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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LAST 7 DAYS: January 5, 2022

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Former bball star running for state House seat

Former NBA player Jon Horford plans to run for the state House of Representatives in Lansing. The Horford family, of Grand Ledge, claims three ex-pro players. Horford, 30, who also played at the University of Michigan, bought a home within walking distance of the House Office Building. He is a Democrat.

COVID-19 surge pushes schools online

Both the Lansing School District and Michigan State University have decided to kick off their spring semesters with most classes online amid a continued rise in coronavirus cases nationwide. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will also be required for all on-campus sporting events, as well as on-campus theatrical and musical performances at MSU. The Lansing School District has decided to close its sporting events to spectators altogether. 

Sparrow celebrates first baby of 2022

Shamaria Roby gave birth to her fifth child (and third daughter) at 2:48 a.m. New Year’s Day — marking the first baby in 2022 to have been delivered at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, multiple sources reported. Roby has yet to decide on a name; it’s reportedly between Gianna and Piper. 

Lansing leaders kick off fresh terms

Mayor Andy Schor was sworn in for a second term after his landslide victory against Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar in November. City Clerk Chris Swope and Councilmen Peter Spadafore, Brian Jackson and Jeremy Garza were also sworn in for another four-year term. Newly elected At-Large Councilman Jeffrey Brown also attended his first meeting Monday. As expected, Spadafore passed the presidential gavel to Councilman Adam Hussain, who was elected to serve as Council president in 2022 with Councilwoman Carol Wood as vice president.

Report: Lansing drags feet on racial equity

A scathing report in the Lansing State Journal declared that Mayor Andy Schor’s administration has made “little visible progress” in 2021 on its stated goals tied to diversity and racial justice. Schor’s Racial Justice and Equity Alliance released a report in August with several dozen goals — with specific deadlines or milestones that its creators wanted to meet before January. Few of those goals have been met, though officials said residents can expect more progress in 2022.

The Capital Area Transportation Authority serves Lansing, East Lansing, and the townships of Delhi, Lansing and Meridian.
The Capital Area Transportation Authority serves Lansing, East Lansing, and the townships of Delhi, Lansing and Meridian.
CATA downsizes buses for longer drives

The 40-foot buses assigned to CATA Route 46 to Mason and Route 48 to Webberville will soon be replaced with 25-foot buses that can only accommodate 15 passengers — a cost-saving move designed to better allocate fleet resources following a trend of fewer commuters traveling into downtown Lansing.

Grants open for Lansing businesses

Applications from Lansing-area businesses in “highly visible and critical areas of the city” will be accepted through March 1, offering them a chance to nab thousands of dollars in city grant funding designed to improve the appearance and structural condition of their façades. Applications will be judged based on aesthetics, need, impact, financial capacity and location. Eligible improvements include new windows, signage, lighting and entryway improvements. 

Visit purelansing.com/facadeprogram for more details.

Police: Holt teacher sexually assaulted child

Brian Hannon, a transitional kindergarten teacher at Elliott Elementary School in Holt, was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct after authorities said he sexually assaulted a child Dec. 6. Hannon has been placed on paid leave. The district does not believe any Holt students are involved, the Lansing State Journal reported.

Sharpshooters plan to kill up to 100 deer in East Lansing parks beginning in January.
Sharpshooters plan to kill up to 100 deer in East Lansing parks beginning in January.
Nonprofit fears rescued deer will be killed

The Nottingham Nature Nook, an East Lansing nonprofit organization dedicated to rehabilitating injured and abandoned wildlife, voiced concerns about the city’s plans to kill deer in public parks this winter — specifically at a park area less than a half-mile from its rescue release point. Still, city officials have no plans to call off the hunt, citing a rise in car crashes tied to overpopulation.

Read more at lansingcitypulse.com.

Lansing pastor killed in car crash

The Rev. David Hudgins, the judicial vicar of the Diocese of Lansing and a pastor at Saint Joseph Shrine in Brooklyn, died at 53 years old in a car crash on U.S. 127 in Jackson County, multiple sources reported. Hudgins was reportedly the only person in his car and no other vehicles were involved. 

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