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Purple Michigan is a six-part series reporting on the presidential campaign in Michigan in different locations across the state. This series is paid for by contributions from you to the City Pulse Fund for Community Journalism. To contribute, please go to

City Pulse Social Justice and Equity Survey

When it comes to issues over which local elected officials have much control, social equity and equality are two. They may not be able to do much about COVID-19 and the economy, but they can help our communities deal with and overcome the byproducts of racism.

UPDATE: Eric Trump schedules Lansing stop amid nationwide MAGA tour

Donald Trump’s second son is slated to make a campaign stop tomorrow afternoon in Lansing at Schlegel Sand and Gravel on Wood Road. 
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Struggling hospitality industry faces new challenge as winter looms

The state’s hospitality industry adjusted to COVID-19 with mixed results but now there’s a new challenge: winter.
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Study suggests rural strategies help economies of shrinking cities

You won’t find barns and silos in Detroit.

East Lansing holds Great Pumpkin Photo Contest 

The East Lansing Downtown Management Board is holding its inaugural Great Pumpkin Photo Contest

Candidate for Ingham Co. Commission fined $1,000 for late campaign finance reporting

A candidate for Ingham County Board of Commissioners has been fined $1,000 after he filed a report on campaign spending three months late — and only after City Pulse reported that he appeared to have violated state law.

Casa de Rosado passes out sugar skull kits for Dia de Los Muertos

Casa de Rosado is kicking off its yearly Dia de Los Muertos celebration with a sugar skull kit distribution effort.

Attorneys clear county commissioner over recent campaign donation suggestion

Ingham County attorneys have weighed in: It’s OK for members of the county’s Democratic Caucus to  discuss partisan politics at county-facilitated public meetings.

LPD: Lansing barber falls in line after flouting COVID-19 precautions

A Lansing barber that advertised “no mask required” haircuts on Facebook now appears to have fallen in line with local health orders after a visit from the police.
News Rewind: Oct. 14

City Pulse News Rewind: Retirees push back against healthcare changes

A crowd of several dozen retirees gathered in front of Lansing City Hall on Monday to protest pending changes to their health care benefits.

Alleged Whitmer conspirator was present at two Lansing protests

Photos show that one of the alleged co-conspirators in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer participated in two protests in Lansing three years ago.

In denial: Lansing-area candidates who see no structural racism

Several political candidates in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties have contended that structural racism does not exist within their local communities as social unrest persists ahead of the general election.

Prosecutors remove Lansing police chief from list of problem cops

Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green’s name has been formally removed from a list of problematic cops who were found to have credibility issues.

Take a look inside Meijer’s Capital City Market 

Lansing is two days out from the grand opening of Meijer’s downtown Capital City Market, a part of The Gillespie Group’s long-awaited BLOCK600 development.  
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City Pulse Newsmakers Debate: Eaton County Sheriff candidates Tom Reich and Rick Jones
Incumbent Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich and former state Sen. Rick Jones, who are running against each other for sheriff on Nov. …
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City Pulse Zoom interview with Gabrielle Lawrence
City Pulse's Zoom interview with Gabrielle Lawrence, president of the Lansing Public School District Board of Education.
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City Pulse Zoom interview with Lansing racial equity adviser Teresa Bingman
As mentors go, Lansing attorney Teresa Bingham has had a pretty good one: Anita Hill.  “Not only …
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Jack C. Davis remembered: Part 2
MONDAY, June 1 — Jack C. Davis, a lawyer, arts patron and champion of many causes — often with his checkbook — died …
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City Pulse On the Air, Sept. 6, 2020: Matt Grossmann, Art in the Wild and New Era
City Pulse Radio · City Pulse On the Air, Sept. 6, 2020: Matt Grossmann, Art in the Wild and New Era On this edition of …
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City Pulse On the Air, Aug. 30, 2020: Kathleen Gray and Matt Grossmann
City Pulse Radio · City Pulse On the Air, Aug. 30, 2020: Matt Grossmann, On this edition of City Pulse On the Air, …
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Arts & Culture
That time Big Star played five nights in Lansing
Back when I was still researching information for my oral-history book, “There Was A Light: The Cosmic History of Chris Bell …
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Could 'The Loft' come back?
THURSDAY, Oct. 8 — Roy Kirby has a permanent scar he obtained from playing at The Loft. He and his bandmates in the band …
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Annual Lansing music festival goes streaming
13th Annual GTG Fest Saturday, Oct. 10 Streaming live performances from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. View at GTG Records Facebook page …
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Michigan author’s latest novel dissects the Bath school bombing
A long discarded Lansing Fire Department phone log contains a simple entry indicating an emergency call from Bath on May 18, …
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Social media helps breathe life into downtown businesses
The coronavirus pandemic has made a visible impact on downtown Lansing, with several longtime businesses temporarily shut down or …
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A look back at Fortune Records
Back in 1946, Devora Brown decided to go her own way. The Detroit-based songwriter had sent multiple compositions to Tin Pan Alley …
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Shop selling homemade fair-trade chocolate, coffee opens in Meridian Mall
Marketplace Manna Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 1982 W. Grand River Ave., …
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New cookbook highlights food of Great Lakes Indigenous peoples
A new cookbook serves up the culture along with the food of the Indigenous people of the Great Lakes region. “Eating with the …
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Medical exemptions create loopholes for mask compliance
None of the eight employees at Joe’s Gizzard City in Potterville wear face masks. Despite a longstanding state mandate that …
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Okemos eatery delivers fresh twist on Mediterranean cuisine
Opening up your first restaurant is a daunting prospect. Rae Suboh, owner of Bread Bites in Okemos, unfortunately opened up his first …
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The Claddagh Irish Pub permanently closes
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2 — COVID-19 has claimed yet another Greater Lansing restaurant. The Claddagh Irish Pub, located in the …
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