City Pulse - News <![CDATA[The State News: Ferguson shouldn’t laugh at students]]> Thursday, April 24 — The State News, “Michigan State University’s Independent Voice Since 1909,” editorialized against MSU Board of Trustees Chairman Joel Ferguson this week over comments he made about laughing at student protests of tuition hikes.]]> <![CDATA[Discontent at the market]]> One by one, vendors at the Lansing City Market would furrow their brows or shrug their shoulders when asked: How are things going at the market? ]]> <![CDATA[Eyecandy of the Week]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Song and dance man]]> If he needs to change jobs, J. Peter Lark, Lansing Board of Water and Light’s general manager, could easily play the fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical “Chicago.” He’s got the suits. He’s got the coif. And Lark plays his board of commissioners the way Flynn plays juries. ]]> <![CDATA[When anchors spend, we win]]> <![CDATA[From the farm to Congress]]> A humble, hard-working farmer from Bunker Hill Township. Responsible with money, progressive on social issues. That’s the portrait Eric Schertzing paints of himself — and it is one that he believes will make him the next congressman from Michigan’s 8th District. ]]> <![CDATA[Kids in the Hall]]> Monday, April 21 — The Lansing City Council tonight unanimously approved a pair of tax incentives for General Motors Co., as well as gave Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann unanimous support for moving forward on the Red Cedar Renaissance project.]]> <![CDATA[This week from Capital News Service]]> Friday, April 16 — This week’s file from Capital News Service includes stories on inadequate state funding for bridges; a new report showing teen pregnancies are generally down, except among 10-14-year-olds; a pending state Supreme Court decision that could have implications on disclosure of personal information; and more.]]> <![CDATA[Full of holes]]> <![CDATA[Who are we to judge?]]> If you thought “open” places of worship and “affirming” places of worship for the LGBT community is simply a matter of word choice, guess again. It is the difference between one religious organization defining your sexual orientation as a sin versus wholly acceptable. ]]> <![CDATA[Medicare money makers]]> Eight of Lansing’s top 10 Medicare billers raked in over $1 million each in 2012, according to a database released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to The Wall Street Journal. The other two brought in just under $1 million each. ]]> <![CDATA[The crazier, the better]]> <![CDATA[Midwestern sensibilities]]> This year’s 20 Michigan Notable Books are weighty — close to 60 pounds — so if you plan to haul home some of this year’s selection at the Night for Notables, where the authors of 2014 books are being feted, bring a reinforced book bag. Two-time Edgar Award winner Steve Hamilton will be keynote for this year’s event.]]> <![CDATA[Sierra Club to BWL: Retire Eckert by 2017]]> Monday, April 14 — The Sierra Club over the weekend formally urged the Lansing Board of Water and Light to not spend millions on short-term pollution controls at its aging coal-fired Eckert plant, but rather on sustainable energy and upgrading transmission.]]> <![CDATA[This week from Capital News Service]]> Friday, April 4 — 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 include a bat-killing fungus discovered in Michigan; new highway construction zone safety stats; paving roads with gravel and expanded dredging projects.]]> <![CDATA[Already read that]]> An odd thing happened on the way to reviewing “Dreams Gone Wrong,” former State Rep. Lingg Brewer’s book about gamblers and campus unrest at MSU in the 1960s.]]> <![CDATA[Eyesore of the Week]]> Although this building features the truncated “witches hat” roof characteristic of nationally known fast-food franchise Pizza Hut, it was once the home of Lansing’s Famous Taco. Now vacant and boarded, its falling soffit is precariously held up by the former restaurant’s mechanical equipment. In a show of disregard toward the residents of nearby homes, even the Realtor’s sign is neglected and collapsed.]]> <![CDATA[Seeing art through]]> <![CDATA[Mayor for life?]]> There are some political jobs that are a perfect platform for higher office. But mayor isn’t one of them. ]]> <![CDATA[Kids in the Hall]]> Tuesday, April 8 — Let’s savor this one for a moment: In what could have been yet another messy dispute this year over legislative process, the Lansing City Council came together Monday night to pass a resolution extending strong support for the LGBT community.]]>