April 19 2017
The new attorney general of the United States, Jeff Sessions, recently declared that marijuana was “only slightly less awful” than heroin
State preservationists call substation site historical
Aug. 17 2016
State historic preservation officials have weighed in on a big part of the controversy over the Lansing Board of Water & Light’s plan to replace Scott Park with a power substation. Their verdict?...
Digitized newspaper archives chronicle our history
Oct. 21 2015
For an agreement so momentous, the announcement this year that Newspapers.com would begin to archive the back issues of newspapers owned by Gannett Co. Inc., which owns the Lansing State Journal, has...
Cheap Girls leads the pack of a new breed of Lansing rockers getting national attention
July 9 2014
Last month, Ian Graham was preparing for an 18-hour drive to Florida with his band, Cheap Girls. The trip would serve as the first leg of the trio’s three-month national tour, which is now zigzagging...
Massive downtown East Lansing storefront with retail past gets renovated into offices
June 12 2013
For 40 years, 333 E. Grand River Ave. has been prominent retail space in downtown East Lansing. It housed a Jacobson's Department Store for 30 years and a Barnes & Noble bookstore for a decade. For the...
Jan. 23 2013
Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative Republican leaders have loudly proclaimed their desire to work on a bipartisan basis in 2013, a far cry from their one-party rule of the last two years. The governor's...
Lest we forget when Jackson National Life successfully argued its new headquarters was "obsolete" to lower its property tax payments. On Tuesday, a compromise was reached with the city.
May 8 2013
As the local media drank up good jobs news last week like an alcoholic at a Christmas party, there's been no mention of the fact that less than three years ago, Jackson National Life Insurance Co. fought...
East Lansing's celebrates poetry throughout April
March 27 2013
April is National Poetry Month, and, like the flowers it often celebrates, poetry is about to spring forth all around town. Michigan State University's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities' Center...
Kevin Boyle delved into the archives to put together ‘Arc of Justice’
Oct. 12 2011
By BILL CASTANIER National Book Award Winner Kevin Boyle describes himself as an “archives rat” and that’s a good thing for a historian and the author of the award-winning “Arc...
Feb. 14 2012
The explosive reaction generated news coverage in India and England. Political bloggers at The New York Times, Washington Post and Politico panned it. Slate tweeted that it’s “stupid and blatantly...
East Lansing led the nation in local legislation that protected gay employees against discrimination. Forty years later, the city celebrates.
March 7 2012
Two score years ago, after hearing from an angry resident who didn’t want to pay the city $11 for mowing his vacant lot and before taking up the matter of an abandoned easement, the East Lansing...
Notable Books list honors the state's best
Dec. 15 2010
The Library of Michigan’s annual awards (which were announced Monday) honored Jaimy Gordon’s “Lord of Misrule,” the 2010 National Book Award Winner; National Book Award finalist...
Sept. 1 2010
Jeanologie XX/XY Boutique NYC-inspired fashion in East Lansing, bringing both trendy designers and familiar brands. Jeanologie offers personal shopping appointments and garment alterations. The mother-daughter...
Annual Applause Award, Business Arts Award were presented Tuesday
Dec. 8 2010
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is honoring those that have most contributed to Lansing’s arts scene.The honors consist of two awards, based on nominations from the public. The Applause Award...
Music coordinator marks her 25th festival
May 18 2011
The festival has a national reach, but it’s also a prime venue for local talent. Some of Degen’s most memorable moments were performances by local favorites like the Chenille Sisters, Three...
March 9 2010
Property: 1881 S. Grand River Ave., Okemos Owner: CCPL Real Estate Group, LLC Taxpayer: CCPL Real Estate Group, LLC Assessed: $158,500 Owner says: Unavailable for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn...
National Coney brings taste of Detroit to East Lansing
Dec. 2 2009
My father, a native Detroiter, moved to Atlanta 12 years ago. Sure, he now only has to use an ice scraper once or twice a winter, but he also has to go without some of Michigan’s best creature comforts:...
English teacher takes top prize in City Pulse singing contest
Aug. 5 2009
How do you get to Oldsmobile Park? Practice, practice, practice, if you’re going there to sing the National Anthem which Eder DeLaCruz is as the winner of City Pulse’s first “Oh, Say,...
April 8 2009
Despite some minor wear and tear, 1917 Jerome St. appears to be in good condition. Sure, the roof seems to be slowly separating from the rest of the house and the wood is decaying courtesy of who knows...

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