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Your ELi: Moons, Mugs, Mission

Saturday, September 26, 2015

What does our moon meeting our mugs have to do with our mission here at ELi?

This week Robert Victor, former staff astronomer and now a volunteer of MSU’s Abram’s Planetarium, brought us news of tomorrow’s lunar eclipse. As you can read in his article, there will be a special gathering on the parking garage behind the planetarium starting around 7 p.m. for those who want to watch the eclipse together, in the company of professional sky-gazers.

ELi's 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Report

Friday, September 25, 2015

East Lansing Info is now in its second year of operations, and so I can now bring you information on our first fiscal year in terms of donations and expenditures.

History of Eli:

ASK ELi: 63000 Strong

Friday, September 18, 2015

Photo credit: Zachary D. Blount.

Ever wonder about those big numbers posted in a window in that tall building on the east side of Farm Lane, across from the entrance to the MSU Dairy Store?

Right now, the digits read 63000. That’s the number of generations in an experiment that’s been running in my lab for over a quarter century.

Council Capsule: September 15, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Above: artist’s rendering of a planned duplex for 6170 Abbot Road.

All present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Council Capsule: September 8, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Above: City Council’s meeting last night; from left, Planning Director Tim Dempsey, City Manager George Lahanas, Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Diane Goddeeris, Nathan Triplett, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

All present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmembers Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Council Capsule: September 1, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Above (left to right): Officer Sarah Campbell, Officer Shelby Humphries, Captain Larry Sparkes, and Chief Jeff Murphy of the ELPD at Council last night.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and Councilmember Ruth Beier.

Absent: Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

ASK ELi: Streetlights Out?

Friday, August 28, 2015

A reader asked us to find out: “What is the appropriate way to report street lights that are not working in East Lansing? On Spartan, between Albert and Synder there are 3-4 lights (all along the two block section) that are not working. What is the city doing about keeping streetlights working? How do street lights play into city's effort to keep residents safe in light of the recent break-ins?”

Who maintains the streetlights in East Lansing?

ELI ON EARTH: Bird Breath

Monday, August 24, 2015

Image: A hawk (probably sharp-shinned) in MSU’s Beal Gardens earlier this year.

Simply put, East Lansing birds, like the one shown above, breathe differently from East Lansing reptiles and mammals, including this author.

DIGGING IN: Losing the Lawn

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Above: The authors’ front yard in summer.

I guess we missed the memo that front lawns need to be manicured grass. We never much liked watering the lawn and then having to mow it, and always shied away from using herbicides and turf fertilizers. So it made sense to us to lose the lawn when we moved into our home in East Lansing 30 years ago.

Council Capsule: August 18, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Image: Artist’s rendition of what the alley off Ann Street Plaza could look like with art.

Note: This article was updated on August 19th, 2015 to indicate that the location of proposed condo development near Chandler and State Roads is Falcon Pointe, not Hawk's Nest as we originally reported.

The August 18 meeting of City Council was a “work session,” which means it was not videotaped or broadcast. You can listen to an audio recording by clicking here.

ELi Brings You New Elections Feature

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

We’ve heard loud and clear from our readers that you want ELi to continue to be a reliable, nonpartisan source of information about local elections and local political campaigns. If you’ve been with us for the last two election cycles, you know we’ve been doing regular reporting for you on issues like the parking lot sale ballot question, the marijuana charter amendment, and the land sale charter amendment, as well as on political campaigns (who is behind them, who finances them, candidate positions, etc.).


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