City Pulse - News <![CDATA[Rental agreement]]> <![CDATA[Eye candy of the week]]> With Lansing’s holiday festivities centered on the lighting of the State Christmas Tree, it may be easy to overlook other downtown attractions that recall the spirit of this festive season. The holiday tree and State Capitol immediately to the south of this imposing Richardsonian Romanesque church can figuratively and literally overshadow it. Impressive as it is, this church is not the best-known work of architect Elijah Myers, who designed the neighboring Capitol building.]]> <![CDATA[A tall order]]> You might not notice it on the trees jammed into holiday revelersī living rooms because theyīre still so young, but many Christmas trees living much past their youth are having a hard go of it these days. Other diseases mimic the symptoms, but Chrissy McTavish, a graduate student at Michigan State University, is the first to have discovered, in 2013, that a fungus called Phomopsis is the real culprit behind tree deaths in both tree nurseries and the natural environment.]]> <![CDATA[Arrests and searches]]> <![CDATA[Brief ...]]> <![CDATA[Lessons learned]]> In some ways greater Lansing is still thawing from the natural disaster “event” Dec. 21 that left 40,000 residents and businesses cold and dark. That “event” wasn’t the Gemini winter storm that encased the community in a half inch of ice or the power outages it caused, but the firestorm of anger, distrust, frustration and disbelief that followed as the public utility fumbled executing and communicating the restoration, which took up to 10 days for some. Board of Water & Light General Manager Peter Lark was harshly criticized for leaving for New York City on Dec. 22 at the height of the crisis; for deleting internal emails that documented his communications about the restoration process; and for the utility’s overall lack of communication with the public and perceived lack of empathy.]]> <![CDATA[BWL and city of Lansing must develop community resilience]]> <![CDATA[Remembering the ice storm]]> <![CDATA[Shut it down Lansing]]> FRIDAY, DEC. 12 — While some were doing holiday shopping Friday evening at the Lansing Mall, about 40 Lansing area protesters had something else on their minds. Justice. Five Lansing resid]]> <![CDATA[Free speech and terrorism]]> Michigan State University student Michael Matthew Mullen, arrested last month for allegedly threatening to shoot up a school, is charged with terrorism. In a post on the social media site Yik Yak in November, Mullen supposedly wrote, "I'm gonna (gun symbol) the school at 12:15 p.m. today.” There are enough school shootings, enough mentally ill, chronically angry, psychotic people with guns that police acted swiftly to apprehend Mullen. But terrorism? ]]> <![CDATA[Eyesore of the week]]> The issues facing this property are well known to Lansing’s Office of Building Safety, which has red-tagged the structure. Leaves and debris are piled on the front porch, which itself is in need of corrective maintenance. The main level windows are boarded up, and the exposed wood windows on the upper level need a coat of paint.]]> <![CDATA[Their final battle]]> <![CDATA[Cleaning house]]> It’s Friday night and the club is hopping. Red neon signs flash, “Open,” “Darts, Pool, Big Screen TVs.” Cars line the street and are queued up at the front door of the “lounge.” This is the scene at the corner of Cedar and Holmes streets at the Got Meds Lounge, a medical marijuana dispensary. It’s one of more than a dozen illegal dispensaries operating openly in Lansing.]]> <![CDATA[BRIEF ...]]> <![CDATA[#AllLivesMatter]]> The justice system is flawed. That was the overall tone at a town hall meeting Tuesday night in the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York at the hands of police.]]> <![CDATA[BWL the polluter]]> <![CDATA[Call to action]]> The Lansing Clergy Forum is issuing a call to action in Lansing about lethal force, racial injustice and the justice system. Pastor Melvin Jones led the press conference with his personal reaction to the verdict of no indictment in New York for the officer who killed Eric Garner. “How could the justice system regurgitate a verdict that did not bring an indictment?” Jones said. “With the Michael Brown case there are so many sides to that issue. The very fact that I don’t think that the system really worked for that community.” ]]> <![CDATA[Cheering squad]]> The message from the first Metro- Lansing Emergency Management Briefing by the Board of Water & Light Tuesday was part “Rah Rah” cheering session, part positive spin and part “make it work.” ]]> <![CDATA[Eye candy of the week]]> Travelers visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, are often overheard asking why the city’s great castle was built so close to the prosaic railroad yard. While the two make a peculiar contrast of majesty and utility, the 12th century castle obviously predates the Victorian Era rail. Likewise, this magnificent building on East St. Joseph Street seems curiously out of place, with its front yard at the intersection of a freeway off-ramp and a deadend street.]]> <![CDATA[The hoarse whisperer]]> Anyone paying attention to Lansing City Council meetings for the past eight or nine months has likely noticed atlarge Councilmember Derrick Quinney’s voice has turned into a hoarse whisper. ]]>