Gannett weekly ceases print publication after nine years
June 22 2011
In 2002, Lansing and Boise, Idaho, were guinea pig markets for media giant Gannett’s plans to launch weekly tabloids which the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies dubbed “faux alt-weekly”...
Last-minute opposition to Lansing’s proposed dispensary regulations is led by a major PR firm with an employee that is recusing himself from an advisory board vote on the ordinance
June 22 2011
With less than a week to go until the Lansing City Council votes on regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, opposition to the proposed ordinance is getting a boost from the well known Lansing-based...
Proposed legislation would allow law enforcement to search medical marijuana patients and caregivers by name and address
June 22 2011
That question has surfaced over proposed legislation in the state Senate that would require the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which processes medical marijuana program applications,...
Beleaguered Lansing teachers talk about their highs and lows
June 22 2011
The school year is over, but with contract negotiations under way amid talk of salary and benefit cuts, Lansing teachers aren’t exactly unwinding. This spring, 150 of the Lansing School District’s...
628 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing (517) 316-1272 Hours: M-Sat 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
June 22 2011
I visited Your Healthy Choice Clinic on Michigan Avenue across from Clara’s Restaurant late on a recent Friday morning. Your Healthy Choice has been open since 2009 and was one of the first dispensaries...
Soup to Nutz Bistro courtyard, 121 E. Kalamazoo St.
June 15 2011
Property: Soup to Nutz Bistro courtyard, 121 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing Owner: Soup to Nutz Assessed value: $5,000 Outdoor spaces, especially in urban settings, function best and are most loved when articulated...
The Bernero administration needs $1 million in reserves to pay for increased health care, insurance and overtime costs, and the May 3 election as the fiscal year wraps up
June 15 2011
“Sometimes those projections are right on the mark, sometimes they come in above or below (what we anticipated),” Bernero said to the Council. “The FY11 budget will come up short by as...
A new tobacco shop in Lansing offers a speedy way to roll your own that is drawing the state’s attention. Is it manufacturing cigarettes? The state Treasury Department says yes — and wants a bite.
June 15 2011
Rob Bitz stands next to two $32,500, 790-pound cigarette rolling machines in his Frandor tobacco shop. He shows where customers pour eight ounces of tobacco into the complicated machine run on an air compressor....
An Ingham County commissioner serving on the city’s Public Service Board claims he wasn’t notified his seat was filled by someone else
June 15 2011
Did someone forget to tell Copedge he was replaced on the city’s Public Service Board, which he served on for nearly 15 years? That responsibility falls on the Bernero administration, which recommends...
June 15 2011
So while map-drawing should be about keeping common areas of interest together and breaking up as few political boundaries as possible in the name of sensible representation for the people, redistricting...
A Lansing dispensary owner is standing her ground after moving to a new location during the moratorium, even after a warning from Lansing police. Meanwhile, the city attorney is silent.
June 8 2011
Medical marijuana dispensary owner Sharess Witherell has a lot of questions for the city of Lansing
J.W. Sexton High School, east entrance
June 8 2011
Beyond the broken steps is a strange mow-job that Lansing District Schools spokesman Steve Serkaian said is due to heavy rain from a few weeks back, causing the maintenance staff to be “stretched...
June 8 2011
The Republican-led House had suggested the idea back in 2006. At the time, it was yet another duct-tape-and-bailing-wire budget patch job. The thought was that if the Department of Treasury waived penalties...
A petition drive to encourage bringing a casino to Lansing fails. Next stop: City Council
June 8 2011
The Lansing Jobs Coalition, which announced in December a petition drive that would have gauged Lansing residents’ support for selling or entrusting city land to a Native American tribe for the purpose...
The feds announce $1 million for cleaning Lansing’s dirty properties. The elephant in the room? Michigan’s restructured brownfield program
June 8 2011
Behind U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero was a compliment to brownfield redevelopment...
530 E. Grand River Road, Williamston Township (517) 655-5400
June 8 2011
GreenLeaf is a dispensary I never thought I’d set foot in again. I must say, I was a little bit reluctant when driving out to conduct my review. The last time I was at this location it was the Green...
201 Lathrop St., Lansing
June 2 2011
Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer the best time of year to enjoy a truly American architectural form: the front porch. The front porch was popularized during the century following...
Council members buck Carol Wood on her plan to confine new medical marijuana dispensaries to industrial areas.
June 1 2011
A’Lynne Robinson and Tina Houghton said they don’t agree with a provision in the draft ordinance that would limit new businesses to industrially zoned properties. They are two of the three...
June 1 2011
The year 2012 brings three open state representatives races with Democrats Joan Bauer, Mark Meadows and Barb Byrum all termed out on Dec. 31. And Grebner, the heart of Practical Political Consulting in...
June 1 2011
The Compassionate Apothecary is in a two-story house built in the late 1920s, converted for commercial use and situated within easy walking distance of seven other dispensaries on Michigan Avenue. Early...