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Two more murders. Two more Lansing teenagers dead, bringing the city’s 2021 death toll by homicide to 15. And it’s only June. At this rate, Lansing is on track to easily outstrip last year’s record of 22 homicides — the most murders in a single year in decades. With the hottest days of summer just ahead, we’re bracing for even more senseless violence while community leaders scramble for answers. more
My name is Farhan Sheikh-Omar. I was born in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Violence first pushed my family out of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. As civil war spread, my family decided the country was no longer safe. My parents worked hard to find a solution to long-term living in a refugee camp. They were fortunate to be granted resettlement in the U.S. We were fleeing conflict, insecurity and persecution.  more
Before transgender people in public bathrooms, it was gay marriage. And before it was gay marriage, it was legalizing gay rights of any sort.  more
Hispanic programming a loser at LCC more
Born in 1924, I remember the beautiful Strand/Michigan Theatre. On that stage a magician asked for a red-haired boy to help. My brother, about 12, called out “Here I am” and ran onto the stage. After the trick, he gave Carlyle the white rabbit and it peed on our hands, and we ran home to show our folks.  more
Like a lion in a pack that circles its prey and begins its attack by going after the genitals and neck, I too will not waste the reader’s time. Make no mistake about it. This is war. This is what I live, breathe, sleep, shit and eat. To quote Mike Tyson: “My opponents are as good as dead.” more
Ever heard of a news desert? It’s what you call a community that has lost its local newspapers. Over the past two decades, it’s happened far more often than you might think. More than 2,100 local newspapers, including 70 dailies and 2,000 weekly publications, have permanently turned off the lights, leaving hundreds of communities across the nation with no local print journalism. more
Last week, I wrote how Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was floating in political hot water. If she doesn’t clear up her backlog of folks needing new license plates, forcing people to drive illegally, Benson could be a one-term secretary of state. more
Five mayoral candidates facing off in the August primary election will battle it out on stage this month at a live, 60-minute televised debate hosted by FOX 47 News and City Pulse at 7 p.m June 24. more
Back in 2002, the Michigan Republican Party had a nifty (albeit unsuccessful) slogan for the three major Democratic gubernatorial candidates:  more
In Washington and in Lansing, it remains to be seen if the police reform proposals will survive a process where partisanship is oftentimes more important than protecting the interests and well-being of the American people. more
Serving as Lansing’s mayor has been an honor. We have grown the city for everyone and have tackled crises head-on. I’m proud of the achievements we’ve made and look forward to another four years of growing Lansing! more
Americans’ trust in our government has steadily eroded since the 1960s. more
For more than a quarter-century, Lansing Community College’s in-house FM radio station, WLNZ 89.7, has served up a compelling, eclectic mix of music, news and community-focused commentary for the benefit of the Greater Lansing region. The station also functioned as a teaching facility for many years, providing generations of LCC students with on-the-job broadcasting experience and mentoring from seasoned professionals. more
In my second-semester composition class, I taught this short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” by southern writer Flannery O’Connor. The story is about a doddery grandma who wanted to revisit a place from her past. She wasn’t sure any longer where that place was, but that didn’t stop her from getting the family lost while driving to find it.  And, when the family car broke down and some bad guys showed up, it didn’t stop her from angering them. The whole family wound up dead.  more
Officials at the Ingham County Health Department are leaning on census data to identify and drive outreach to areas of the county that are lagging behind on COVID-19 vaccination rates.  more
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer flew on a private jet two months ago to check on on her dad in West Palm Beach, Fla., who has some chronic health issues. more
Sixteen years I’ve served on the Lansing City Council, and, still, no one mistakes me for a “typical politician.” I’m known for being funny, outspoken, sometimes brash and unconventional. more
One group of Americans continues to get a confusing message about when and whether to take the vaccine: the immunocompromised community. more
It was a chilly April day five years ago when I had a difficult choice: I could travel to my Hoosier homeland to make one last tearful visit to my grandparents’ home slated for demolition for a new road, or I could attend a Lansing park board meeting to try to save the beloved Scott Garden from the city’s destruction. more
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