City Council, city attorney at odds over internal auditor report
Aug. 26 2015
The Lansing city attorney and Mayor Virg Bernero are challenging a report by the City Council’s internal auditor that alleges the law department is four months behind on paying...
Facelift for Moon house into descends into major surgery
Aug. 26 2015
For a homeowner with a gaping yellow hole 10 feet deep under her front door, where a porch would normally be, Carol Skilling was microwaving cat food pretty calmly last Tuesday morning. "Its...
Mid-Michigan lagging far behind in natural amenities
Aug. 26 2015
Other than copywriters in the “Pure Michigan” spin shop, no one familiar with Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties would rate them high on “natural amenities.”...
Barb Byrum makes her mark in same-sex marriage battle
Aug. 26 2015
Minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage was legal for same-gender couples in the entire United States, Barb Byrum had a couple before her who wanted to be married. The 37-year-old...
Herewith are subjective lists of folks and institutions on either side — or in the middle — of the gay rights struggle.
Aug. 26 2015
Friends Supporters of full civil rights and equality for the community. Frenemies Frenemies talk the talk but the walk is wobbly at best. Enemies Enemies are people and institutions...
McIntyre meets with councilmembers, avoids subpoena
Aug. 20 2015
THURSDAY, AUG. 20 — The Lansing City Attorney will not face a subpoena request from the City Council’s Committee on Ways and Means. After a sometimes contentious and vocal meeting at city hall...
MSU’s mixed-use project alters Flower Pot Neighborhood
Aug. 19 2015
Bullied. That’s how many residents of East Lansing’s Flower Pot neighborhood feel as Michigan State University begins development of the former State Police headquarters...
Aug. 19 2015
Property: 533 S. Grand Ave., Lansing This building, which marks the west entrance to the Cherry Hill Historic District, is associated with two historically significant individuals. The first, Alvin...
Preservation Lansing kicks off 2015 awards under new president
Aug. 19 2015
After restoring a dilapidated 1898 house to its original glory, Joe Vitale knows all about to-do lists. He´s got a big one as the new president of Preservation Lansing, a grassroots...
Federal indictment renews attention to Kzoo hustlers
Aug. 19 2015
Theresa Moore has lived near one of the Lansing’s busiest sex–for-sale corridors, a stretch of Kalamazoo Street, for 17 years. While she is wary of the women who work the...
American Community Survey may be intrusive, but it's necessary
Aug. 19 2015
The letter arrived at our home a few weeks ago from the United States Department of Commerce. My family had been chosen, actually required by federal law, to complete the American Community Survey....
Aug. 19 2015
The last man on earth (with a flip phone) By Ty Forquer Smartphones are everywhere. From children barely old enough to eat solid food to elderly folks too old to eat solid food, it seems like...
Council, city attorney at odds over info on health care, billing
Aug. 18 2015
MONDAY, Aug. 17 — The Lansing City Council Committee on Ways and Means is considering a subpoena of the city attorney, Janene McIntyre, if she doesn’t show up for a meeting Wednesday, Chairman...
A local preview of the SEC-ordered CEO-to-worker ratio
Aug. 12 2015
In an era where pay to workers has hardly budged, the compensation paid to chief executives has soared. CEOs in 1965 earned about 20 times the typical worker. By 2013 CEOS earned about 300 times that...
Challenges FBI, takes on medical community over opioid concerns
Aug. 12 2015
“Pathetic.” That’s how embattled physician Paul DeWeese characterized an FBI affidavit filed in federal court alleging a variety of abuses in his Lansing-based pain...
REVISITED
Aug. 12 2015
Property: 2222 Grand River Ave. Okemos This building was featured as an Eyesore in July 2012. At that time, the front elevation was nearly covered “by rampantly overgrown shrubs...
Councilwoman begins reimbursing city for ads
Aug. 12 2015
Lansing City Councilwoman Carol Wood has reimbursed the city of Lansing for some of the ads she placed with taxpayer funds that included her campaign web address. Wood said Thursday...
GOP quick to attack actress´ bid to unseat Bishop
Aug. 12 2015
Eric Schertzing takes it as a good sign that Republicans quickly attacked actress Melissa Gilbert when she announced her candidacy for the 8th Congressional District seat. It means that they...
Aug. 12 2015
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12 — A Lansing man has been arrested on federal charges of sex trafficking for allegedly taking four women, including a minor, across state lines. Tyrone Smith, 45, Tyrone Smith...
Root beer vendor draws protests over Confederate flag display
Aug. 10 2015
MONDAY, Aug. 10 — Christopher Zemer has been flying the Confederate flag on his antique root beer stand for the past 12 years, including at the Great Lakes Folk Festival. But this year the flag was...

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