Feb. 27 2013
A library is the living room of the community. A gathering place open to all. Be it a small, neighborhood library or the central district library, the building design must be both civic and approachable...
Financial Health Team to recommend Lansing increase its funding for long-term pension and health care liabilities
Feb. 27 2013
A key member of the mostly mayoral-appointed Financial Health Team in Lansing says the city should increase funding — or decrease costs — for its long-term liabilities for pensions and retiree...
Feb. 27 2013
Michigan is one of the dumbest states in the nation, but it's not a matter of genetics or innate intelligence. We aren't trying hard enough. And we're also losing too many of our best and brightest
Gun rights advocates' drive to loosen restrictions on campus
Feb. 27 2013
If you're a college student in the Lansing area and you have a concealed pistol license, there is only one campus where you can exercise that right — to some extent
Drain commissioner believes delay with drain project at Red Cedar Golf Course is because the Bernero administration wants more control over it. Bernero says that's 'complete nonsense.'
Feb. 20 2013
Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann believes the Bernero administration wants "total control" of his drain project at the former Red Cedar Golf Course, which is why it's been held in limbo for...
Feb. 20 2013
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: As it becomes increasingly important to minimize the built environment's impact on the land to mitigate sprawl, maximizing every inch of the already existing...
The Supreme Court's effect on Lansing dispensaries and pending legislation to give them hope
Feb. 20 2013
It's shortly after noon on Monday, and a young man likely in his 20s or 30s is making a purchase at Alternative Medicine in Lansing. Fifty dollars is exchanged for a few grams of medical marijuana. Business...
Why is a development project near the Stadium District held up in Mayor Bernero's office?
Feb. 20 2013
Lansing developer Pat Gillespie is interested in transforming a prominent eyesore across the street from his Stadium District in downtown Lansing, but a key step in the process has been held up in Mayor...
Lansing School District considering heightened security at its buildings
Feb. 20 2013
The Lansing School District is considering spending roughly a half-million dollars to heighten security at all of its buildings. One district official says the expansion has been contemplated for years...
Feb. 20 2013
If you enjoy drinking a glass of wine now and then, you're probably familiar with the numerous choices of brands and types to be found in many local grocery and drug stores. The rows and rows of creatively...
Feb. 20 2013
A soft-spoken policy wonk has become one of the most influential voices in Michigan on how to reinvent the state’s economy. No, it's not the self-described "One Tough Nerd" in the Governor's Office....
Council members push city attorney to decide if Niowave violated its zoning permit
Feb. 13 2013
Lansing City Councilman Brian Jeffries and Council President Carol Wood have asked the City Attorney's Office to investigate whether Niowave violated its zoning permit when it built a controversial pole...
Feb. 13 2013
A cupola allows a house to reach skyward, filling it with light and air. A relatively rare feature seen in contemporary residential design, the cupola was all the rage during the mid- to late-19th century...
Personnel Committee chairwoman says meeting minutes are inaccurate as the mayor's chief of staff says they border on libel and slander
Feb. 13 2013
Lansing City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar's computer continues to be a topic of discussion this week at City Hall. Now the administration has stepped up its criticism of the way its being handled, saying...
Several problems with campaign filings of two LCC trustee candidates
Feb. 13 2013
Robin Smith, secretary of the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees, owes her running mate a couple of thousand dollars and the Ingham County Clerk's office some important paperwork — both...
Feb. 13 2013
Don't look now, but Lansing is already in another election cycle. And it looks like it is going to be nasty
Exploring an unpopular solution to Lansing's budget deficit
Feb. 13 2013
When Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says "everything is on the table" to fix the city's budget problems, it's not entirely true
Bernero knocked off dais as arch-enemy City Council President Carol Wood takes time out of her busy schedule to reorganize seating. "Honeymoon over," mayor says.
Feb. 6 2013
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero no longer has a seat on the City Council dais. He'll now sit at a table on the floor when he comes to a meeting
It appears the 2013 City Council elections are in high gear, with Kathie Dunbar alleging opponent Brian Jeffries is making politically motivated attacks against her over personal matters. Jeffries denies it.
Feb. 6 2013
It all started with committee assignments. When I asked Lansing City Council President Carol Wood on Jan. 29 why Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar — who has served seven years on the Council — was...
Lansing scouting, religious leaders support making optional the ban on gay Boy Scouts
Feb. 6 2013
For years, assistant scoutmaster Brad Shafer of Okemos has advocated an end to the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members. He's hoping for progress today when the national organization votes on whether...

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