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Juneteenth, in its second year as a national holiday, demarks the end of slavery in the U.S. in 1865 — when Major General Gordon Granger issued orders to free the over 250,000 African American … more
Had you ever heard of Ryan D. Kelley before last week?   He's not a former attorney general. He's not a former Michigan Supreme Court justice. He's not a former judge. He's not even an … more
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Michigan celebration of gay liberation, spawned by the Stonewall Rebellion in New York in 1969. Since that time, we have witnessed an explosion of … more
It was almost four years ago when Garlin Gilchrist stood on a stage built up on downtown Lansing's bombed-out Seymour Avenue and Shiawassee Street intersection and accepted then-Democratic … more
Listening to bullfrogs in the summertime is like listening to a chorus of guitars being plucked. more
There’s nothing exotic about deer hunting when you live in a mid-Michigan farming community. more
The ski lift is one of the only socially acceptable places to talk to strangers. more
 It’s not often a community leader comes along who combines extraordinary vision with relentless action, who persists in her chosen endeavor for decades and who, in the end, transforms the … more
A day after an 18-year-old fatally shot 19 students and two teachers and wounded 17 others at an Uvalde, Texas, school, Michigan Senate Democrats wanted to talk about it.  more
We all know former President Donald Trump plays fast and loose with the finer details of established facts, but his legacy should be a lesson to do better, not duplicate his … more
I frequent bookstores. Sometimes I go there to find a new book. To read in a comfy chair. To watch people finding books, and reading in their comfy chairs.  In addition to new and used books, … more
It could be the young man with the jittery leg intently studying his phone at the coffee shop or the older, well-dressed man quickly thumbing through profiles seeking just a few hours of connection. … more
We’ve never been a fan of term limits for elected officials at any level of government. more
Camped out in front of the CATA bus station off Kalamazoo Street with a couple of clipboards, a guy who claimed to be from St. Louis, Missouri, asked me to sign a petition.  more
At long last, Michigan voters will have their first say since 1992 on legislative term limits.   more
Lansing isn’t unusual among older American cities in facing enormous and growing challenges with maintaining its aging housing stock, especially rental properties.   more
One of the few positives to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic was a renewed interest in bolstering area downtowns that suffered mightily from closures and capacity restrictions on restaurants and other indoor venues. more
Nothing is official until it's official, but we know it's coming. The U.S. Supreme Court is overturning Roe v. Wade, likely next month.  more
Last month, City Pulse ran a cover story regarding an upcoming millage proposal that would raise almost $130 million to replace four buildings, renovate Sexton High School and ensure working air … more
Ten years ago, then-Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing told City Pulse he had serious concerns about Lansing Township’s plan to “play developer” by putting its finances on the line for a new project at the Eastwood Towne Center known as The Heights.  more
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