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City Pulse Lansing, Michigan’s alternative weekly newspaper www.lansingcitypulse.com
A locally owned and independent alternative weekly newspaper distributed in the Greater Lansing, Mich., area. City Pulse 1905 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48912 www.lansingcitypulse.com (517) 371-5600 Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on some major holidays)
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Advertising inquiries: (517) 999-5061 Classified advertising inquiries: (517) 999-5066 or [email protected] Editor and Publisher Berl Schwartz: [email protected] (517) 999-5061

Mission: The purpose of City Pulse is to provide a weekly journal of news and opinion on civil, social, and political issues as well as arts and entertainment in the Lansing area supported by advertisers at rates that are affordable to a wide range of businesses and organizations.

But before they left his neighborhood around 10 p.m., Schor heard loud and clear from protest leader Paul Birdsong just ...
06/07/2020
Protesters take their complaints to Mayor Schor's house

But before they left his neighborhood around 10 p.m., Schor heard loud and clear from protest leader Paul Birdsong just what they wanted. Two hundred protesters, black, white, brown and mostly young, sat on the street in front of Schor’s house and, for the most part, listened without interrupting.

“There’s a lot of racist cops,” Birdsong, 34, told Schor. He said they need to be identified — by combing social media, among other methods — and removed.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor stood in the street in front of his house last night and listened to the demands of protesters.

Mayor Schor has spoken with protesters, who are now leaving Moore River Drive. More updates to follow soon.
06/07/2020

Mayor Schor has spoken with protesters, who are now leaving Moore River Drive. More updates to follow soon.

“We’re not gonna leave until he comes outside,” Birdsong said. “I don’t care if its midnight.”(City Pulse will update th...
06/07/2020
Protesters take their complaints to Mayor Schor's house

“We’re not gonna leave until he comes outside,” Birdsong said. “I don’t care if its midnight.”

(City Pulse will update this story as the night goes on.)

On a beautiful June night, 100 or so protesters went for a walk. From the Capitol to Lansing Mayor Andy Schor’s house, on Moores River Drive across from the entrance to the Country Club of Lansing.

06/07/2020

Happening now: Protesters outside of Lansing Mayor Andy Schor’s house.

Natasha Atkinson was in love with her job at Lansing Mayor Andy Schor’s office. But that was before her ideas for divers...
06/06/2020
Fired staffer alleges racial toxicity in Lansing Mayor’s Office

Natasha Atkinson was in love with her job at Lansing Mayor Andy Schor’s office. But that was before her ideas for diversity were dismissed, white staffers ignored her, and her desk had been repeatedly ransacked, she said.

Natasha Atkinson was in love with her job as an events coordinator ... until her ideas for diversity were dismissed, white staffers started to ignore her, and her desk had been repeatedly ransacked.

“We saw her hit somebody with the car,” Birdsong said, referring to the driver of the car that got torched after she dro...
06/05/2020
Peaceful but determined, protesters demand answers

“We saw her hit somebody with the car,” Birdsong said, referring to the driver of the car that got torched after she drove it into the march. “We were trying to outrun her. Whether or not you were around on that day, we’re holding you accountable.”

They were almost all young, under 30. They were black, brown and white. They marched from the Capitol out Michigan Avenue. And at each intersection, they formed a circle. …

Was it actually tear gas? Or was it — as Lansing Mayor Andy Schor prefers to call it — pepper spray? The Lansing Police ...
06/04/2020
Fact check: Did Lansing protests actually get ‘tear gassed’ Sunday?

Was it actually tear gas? Or was it — as Lansing Mayor Andy Schor prefers to call it — pepper spray? The Lansing Police Department uses the term “chemical agents.” But a spokesman for the department has set the record straight: It’s just semantics. Chemical agents are tear gas.

Was it actually tear gas? Or was it — as Lansing Mayor Andy Schor prefers to call it — pepper spray?

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor said he felt ambushed on a video conference call last night with leaders of the Lansing chapter...
06/04/2020
Lansing mayor rejects call from Black Lives Matter to resign

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor said he felt ambushed on a video conference call last night with leaders of the Lansing chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement after he was urged to slash funding for police and immediately resign from office.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor said he felt ambushed on a video conference call last night with leaders of the Lansing chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement after he was urged to slash funding for police and immediately resign from office. Schor told them that he was “not planning to resign right n...

