Lansing remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. To this day, that unfortunate event has not gone unremembered, but instead of it being a day of pain and shock, it has it has become a day of remembrance of Dr. King’s legacy. Many places over the country held commemorative celebration on April 4, 2018, including the city of Lansing at the Ring a Bell for Freedom event. Mayor of Lansing Andy Schor said, “Lansing needs to talk about, Lansing needs to remember the reason for Dr. King’s assassination. We need to remember 50 years ago from today he was killed for talking about the importance of all of us working together, equality, and a great nation.”

Lee June, professor at Michigan State University, said it is important to share this history.

Lansing becomes fourth Michigan area to offer Uber Eats delivery service

LANSING – Uber has taken its freelance-driver service a step further by helping hungry customers receive food from over 50 area restaurants. Customers can now use the same Uber account they use to hail rides to customize food delivery and track their orders. Uber Eats in Lansing is offering delivery to neighborhoods including East Lansing, Waverly, Southside, MSU and Okemos.  

The app is free to download and is user-friendly just like the ride portion of Uber’s business. Customers pick a participating restaurant, choose their meal, type in the delivery address, pay with a card on file, and receive their meal within the time provided.

Diversity, over test scores, attracts parents to Lansing schools

In the Lansing school district, 75 percent of the student body is made up of minorities, according to the 2017-2018 Racial Census Report from the Michigan Department of Education. On the outside, this diversity has allegedly been the reason for low test scores and low graduation rates. Those who look deeper, however, see the importance of immersing children in a diverse, communal environment at a young age.

Easter celebrated in downtown Lansing

A weekend morning at the State Capitol. “Definitely more quiet,” Gerardo Arredondo of Lansing said. You don’t see the same hustle seen during the week. “There’s a lot of people working,” Arredondo said. “New laws to make,”  Kevin said.

Impression 5 science center provides great interactive learning, but always room to improve, say residents and organization

LANSING — Science has a home in the heart of Ingham County. “What we are trying to achieve is giving a space for children to hone their scientific behavior, a space that they can explore things like critical thinking and collaboration and scientific content” says Erik Larson, executive director at the science and learning center Impression 5. Impression 5 is located in downtown Lansing and provides a unique and informal learning environment for children and their families to get excited about science. Larson says, “Impression 5 was created … to create an interactive learning environment so…

Lansing Housing Commission to fill mental health void

On March 30, the Lansing City Council held a Committee of the Whole meeting where Dr. Joan Jackson Johnson, director of human relations and community services at the Lansing at City Hall, discussed the lack of mental health resources for the Lansing Housing Commission (LHC). Federal dollars have continuously been cut. As a result, the LHC does not have the funds to help individuals who have mental health challenges, Johnson said. Cindi Borgman, housing and residential supervisor at Community Mental Health, said this is a result of the state having a general fund deficit for the last few years. “We (the state) had to eliminate services,” Borgman said.

Lansing residents react to city’s ‘March for Our Lives’

Thousands of people marched from the Hall of Justice to the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan to show support for the Stoneman Douglas shooting victims on March 24. The event is part of a larger wave of demonstrations that brought thousands of participants in the March for Our Lives to the streets of Washington, D.C., to voice their opposition to gun violence. The main march – organized by a group of students and survivors of the shooting – took place just blocks away from the Capitol Building, but the movement’s impact permeated far past the nation’s capital. Hundreds of sibling marches were organized in cities across the country, including in Lansing. “I thought it was a really good idea not only for the people in Lansing, but worldwide,” said Lansing resident Amir Franklin.