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Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Lansing looking north from Kalamazoo Street. After westside residents complained about a city plan to remove the islands to the left as part of accommodating traffic changes, the city has asked them to express their views on that plan versus a much more limited alternative.

City offers a new choice for MLK Boulevard changes after vocal opposition

THURSDAY, April 11 —Lansing Westside Neighborhood residents who were unhappy with the city’s plan to remove the tree-covered islands on a stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard have …
Gregory Venker, 41, is Mayor Andy Schor's choice to replace City Attorney James Smierkta as city attorney.

Mayor nominates Gregory Venker as Lansing’s next city attorney

FRIDAY, April 5 — Lansing Deputy City Attorney Gregory Venker is slated to replace retiring City Attorney James Smiertka next week if the City Council approves his appointment in its regular meeting on Monday.

Lansing ramps up red-tag enforcement efforts despite staffing shortage

As the new director of Lansing’s director of economic development and planning, Rawley Van Fossen has wasted no time trying to revitalize a Code Enforcement Office that’s been dogged for years by inconsistent leadership and five staff vacancies, including one for a lead housing inspector.
Amanda Trojan holds baby Nathanael following his water birth at Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital in Ann Arbor on June 25, 2022, attended by certified nurse-midwife Kayla Joy Jasman.

What is the future of birth in Lansing?

When Kendra Ouillete found out she was pregnant just one month after moving from Florida to Mason in December 2020,
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Rewind: News from the last 7 days

There were no homicides in Ingham County for the first quarter of 2024, said Prosecutor John Dewane in a statement Monday. He added that the number has declined from seven homicides in the first three months of 2021 and four each in 2022 and 2023. He called it evidence Lansing and the county are bringing gun violence under control after a peak during the COVID pandemic.

The Tipsy Nickel in Mason offers a formidable plate of brisket nachos.
Climb a mountain of nachos at the Tipsy Nickel
In late 2022, Miya Warvel, co-owner of the Wooden Nickel II in Dansville, purchased the former Darb’s Tavern & Eatery in Mason and rechristened it the Tipsy Nickel Bar & Grille,
A stir-fry of pea shoots, carrots, salad turnips and marinated restaurant tofu.
The secret to good tofu — or as I call it, restaurant tofu
My son’s first taste of tofu was at a restaurant. He didn’t know what tofu was, or that it was coming. Having never caught wind of tofu’s bad reputation among non-Asians,
Stateside Deli’s eggs Benedict comprises two halves of an English muffin topped with perfectly poached eggs and creamy, rich hollandaise sauce, but Lizy Ferguson suggests swapping the Canadian bacon for lox.
Stateside’s breakfast menu boasts a bangin’ Benny
It’s strange to discover that, in the area you’ve lived all your life, the breakfast you’ve been searching for has been waiting for you just across town.

Slotkin, Rogers’ races demonstrate why Michigan needs a debate commission

Try to find any video, audio or any proof at all that Republican frontrunner Mike Rogers or Democratic frontrunner Elissa Slotkin have engaged in any real debates with their primary opponents in their U.S. Senate races.

Arts & Culture

No short snort

Everyone loves Duke Ellington, but few of his fans have heard his 1940s gem “Long, Strong and Consecutive,” with lyrics like this: “Kiss me long, strong and consecutive; no short snort will suit me, jack.”

‘Give it your all’

Few musicians dig deeper or glow brighter than New York-based bassist, composer, singer and bandleader Endea Owens, the special guest at this year’s MSU Jazz Spectacular. Owens is a proud representative of her hometown of Detroit and MSU, where she began her jazz education.

Popular last-century writer a longtime state worker

Even her name dripped with mystery and romance.

Cannabis market’s obsession with THC has gone too far

THC levels in cannabis flower are skyrocketing in Michigan, but many in the industry have reservations about the accuracy of potency testing, believing some labs are purposely heightening the reported concentration of THC in samples.

If you’ve spent time in a dispensary over the past few years, you’re likely familiar with cultivators’ endeavors to bring the most THC-rich flower to the market for the lowest possible price.

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