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06/03/2020
June 3, 2020 Issue

Our latest issue is available digitally and on newsstands across Lansing:

June 3, 2020 Issue

In the aftermath of Sunday’s anti-police brutality protest that turned violent, the mayors of Lansing and East Lansing d...
06/02/2020
Lansing, East Lansing mayors differ on protest takeaway

In the aftermath of Sunday’s anti-police brutality protest that turned violent, the mayors of Lansing and East Lansing differ on whether the police response was appropriate.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor defended the response of police with tear gas to disperse protesters after they set a car on fire, broke windows and graffitied downtown Lansing buildings.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor defended the response of police with tear gas to disburse protesters after they set a car on fire, broke windows and graffitied downtown Lansing buildings. East Lansing Mayor Ruth Beier had a different take.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor just ordered a curfew till 5 a.m. tomorrow, effective immediately.
06/02/2020
Citing Whitmer, Schor orders curfew for tonight

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor just ordered a curfew till 5 a.m. tomorrow, effective immediately.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor just ordered a curfew till 5 a.m. tomorrow, effective immediately.

06/02/2020
Jack C. Davis remembered: Part 2

Jack C. Davis, a lawyer, arts patron and champion of many causes — often with his checkbook — died last week. City Pulse editor & publisher Berl Schwartz talks to Michael Rhodes and JV Anderton, both partners with Davis at the Loomis Law Firm; former state Rep. Joan Bauer, Courtney Milbrook, the executive director of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and City Pulse book editor Bill Castanier about their friend and associate. For more about Davis the politician and education advocate, please watch our interview on www.Lansingcitypulse.com with former Mayor Virg Bernero and Robin Lewis, who served with Davis on the Lansing School Board.

Dozens of volunteers arrived early this morning to sweep debris from downtown streets after a protest against police bru...
06/01/2020
Clean up starts after night of destruction and tear gas

Dozens of volunteers arrived early this morning to sweep debris from downtown streets after a protest against police brutality turned violent yesterday.

Most businesses that had windows shattered already had crews boarding up storefronts and assessing repairs. Others scrubbed graffiti like “F**k 12” and “BLM” from brick walls. A car that was burned in the middle of Washington Avenue had already been towed.

Happening now: Curfew imposed in Lansing as protesters clash with police.
06/01/2020

Happening now: Curfew imposed in Lansing as protesters clash with police.

The City of Lansing imposed a curfew immediately "due to violence and destruction of property occurring in downtown," ac...
06/01/2020
Curfew imposed after protest turns ugly in downtown Lansing

The City of Lansing imposed a curfew immediately "due to violence and destruction of property occurring in downtown," according to the Michigan State Police.

SUNDAY, May 31 — A peaceful protest turned ugly this evening when protesters burned a car on Washington Square just south of Michigan and police used tear gas to disburse them. Scores of …

A flipped car is ablaze on Washington Square and riot police have been dispatched. More updates to follow.
05/31/2020

A flipped car is ablaze on Washington Square and riot police have been dispatched. More updates to follow.

Hundreds of peaceful protesters marched from the Capitol through downtown Lansing streets today to show their anger over...
05/31/2020
Protesters march in Lansing over police killing in Minneapolis

Hundreds of peaceful protesters marched from the Capitol through downtown Lansing streets today to show their anger over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

They chanted "black lives matter" and "no justice, no peace, no racist-ass police," but the loudest chant was "say his name, George Floyd," who died after Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck while Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe. Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder.

Hundreds of protesters marched up Michigan Avenue this morning chanting “black lives matter” and “George Floyd,” a black man killed by a white police …

Photos from today's demonstration in Lansing. Check www.lansingcitypulse.com this afternoon for a full report.
05/31/2020

Photos from today's demonstration in Lansing. Check www.lansingcitypulse.com this afternoon for a full report.

05/31/2020

Just now at the Capitol:

Hundreds of protesters marched up Michigan Avenue this morning chanting “black lives matter” and “George Floyd,” a black...
05/31/2020
Protesters march in Lansing over police killing in Minneapolis

Hundreds of protesters marched up Michigan Avenue this morning chanting “black lives matter” and “George Floyd,” a black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last week.

SUNDAY, May 31 — Hundreds of protesters marched up Michigan Avenue this morning chanting “black lives matter” and “George Floyd,” a black man killed by a white police …

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed another executive order last night to extend safety measures at grocery stores and pharmaci...
05/30/2020
Whitmer: Grocery shoppers must wear masks through June 12

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed another executive order last night to extend safety measures at grocery stores and pharmacies through at least June 12.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed another executive order last night to extend safety measures at grocery stores and pharmacies through at least June 12.

05/29/2020
City Pulse Zoom interview with Virg Bernero and Robin Lewis

Jack C. Davis, who died yesterday after a brief illness, left an indelible mark on Lansing. Former Mayor Virg Bernero and former Lansing School board member Robin Lewis share their memories of their dear friend with City Pulse editor and publisher Berl Schwartz.

Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green is disgusted over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and worries every night th...
05/29/2020
Police chief: Lansing officers can learn from Minneapolis killing

Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green is disgusted over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and worries every night that local cops could have a similar incident without continued training.

Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green is disgusted over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and worries every night that local cops could have a similar incident without continued training in overcoming racial biases and how to de-escalate violence.

