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At-large Council members Jeffrey Brown (left) and Trini Pehlivanoglu at a March City Council meeting. They were two of four Council members whose actions may have upset years of planning for a new city hall.

Sources: Schor looking to work around Council on city hall plan

Lacking the support of the City Council for its plan to move the new city hall to the Masonic Temple, the Schor administration is looking at options for another location that do not involve any input from the Council, sources have told City Pulse.
Tiny Bit of Wood owner Megan Shannon (center) cut the ribbon on her new studio space and storefront last Thursday (April 4). She was joined by (from left) Downtown Lansing Inc. Executive Director Cathleen Edgerly, mother Sandy Shannon, niece Mia Shannon, sixth-grade teacher Jan Warren, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and fourth- and fifth-grade teacher Connie Crittenden.

New Stadium District woodworking studio hits inclusivity nail on the head

In 2018, Megan Shannon left her job as a special-education paraprofessional at Okemos Public Schools to pursue woodworking full time. Her new business, Tiny Bit of Wood, opened this year.
Gregory Venker, 41, is Mayor Andy Schor's choice to replace City Attorney James Smierkta as city attorney.

Mayor nominates Gregory Venker as Lansing’s next city attorney

FRIDAY, April 5 — Lansing Deputy City Attorney Gregory Venker is slated to replace retiring City Attorney James Smiertka next week if the City Council approves his appointment in its regular meeting on Monday.

Lansing ramps up red-tag enforcement efforts despite staffing shortage

As the new director of Lansing’s director of economic development and planning, Rawley Van Fossen has wasted no time trying to revitalize a Code Enforcement Office that’s been dogged for years by inconsistent leadership and five staff vacancies, including one for a lead housing inspector.
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Rewind: News from the last 7 days

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor sent four City Council members a long letter Friday defending his choice of the Masonic Temple building for a new city hall, addressing multiple concerns …
The Tipsy Nickel in Mason offers a formidable plate of brisket nachos.
Climb a mountain of nachos at the Tipsy Nickel
In late 2022, Miya Warvel, co-owner of the Wooden Nickel II in Dansville, purchased the former Darb’s Tavern & Eatery in Mason and rechristened it the Tipsy Nickel Bar & Grille,
A stir-fry of pea shoots, carrots, salad turnips and marinated restaurant tofu.
The secret to good tofu — or as I call it, restaurant tofu
My son’s first taste of tofu was at a restaurant. He didn’t know what tofu was, or that it was coming. Having never caught wind of tofu’s bad reputation among non-Asians,
Stateside Deli’s eggs Benedict comprises two halves of an English muffin topped with perfectly poached eggs and creamy, rich hollandaise sauce, but Lizy Ferguson suggests swapping the Canadian bacon for lox.
Stateside’s breakfast menu boasts a bangin’ Benny
It’s strange to discover that, in the area you’ve lived all your life, the breakfast you’ve been searching for has been waiting for you just across town.

Slotkin, Rogers’ races demonstrate why Michigan needs a debate commission

Try to find any video, audio or any proof at all that Republican frontrunner Mike Rogers or Democratic frontrunner Elissa Slotkin have engaged in any real debates with their primary opponents in their U.S. Senate races.

Arts & Culture


By TESSA PANETH-POLLAK “Marqueetown” is a documentary about one man’s quest to restore the historic marquee of the single-screen Nordic Theater in Marquette. An Art Deco …

“The Activated Man”

By MARY CUSACK Calling a film a “slow burn” is often a compliment. In the case of “The Activated Man,” not so much. The plot is slow, and the plot holes burn through …

Symphonic Cinema: “Fresh”

“Fresh,” released in 1994, may be the least fresh offering in a lineup of much more recent films. But three decades later, the intense story about a 12-year-old losing childhood innocence …

Cannabis market’s obsession with THC has gone too far

THC levels in cannabis flower are skyrocketing in Michigan, but many in the industry have reservations about the accuracy of potency testing, believing some labs are purposely heightening the reported concentration of THC in samples.

If you’ve spent time in a dispensary over the past few years, you’re likely familiar with cultivators’ endeavors to bring the most THC-rich flower to the market for the lowest possible price.

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