero knocked off dais as arch-enemy City Council President Carol Wood takes time out of her busy schedule to reorganize seating. "Honeymoon over," mayor says.
Feb. 6 2013
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero no longer has a seat on the City Council dais. He'll now sit at a table on the floor when he comes to a meeting
It appears the 2013 City Council elections are in high gear, with Kathie Dunbar alleging opponent Brian Jeffries is making politically motivated attacks against her over personal matters. Jeffries denies it.
Feb. 6 2013
It all started with committee assignments. When I asked Lansing City Council President Carol Wood on Jan. 29 why Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar — who has served seven years on the Council — was...
Lansing scouting, religious leaders support making optional the ban on gay Boy Scouts
Feb. 6 2013
For years, assistant scoutmaster Brad Shafer of Okemos has advocated an end to the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members. He's hoping for progress today when the national organization votes on whether...
Curtis Hertel Jr. positioning himself for a state Senate run in 2014
Feb. 6 2013
Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr., is positioning himself for a 2014 state Senate race to replace term-limited Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, multiple sources have confirmed
Feb. 6 2013
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: When a street vista terminates, like it does at Grand River and Michigan avenues in East Lansing, a good design principle is to place a building in the...
The Legacy of John Pollard
Feb. 4 2013
This ain't no shell game. I'm no spin doctor selling you snake oil. Friday marked the end of an era in the Lansing City Council chambers. The smoothest, straightest talking — and most fact-based,...
BWL gives REO Town's Grand Trunk railroad station $2.8 million makeover
Jan. 31 2013
A strangely lopsided, unlikely architectural tableau has opened to view on South Washington Avenue in Lansing's REO Town. Deep in the south shadow of the Lansing Board of Water and Light's mountainous...
A look inside the newly renovated Herrmann House, now the home of Lansing Community College President Brent Knight, and what it took to get there
Jan. 30 2013
When Lansing Community College President Brent Knight wakes up in the morning, $900,000 worth of historic renovations greet him outside of his canopy-style bed
Proposed EL ordinance would require landlords to distribute voter registration information to tenants
Jan. 30 2013
Some East Lansing landlords are balking at a proposal to require them to give tenants more than just keys. At a Jan. 15 East Lansing City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Nathan Triplett proposed an ordinance...
Jan. 30 2013
The Virg Bernero reelection campaign got underway Monday evening with a State of the City address right out of Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America." Bernero's nearly half-hour speech to a packed audience...

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