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The proposal, titled the “Michigan Initiative for Community Healing,” aims to make Michigan the second state in the nation to steeply decriminalize the use and possession of all natural plants and mushrooms. more
Thicker paychecks could soon be en route to elected officials in Lansing following early discussions among the Elected Officers Compensation Commission over recent weeks — including the possibility of a five-figure raise for the mayor and a new car for the city clerk.  more
The city has joined the state of Michigan — and a host of other municipalities and companies — in ending its investments in Russian-based funds, including those operated by the Employee Retirement System and the Police and Fire Pension System. Mayor Andy Schor said he recently met Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitcschko to discuss the importance of economic sanctions on Russia and has since instructed his staff to track down and divest from all Russian investments.  more
One thing they don’t tell you about being a doctor is that your job doesn’t end once you retire. Dr. Surae Eaton-Sangster, 72, is one of Lansing’s most remembered family doctors. She sees her time working at Sparrow as a blessing and continues to view her profession as a means to connect with her greater community.  more
Two years ago, an invader so small that an army of 15,000 of them would fit on the head of a pin pushed the state into an emergency, shuttered our economy, locked us in homes, caused us to wear masks, restructured the way school and work got done and created a new, virtual world.  more
Patty Zimmerle had an infectious laugh. When she laughed, said her youngest son, Jeff Zimmerle, you just couldn’t help laughing along with her. That infectious laughter and quick smile served her well in real estate for years at the Coldwell Banker firm in Holt.  more
It’s been two years since COVID-19 was detected in Michigan. Since then, more than 2 million residents — including at least 88,000 people in Greater Lansing — have caught the virus, and more than 32,000 Michiganders have reportedly died from complications tied to their infections.  more
Within the two years since the coronavirus blew into Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has gone from aggressively managing a response to barely acknowledging its existence. more
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor’s fifth annual State of the City address was delivered in a virtual format yesterday. Here are a few quick takeaways from his speech. more
Lansing City Council President Adam Hussain has decided to withhold hundreds of pages of records involving an alleged sexual assault at the Lansing Fire Department. more
Terrance Cooper doesn’t want this story to be about Lansing’s problems. He’d rather not see more news coverage about rising levels of local gun violence. more
Even in rare sunshine, Susan "Sue" Chapman was not thrilled to be out in the cold on a Saturday in February at all. That she had to go out there to change the Confederate flag she's flown above her southeast Lansing home for more than four decades pissed her off even more.   more
A historical marker that once designated the childhood home of Malcolm X in Lansing has disappeared. more
Who are they — or, what are they? They’re nematodes, and they’ve been attacking hopyards throughout the state.  more
Michigan ranked 12th in the country in the number of children who have lost a primary caregiver due to COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. more
Michigan universities are far behind many other U.S. universities in the number of Black students who graduate, according to new research published in the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. more
One thing Whitmer hasn’t been talking about? COVID-19.  more
We propose naming it the Jack and Susan Davis Center for the Performing Arts — the Davis Center for short. We humbly and respectfully offer this alternative because it’s an opportunity to honor a true Lansing giant and his spouse, who together made Greater Lansing a better place to live in countless ways. more
After losing a husband and a daughter, Barbara Davis decided it was time to make a change. At 72, Davis is a master’s student attending Siena Heights University studying clinical mental health. In this interview, Davis takes a break from writing an essay on historical trauma to shed light on her personal journey of self-acceptance, spirituality, and community mentorship.  more
The long-discussed removal of the aging North Lansing Dam and replacement with rock ramps and gentle rapids could be fully funded by the federal government, if the project meets requirements. more
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