Mayor Bernero and Councilwoman Dunbar return campaign contributions to Dewpoint officials in latest chapter examining city’s relationship with tech firmby Andy Balaskovitz
The reelection campaigns of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar plan to or have returned $500 contributions to officials at Dewpoint Inc. The Lansing-based firm manages software for the city’s pension systems, but it is also being paid $1.25 million over two years to overhaul the city’s information technology.
State Christmas tree, downtown Lansingby Andy Balaskovitz
Posthumus, Schuette and lawmakers graze at the pension troughby Walt Sorg
Local government retirees in Detroit are sweating. A federal judge Tuesday ruled Detroit could file Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Thousands of workers are wondering whether the federal bankruptcy court will wipe out some or all of their retirement pay, which averages $19,213 annually.
There has been an increase of late in letters to our local paper calling for a national balanced budget amendment. The fact that they have appeared in clusters suggest a campaign by some entity. For the most part, these letters express the sentiment that not only is government spending at the root of all of our problems, but that government itself is the problem.
neighborhood grapples with changes that threaten goodrich´s shop-riteby Lawrence Cosentino
On the day before Thanksgiving, Brian Jeffries prowled the aisles at Goodrich’s Shop-Rite, gathering stuff for the 17 pies he planned to bake on Thanksgiving Day. The longtime Lansing City Councilman is a relative newcomer to Shop-Rite. He has only been shopping at this 76-year-old locally owned grocery for 25 years.
Roma Bakery's owners are selling their business — but not to just anyoneby ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week, Mena Castriciano’s dining room table was covered with authentic Italian dishes. Breads, salads, finger foods, pasta dishes and piles — actual heaping piles — of desserts. Cakes on top of tortes on top of almond cookies. In all, Castriciano estimated there were about 200 items.
City Pulse recognized for local arts and culture coverageby ALLAN I. ROSS
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing presented City Pulse with the 2013 Business Arts Award at its 34th Annual Holiday Glitter gala Tuesday night at the University Club. The event honors contributors to the mid-Michigan arts and culture scene in two categories: for individuals, with the Applause Award, and for businesses, with the Business Arts Award.
Local literary roundup, including talk by NYT bestselling author who’s gone electronicby Bill Castanier
A new short story has brought the writing career of New York Times best seller author Jodi Picoult full circle. The online publisher Byliner recently released “The Color War,” a return to the form for the novelist: She got her start in the literary world when, as an undergrad at Princeton, two of her stories appeared in Seventeen magazine.
Jeff Haas pays tribute, and talks back, to his fatherby Lawrence Cosentino
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Rich Tupica
Firehouse Sub´s/ Sawyer´s Pancakesby ALLAN I. ROSS
Work is underway on a second local location for Firehouse Subs, which is set to open Jan. 6 at 200 S. Washington Square in downtown. The space was formerly used for state offices. The restaurant is part of a national chain that boasts “700 locations and counting,” but owner Sam Shango was simply intown taken with the product.