East Lansing City Councilman Ron Bacon

Black History Month is personal for East Lansing councilmember

East Lansing City Councilman Ron Bacon said, “There’s not an area, as far as supporting civil rights education, that East Lansing hasn’t touched. It’s my job to listen and try to execute a future that the youth can occupy.”

The City Council acknowledged Black History Month Feb. 9 at the prompting of a memo by the city’s diversity, equity and inclusion administrator, Elaine Hardy, who noted the unique and valuable contributions of Black Americans.

Grand Ledge Football

Despite COVID-19, (some) games still went on

GRAND LEDGE – The continuing COVID-19 pandemic led to a season like no other for the Grand Ledge varsity football team. Grand Ledge Public School District classes have been held remotely since the start of the year in August. Sports, on the other hand, have been allowed to play with some accommodations. Although the Grand Ledge football season was delayed, the season still gave them enough time to play each game that was scheduled. 

Head coach Joe Brya had to make it work even with the virus. The restrictions that were set in place to keep the team safe included temperatures readings, social distancing, facial coverings for all, and sanitation for both the players and equipment. 

Brya said these precautions allowed the team to do well – the team finished 5-3, 2-2 in its conference – and avoid the coronavirus. 

The students did their due diligence by wearing masks and sanitizing before touching equipment and never got infected or had to get tested because of exposure.

Lansing City Council member seeks repeal of police ordinances

A Lansing City Council member proposed repealing ordinances that permit city police to charge residents with misdemeanors punishable with up to 90 days in jail. 

At a Lansing City Council meeting on Feb. 8, Brian Jackson introduced 15 ordinances to repeal that will be discussed by the Council and reviewed by police at upcoming meetings. In a Feb. 4 memorandum, Jackson wrote that police have the discretion to charge residents for simple violations of ordinances, such as loitering near where controlled substances are sold, playing in streets and engaging in boisterous conduct. Why did Jackson introduce the proposal to repeal ordinances? 

Jackson said he considered police reform and because of his background as a public defender.

This is Benjamin’s abarrotes store in San Ignacio Cerro Gordo, Jalisco, Mexico.

In a Mexican town, a small business owner struggles to make ends meet

SAN IGNACIO CERRO GORDO, JALISCO, MEXICO – Benjamin Muñoz Moreno owns one of the many “abarrotes” stores in San Ignacio Cerro Gordo. In Spanish, abarrotes means groceries. In his small store he sells fruits, vegetables, bread, milk, cheese, chips, and more. His products come from local suppliers around the region and “fruterias” in the town. With the pandemic, he is facing many challenges to keep his business running.

Winter storm in Ingham County keeps people from paczkis

Town classic Groovy Donuts, 313 W. Grand River Ave. in Williamston, opened its doors on Fat Tuesday to those undeterred by the snowy roads. That day it only served paczkis, vegan paczkis, and gluten-free cake donuts compared to its extensive weekend donut menu.

A winter storm though hit Ingham County overnight and left residents stuck at home.

Frye CPS Story Photo

As Chicago school officials come to re-opening agreement with teachers, remote learning struggles continue

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools is finally heading back to the classroom… sort of. After months of intense negotiations between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union, the CTU voted Feb. 11 to accept the district’s re-opening plan to slowly phase students back into schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the resolution passed with 68% approval, many, including the union’s president, voted to pass it only because they thought it was the best deal they were going to get. “Let me be clear.

The South Lansing Library in Lansing Michigan

Lansing libraries versus the pandemic

LANSING – The Covid-19 pandemic has made libraries re-think their whole approach to community engagement and how they provide services to their patrons. 

Covid-19 has the ability to easily spread on surfaces and through the air. This has raised major problems for many public services, especially a service like the library where the physical aspect of going and picking out a book or using a computer has become nearly impossible while trying to keep everyone safe. The Capital Area District Libraries are only available for curbside pick-up and limited computer use because of health and safety concerns for not only the staff, but the communities that the libraries serve.  

“When books return they quarantine for 96 hours,” said Jill Abood, a community engagement specialist for the Capital Area District Libraries. This is an example of one of the safety measures put in place by the library so it can still provide its service and keep the community safe.  

Andy Bourgeois, public service head at Capital Area District Libraries, has been working hard with his colleagues to make sure the library is still offering as many services as possible. 

“One of the biggest challenges has been technology,” Bourgeois said. “It’s hard for a lot of people because the library is their main technology resource.”

The library has been adding more technology to its collection but has faced supply shortages and budget cuts.