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After an almost entirely white class of paramedics was hired at the Lansing Fire Department in 2019, Mayor Andy Schor said he was “disappointed” by the lack of diversity in the ranks. And over the last two years, his administration has kept focused on recruiting more people of color. more
I’m not going to explain how there’s no room for sexual harassment and abusive behavior in today’s society — much less in a so-called professional workplace. That’s obvious. The trauma that TJ Bucholz inflicted on so many women at Vanguard Public Affairs is nauseating. It’s also appalling that this scandal was able to be kept quiet for so long while impacting so many people. more
Lansing political consultant TJ Bucholz and his firm Vanguard Public Affairs have made headlines following allegations of sexual harassment from more than a dozen former employees. But the story runs deeper than sexual innuendo and allegations of a “creepy” boss. more
MONDAY, March 29 — The board of the Michigan Press Association suspended today board member Dave Clark, the student newspaper adviser at Central Michigan University, which placed him on leave … more
In a purely political environment, there’s no way the Republican-led Senate would have allowed the governor’s appointment of a new head of the Department of Health and Human Services to stand. more
Lansing is bracing for another mayoral election this year. And with an incumbent accused of racism and a challenger accused of sexual harassment, some residents are beginning to doubt whether the government structure of the Capital City is best run by a so-called “strong mayor.” more
Both a current and former student of Central Michigan University said they informed two university employees of the alleged “creepy” behavior of TJ Bucholz, the owner of Vanguard Public Affairs who was accused by nearly a dozen women of sexual harassment.  more
Jen Eyer, an Ann Arbor City Councilwoman and an “equity partner” at the firm, contributed to an “abusive” and “toxic” workplace at Vanguard Public Affairs. more
TJ Bucholz, a Democratic consultant at the center of a sexual harassment scandal at his firm Vanguard Public Affairs, was “transported” to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing yesterday morning after a “suicide threat/attempt,” sources confirmed with City Pulse today. more
TJ Bucholz, a Democratic consultant at the center of a sexual harassment scandal at his firm Vanguard Public Affairs, was taken by ambulance to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing this afternoon after an “apparent suicide attempt,” sources told City Pulse. more
A dark money group that recently bought a series of attack ads against former three-term Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is back at it again. more
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor rolled out his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year to the City Council this week, including plans to hire a second social worker at the Police Department and to reroute nonemergency calls to local social service agencies. more
Twice a month, the coronavirus develops a new mutation. Some of those mutations are harmless. Some are more ominous, like the B.1.1.7 variant originally identified in the U.K., the B1.351 variant originally found in South Africa and the P.1 variant which was identified in Brazil. more
Outdoor stadiums and sports arenas can now allow up to 20% of their usual capacities under newly loosened restrictions from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. And that means about 1,500 people will likely be able to return to Jackson Field, the home of the Lansing Lugnuts — which kicks off its 2021 baseball season with a home game May 4. more
Last summer, nearly 1,000 Okemos High School students and alumni signed a petition calling for the school to finish what it started. In addition to demanding a new mascot, the petition also called for a third-party evaluation of the Okemos Public Schools’ 2016-2019 equity plan. more
Where you stand on an issue often depends on where you sit. And so it is with the occasional urge to change Lansing’s mayor-council form of city government to a council-manager form of government. It’s a question that pops up every few years but has never gained much traction as an alternative to the capital city’s longstanding approach to municipal governance. (See page 11 in today’s edition for our related story.) more
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor rolled out his latest budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year tonight. more
About 9 p.m. on a Saturday in early March, a caseworker from Bethany Christian Services in Lansing dropped two hungry kids from Honduras off at the home of their temporary foster parents, Elsa and Sebastian. more
One night this spring, on an undisclosed date, in an undisclosed patch of earth near MSU’s Beal Botanical Gardens, a group of excited plant biologists will follow a map to a treasure that is unique in the world. more
Some residents are voicing frustrations after a local company erected a fence around its property line earlier this year. more
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