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The existential danger isn’t Trump. It’s that there are no more big men. more
For just two pennies levied on a sliver of the American population, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said her proposed "wealth tax" could pay for everything from universal pre-K education to wiping out nearly all student loan debt, and more. more
The Lansing City Council couldn’t muster enough votes tonight to override a budgetary veto from Mayor Andy Schor, ultimately pushing a $60,000 funding increase back into a neighborhood coordinator position. more
A state court ruling today struck down one of the last remaining legal remedies against eviction for the riverside restaurant as its owner, Scott Simmons, looks to keep his doors open inside the city-owned venue. The ruling — although it was against Simmons —bought his restaurant another 42 days of summer sales. more
Publicly shaming criminals, many of whom are often experiencing the worst day of their lives, is not how law enforcement is supposed to operate. The show sensationalizes crime for entertainment and only wanted to turn Ingham County into its newest stage. The sheriff needed to close the curtain. more
I was a manager at American Apparel, which is now gone. When the store was closing, we got all these cool mannequins. These were up along the walls on the shelves. They used to model men’s underwear like briefs. I guess I could dress briefs on them now. I haven’t thought about that before. more
In Lansing, it is easier to get marijuana delivered to your door than it is groceries. But is it legal? No, because no business is yet licensed by both the state and the city for delivery. But that hasn’t prevented Lansing-area medical marijuana delivery businesses from operating in the open over the past two years. more
We’re now 28 months and one week into Donald Trump’s presidency — 28 months and one week of perpetual chaos and scandal and outrage, of incompetence and criminality and cruelty — and the thing that bothers me most and that I find most dangerous is how normal it all seems, how routine and quotidian, like this is just politics now. Maybe this is how politics has always been. more
Popcorn lung? It’s a formally called bronchiolitis obliterans, a condition that damages the lungs’ smallest airways, causing coughing and shortness of breath. And yet for six years, Lansing hasn’t been able to agree on how to ban it. This has made Michigan the last state in the country that allows teenagers to legally buy nicotine. more
Four challengers are hoping that seeking three terms will not be the charm for Councilwoman Jody Washington. more
A windowless, all-black building across from Art’s Pub on Kalamazoo Street has piqued local curiosities over its foreboding appearance. And it could soon become lined with up to 1,500 medical marijuana plants. more
With a call at least 30 minutes before arrival, library patrons will soon be able to have their books and electronics hand–delivered. more
A medical marijuana growing facility with ties to former Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson and Rob Sims was recently licensed to grow up to 1,500 plants just outside the village of Webberville.  more
To the people who are saying, “Look at these millennials and their damn phones,” I say they haven’t discovered their best life yet. more
As abortion rights supporters rallied across the country Tuesday, a new group emerged in Michigan with a plan to put an “arrow in the heart of Roe v. Wade.” more
On Tuesday, two dozen scientifically illiterate white men in Alabama who believe they are on a mission from their invisible sky deity declared that a doctor who terminates the pregnancy of a 12-year-old rape victim — a routine, humane and decidedly uncontroversial medical procedure everywhere else in the developed world — should spend more time in prison than the rapist who impregnates her.   more
Years of meticulous planning and careful attention to detail are coming to a head as Lansing Board of Water & Light officials prepare to reopen the relocated Scott Sunken Garden to the public. more
Plans call for the 1912 building, at the corner of Genesee Street and Butler Boulevard, to be transformed into 36 loft-style apartments and for the gymnasium to be reopened as a neighborhood gathering and event space. A zoning hearing is set for next month. more
 A veto Tuesday by Lansing Mayor Andy Schor will trigger another debate over the budget after the City Council voted to slash a $60,000 funding increase the mayor had proposed to create the post of neighborhood coordinator.  more
After an outcry from one of Lansing’s more economically challenged neighborhoods, Mayor Andy Schor is looking to reverse plans to bill hundreds of homeowners for an upcoming environmental study. more
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