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The Lansing Ignite soccer team is making amends for a player’s homophobic slur against a fan by contributing his fine to the local LGBTQ community, according to a gay rights organization. more
The state shortfall in funding a tuition waiver program for Native American students has more than doubled over the past decade, leaving universities to make up the growing difference more
Advocates are launching a two-prong effort to reform Michigan’s system of bail that they say is too high for low-income people and forces them into jail while awaiting trial. more
The recent transfer of six starving wolves to Isle Royale benefits not only them but the island’s entire forest ecosystem, experts say. more
A federal judge has tossed out a suit accusing Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officers of illegally arresting and prosecuting a hunter who admitted “shining” – using artificial light – for deer at a private Alpena County hunting camp. more
A “silent crisis” is brewing beneath Michigan that threatens what experts say could be considered the sixth Great Lake. more
The trade war between the world’s two largest economies has lasted for nearly one year and has already affected U.S industries and consumers, especially buyers and sellers of two items important in Michigan — soybeans and auto parts. more
People in the prehistoric Hopewell civilization of southern Ohio managed to get copper from distant points – the Keweenaw Peninsula and Isle Royale and Ontario’s Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior – as much as 750 miles away. more
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has followed through on his promise to register his fundraising account for “incidental expenses” with the Internal Revenue Service. more
A recent state-commissioned report found blood tests to determine whether someone recently smoked weed to be an inadequate measure of impairment. Still, many area public and private employers are using those same tests on their staff — and firing employees who test positive for THC. more
Trump is frustrated at his own fecklessness — at his inability to stop migrants from fleeing poverty and violence in Central America, at his failure to fulfill a campaign promise and build a wall, at the legal and institutional impediments that serve as a check on his power. more
Jeff Wood can relate to Pete Buttigieg. They are both gay Midwesterners and both married to educators. On Sunday, Wood opened his westside Lansing home for one of about 400 house parties around to country to view the South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s live-streamed presidential announcement. more
With key votes scheduled for Monday, the $250 million Red Cedar project appears headed to a green light by the Lansing City Council. more
A lawsuit against the popular eastside beanery Strange Matter Coffee Co. has been dismissed and its owner is happy about the outcome.  more
Legal in Michigan since June 2018, the CBD oil industry is blossoming from hemp farmers cashing in on a new crop to veterinarians prescribing the oil to ease a dog’s final days. There are stories of CBD (short for cannabidiol) being used to treat depression, anxiety, chronic pain and even low libido. more
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has appointed Judy Kehler to serve as the city’s treasurer and income tax administrator beginning later this month. more
Before Mike Mackey started as chief of the Lansing Fire Department last week, he oversaw a department that covered nearly 1.5 million residents over 1,800 square miles in Palm Beach County, Florida. more
When I started writing this week’s column, I realized there wasn’t one thing I wanted to talk about. There were lots of things, each worthy of reflection for what they tell us about our society and our politics, many caught up and amplified by the intensity of our media cycle and then spat out by its freneticism and chaos and forgotten about. So consider this a grab bag: eight quick thoughts on stories from the past week. It’ll be fun, I promise. Ready? Here we go. more
As President Donald Trump was rattling off the names of congressional critters and other dignitaries at his March 28 rally in Grand Rapids, a few voices yelled for John James. James, the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate last year who came uncomfortably close to Debbie Stabenow in an expected blowout for the incumbent Democrat, is a cause celebe for conservative grassroots types looking for a fresh face who speaks their language.The 37-year-old Marine fits that bill. more
When I was a child, this skewer was all around me. It was the only thing we ever used. It was primitive cooking — some days we would just BBQ around a fire with a pile of bricks. We put meat on this, chicken or whatever we wanted. more
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