Antiquated political opposition to relations with Cuba predictable
Dec. 23 2014
In a more rational world, the U.S embargo of Cuba, modified last week by President Obama, would have ended generations ago. Certainly, it was what the Cuban people hoped for in 1978. President Jimmy Carter,...
How the snake stole Christmas
Dec. 23 2014
Folks, as you may have heard by now, the war on Christmas is being fought right here, on the front lawn of “our House.” Yes, that’s right. And if you’re reading this before 11...
Dec. 23 2014
Debris flies in preparation for the Flyer Several houses were demolished recently, clearing way for a new bus terminal for the Michigan Flyer. Michigan Flyer LLC is beginning a $1.6 million bus terminal...
Lansing could license landlords next year, while state may loosen regs
Dec. 17 2014
Lansing is preparing to tighten rental regulations at the same time the state appears poised to loosen them. City Council’s General Services Committee received the green light from the Lansing city...
Dec. 17 2014
With Lansing’s holiday festivities centered on the lighting of the State Christmas Tree, it may be easy to overlook other downtown attractions that recall the spirit of this festive season. The holiday...
MSU researcher aims to control fungus killing Christmas trees
Dec. 17 2014
You might not notice it on the trees jammed into holiday revelers´ living rooms because they´re still so young, but many Christmas trees living much past their youth are having a hard go of...
Blacks and Hispanics caught up in traffic stops
Dec. 17 2014
In a recent column on race relations and policing, I recounted statistics on traffic stops by the Lansing Police Department that could have suggested profiling. It´s a subject worth exploring in...
Dec. 17 2014
$20 million project planned for old YMCA site A $20 million mixed-use project, “Metro Place,” will be developed at the site of the long-vacant YMCA building on Townsend Street, adjacent to...
Community trust one year after the Gemini ice storm outage
Dec. 17 2014
In some ways greater Lansing is still thawing from the natural disaster “event” Dec. 21 that left 40,000 residents and businesses cold and dark. That “event” wasn’t the Gemini...
Dec. 17 2014
We are approaching the anniversary of the 22 December 2013 ice storm which precipitated a lengthy electrical power outage in our region and the resultant assessment of the response by our communities and...
Community members reflect on lessons learned
Dec. 17 2014
Neighbors helping neighbors. Counting our blessings. Local residents remember the ice storm and the long power outage from last winter
Lansing protesters demonstrate to raise awareness about injustice
Dec. 13 2014
FRIDAY, DEC. 12 — While some were doing holiday shopping Friday evening at the Lansing Mall, about 40 Lansing area protesters had something else on their minds. Justice. Five Lansing resid
MSU case raises questions about Michigan’s post 9/11 laws
Dec. 10 2014
Michigan State University student Michael Matthew Mullen, arrested last month for allegedly threatening to shoot up a school, is charged with terrorism. In a post on the social media site Yik Yak in November,...
Dec. 10 2014
The issues facing this property are well known to Lansing’s Office of Building Safety, which has red-tagged the structure. Leaves and debris are piled on the front porch, which itself is in need...
Auction of female action figures will benefit The Womens Center
Dec. 10 2014
Nancy Lombardi vigorously shook a heavy crystal globe with Wonder Woman inside, fists akimbo. The fluid swirled with sparkly pain from freshly punched enemies. Or maybe it was Amazon magic. "Isn´t...
Lansing prepares to tighten medical marijuana dispensary rules
Dec. 10 2014
It’s Friday night and the club is hopping. Red neon signs flash, “Open,” “Darts, Pool, Big Screen TVs.” Cars line the street and are queued up at the front door of the “lounge.” This...
Dec. 10 2014
BWL activates equipment to reduce mercury emissions The Lansing Board of Water & Light has finally activated equipment it installed in 2007 that will reduce mercury emissions at the Erickson Power Plant....
Community forum on racial issues gives voice to a movement for justice
Dec. 10 2014
The justice system is flawed. That was the overall tone at a town hall meeting Tuesday night in the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York at the hands...
BWL’s poor responses to the ice storm and a plant accident may be forgivable, but failing to abate mercury pollution is another matter entirely
Dec. 9 2014
You have to wonder sometimes how the people who run Lansing Board of Water and Light sleep at night. We learned last week that the utility´s Erickson plant installed equipment in 2007 that would...
BWL says public-private partnerships key to emergency management
Dec. 3 2014
The message from the first Metro- Lansing Emergency Management Briefing by the Board of Water & Light Tuesday was part “Rah Rah” cheering session, part positive spin and part “make it...

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