City Pulse - News <![CDATA[Register of deeds race]]> THURSDAY, JAN. 29 — Ingham County Commissioner Carol Koenig, a finalist for register of deeds, may have unpaid property taxes on three properties she used to own in the city of Lansing.]]> <![CDATA[Eye candy of the week]]> Leota and Talbert Adams were inspired to build this mid-century home while traveling abroad. During a flight over the Atlantic, they spied the shadow of their plane in the clouds below. Upon their return, the Adams%uFFFDeuro;%uFFFD, who were both licensed pilots, decided to create a home shaped like an airplane.]]> <![CDATA[Time to talk to George]]> In January 1954, George Brookover was perched on his dadīs shoulders, watching the big political fish go by on their way to the second-term inauguration of Michigan Gov. G. Mennen "Soapy" Williams. "Hiya, Soapy!" 4-year-old George shouted to the governor. Williams walked over and patted him on the shoulder. "Hiya, feller." ]]> <![CDATA[State of the City]]> When Virg Bernero takes the stage Thursday night at Lansing Community College, it will be to deliver perhaps the most anticipated State of the City address in his 10-year tenure as mayor. Folks will be waiting for details on how he plans to fix issues with the Lansing Board of Water & Light. ]]> <![CDATA[Comedy of errors?]]> <![CDATA[Down to the deed]]> <![CDATA[Popular pooch titles]]> TUESDAY, JAN. 27 — Step aside Spot. Make room for Bella and Buddy. Those are the most popular dogs names in Ingham County, according to the Ingham County Treasurer’s Office. ]]> <![CDATA[LPD probe]]> THURSDAY, JAN. 22 – Nicole Armbruster, who resigned Monday from the Lansing Board of Education, is under criminal investigation by the Lansing Police Department, sources tell City Pulse. Sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the police are investigating allegations that she embezzled from the Lewton Elementary School PTA. The Lansing School District’s website said she is the PTA’s vice president and that one of her three children is a third grader. Armbruster, 35, declined to comment on the investigation when reached by telephone last night. She said she had resigned for personal reasons. ]]> <![CDATA[Lansingīs south side responds with pride]]> It’s hard to tell a story about a place and a population that the would-be storyteller doesn’t know. This has to be why — in last week’s City Pulse — Mark Grebner couldn’t fit south Lansing into a “narrative.” After all, he acknowledged that South Lansing isn’t his kind of place and that the residents just aren’t “[his] people.” As the Ingham County commissioners representing south Lansing, we proudly claim south Lansing, and we feel compelled to tell at least part of its story.]]> <![CDATA[Eye candy of the week]]> ]]> <![CDATA[High court countdown]]> <![CDATA[Thereīs an app for that]]> If you are gay in Lansing how do you know if a restaurant is safe to take a date to? How could you show support for your favorite lesbian-owned business? Or maybe you’re transgender and you want to find a gym that’s accepting and safe. Emily Brozovic created People Like Me (, a mobile app for the greater Lansing area to help “I wanted to develop something people could use,” which she did as part of her masterīs thesis at Michigan State University.]]> <![CDATA[Being in Lansing]]> The orange “Shoulder Work” road sign leaning on the Moores River Drive front porch is a clear sign there’s a story waiting to be told. In the summers the front yard is overgrown with wildflowers, herbs and ornamental grasses. It’s a beautiful disorder. Natural and wild. Much like its resident, Ulyana Maystrenko, who embodies the perfect confluence of practical and eccentric.]]> <![CDATA[Breaking up is hard to do]]> Divorces can be so messy and expensive. Lansingīs Board of Water & Light has been there before, in love with its general managers ... until it isnīt. The breakups — this is the third in 10 years — have a tabloid-TV quality: Grievances aired publicly, the blame game, lawyers and large alimony settlements. The Jan. 13 ouster of BWL general manager J. Peter Lark, orchestrated by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, follows form. It reflects the increasingly ineffective oversight of the stateīs largest municipally owned utility by part-time, inexperienced commissioners and Berneroīs gradual disillusionment with his trophy executive. The result of it all is that the mayor wants the utilityīs general manager to report to him like other city department heads. “We need greater accountability.” Bernero said. “This isnīt a new problem.”]]> <![CDATA[Chain of command]]> <![CDATA[Long road to freedom]]> <![CDATA[Another BWL firing]]> THURSDAY, JAN. 15 — One day after Board of Water & Light General Manager Peter Lark was terminated, the second highest executive, Susan Devon, was let go. Devon was the chief administrative officer. “Her employment was ended at 5 p.m. (Wednesday),” said Dick Peffley, interim general manager. Peffley would not give a reason.]]> <![CDATA[Developers rule; zoning suffers]]> When it comes to land-use planning, Mark Grebner says there’s not much any of us can do. Developers run the game and municipalities lack the power to truly challenge them. ]]> <![CDATA[Eyesore of the week]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Bye, bye, City Market]]>