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After Michiganders tested the first wave of driverless buses, the greatest gripe was the lack of music. more
The city of Lansing is pulling together some help for our most vulnerable neighbors, handing out many of the bare necessities for homeless people and those living at the margins as winter hits early.  more
It’s official: Kroger will not reconsider its ban on City Pulse. more
A sarcastic line in a mailer from Lansing Councilwoman Jody Washington gave life to a strong undercurrent in the race for the First Ward Council seat, which Washington lost last week. more
A delicate dance of expectations between Lansing’s Board of Water and Light and its owners — the public — has quietly started. more
Sen. Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield, wants to put a large menorah nearby as a public celebration of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, an eight-day “festival of lights,” which this year begins Dec. 22. He has support from a pair of House members and Lansing Mayor Andy Schor. more
The hubbub about Lansing Mayor Andy Schor’s special pot of money he uses to dole out charitable gifts and other odds and ends looks like it can be put to rest for now. more
A new study in the Journal of Great Lakes Research found that it may be getting even harder.  Warmer waters increase the larval sea lamprey’s tolerance to TFM, a chemical widely-used to kill lampreys during their larval stage, according to the researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. more
For 75 years, Smokey Bear has used this anthem to promote fire safety. Today, agencies like the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Forest Service tackle wildfires through a contradictory method: by starting them. more
The state Aging and Adult Services Agency should tighten up its criminal background check policies for employees, contractors’ staff and volunteers to better protect older adults, a new report says. more
Michigan researchers recently created a series of steps to show people how to rid Great Lakes islands of plants and animals that invade their ecosystems. more
Engineering students at Northwestern Michigan College program autonomous rovers to inspect environments underwater and in the air in-real time. more
Could President Donald Trump win Michigan a year from today? Or could anybody with a “D” after her or his name pound him by double digits? It depends on the poll and that’s down-right frustrating for everybody. more
Though we have so many neat things in this store, my favorite thing in the store is our front display. It is what you see on first entry of our establishment, and it is an ever-changing landscape just like the contents of our business. more
Lansing, like many cities across the nation, is beginning to embrace its riverfront in earnest. But there are holes in the picture. Perched above the park, in a prime spot on the river, sits the empty shell of the pole barn that housed Lansing’s dead City Market. more
On April 15, 1940, 21-year-old Irene Orkin was one of thousands of census workers across the United States who took part in conducting the decennial national count. Orkin knocked on James and Frances Lewis’ door at 816 S. Butler St. in Lansing and gathered information on everyone staying in the house. more
A new, $33 million redevelopment of the 1970 Lake Trust Credit Union building at the corner of Lenawee Street and Capitol Avenue could start to change all that, but the renovation, along with a new, five-story mixed-use building in the parking lot next door comes at a steep cost to taxpayers more
It just wasn’t going to feel like Christmas in downtown Lansing without those famous and festive red ornaments that have rested each Yuletide in the traffic circle on Michigan Avenue since 2009. more
Rotary Park has become a new focal point for downtown Lansing, a highlight of the River Trail that meanders along the east bank of the Grand River. But on the west bank of the Grand? An ugly Brutalist parking garage from 1968 rises from the water’s edge, blocking the public from strolling or even witnessing Lansing’s natural resource. more
When your favorite food disappears from the menu, what do you eat next? That’s the question Katie Kierczynski, a Michigan State University fisheries and wildlife graduate student, worked to answer by studying game fish diets in Lake Huron.  more
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