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The city wants to offload the aging equipment, drafty walls, crumbling plaza and other headaches and sell City Hall to a private developer with pockets deep enough to give the building a new life, perhaps as a hotel and restaurant overlooking the state Capitol. more
“As a physician, I was one of the people they’d say, ‘You really pulled yourself up by your own bootstraps.’ That’s nonsense. I had to study hard, but if it wasn’t for private scholarships but especially the government providing loans and scholarship grants, I would never have been able to go to college” or medical school. more
Opposition to the Board of Water and Light’s (BWL’s) plans to build a new gasfired power plant in Lansing appears to have fallen on deaf ears. The BWL Commission approved the bidding unanimously. The mayor doesn’t have any problems with BWL’s plans and the city council can’t stop it. more
I started my walking tour of Lansing’s plucky Baker neighborhood late Wednesday afternoon by flashlight, picking my way through the broken toilets and random debris of a cavernous 1925 school. I ended the tour just before sundown, crouching behind a giant hot dog to dodge possible gunfire. more
He could have been a master gardener, cashing in on what is expected to be Michigan’s next big cash crop. That’s if Henry Meyer hadn’t been busted with so much pot the Drug Enforcement Agency officers who busted him were in awe, at least in his telling. more
Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said the 2018 elections will “absolutely” go forward, even if hackers take out the whole power grid. In the event of a cyberattack, she said, paper ballots will be counted by battery-powered tabulators — in candlelight, if necessary. more
Lansing Township Police Chief Adam Kline confirmed that Timothy Olin, 30, stole the semiautomatic handgun after renting it from Total Firearms in Delhi Township. He took the weapon to JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts on Saginaw Highway. Once there he killed his estranged girlfriend, Rachel Duncan, 25, then turned the weapon on himself. more
Tax Day is quickly approaching, and I’d like to remind those who live or work in Lansing that it’s also time to file and pay city income taxes. By city ordinance, Lansing residents are required to file a City of Lansing tax return and pay 1 percent of their income regardless of where they work. more
Cedar St., in Mason, according to Lansing Township police Chief Adam Kline. Olin would have taken the gun in a box into the firing range. There, police said, Olin practiced using it. more
Harry Gaskin IV was accused last May of failing to file six years’ worth of city of Lansing income tax papers. His total overdue tax bill, according to court records, was $730, plus $145.23 in penalties and another $75.23 in interest. He made one payment of $169. more
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Many thanks to the City Pulse for coverage on the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s proposed gas plant and the citizen push back. The BWL announced last December its plans to build another fracked gas plant, even bigger than the one in Reotown, part of a plan that will cost BWL customers $500 million. more
Labor is playing a big role as usual, but when Democrats gather in Cobo Hall in Detroit on Sunday, Dana Nessel and Pat Miles’ track records on pot prosecutions will be a hot topic. Nessel is best known as a civil rights attorney who represented the Michigan lesbian couple whose suit helped pave the way for the U. more
The city is in process of rezoning the 600 block of East Michigan, across the street and a block east of Lugnuts Stadium, at the request of developer Pat Gillespie. But all the players, from Mayor Andy Schor on down, are being tight-lipped about the identity of the supermarket. more
Theio’s fate is uncertain. Owner Virginia Pulido could not be reached for comment. Pulido had already reduced the hours to 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., thus ending a 41-year tradition of late-night comfort food for bar goers in the area. Michigan State University students were also regulars because of its proximity to East Lansing. more
Wardlaw used his prison ID card to rent the gun. A staff member at the gun store thought he was a Department of Corrections employee and gave him a gun. Fortunately, while Wardlaw was in the shooting range, a second look at the identification revealed it was a prisoner identification. more
In spring, there are gutters to clean, windows to polish and leaves to rake. Feeling a bird’s heartbeat in your hand, listening to the sun’s nuclear furnace, watching thermite blow up and getting to know the personalities of trees are probably not on your to-do list. more
A map released by the city’s planning department shows the area to be developed by Pat Gillespie in the 600 block of Michigan Avenue for a mixed-use project that might include a major grocery store. more
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor calls his first proposed budget “good news” because it allows for adding jobs and spending $700,000 on roads and sidewalks, among other goals. more
A $30,000 no-bid contract to a victim of Larry Nassar is under attack in Meridian Township by Clerk Brett Dreyfus and experts in the field of sexual assault prevention and education. more
A controversy over a neighborhood park that has roiled an eastside neighborhood for nearly a year could be coming to an end. The Lansing City Council in a closed session Monday night cleared the path for the city to begin negotiations for a settlement with the Friends of Ormond Park, according to sources. more
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