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Friday, November 22,2013

Guest column: Dogged journalism is a blessing, not a curse

Former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton on the media, the National Security Agency and leaked information

by Lee H. Hamilton
Friday, Nov. 22 — Let’s start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what’s happening in the world — and understand the plans of allies and enemies — to keep the nation prepared and secure.
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Friday, November 22,2013

This week from Capital News Service

Fewer state employees, tougher oversight on charter schools, unmet demand for engineers and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, Nov. 22 — Each week, City Pulse runs a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics cover the declining number of state employees, a proposal for tougher oversight on charter schools, unmet demand for engineers and more.
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Thursday, November 21,2013

Whitmer withdraws name for LG, AG in ‘14

‘At this point in time, I have to spend a little more energy on the home front’

by Kyle Melinn
Thursday, Nov. 21 — Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, said today she will not put her name on a statewide ticket in 2014, meaning a run for lieutenant governor or attorney general is out.
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Thursday, November 21,2013

Niowave to invest $202M in new Lansing facility

But still isn’t paying full price to fix pole barn

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Nov. 21 — Niowave Inc. is investing $202 million in a new Lansing facility at the Capital Region International Airport, but it’s not paying the full $244,100 it’ll cost to fix its unsightly pole barn in the Walnut Neighborhood.
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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Puritan Michigan

Local senator fears Lansing gay club’s fully nude dancing could be beginning of end of tourism industry. City officials play catch-up with court decision.

by Andy Balaskovitz
State Sen. Rick Jones isn’t exactly getting a warm reception locally to his claim that fully nude bars that serve alcohol would tarnish the state’s tourism industry.
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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Buddhist association request moves forward

Committee approves plans for Buddhist church relocation, parking lot for Chamber of Commerce and two brownfields. Plans head to full Council.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Nov. 20 — A Lansing City Council committee today approved plans for four separate redevelopment projects, including a special land use request by a religious organization that the city’s Planning Department recommended denying.
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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Bracing for Whole Foods

If history is any indication, small-scale natural-foods grocer and co-op can expect a hit from Whole Foods

by Andy McGlashen
Dave Finet is a really nice guy. His laid-back style and demeanor make him a natural fit as general manager of the East Lansing Food Co-op, or ELFCO. When a City Pulse reporter visited on a recent Friday, Finet — ponytailed, bearded and bespectacled — was dressed in faded jeans and a Victory Motorcycles t-shirt.
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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Political notes from around town

by Walt Sorg
Washington: voters “uneducated” Lansing City Councilwoman Jody Washington’s post-election Facebook reaction raised some eyebrows by characterizing “many voters” in this year’s city election as “uneducated.”
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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Goodrich-dammerung

‘Cutting edge organic market’ ready to replace iconic store in Trowbridge Plaza, developer says

by Lawrence Cosentino and Andy Balaskovitz
A “cutting edge, organic market” is waiting in the wings to succeed Goodrich’s Shop-Rite in Trowbridge Plaza, developer Kevin McGraw said Tuesday.
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Tuesday, November 19,2013

E.L. ranks high statewide in LGBT rights

Human Rights Campaign gives East Lansing high marks for LGBT policies

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Nov. 19 — Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, has ranked the city of East Lansing near the top in Michigan when it comes to offering LGBT protections.
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