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With any luck, Detroit Rising Development CEO Jon Hartzell hopes to bring some of that success to Lansing’s downtown riverfront by transforming the old City Market building into the Lansing Shuffleboard & Social Club, a $3.2 million renovation inspired by his work in Detroit. more
The first female battalion chief at the Lansing Fire Department has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a superior and subjected to unchecked homophobic and sexist harassment among her colleagues, which pushed her into an early retirement in 2019. more
The Lansing Police Department is investigating what some consider to be threats made against the City Council last week in an anonymous voicemail left with city offices. more
Michael Lynn Jr., an activist and co-leader of the Lansing chapter of Black Lives Matter, referred to the Council president, who is gay, as a "hissy bitch" on Lynn's Facebook show, "Merica 20 to Life." more
More than 100 catalytic converters have been reported stolen to LPD over the last six months — including 48 of them reported stolen in January and February, a spokesman confirmed today.  more
Nearly $6 million in grant funding awarded this week will allow researchers at Michigan State University to ramp up wastewater surveillance. more
Kristen Janecke remembers seeing faces of strangers in uniforms when she came back to consciousness. Cops and firefighters were yelling at her to wake up as she lay sprawled on the floor of a local McDonalds. Her 5-year-old daughter told staff that she could not wake mom up. more
Former Police Chief Daryl Green regrets becoming a cop. If he could do it all over, he said he would have never joined the Lansing Police Department at all — especially after watching political tensions boil over locally last summer after George Floyd’s murder. The job is just too different. more
An accumulation of debris snagged by a new buoy line in the Grand River near the old Eckert Power Station dam kicked up a stink last week after neighbors cried foul over over the putrid smell of river sediment, duckweed and dead animals. more
Despite a recommendation from the Michigan State University Advisory Panel last month to require COVID-19 vaccinations for incoming students, faculty and staff for the upcoming fall semester, MSU President Samuel Stanley has decided to skip the mandate. more
Councilman Brian Jackson partnered with The Village Lansing to host a “Know Your Rights” camp last night. more
Jules Vander Galien often compares the streets of Lansing to a scene from a “Mad Max” movie. more
Over the last decade, the candidates who are facing voters in the August primary election have had an array of minor traffic tickets, parking fees and, in at least one case, a significant debt that has resulted in years of garnishments of the candidate’s income tax refunds and paychecks. more
The lawsuit largely stems from a dispute between developer Scott Chappelle and East Lansing Info publisher Alice Dreger. Chappelle’s attorneys argued that Dreger’s reports — along with online comments from Traverse City resident Eliot Singer, a former East Lansing resident — were inaccurate, have since humiliated Chappelle and his company and jeopardized his company’s business relationships. more
Former House Democratic Leader Sam Singh announced plans on Twitter this week to run for Hertel’s seat next year. Singh, a former state representative, served six years in the Legislature from 2013 to 2018.  more
Hundreds of cannabis companies — including several brands in Greater Lansing — are pushing back against a shadowy group of lobbyists. more
In 2021, few bystanders will bat an eye at an LGBTQ pride parade, and cantankerous right-wing protesters often find themselves drowned out by a rainbow sea of bodies. While there’s work required toward LGBTQ acceptance forevermore, events like pride rallies, marches and parades become more normalized as each year passes. But this acceptance didn’t come from nowhere — it took decades of hard work and statewide networking and organizing efforts.  more
For all their diversity, this year’s recipients share two rare attributes. They excel at bringing people together and they are passionate and tireless builders of safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community. more
With legislative enthusiasm for police divestment continuing to wane in Lansing, Mayor Andy Schor announced plans last week to invest more than $2 million into staffing the Police Department over the next four years and to hire five more entry-level officers in the Capital City. more
The minutiae of queer life rarely make it into the Lansing State Journal or other mainstream media. Small everyday details can best be found in sources generated by LGBTQ+ people themselves, and often signal subtle and meaningful changes in the making. more
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