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Michigan State University Trustee Joel Ferguson is interested in seeking a fourth term, but it’s not clear that many within the Democratic Party power base is interested in seeing him back, numerous sources told me recently. more
No one disputes that Lansing Community College is an important anchor institution in Lansing and a significant economic driver in the city’s downtown. more
A new assistant prosecutor will soon be hired specifically to focus on domestic violence cases in Ingham County after officials there received an $80,000 grant from the state of Michigan.  more
The Lansing Planning Board tabled its discussion last night of Lansing Community College’s special land use request for a proposed five-story parking garage on Capitol Avenue at Shiawassee Street.  more
The city of Lansing’s new overnight residential parking permit system is up and running — albeit with some glitches.  more
The paranoia of driving to your dealer’s house is old news. more
East Lansing Police Department officials claimed at a special city council meeting Thursday that excessive force was not used during the arrest of Uwimana Gasito. more
A group of female students at Lansing Catholic High School are claiming they are being sexually harassed by school employees, according to a letter that says it was written by the students. more
In 2011 I got back from a successful book tour in Germany where some of my audiences had been college students and I found myself missing the classroom intensely.  Three days later, I received an email from the chairman of Michigan State University’s English Department asking if I’d consider teaching there. more
Few issues kindle public passions more than questions of crime and punishment, of justice for the victims of crime and of mercy for those who commit them. more
Vice President Mike Pence’s seventh Michigan visit in 10 months blew through Lansing Tuesday with a warm embrace of the state’s farmers at the Michigan Farm Bureau’s legislative seminar and a surprise pancake order at the Fleetwood Diner on South Cedar. more
The Lansing Planning Board will hold a public hearing next week to consider a controversial rezoning request and special land use permit for Lansing Community College to build a new five-story parking ramp downtown on Capitol Avenue. more
After $2.5 million in federal fines were assessed against the city of Lansing for botched financial filings to the IRS, officials are bracing for financial turmoil as the city’s “rainy day” reserve funds dip to their lowest point in several years to keep the budget balanced amid recent missteps. more
A local nonprofit organization formerly operated by Lansing’s retired human relations director who is under federal investigation will likely fall into the hands of a court-appointed receiver as the matter heads to a courtroom without an actual defendant. more
Nominate your favorite people, places and businesses for Top of the Town 2020! more
There are many, many things wrong with Michael Bloomberg’s billion-dollar vanity exercise. But there is one thing he gets right, and it’s also the thing that gives me pause about Bernie Sanders’ increasingly likely nomination.   more
Pot smokers rejoice. Recreational marijuana sales are coming to Lansing later this week. more
Vice President Mike Pence was spotted at the Fleetwood Diner during his busy trip to Mid-Michigan. more
The Lansing City Council is expected to tweak a city ordinance to strengthen financial controls and increase oversight on spending within its Human Relations and Community Services Department in light of conflicts-of-interest problems discovered under former executive director Joan Jackson Johnson.  more
Shirley Mitchner knows that nothing will bring her son back to life after his friends left him to die on the banks of the Grand River in Lansing. She just hopes that others won’t be forced to meet a similar fate.  more
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