After a slow start, the Knapp’s Centre is filling up, LSJ a likely addition
April 1 2015
The Knapp´s Centre in downtown Lansing is beginning to fill with tenants. The Eyde Co., which owns the building, has relocated its offices there. Technology services firm Dewpoint has already expanded...
Why BWL’s solar energy project is a big deal for Michigan
April 1 2015
The Lansing Board of Water & Light is poised to be a statewide leader as Michigan starts a new chapter of renewable-energy development. When a utility official confirmed last month that the BWL has chosen...
Dart hustles to recycle itself after New York City bans plastic foam
April 1 2015
Tour the Mason headquarters of Dart Container Co., the world´s largest maker of foam cups and take-out food containers, and you´d think the corporate cup runneth over. The glassy 110,000-square-foot...
Common-Ground-related revenues and expenses differ in LEPFA reports
March 25 2015
Lansing´s Common Ground Festival is a self-promotion machine. We already know that Jane´s Addiction (soon to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Here Come The Mummies and Grammy-nominated...
March 25 2015
Property: 6109 S. Cedar St., Lansing Owner: Abraham Cedar Miller LLC Traveling north from Holt or I-96 along Cedar Street, motorists will be greeted by this neglected building at the corner of Miller...
Transgender questions lead to CATA policy change
March 25 2015
Diane was returning from window shopping at the Meridian Mall on Feb. 27. As she settled into her seat on the CATA bus to downtown Lansing, she realized in horror the unthinkable had happened. “I...
Council majority against 20 percent hike; 1 more vote needed to kill it
March 23 2015
MONDAY, MARCH 23 — A majority of the Lansing City Council has sponsored a resolution against the proposed 20 percent pay increase for them, the mayor and the city clerk
City grants tax breaks to developers who fail to register their rentals for inspections
March 18 2015
This story has been updated to correct an error. On Feb. 20, Lansing firefighters were called to the new Market Place Apartments, next to the City Market, to respond to a small kitchen fire. The building´s...
Andromeda and Cassiopeia East Lansing
March 18 2015
For a town that calls itself a “City of the Arts,” it is particularly fitting that East Lansing’s public art is approachable. Along Grand River, two sculptures tell the mythological story...
Government can’t punish frat’s racist song; religious beliefs a more challenging issue
March 18 2015
It is easy to applaud the penalties levied on the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma after its members were recorded in a video singing a crude racist chant. The local SAE chapter...
Ottawa’s McPhee could redefine education adviser role
March 17 2015
TUESDAY, MARCH 17 — Ottawa Area Intermediate School District Superintendent Karen McPhee could “redefine” the role of the governor’s senior education policy adviser when she takes...
This story has been updated to correct an error.
March 11 2015
Lansings mayor wants a police policy governing the release of officers names. Police departments, whatever their size, are at their core paramilitary organizations governed by rules and regulations,...
March 11 2015
As a former commissioner of the Lansing Board of Water & Light, I have a great respect for the value that the utility brings not only to the City of Lansing, but to the entire mid-Michigan region. The...
March 11 2015
There is at least one good reason Joe Graves Jr. is a former commissioner of the Lansing Board of Water & Light: He was part of the problem instead of part of the solution. His ridiculous critique of my...
Sustainable farming conference sows the seeds of a new food system
March 11 2015
As a panel of experts chewed over the obstacles facing the nation´s small farmers at MSU´s Kellogg Center Monday, a craggyfaced man in the back of the room rose to ask a question. "I invite...
Lansing, CATA and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission at odds over representation
March 4 2015
The region’s largest planning body has been drawn into a conflict between the Capital Area Transportation Authority and the City of Lansing. At the heart of the debate: how CATA should be represented...
Icicles
March 4 2015
Although beautiful themselves, icicles indicate a critical, possibly detrimental condition. The constant series of winter freezes and thaws encourage the formation of large icicles. As evidenced by the...
Sharpton challenges Wharton Center crowd to make more black history
March 4 2015
As about 600 people assembled to hear a speech by the Rev. Al Sharpton at Michigan State University´s Wharton Center Feb. 26, several attendees noted, with a touch of regret, that they were missing...
Michigan Prop 1 road funding ballot language bundles and confuses
March 4 2015
After reading — and very likely rereading — the constitutional ballot proposal that seeks a sales tax increase to repair Michigan´s crumbling and even dangerous roads, voters should be...
East Lansing halted investigation at wastewater treatment plant
March 4 2015
When city of East Lansing officials learned of a mercury spill at its wastewater treatment plant, it launched an internal investigation to find out what happened. But four months into it the city pulled...

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