Advocates say the new bill package affecting medical marijuana patients approved during lame duck is mostly negative or innocuous
Jan. 2 2013
Last month's legislative lame-duck session changed Michigan law on a variety of fronts — the most headline-worthy being right wing power grabs (see: right to work; emergency managers; abortion rights)
Jan. 2 2013
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Did you know that porches — the commonplace, wood-frame, open-air versions like this one on North Jenison Avenue — are uniquely North American?
Who's in to challenge Lansing City Council incumbents in 2013? And who will preside over the Council next year?
Dec. 26 2012
The three Lansing City Council members seen as reliable support for Mayor Virg Bernero all have at least preliminary opposition to their re-election bids in 2013. Defeats could further endanger Bernero’s...
Dec. 26 2012
Even in the daytime it's hard to miss this gem facing Harrison Road in East Lansing's Glencairn neighborhood. But in the spirit of the holidays, we set out to find some of the best exterior lighting we...
A study of 96 classrooms in the Lansing School District
Dec. 26 2012
Lansing School District teachers are creating positive relationships and classroom environments for their students, but their teaching techniques could use improvement, according to results of a recent...
Dec. 26 2012
The National Rifle Association claims to be the largest pro-hunting organization in the world. But as a hunter, the NRA couldn't represent me less. And as a human being, I object to being associated with...
Dec. 26 2012
So what have we learned? The question is always appropriate at year's end, especially at the end of a year of contention, dissension and even some significant steps forward
Dec. 26 2012
It wasn't hard to gather 10 Lansing-area people who died in 2012 into this year-end bouquet. Only three rules were needed
Dec. 19 2012
The man who crafted what has become an iconic political slogan — "No Worse Than the Rest" — is a study in contradictions. He's controversial and outspoken while at the same time a champion...
A closer look at alleged lack of transparency in closing Red Cedar Elementary School in East Lansing
Dec. 19 2012
Former, present and future East Lansing Board of Education members say the decision to close Red Cedar Elementary School was not only a bad idea — it was also underhanded. The vote to close Red Cedar,...
Dec. 19 2012
It's highly unlikely that a late-Victorian era house is the first image that comes to mind when you think about sustainability. However, that may change
The number of properties owing on delinquent property taxes declines; still nowhere near pre-2008 numbers
Dec. 19 2012
The Ingham County treasurer says 2012 looks like the "definitive peak" of the housing crisis in Ingham County, with the number of property tax delinquents declining by more than 10 percent from last year...
What's a fair salary for a township supervisor? And is it relevant to a consolidation discussion?
Dec. 19 2012
You can almost feel the love between the executives of Lansing and Lansing Township when it comes to consolidating their two communities
Dec. 19 2012
It was midnight last Thursday, I think, when I got around to compiling a list of some 20 bills my MIRS team and I needed to track going into the last day of an already overly active lame duck in the Michigan...
Dec. 19 2012
Just to recap: Right-to-work laws in the state that birthed the UAW and Teamsters; open carry of handguns in bars, schools, libraries and college dorms; an ongoing assault on a woman's constitutional right...
Petition opposes merger of Cristo Rey Community Center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities; two Council members concerned
Dec. 12 2012
A group of citizens opposed to a proposed consolidation of Cristo Rey Community Center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities is circulating a petition against the merger and pondering further action
Dec. 12 2012
This week, our eye candy is actual candy! The Lansing City Market held a gingerbread house competition on Saturday. Seven different teams came to battle with their gingerbread, icing and gumdrops on hand
The U.S. Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage equality — and it could have major implications for Michigan's prohibitive laws against the LGBT community
Dec. 12 2012
Depending on how a case before the U.S. Supreme Court turns out, Amy Hunter may change her birth certificate. Hunter, who was born a male but now identifies as female, has not changed the gender listed...
Dec. 12 2012
Sorry, Democrats. Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican elves in the legislature are leaving no presents under your tree this Christmas
Dec. 12 2012
(Background music: "The Twilight Zone" theme) Narrator: Imagine, for a moment, a state law that makes paying taxes voluntary. Why, backers successfully argued, should people be forced to pay for services...

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