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Lansing City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Kathie Dunbar blacked out during a virtual candidate forum hosted last week by the Eastside Neighborhood Organization following a car crash that reportedly took place over Memorial Day weekend. more
Ever heard of a news desert? It’s what you call a community that has lost its local newspapers. Over the past two decades, it’s happened far more often than you might think. More than 2,100 local newspapers, including 70 dailies and 2,000 weekly publications, have permanently turned off the lights, leaving hundreds of communities across the nation with no local print journalism. more
Mike McKissic wants to end an epidemic in Greater Lansing.  more
The chaotic pandemic year of 2020, as well as the first quarter of 2021, saw a record surge in gun ownership among Americans. Whether people were motivated by political tension, fear of increased crime during difficult economic times or just looking to further fortify their home defense, many have recently become first-time gun owners.  more
Last month, this column featured local glassblower Ben Birney and some of the extravagant bongs being produced at his studio on the north side of Lansing. When I heard that his sister Sarah Birney and her husband, Bryan Madle, were running a CBD production laboratory in the same building, I just had to return to find out more about this local cannabis-focused family.  more
Headlines in the Lansing State Journal in the 1950s, then simply the State Journal, tell a skewed story about people we now understand as LGBTQ. In the decades before Stonewall, the proverbial “first draft of history” of journalists was decidedly slanted in the local mainstream press, as it was in newspapers across the country. more
Among the memories burned into Maxine Thome’s memory of the early days of the HIV pandemic is visiting one of her counseling clients in the AIDS Ward at Lansing General Hospital. more
In Washington and in Lansing, it remains to be seen if the police reform proposals will survive a process where partisanship is oftentimes more important than protecting the interests and well-being of the American people. more
A trade group that represents some of the largest cannabis companies in Michigan is lobbying for more regulations for medical marijuana caregivers, pushing some activists to boycott several popular pot brands. more
This week marks the first full year of my weekly Lansterdam in Review column, which kicked off last May with a summertime strain guide. And just like last year, we’re back again with some recommendations — this time from Lume Cannabis Co. — for some top-notch, locally sourced cannabis products that pair just right with some extra free time and a warm, summer afternoon.  more
2021 is shaping up to be a special kind of summer. We’re all rubbing our tired eyes as we adjust to spending some quality time outdoors for the first time in what feels like absolutely … more
For more than a quarter-century, Lansing Community College’s in-house FM radio station, WLNZ 89.7, has served up a compelling, eclectic mix of music, news and community-focused commentary for the benefit of the Greater Lansing region. The station also functioned as a teaching facility for many years, providing generations of LCC students with on-the-job broadcasting experience and mentoring from seasoned professionals. more
Don’t call them protesters and don’t say there’s a   fracture in the Michigan Republican Party. more
In my second-semester composition class, I taught this short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” by southern writer Flannery O’Connor. The story is about a doddery grandma who wanted to revisit a place from her past. She wasn’t sure any longer where that place was, but that didn’t stop her from getting the family lost while driving to find it.  And, when the family car broke down and some bad guys showed up, it didn’t stop her from angering them. The whole family wound up dead.  more
More than a dozen local bars, restaurants and other boozy establishments have applied for or expressed interest in new licenses to serve carryout cocktails as the summer begins in Lansing. more
It certainly won’t be open by this summer. Next summer is probably too hopeful. But Lansing residents are increasingly confident that by summer 2023, the leaking and shuttered Moores Park Pool in southwest Lansing will be repaired, reconstructed and reopened to the public.  more
Lansing mayoral candidate Larry Hutchinson Jr. is still paying off more than $1,000 in court costs and fines after a drunken driving arrest last year by Clinton County Sheriff’s deputies. more
A Michigan State University researcher is raising awareness about an important subtlety in COVID-19 vaccine efficacy: Shots from Moderna and Pfizer appear to work slightly better for men than for women, according to a recent peer-reviewed article on nanomedicine studies.  more
Transgender people suffer from debilitating mental illnesses like depression and anxiety at much higher rates than the general public and therapists need to do more to help them, experts say.  more
About 15 people led by New Citizens' Press Publisher Rina Risper and Ingham County Commissioner Derrell Slaughter met in front of City Pulse’s office this evening to protest the newspaper’s recent coverage.  more
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