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Aug. 27, 1866, was to be John Taylor’s 18th birthday. On the cusp of that day, he’d already lived a life of the times: a slave, a freedman who joined the Union Army in the Civil War hired farm hand in Ingham County. But Taylor was not meant to see the sun rise on that birthday. more
Pete Gojcaj’s wife, Cile Precetaj, was suddenly deported from Sterling Heights back to Albania this month after living in the U.S. for 18 years. more
The future of the holding facility, along with the location of the courts, is delaying plans to sell the City Hall building for hotel development and move city operations elsewhere downtown. The courts are also housed in City Hall. more
A caller identifying herself as being from the “Bernett Group” was conducting an extensive telephone survey last weekend in which she asked respondents to opine on various lines of attack that could be leveled at presumed General Election candidates U. more
Despite its location between two major thoroughfares, this property is difficult to locate, as it sits well back from Oakland Avenue and above East Saginaw. Visitors taking a detour along Prudden Street will be rewarded with an attractive site, which is enjoying ongoing improvement. more
Simultaneously, Gretchen Driscoll has become the obvious choice to remove Tim Walberg from his perch. Walberg’s recent claims of opioid concerns and Facebook privacy all carry the disclosures of outside funding. Due to gerrymandering, Walberg shifted to safe territory of extremist views rather than serving all of his constituents. more
The new budget, which takes effect July 1, includes a 4.9 percent boost in spending from the $134.3 million General Fund — essentially, the city’s operating budget. That included increased funding for code compliance positions, tax collectors and road and sidewalk repair. more
Jones said gun-rights advocates were concerned an early version of his legislation would stop those learning how to use a gun from renting. Under Jones’ first legislative draft, people seeking to rent a gun would have been required to have a concealed carry permit, a permit to purchase a gun or an instant background check. more
Neely, 31, has been charged in the stabbing death of Kevin Wirth on May 21 last year. But 54-A District Judge Louise Alderson ruled on July 21 that Larkin was not competent to stand trial. That essentially means that due to a mental illness he would have been unable to fully understand the criminal justice process or assist in his own defense. more
TUESDAY, MAY 22 — Unlike years past, when the budget process was fraught with name calling, veto threats and long meetings, the Lansing City Council last night unanimously approved Mayor Andy Schor’s first budget proposal with few tweaks. more
MONDAY, May 21 — The Lansing City Council is expected tonight to strike all or part of an $80,000-a-year subsidy to the City Market in order to fund a new code enforcement inspector. more
“I don’t think the taxpayers want to be subsidizing a bar,” said Wood in a phone call Tuesday. Many on the Council are pushing to cut the money and funnel it into the city’s code compliance program, specifically to pay for an officer to police the city’s business corridors. more
It happens every weekend. The neighborhoods bloom with plastic bags stuffed with some version of the Community News, published by Gannett and the Lansing State Journal. The bags are tossed haphazardly in yards, sidewalks and driveways. And City Councilmembers, the city attorney of Lansing and citizens have had enough. more
Our American experiment has faced and successfully overcome two crises while facing the 3rd today. The 1st crisis was the American Revolution where we told the British Empire that we, the American People, would govern ourselves. more
The Michigan Democratic Party’s top four statewide nominees may end up being women with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow running for re-election, Gretchen Whitmer the gubernatorial front-runner, Jocelyn Benson in line for the secretary of state nomination and Dana Nessel the favorite for the attorney general nomination. more
Below Stiles’ feet, landscaper John Weaver could be seen, bent double, feet on the curb, digging a flowering mandavilla into the topsoil lining the embankment. The light turned green on Pennsylvania Avenue, a few blocks east, and a semi truck bore down on Weaver’s posterior. more
Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing, who chairs the Ingham County Land Bank, said that the state and federal government have slowly been divesting from groups like GLHC and that without a strong board and executive director driven fundraising system, many are shutting down throughout the state. more
The sunny post-graduation stroll was grander than usual Saturday afternoon. Champagne bottles piled up next to Beaumont Tower as families jockeyed for photo ops. Three grads perched on the edge of the fountain in front of the library for a photo. One of them fell into the drink and climbed out, laughing. more
Standing to the side of the BWL Depot meeting room Saturday, Patrick Gillespie talked quietly to his daughter. He stood beside two large displays. He was the featured speaker at First Ward Councilwoman Jody Washington’s monthly get-together with constituents. more
With the Lansing City Council scheduled to take up the project next month, labor issues remain a hurdle for the planned transformation of the old Red Cedar Golf Course from a flood plain to a mixed-use project that would include hotels, restaurants... more
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