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...
Former School Board Member charged with embezzlement, other crimes
March 3 2015
Former Lansing School Board Member Nicole Armbruster has been charged with one count of embezzlement and six counts of uttering and publishing by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office. All seven...
Bath Township police at a loss to find person who left puppy to freeze to death
Feb. 25 2015
The nightmare doesn’t leave her head: the puppy shivering, whimpering, maybe barking till it was voiceless in below-freezing temperatures, sitting in its own feces and trapped in a crate. It can’t...
Feb. 25 2015
Built in 1924, this building originally served as the headquarters for training the 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery. It accounts for one of the five armories designed by Ann Arbor architect Lynn W....
Man arrested after speaking at MSU Trustees meeting
Feb. 25 2015
It’s Dec. 12, the day before controversial speaker George Will is scheduled to address the winter graduating class. The Michigan State University Board of Trustees meeting is packed with people...
East Lansing Food Co-Op increases share price to stay afloat
Feb. 25 2015
It was 1976. Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby” was on the Top 40 charts. The Oldsmobile Cutlass was the hottest selling car. And food co-operatives were popping up around the country,...
The movement in East Lansing to open housing for blacks
Feb. 25 2015
Two years of smolder built to a roar. Then it cooled down but the fire was just under the surface. It started with the only visit to Michigan State University by the young pastor, Martin Luther King,...
Clerk wants criminal investigation over county commissioner campaign finance fees, bounced check
Feb. 18 2015
Late campaign finance reports and a bounced check may have Ingham County Commissioner Bryan Crenshaw facing a criminal investigation and charges. Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, a Democrat, has asked...
Duane Stoolmaker, barber of the greats
Feb. 18 2015
I studied finance at Michigan State University and took a job on Wall Street with Wells Fargo Securities Investment Banking. I worked two years of 80 hour weeks out in the “big city” and decided...
Feb. 18 2015
Property: 734 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos Owner: Lansing Mobile Homes LTD PTS, Southfield Assessed value: $253,000 The recently improved crosswalk in front of this building seems slightly absurd along...
Leveling the price of the freedom of information
Feb. 18 2015
Starting this summer, most public bodies in Michigan will be somewhat more accountable, a bit more transparent, in allowing people to discover what they do and how they do it. The so-called Freedom of...
Did East Lansing jeopardize employee and public health in improper mercury cleanup?
Feb. 18 2015
It began when a pressure gauge in the Waste Water Treatment Plant in East Lansing broke the day after Thanksgiving 2013. Somewhere between one and half and three pounds of the mercury — a toxic...
City won’t disclose who is applying to fill the vacant council seat until Friday
Feb. 12 2015
THURSDAY, FEB. 12 — Business consultant and former journalist Walt Sorg has applied to fill the Lansing City Council seat. City Council is seeking an applicant to replace former at-large member Derrick...
Walberg gets a 2016 opponent... already
Feb. 11 2015
State Rep. Gretchen Driskell’s announcement that she’ll run against U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg in 2016 wasn´t lost this week in national Democratic circles. David Nir, who covers campaigns...
Feb. 11 2015
Property: 4650 Meridian Road, Saint Katherine’s Chapel, Williamston The State of Michigan historical marker for this structure suggests that it was “the work of an unsophisticated country...
Tim Barron attacks shooting victim in Facebook post
Feb. 11 2015
Progress Michigan is asking Lansing radio host Tim Barron to apologize for a post on his Facebook page Sunday that appears to blame the victim of a shooting in East Lansing last week for his own death. Michael...
Republican legislative agenda:Radical to ridiculous to rational
Feb. 11 2015
The consequence of one-party government — that is Republican — in Michigan can be found in the 78-point grab bag of “action items” release by House members last week. As you would...
Feb. 11 2015
Friedland Industries wins Outstanding Small Business Award Friedland Industries received the Greater Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Small Business Award at the chamber’s...

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