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Wednesday, September 29,2010

Kids in the Hall

Lansing City Council adds last minute amendment to snow and ice removal; Monday’s meeting dominated by a controversial contract with a city employee

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Sept. 28 -- The Lansing City Council put on quite a show during Monday’s five-hour meeting, and fireworks began shortly after the Council unanimously approved a special land use permit for Abundant Grace Faith Church at 5750 S. Cedar St.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

A vision for where the Deluxe Inn stood

Local developers unveil a $30 million vision for a longtime blighted property near downtown and REO Town

by Andy Balaskovitz
This piece of bare land makes developers’ eyes light up because of its close proximity to downtown, I-496 and the Grand River. It’s no wonder it has taken only two months to go from an eyesore to a graffiti-covered canvas painted by local artists, to Lansing Fire Department training grounds to bare land with a “Redevelop Ready” poster out front.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

Risk averted or greed asserted?

As new federal health care regulations took effect Thursday, dozens in Ingham County lose coverage: an ‘unintended consequence.’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Fifty-four employees from 18 local businesses (including City Pulse) were notified recently that U.S. Health and Life Insurance Co. will terminate the 6-year-old Ingham County Advantage health insurance plan, effective Dec. 31. It is known as the “third share plan” because the county subsidizes roughly one-third of the premium.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

Committee talk

Why does the Public Safety Committee meet so much, anyway?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tim Kaltenbach was surprised when he heard the news that Jessica Yorko, his successor on the Lansing City Council, had missed 27 of 33 Public Safety Committee meetings in roughly seven months.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

GOP blueprint

by Lance Enderle
With burners on high, the election season is heating up and Republicans are cranking out rhetoric of winning a majority in Congress this November.
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Monday, September 27,2010

Snow and church

The Lansing City Council votes tonight on the snow and ice removal ordinance and granting a special land use permit to a mega church

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Sept. 27 — After nearly two years, the proposed snow and ice removal ordinance, which grants the city permission to clear snow from sidewalks if residents fail to do so (and charges them), is up for a vote at tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting.
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Friday, September 24,2010

An east side ‘fixture’ passes

Stephen Jahner, owner of Capital City Collectibles for 30 years, has died. He was 55.

by City Pulse Staff
Friday, Sept. 24 — Some knew him as the “Mad Hatter” for his top hats, tailed coats and ruffled renaissance shirts. Others knew him as a man who bled green and white for his devout loyalty to MSU. Most knew him as the owner of Capital City Collectibles, a small east side memorabilia shop stacked floor to ceiling with vintage games, comics, action figures, books and movies.
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Thursday, September 23,2010

Climate change and the Great Lakes

MSU faculty behind a five-year, $4.2 million federal grant to make Great Lakes climate change research more succinct, useful

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 23 — Climate change research done on the Great Lakes region is a hodgepodge and in most cases not very useful for policymakers. Researchers from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Ohio State University seek to change that, thanks to a $4.2 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Transgender turn into GOP’s newest political football

by Kyle Melinn
Michigan’s top issue is male-to-female transgender individuals using women restrooms. It’s certainly not the other way around. I mean if female-to-male transgender individuals (or anyone else for that matter) actually want to brave the dirty guy’s john, go for it.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Shaking the shakes

A new detoxification center to open with hopes of reducing burden on police, paramedics

by Gretchen Cochran
A new place will open in Lansing soon where area police and paramedics can take drunken people to get sober. Wedged between Domino’s Pizza and a big red house at 810 W. Saginaw St., the 11-bed clinic will be welcomed as much for what it does as for what it doesn’t do.
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