Bank robberies are pretty rare in Mid-Michigan in the first place. Last month, that rare event happened twice. And on the same day. The two banks were the FirstMerit Bank in Delhi Township and Comerica Bank in Lansing, both on Cedar Road and both robbed on the morning of Feb. 20.
Many Americans have been hit directly by the foreclosure crisis. With 30 percent of the real estate market distressed, the foreclosure process has become a daily reality for bankers and real estate agents. “There are 75 homes currently on the market in Williamston. Fourteen sales are pending, and 64 homes have sold year-to-date. Of the 64 homes, 21 are foreclosures,” said real estate agent Shelby Miller.
On September 17, thousands of people started the new social movement Occupy Wall Street when they took to the streets of Manhattan. In the past month, the movement has spread to several American cities, including Lansing. Occupy Lansing began with a Capitol protest on October 15th and is based at Lansing’s Reutters Park. The protesters are taking a stand against corporate greed and social inequality. “I’m really upset with the economic calamity that was caused by Wall Street,” Howell resident Jim Williams said.