Internet Privacy questioned after House and Senate ruling

The Quello Center at Michigan State University debates communication policy. Director William Dutton says that the potential policy changes regarding who can access browsing history is not something for consumers to worry about. The House and Senate voted to revoke laws that make it so an Internet Service Provider can not sell browser history to third parties. Web-based sites like Facebook and Google already do this. The policy that is trying to be removed was in place for around 6 months, according to Dutton.

“Keeping the lights on” at Reach Studio Art–challenged by Donald Trump budget proposal

A final federal budget will take about five to six months. Current cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts are at the front of people like Alice Brinkman’s minds, who’s spent the last 13 years building Reach. Lansing non-profit Reach Studio Art provides art access to everyone, including kids who otherwise might not be able to afford it. Even though answers are a couple months away–finding and securing grant money is one of the most stable funding bases for Reach.  

“A life well lived;”Detroit remembers Mike Ilitich

Freezing cold temperatures didn’t stop Detroiters from lining up outside the Fox Theater to pay their respects to Mike Ilitch on February 15. The public memorial for the owner of the Tigers, Red Wings, and Little Ceasar’s Franchise had thousands in attendance to commemorate the life of Mr. I.

“There are very few people who fill the room, even when they’re not there,” said Olympia Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson about Mr. I.

Mike Ilitch’s son Christopher Ilitch has primarily ran the business for the last 10 years, and will now fully take over Ilitch Holdings. For Detroiters like Kim Erickson, Ilitch stuck by the city, when no one else was. “He never gave up…he just kept plugging along. That’s why we’re at where we are today, because of him”

Mike Ilitch died at 87 years old.

The power of student votes in East Lansing

Political power of students — something Mark Grebner of Practical Political Consulting has been fighting for since he was a student at Michigan State University almost four decades ago. He started in local government, serving on the East Lansing planning commission and eventually being elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners. But how much power do they really have? And do students use it?

Women rush to birth control that will outlast Trump presidency

Planned Parenthood of Michigan says it’s seen a sharp increase after the presidential election in the number of women seeking intrauterine devices, or IUD birth control.

The possible reason: President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have set their sights on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Trump will become president on Jan. 20.

Divisions in presidential election spills over into school hallways

An Okemos freshman bullied by a group of boys — in the heat of a divisive national election year. Okemos Superintendent Doctor Catherine Ash says the district followed its normal bullying procedures, which encourage students to have “civil discourse” when discussing politics. But the national conversation about the election may not have done young minds any favors — and may encourage this type of behavior.

Despite effort to loosen East Lansing rules, pot still illegal for those older than 21

East Lansing joined a growing number of cities seeking to lesson penalties for marijuana use, but the city’s efforts left out a large block of people: Anyone older than 21. But those local laws only apply to people under 21. A restriction in the city’s charter prevents it from setting any rules for marijuana use for those 21 and up. That means police are likely to look to state law — which still bans the use of marijuana.

Loud voices, louder messages heard at Trump’s last rally

GRAND RAPIDS — The 11th hour of the presidential campaign included a visit by Republican candidate Donald Trump to the downtown convention center — just after the clock struck midnight. The supporters on the street were chanting for hours up until his visit, some even waited three hours and stood in a line two miles long. Trump said in his speech to supporters at the Devos Center that he’ll win Michigan — but protestors outside told a different story. They said a Trump presidency would be harmful to the people who have been targeted by Trump’s derogatory remarks throughout the election. If Trump was to win the Mitten State in today’s election, he’d be the first Republican to do so since 1988 when George H. Bush was elected president.