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The current City Hall, designed by Lansing architects Lee and Kenneth Black, is a 1950s’ period piece with its granite and limestone curtain-wall construction. Moreover, the walls and windows are drafty. Utility systems are dated. The plaza and parking structure beneath it are quickly crumbling away. Calcified stalactites of minerals ooze from the basement walls. more
Regulators have ordered the Lansing Board of Water & Light to test another 60 drinking water wells for boron and other contamination suspected to be stemming from the Erickson Power … more
Student mental health has become a top worry for Michigan educators, according to a new statewide survey of 2,600 educators. more
Amidst growing cries for stricter gun laws after the deadly Oxford High School shooting late last year, a new report details the impact of gun violence in Michigan. more
 The Great Lakes Water Authority plans to increase the ability of its water and wastewater systems to cope with flooding and other severe weather conditions under a capital improvement plan to be carried out over five years. more
Former House Speaker Lee Chatfield's wife, Stephanie Chatfield, issued a statement of support today for her husband, who has been accused of sexual assault. more
More than six months have passed since retired Lansing Fire Department Battalion Chief Shawn Deprez alleged to City Pulse that she had been sexually assaulted by a superior and subjected to unchecked homophobic and sexist harassment among her former colleagues.  more
Unless you’ve met Mitzi Allen, 72, you’ve yet to meet Sexton High School’s most die-hard fan. She’s the matriarch leading three generations of Lansing Sextonites and has lived in the same house on Lenawee Street her entire life. more
The Michigan State Police and officials from the Attorney General’s office arrived at the Bath Township home of Rob Minard, who was chief of staff to former House Speaker Lee Chatfield, on Tuesday morning to press forward with “an ongoing investigation,” authorities told City Pulse. more
Holland firefighters keep new smoke detectors and extra batteries in their vehicles and often install them on EMS calls.  more
Before becoming a grant manager and analyst for the state Housing Development Authority, Veronica Depotty counseled homebuyers herself.  more
In 2019, Michigan State University alum Tremaine Phillips was appointed to the three-member Public Service Commission, making him one of the country’s youngest public service commissioners at age 33. more
When it comes to freedom of expression, students are like other Americans – divided. more
School staff shortages are on the rise, according to Wendy Zdeb, the executive director of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals. more
Mayor Andy Schor is off to a strong start in his second term as the city’s chief executive officer, buoyed by GM’s announcement of a $2.5 billion electric battery plant to be built in the Lansing region and the mayor’s own unveiling of plans for a new performing arts center in downtown Lansing. What’s next? more
Plans from former Lansing City Councilman Brandon Betz to expand the local licensing cap on the number of marijuana growing facilities, microbusinesses and consumption lounges that are allowed within the city limits have dissolved following Betz’ abrupt resignation last month. more
Ernie Boone, 79, is a self-starter. While living across the street from Sexton High School, he taught community journalism, ran a neighborhood paper with his wife and helped raise his four kids. He is the embodiment of Black pride. A sports writer for the Michigan Bulletin, Boone has covered athletics for 60 years — longer than many papers have had Black writers on staff. His career included a stint at the Lansing State Journal at a time when Black journalists on mainstream newspapers were few and far between. more
But hiding behind this humble country church veneer, critics said, is a loose confederacy of similar minded people. Driven by an idea of life drawn from the pages of the King James version of the Bible, which they believe to the only word of God without error or omission, the leaders of these churches are deities of sorts, who nurture a cult-like sphere of influence prone to extreme sexism, purity constructs, bans on interracial or inter-religious marriages and education that fail to address anything beyond the insular communities in which they live. more
Emily, who asked City Pulse not to use her real name in this story for fear of retaliation from church members, moved to northern Michigan with her husband and young family in tow. more
Ruthie Heiler wants to understand the years of sexual abuse she endured at the hands of a teacher at an Up North Independent Fundamental Baptist church. She also wants justice.  more
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