Housing plan stalled; future uncertain

By Nakea Paige
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

The city of Lansing is at odds with a proposed new housing development project that will create affordable housing for some families. Over the past two years, there has been a building, located at 1113 N. Washington Ave, that has been waiting to be turned in to a new low-income housing development. There has been a standstill because of the fact that council members feel that there might be some discrimination within the regulations for this housing project. The head of the project, Dr. Sam Saboury, has been trying to find ways to get the project underway. In March, the Lansing City Council rejected Saboury’s request for a 4 percent Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOT, which would have enhanced the prospect of securing the tax credit and being able to start the development.

The doctor prescribed addiction: prescription drugs take on illicit roles in Lansing, nationwide

By Nakea Paige
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

When you go to the doctor, you hope to leave with a cure. However, some leave with an addiction, or a new job as a drug dealer. More and more, people are using prescription drugs like antidepressants or pain medication as a way one would use hardcore drugs. They are using them for recreation or even selling them which is not what these medications are for. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug addiction is becoming a big issue killing more people from accidental overdoses.

To adopt, or to buy? That is a pet question

By Nakea Paige
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

More people are looking more to having an animal to snuggle with at night instead of some annoying person. The only thing people have to decide is whether to adopt or to purchase a puppy from either a breeder or owner. With all of the animal shelters and abandoned animals, one would think that adoption would be an easy go to for animal lovers. Even though there are abandoned animals in shelters, people still stray to websites like Craigslist or Facebook looking to buy an animal. According to the adoptapet.com, it normally costs a person about $220 just to adopt an already ready animal.

Rap those lyrics here: Lansing rap scene growing

By Nakea Paige
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Many aspiring music artists are finding more and more places to go to perform their music. We are now in a world where people are using the art of music to get their feelings out about the things they are feeling. Even though writing is one way to escape the world, people are feeling that they can connect more with music. “Every time I perform, I feel connected to the audience. I have had someone come up to me after a show, in tears, telling me how great my performance was and how it impacted them,” said local rap artist Wavie P., whose whose real name is Ricky Pannell Jr.

Rap music is one of the most popular genres of music according to a poll taken by Time Magazine in 2015 during the Grammy nomination season.

To wake up, one must drink up

By Nakea Paige
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Wake up Lansing, or at least try to. Every morning, we all have the struggle of getting up out of bed and getting the day started. From turning off the alarms you set for every 10 minutes, to downing all sorts of energy drinks throughout the morning. Some people just need a simple cup of coffee and a fresh doughnuts to get their day started. Celina Mann, who describes herself as an avid coffee drinker says that she can’t start her day without it.

Are tattoos still in? Just look at all the ink around Lansing

By Nakea Paige
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Everyone has a way of expressing themselves, some people do so with body modifications. Some people choose tattoos. Tattoos have been one of the more popular body modification that people gravitate towards. This is going to be be most colorful generation of grandparents about 50 years from now. Whether it is because of a broken heart, an amazing experience, or just because, a lot of people are choosing to have their stories imprinted on them for the rest of their lives.

$120 million school bond will be decided by voters in May

By Nakea Paige
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

The Lansing Board of Education has decided it wants to spend $120 million to update its schools. Now, it’ up to voters dot decide if they want to pay that tab. The bonds were a major point of discussion at the Feb. 18 meeting of the Board of Education. The president of the school board, Peter Spadafore, mentioned how happy he was that “they were finally able to come to a conclusion on the matter.”