Feds raid DeWeese’s medical practiceby BERL SCHWARTZ
Lansing officials weigh legality of ballot initiativeby Todd A. Heywood
ADDITION: BREAKING NEWS At about 4:30 on Wednesday afternoon, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope announced he was unable to accept the petitions for a controversial proposal to update the city's ethics ordinance. “I applaud the goal of transparency in government,” said City Clerk Chris Swope. “However, the City Attorney Office’s review documented a multitude of conflicts with the Michigan Constitution, state law and the City Charter. Per the City Charter, I cannot accept these petitions as “proper.” The measure is now dead, unless proponents sue the city to force it onto the ballot. Officials with Lansing Citizens for Ethics Reform have hinted that may be an option. In Tallahassee Florida a similar initiative was taken to court by city leaders in an attempt to prevent it from appearing on the ballot. The city lost that court challenge the measure was approved by 67 percent of voters in Nov 2014. "We're very disappointed that the mayors first instinct was to oppose more transparency in city government," said Walt Sorg, leader of Lansing Citizens for Ethics Reform. He said they were reviewing the City Attorney opinion, and would determine there next steps from there.
Property: Chittenden Hall East Lansingby Daniel Bollman, AIA
Schuette shot down on health, marriage decisionsby Mickey Hirten
Any way you look at it, last week was a professional smackdown for Michigan´s attorney general, Bill Schuette. To be sure, many Republicans were disappointed, some bitterly so, by the U.S. Supreme Court´s decisions upholding the essence of the Affordable Care Act and the ruling allowing same-sex marriage in all states. But few on the losing end of the two decisions were as vested in both cases as Schuette.
Lansing bands bring local flavor to Common Groundby Ty Forquer
City Pulse announces nominees for 11th annual theater awardsby City Pulse
Fireworks are big business at Lansing’s Big Fireworksby Lawrence Cosentino
Pat Feldpausch, a real estate agent from DeWitt, walked out of the American Eagle Superstore at 901 N. Larch St. in Lansing last Thursday with a grin on his face and a cart full of KABOOM. On the Fourth of July, Feldpausch will take his stash of 500-gram cakes (the maximum amount of explosive powder allowed by law) and Pro Shells to his cottage near Cadillac, screw the boxes down to the dock and let ‘em rip.
Fireworks regulations may need fine tuningby Todd A. Heywood
In May, Kya Rose got a dread phone call. Her 23-year-old daughter was dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Police are still investigating her death, said Rose,47. But now, months later, Rose’s nightmare is triggered over and over again as fireworks that sound like cannons rock her westside neighborhood home.
A GUIDE TO LANSING-AREA ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNSby Helen Murphy
Why do you love Michigan? Art therapist Kate Roos is attempting to gather answers to this question through a collaborative art project on wheels. Roos and a team from the Ann Arbor-based Aartworks Project have begun a 3,000-mile road trip, stopping in major cities in Michigan.
Elisa Schmidt infuses maps with artistic memoriesby Jonathan Griffith
If you’re unfamiliar with topography, it is, simply put, the art or science of making maps that illustrate the height or shape of a particular expanse of land. Artist Elisa Schmidt has attempted something similar with her latest works. But rather than give the viewer an idea of the lay the land, she is, through her own artistic implementations, actually showing you a memory of it. The show features a collection of nautical maps and atlases which Schmidt has altered. Illustrated on the maps are scenes that Schmidt has pulled from various photographs she has taken, which relate to the maps she has illustrated them on. The illustrations were created using a variety of mediums, such as charcoal, watercolor pencils, drawing inks and even one piece solely in acrylics. Schmidt had some reservations with her choice of mediums and the way they’d react to the map paper but was pleasantly surprised in the end.
‘The Wrong Hands’ looks at weapons manuals and their impact on societyby Bill Castanier
If someone had told Ann Larabee that while working on her book, “The Wrong Hands: Popular Weapons Manuals and Their Historic Challenges to a Democratic Society,” a horrific bombing such as the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing would occur, she would not have been surprised. The author, a Michigan State University English professor, is quick to point out that using bombs for terror, political statements and even deranged revenge motives is intertwined with the history of the United States, dating back to colonial times when manuals on how to manufacture gunpowder were created.
Tuesday, July 7by Asha Johnson
That´s why, the City of East Lansing has created a series of events for children and families to get outside and enjoy some quality entertainment. Play in the Park is an interactive outdoor children'euro;'s entertainment series in East Lansing where families can bring a picnic dinner and enjoy weekly programs every Tuesday in July.