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We may never know the full story since Schlichting grants few interviews and even fewer when she doesn’t have control over the environment. But a review of her reputation as an unconventional leader and change-agent points to an almost unhappy arrangement from the start. more
Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said it took a while before doctors could tell her what was amiss with her younger son, Bryce. He’s articulate with no noticeable signs of a disability. But careful childhood screenings kept turning up red flags. “He had failed many hearing tests in preschool,” she said. more
East Lansing still has its host of dysfunctions, but the beloved college town is in much better shape than it was four years ago, when Mark Meadows returned to City Hall, joined by Erik Altmann and Shanna Draheim. more
The Lansing City Council has ratified a new three-year contract with the Capitol City Labor Program that covers both union and supervisory officers, other than the chief of police.  more
In time for the winter solstice, a golden sun might rise soon on the traffic roundabout a block east of the state Capitol. more
First Ward challenger Brandon Betz is calling foul at some campaign fliers being distributed by Lansing City Councilwoman Jody Washington as Tuesday’s General Election approaches. more
Local cellular phone and Internet provider Advanced Communications & Data has been hit with a bizarre string of vandalism to its cell phone boosters and is offering a $5,000 reward for help finding and convicting the culprit. more
For those interested in the history of Fort Michilimackinac, a new study published by MSU Press provides new insight into French-Indian relations by bridging the gap between what we know of French colonialism and the dominant narratives told by British historians. more
Michigan’s legislative leaders are working on a term limits expansion deal for state lawmakers with Voters Not Politicians, the grassroots organization that brought the state the new redistricting commission, and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. more
Two of the Lansing City Council’s at-large seats, which represent all four wards of the city, are up for review by voters in the Nov. 5 General Election. Faced with a pair of challengers, both incumbents are running to keep their jobs. Only one of them should be reelected. more
Lansing City Councilwoman Jody Washington says she’s the victim of misogynistic attacks as she endures a dogfight of a campaign for a third term representing the First Ward.s more
A candidate for the mayor of Grand Ledge has a long history of run-ins with police, including allegations of domestic violence and assault from at least four different women, entailing two ex-wives, his current girlfriend and his sister. more
The question it all poses is, how long can this building boom last? And what’s to happen to other student housing complexes on the north edge of the city? Is East Lansing headed for a bust? more
And it’s one, two, three, What are we fighting for? Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn, Next stop is Vietnam! more
“There are three ways in which we may rule,” Charles Aycock, soon to be the governor of North Carolina, told his supporters in 1900. “By force, by fraud or by law. We have ruled by force, we can rule by fraud, but we want to rule by law.” more
Look out: Lansing on-street parking is about to enter the 21st Century. more
Meridian Township has cleared the way for five medical marijuana dispensaries to operate across the township with a lottery drawing late last month. more
A foreign observer to the greater Lansing metro area sees a stark disparity to its two central cities, split by U.S. 127. more
East Lansing’s Judy Winter is one of only 10 women nationwide to be selected as a 2019 Women of Worth honoree by L’Oreal Paris for her development of Eric “RicStar” Winter Music Therapy Camp. more
Shortly after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed $945 million out of Michigan’s budget, a prominent Republican told me: “Two years ago, Rick Snyder wouldn’t sign off on an income tax cut because he said we couldn’t afford $950 million. Whitmer comes in and says, ‘Hold my beer.” more
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