Evergreen Cemetery fix-up takes 'Adopt a Park' to the next level
June 12 2013
There are two kinds of people in this world. One sees a knocked-over trash barrel in the park and calls Lansing Parks Director Brett Kaschinske to complain. The other kind picks the barrel back up
June 12 2013
The state Legislature is a week or two from its summer recess, so it's time for mid-term grades. I'd give Michigan's "Mighty 148" a "D" grade based on 1) passing a budget that shortchanges virtually every...
June 12 2013
Transparency declaration: I like food!! The older I get, the more time I attend to it and the more I find myself savoring good food — grown and produced with care, cooked with attention to detail,...
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission vote on expanding Michigan Flyer services will be reconsidered at next meeting
June 10 2013
Wednesday, May 29 — Due to a tie vote at its meeting tonight, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will reconsider approving a project that would expand Michigan Flyer’s bus routes at...
Property owner says houses were too far gone for preservation
June 10 2013
Monday, June 10 — Two houses on the 800 block of Ottawa Street two blocks from the Capitol Building have been demolished because they would have been too expensive to preserve
Jackson National Life Insurance Co. will use it for office space, sources say
June 7 2013
Friday, June 7 — Jackson National Life Insurance Co. will use the vacant building last used for a Barnes & Noble bookstore on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing for office space, multiple sources...
State Rep. Andy Schor introduces legislation that would put some foreclosures in court when banks have behaved badly
June 6 2013
Thursday, June 6 — State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, introduced legislation today that would allow people who are facing mortgage foreclosure to take their case before a judge if their lender has...
June 5 2013
The "Mike Rogers for U.S. Senate?" rumor wasn't circulating long before the Democrats in Washington picked up the phone and started gauging interest in possible 8th Congressional District candidates. Lansing...
Bishop David Maxwell, in defense of Lansing's Office of Community and Faith-based Initiatives
June 5 2013
For the second year in a row, a majority of the Lansing City Council removed funding for a part-time position in Mayor Virg Bernero's budget proposal. And on Monday night, for the second year in a row,...
June 5 2013
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: It is not enough to only reimagine blighted buildings — the entire property must be considered. This northwest corner parcel at Kalamazoo and Leslie...
MSU vet school grad Erica Ward goes to Thailand to treat elephants
June 5 2013
Nobody had to take Erica Ward aside at her graduation party and whisper the word "elephants" in her ear. She knew what she wanted to do the first time she bandaged a pachyderm's sore foot and got an appreciative...
June 5 2013
Rick Snyder has one accomplishment the cynics thought impossible: He has united the state's Democratic Party. The gubernatorial election is 17 months away and Democrats already have their candidate: former...
Mortgage foreclosure is rarely a straightforward — or completely legal — process, according to those working in the trenches
June 5 2013
Toby and Donna built their Meridian Township home 25 years ago where they raised three daughters. More recently, they enjoyed having their grandkids visit. But in 2011, even after making every payment...
New Facebook page comes out against the existence of Lansing Township
June 3 2013
Monday, June 3 — A new Facebook group — started by a Lansing Township resident — advocates for the dissolution of the township and is slowly gaining followers and media attention
Mayor’s budget veto stands; Council approves buying property on Ottawa/Butler block for $1
June 3 2013
Monday, June 3 — The Lansing City Council didn’t have the necessary six votes Monday night to override Mayor Virg Bernero’s fiscal year 2014 budget veto
May 31 2013
So what's the problem with the city of Lansing's ethics ordinance? The same thing that plagues too many disclosure requirements for public officials. While on paper it has most (if not all) of the elements...
17th annual Mayor’s Walk is Saturday
May 31 2013
Friday, May 31 — Mayor Virg Bernero invites you to strap on your walking shoes with him Saturday to take part in the 17th annual River Walk in Lansing
Absent commission member up in air on how he’d vote
May 30 2013
Thursday, May 30 — Brian McGrain , whose absence Wednesday night resulted in a tie vote on the Michigan Flyer issue, said today he is up in the air on the controversy. “I don’t know,”...
Same-sex couple in Lansing uses Canadian marriage license to secure property rights not available to same-sex partners in Michigan, potentially setting up court challenge
May 29 2013
Just over nine years ago, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope and his partner, Bradly Rakowski, got married in Canada, with the skyline of Detroit as the backdrop to their ceremony. The marriage is legally...
May 29 2013
The original Biggby location in East Lansing — an unmistakable feature of the Valley Park area just west of downtown — may soon be demolished. DTN Management has a development agreement with...

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