Public campaign financing, lobbying restrictions proposedby Todd A. Heywood
This story has been updated to correct an error. Lansing voters will likely decide in November whether to make sweeping changes in the city’s ethics ordinance, including adding a provision for public funding of local elections. A new ballot initiative committee called Lansing Citizens for Ethics Reform submitted a petition with 6,673 signatures to the City Clerk’s Office last week. Clerk Chris Swope has until Wednesday to determine if at least 4,000 are valid. If so, the proposal goes to the City Council, which can either adopt it or, more likely, put it on the General Election ballot. If passed, it would take effect in 2017.
Former congressman taps into a lucrative lifeby Mickey Hirten
Widely different state legislation anticipates same-sex court rulingby Todd A. Heywood
As Michigan and the nation await a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court Monday that could end Michigan’s 11-year ban on same-sex marriage, lawmakers from both parties have filed bills to address the shifting legal and social landscapes. Democrats have proposed eliminating language that prohibits same-sex marriage, while Republicans have called for requiring all marriages, same-sex or not, to be performed only by clerics, not civil officials, such as judges.
NEW MILES, NEW PLANS MAKE 2015 THE YEAR OF RIVER TRAIL MADNESSby Lawrence Cosentino
Drummer of legendary East Lansing band reflects on Chuck Berry, 'Who Do You Love' singleby Rich Tupica
Core Effect shows versatility on ´Ethos´by Ty Forquer
Popular instrument store begins work on mural projectby Ty Forquer
Elderly Instruments, Lansing’s famous purveyor of fine stringed instruments, is giving its Old Town headquarters a facelift. Los Angeles-based graphic artist Jennifer Springman began work on a Washington Avenue-facing mural June 8. Don’t worry, she isn’t messing with the historic brick exterior of the century-old former Oddfellows hall that houses the store’s showroom. The mural will occupy the wall of the building directly north of the showroom. Elderly Instruments, which moved into the Oddfellows hall in 1984, purchased the building next door in 1994.
Pass provides low-cost access to summer activitiesby Sarah Spohn
We’ve all heard those ubiquitous “Pure Michigan” radio ads. If you haven’t heard Tim Allen waxing poetic about picturesque Michigan destinations, then you must be living under that very “rock” that fellow Michigander Bob Seger sings about. But when was the last time you got outside and actually explored those unique attractions and endearing small towns Allen describes so vividly? This summer, several area libraries are expanding outside of their summer reading programs and inviting library card holders to enjoy all the state has to offer.
Sunday, June 28by Asha Johnson
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Rich Tupica
The Knight Capby ALLAN I. ROSS
In the early ‘70s, a teenaged Leo Farhat was sitting in the dining room of the stillrelatively new Knight Cap in downtown Lansing when he looked around and told his date that he’d like to own the place someday. If a neighboring table of diners happened to overhear the conversation, they probably would have chalked it up to adolescent bravado, a boy just trying to impress a girl. More than 40 years later, that girl is a distant memory, but the restaurant is Farhat’s — lock, stock and sword-hilt door handle. Farhat reopened Knight Cap on Monday, effectively marking the fine dining staple’s second act.