City Pulse - News <![CDATA[Rocky rollout]]> The neon lime green bikes locked to racks beneath the Capital Community Bike Share sign at the baseball stadium last week were anything but shareable. The brand commuters had solar panels affixed to the handlebars, but darkened display screens. There were no instructions or labeling.]]> <![CDATA[Sumptuous summit]]> <![CDATA[Eye candy of the week]]> Nearly hidden on a narrow strip of land between a parking lot and an active railroad track, these gardens provide a pleasant retreat, particularly at this time of year, with colorful blooms and ripening produce. The Imagination Arbor near the main entrance leads to the ABC Garden – with plants from alyssum to zinnias – in the shadow of the outdoor Garden Amphitheater. From there, paths wander through various themed patches, such as the Pizza Garden with peppers and garlic or the Perfume Garden with fragrant lavender and mint.]]> <![CDATA[Bully politics]]> Mary Edgar of Okemos is a quiet, grey-haired senior citizen, hardly the type you would expect to confront the angriest mayor in America, Virg Bernero. But that she did on Primary Election Day, when as precinct cochairwoman she told him he was campaigning illegally close to the polling place at Okemos Public Montessori- Central.]]> <![CDATA[Bunker makeover]]> Ivy covered walls are back in style. A little more than six years ago, Lansing Community College President Brent Knight inherited a downtown campus that was cutting edge in 1957 — a brutalist bunker of corrugated concrete, dark brown masonry and darker brown steel, walled off from the surrounding city.]]> <![CDATA[New at MSU]]> <![CDATA[Saying goodbye in Old Town]]> THURSDAY, Aug. 21 – The key is to keep learning. That’s what Louise Gradwohl says is the predominant mindset that has led her in life so far from ballet dancer to communications intern to director of Lansing’s most vibrant and growing neighborhoods, the Old Town Commercial Association.]]> <![CDATA[Rewind the rollout?]]> Developers of the $200 million-plus Red Cedar Renaissance project are negotiating with Hyatt International for a fullservice hotel fronting Michigan Avenue. But there are enough outstanding questions about financing for the development and the quality of the project that the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, which along with the city is negotiating the project, is calling the announcement premature.]]> <![CDATA[Eyesore of the week]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Compassion tour]]> More than 60 people attended a last minute stop on a Tibetan monk tour of the United States Sunday at The Light House Chapel. The Monks of Ganden Shartse Dokhang are touring to share their culture, philosophy and arts, and to raise money to build dorms and a prayer hall at their monastery in Southern India.]]> <![CDATA[Cool off at Cooley]]> <![CDATA[Cooley 'right-sizing']]> THURSDAY, Aug. 14 – Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is delivering pink slips to faculty and staff in all of its Michigan campuses. Sources in Lansing who are being laid off say the cuts are deep, upwards of 50 percent. A Cooley spokesman disputed those numbers, but he said he did not have numbers.]]> <![CDATA[Compassion Tour]]> FRIDAY, Aug. 15 – It started with a trip to a psychic about a leg injury. It's ending with a troupe of Tibetan monks coming to Lansing offering a healing meditation ceremony.]]> <![CDATA[10 things to know about the new City Pulse editor]]> <![CDATA[Robin Williams]]> TUESDAY, Aug. 12 – Many of us who are grieving the Monday death of comedian and actor Robin Williams are taking to our social media accounts sharing quotes, favorite movies and changing our profile pictures and cover photos. ]]> <![CDATA[Investigation fallout]]> TUESDAY, Aug. 12 – The Clark Street Neighborhood Watch Night Out event is the first casualty of the Lansing Neighborhood Council's financial woes. The event was to receive funding - a $100 stipend for neighborhood watch programs and another $650 in grant money from the Mayor’s grant fund – for the crime and drug prevention event, coordinated by Kat Tyler. ]]> <![CDATA[Financial investigation]]> MONDAY, Aug. 11 – The Lansing Neighborhood Council’s assets have been frozen as a result of a police investigation into its finances. The move leaves some local nonprofits in limbo, unable to access their funds, because the LNC was their fiscal agent.]]> <![CDATA[UPDATE: 8th District race]]> WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6 — Eric Schertzing may have found a slogan for his campaign for Congress: “I am a breath of fresh air.” That’s how he described himself today on City Pulse’s radio show after defeating three opponents in the Democratic primary race on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Belinda Thurston joins City Pulse as editor]]> <![CDATA[‘Tower of terror’]]> The stories from residents are appalling — they paint a picture of a developing country, not a five-story building on Lansing’s near south side. Human feces and urine in the hallways, common areas and elevators. Large, aggressive crowds blocking entry to the building. Threats directed at anyone attempting to close a security door into the facility. Large fights. Guns. Drugs. And bedbugs on the fourth and fifth floor.]]>