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City of East Lansing urges residents to stay safe during heat wave

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

With temperatures expected to exceed 90 degrees over the course of several days this week, the City of East Lansing has asked us to remind residents to keep the following safety tips in mind.

These tips were adapted from the American Red Cross, and provided to us by the City:

1. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

2. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

3. Slow down, stay indoors when possible and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

Medical Marijuana, Legalization and Science: A Complicated Issue

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Medical marijuana, and clinical medical marijuana have the same legal definition according to the Michigan “Medical Marihuana Act” of 2008. Medical marijuana is any part of the Cannabis sativa plant, or derived compounds from the plant, which have been prescribed by a qualified and registered primary care physician for the purposes of treating a medical condition. The patient must also be registered with and issued an identification card by the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Ask ELi: What's the State of Marijuana Law in East Lansing?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Recently, an ELi reader asked what the state of marijuana law was in East Lansing, and whether or not it really was legal to possess small amounts of the substance. ELi's Managing Editor, Ann Nichols, J.D., worked on finding out.

Judge Hears BWL Arguments Under Disputed Maple Tree

Monday, July 18, 2016

Above: Judge Clinton Canady looks at the trees in the backyard of Conni Crittenden, foreground. Immediately behind Canady is the mature disputed maple, which has multiple trunks. BWL wants to remove the entire trunk shown on the left (to the right of Canady) in this photo. What would remain is the trunk shown directly behind Canady in this photo.

Judge's Decision Likely to Decide Fate of Thousands of East Lansing Trees

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Above: Tree-trimming trucks out in the Glencairn neighborhood today, following Friday’s storm

With electrical provider BWL and East Lansing resident Richard Crittenden still unable to agree on the right way to trim a mature silver maple in Crittenden’s yard, Ingham County Judge Clinton Canady will soon be going out to look at the tree himself.

ELPD Chief Answers Questions about Bias, De-escalation Techniques

Monday, July 11, 2016

Above: ELPD Officer Adam Park and K9 Max, left, out in the community, and ELPD Chief Jeff Murphy, right, courtesy City of East Lansing

The Black Lives Matter movement has brought significant attention to the killing of African-Americans by police officers. Last week, social media circulated suggestions about what citizens should be asking their local police forces about anti-bias training, techniques used to de-escalate tense encounters, the use of non-lethal force in policing, and the like.

Residents Warned in Aftermath of Storm

Friday, July 8, 2016

Above: a tree brought down in Chesterfield Hills today; photo courtesy of Jenny Flynn

In the aftermath of a serious summer storm this afternoon, East Lansing residents are being warned to be careful of downed power lines and unstable trees.

Today’s storm, which brought significant hail and rain, uprooted major trees and caused power outages throughout the East Lansing area. Power lines that are down should be assumed to be live and dangerous. Report downed power lines by calling 911.

Community Rally Tonight at Lansing Church

Friday, July 8, 2016

Above: Union Missionary Baptist Church

In response to shootings by police officers in Louisiana and Minneapolis this week, a Community Rally will take place this evening at Union Missionary Baptist Church. Melvin Jones, the Church’s Pastor, posted yesterday on Facebook “Our community cannot stand idly by and not give voice to police violence on black men. You are invited to come to a community rally at Union Missionary Baptist Church tomorrow night at 6 p.m.”

July Fourth Fireworks: Like It Or Not, They're Back

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Editor's Note: this article originally ran on July 3, 2015. We thought it was worth running again because the information is still useful, and because of the special caution required in light of the City's recent ban on open fires due to dry conditions.

The fourth of July marks the date when the Declaration of Independence was adopted in the United States, but over the years the holiday has become most closely associated with elaborate displays of fireworks.

PACE’s Pace of Ticket-Writing Questioned

Thursday, June 30, 2016

At the East Lansing City Council meeting held on May 17, 2016, East Lansing Police Chief Jeff Murphy and Supervisor Eldon Evans of Parking and Code Enforcement (PACE) took questions from Council about the writing of tickets by PACE. Some members of Council suggested that PACE should be giving more warnings and fewer tickets, but when I contacted ELPD to follow-up, it appears the rate of ticket-writing is unlikely to slow.

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