Lansing Catholic posts racist photo
The school also suspended an employee who handles social media after posting the 1979 photo on Facebook showing students giving the Nazi salute. One of the people pictured was also clearly wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood. School officials called sharing it a “lapse of judgment.”
Lawmaker targets deed discrimination
State Rep. Sarah Anthony reintroduced a bill to prohibit deed restrictions on the basis of race, sex, religion and other protected classes. The legislation also outlines and clarifies the process for homeowners who desire to remove this “offensive and discriminatory” language from property deeds.
Geddert dies by suicide after charges
John Geddart, a former Olympics gymnastics coach and former owner of Twistars gym in Dimondale, killed himself hours after he was charged with human trafficking, racketeering and sexual assault — including allegations tied to convicted abuser and pedophile Larry Nassar. Geddart’s body was found at a highway rest stop in Clinton County, authorities reported.
Lansing opens ice rink
Residents can bring their own ice skates and slide around on artificial ice in front of Lansing City Hall. Mayor Andy Schor skated with reporters Saturday for Lansing Winterfest while also ignoring questions from City Pulse about more pertinent city business.
Granholm confirmed as energy head
By a vote of 64 to 34, The U.S. Senate confirmed former Gov. Jennifer Granholm as secretary of the Energy Department. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer labeled her a “visionary leader” known for her “passionate, decades-long advocacy for clean energy.” Granholm maintains the female Michigan presence in the presidential cabinet, following Betsy DeVos, who was Donald J. Trump’s education secretary.
East Lansing launches phone survey
The two-week survey is designed to gauge public sentiment on police-community relations will continue over the next two weeks. Feedback will help steer decisions on policy, training and allocation of resources to the Police Department.
Local residents named to state boards
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Shana Lewis to the Michigan Workforce Development Board and Algeria Wilson to the state’s Mental health Diversion Council. Lewis, of Lansing, is an executive director at Trinity Health, and Wilson, of East Lansing, is a director at the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
State allows rec-only pot shops
Regulators reeled back restrictions requiring retailers, processors and growers who cultivate and sell recreational cannabis to also be licensed for medical marijuana. The move, which cuts red tape, is aimed at expanding entrepreneurial access to the industry.
Community art exhibit opens
At least 19 businesses across East Lansing are featuring artwork from local elementary school students through April 16 as part of the Downtown Development Authority’s latest promotional project. The exhibit will also move to the M.A.C. Avenue parking garage from April 19 to June 4.
March is Reading Month
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed it to promote the importance of reading. And since you’re reading this, you’re off to a good start.
Lansing man takes plea deal
Zarcharey Diederichs, 31, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of two men, despite objections from the men’s family, reports the Lansing State Journal. Dierderichs was offered a plea deal to second-degree charges after he was accused of killing two stepbrothers inside a restaurant on Pleasant Grove Road in August. Some have criticized Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon’s decision to offer anything less than first-degree charges.