Since coronavirus swept across the state, Lansing area skaters have found solace in pushing themselves to the limit on t...
05/29/2020
From the skate park to parking lots

Since coronavirus swept across the state, Lansing area skaters have found solace in pushing themselves to the limit on their boards. Because skating is easy to do on your own or in small groups, skaters can easily socially distance and practice proper hygiene protocols.

Skateboarding has a certain reputation. Both violent and undeniably cool, the sport has attracted daredevil teens since its inception. A whole generation of kids grew up playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video games and watching awe-inspiring reruns of the X-Games on ESPN.

Jack C. Davis, a local attorney and celebrated community and business leader in Lansing died earlier this morning in the...
05/28/2020
Lansing attorney, philanthropist Jack Davis dies

Jack C. Davis, a local attorney and celebrated community and business leader in Lansing died earlier this morning in the hospital from unknown health complications, sources have told City Pulse.

THURSDAY, May 28 —Jack C. Davis, a local attorney and celebrated community and business leader in Lansing died earlier this morning in the hospital from unknown health complications, sources …

Do you know someone locally that has gone above and beyond during the COVID crisis? Nominate them at lansingcitypulse.co...
05/28/2020

Do you know someone locally that has gone above and beyond during the COVID crisis? Nominate them at lansingcitypulse.com/covidhero.

In mid-April, a few weeks into the quarantine era, a large man on a skinny bike wobbled along a downtown stretch of the ...
05/28/2020
Age of exploration: Lansing area trails surge with cyclists; bike shops hustle to keep up

In mid-April, a few weeks into the quarantine era, a large man on a skinny bike wobbled along a downtown stretch of the Lansing River Trail with impressive dignity. He gracefully made the curve north of the Saginaw Street underpass, leaving room for a speedier biker heading south, and turned to me with a smile.

Nothing in this world combines exercise, diversion, travel, philosophy and safely fleeting human contact better than biking. It’s no wonder that this spring, a lot of people are rediscovering the bicycle as a glorious way to shake off the stink of quarantine.

With shelter-at-home orders still in effect in greater Lansing, Melik Brown, the impresario behind the Lansing Made line...
05/28/2020
Bad haircuts and all: Melik Brown captures the moment with quarantine ‘porch-traits’

With shelter-at-home orders still in effect in greater Lansing, Melik Brown, the impresario behind the Lansing Made line of merchandise and maker of promotional images and videos, climbed into his van and assumed yet another guise — as an itinerant portrait taker.

A photographer wanted to get out and do some work and a moment in time needed to be documented. A portrait genre was born.

As an engineering technician for the City of Lansing for more than three decades, Bob Rose’s life revolved primarily aro...
05/23/2020
Former Lansing engineering technician blossoms as an artist

As an engineering technician for the City of Lansing for more than three decades, Bob Rose’s life revolved primarily around numbers and hard data. Now, he’s spending his retirement exploring his artistic side.

As an engineering technician for the City of Lansing for more than three decades, Bob Rose’s life revolved primarily around numbers and hard data. Now, he’s spending his retirement exploring his artistic side.

When it comes to Ingham County drainage projects, Pat Lindemann is king.As outlined in state law, Drain Commissioner Pat...
05/23/2020
Lindemann: Greater Lansing stuck with ‘unstoppable’ drainage project

When it comes to Ingham County drainage projects, Pat Lindemann is king.

As outlined in state law, Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann carries nearly unilateral authority to decide how drains are built and how much the projects will cost. He just sends outs the bills. And despite opposition to his latest multi-million drain project, Lindemann isn’t backing down.

When it comes to Ingham County drainage projects, Pat Lindemann is king.

The south Lansing sex complex Fantasies closed today after police served a cease-and-desist letter from Ingham County He...
05/22/2020
Authorities closes south Lansing sex club over alleged shutdown violations

The south Lansing sex complex Fantasies closed today after police served a cease-and-desist letter from Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail for allegedly operating in violation of the governor’s emergency orders on the coronavirus.

The south Lansing sex complex Fantasies closed today after police served a cease-and-desist letter from Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail for allegedly operating in violation of the governor’s emergency orders on the coronavirus.

With COVID-19 restrictions on in-person business still in effect, owner David Kositchek is hoping to re-open the store s...
05/22/2020
Inside out trousers: Kositchek’s clothing store comes back with curbside service

With COVID-19 restrictions on in-person business still in effect, owner David Kositchek is hoping to re-open the store soon and resume his store’s trademark personalized service safely. In the meantime, he’s offering curbside service Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 21-23, from noon to 3 p.m.

You usually have to turn a suit or a pair of pants inside out to finish an alteration. Turning the whole store inside out is a new wrinkle, even for one of downtown Lansing’s retail anchors, 160-year-old Kositchek’s men's clothing store.

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