Friday, February 21, 2014

The State News once again shamelessly stacks it's "Best Of" list with paid advertisers

I noticed this last year when the State News started it's own "voting" system to rate the local businesses.  The thing is, the only listings under each category are for businesses that actually pay for advertising in the State News.  For instance, if you visit their "Best Of" site and select the category for "Best Craft/Hobby Store", instead of MSU's art supply store or a chain hobby store, you get these 2 choices:

BEST CRAFT/HOBBY STORE!!!  So, if you want to buy some paint supplies, maybe start sketching a still life, you should hit up the Record Lounge or Fortress Comics, both of which happen to be advertising in today's State News:


In fact, if you go down each category, you will see that only advertisers get inserted into the categories.  So, somebody specifically went down each category and populated the whole "Best Of" list with only advertisers.  The only way another store can be voted on is by writing them in.  And when none of their advertisers fit a specific category?  Well, rather than just selecting local stores to vote on, just leave the category blank forcing you to write in:

Note: I thought maybe that the list might be updated by writing in candidates, but no.  This list has been the same since it launched on Monday (the same day I wrote in candidates for nearly every category).  

So, in order to actually be forthright about their "contest", I propose that the State News officially changes their contest name to "Best of MSU's State News Paid Advertisers".

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Weekend Scene: MSU Comics Forum



From their website here:


Feb 17th – 28th, 2014
Gallery Exhibition – The Asian Comics Collection: MSU Library Holdings from 13 Countries

Thursday, Feb 20th, 2014
Documentary Film Screening and Discussion – Naji Al-Ali: An Artist with Vision

Friday, Feb 21st, 2014
In-Store signing with Nate Powell
Keynote Address with Stan Sakai

Saturday, Feb 22nd, 2014
Artist Alley and Panel Discussions

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lansing CATA Has Apparently Completely Abandoned Maintaining Bus Stops

This was taken this morning along the #1 bus route:



So summer brings Garbage Stops, and winter brings no snow removal. Pretty lousy CATA.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Vote Tomorrow: Marijuana, Mayor, and City Council!

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 8 OF THE LANSING CITY CHARTER TO ADD CHAPTER 5 "MARIJUANA" AND SECTION 8-501 Shall the Charter of the City of Lansing, Michigan be amended such that nothing in the Code of Ordinances shall apply to the use, possession or transfer of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, on private property, by a person who has attained the age of 21 years?



Find more at the Lansing City Website:

 

 Elections

Find your sample ballot here:

Michigan Voter Information Center

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Your Weekly Guide to Shootings In Lansing

In case you haven't been paying attention to all the random shootings going on in Lansing, here is the rundown of this week's:

Sunday:


Chicago man shot in Lansing (LSJ)

Police are looking for information regarding a shooting that left one man with two non-life threatening gun shot wounds early Sunday morning.

Around 4:30 a.m. police responded to a report of shots fired in the 4000 block of Heathgate Drive, said Public information officer Robert Merritt of the Lansing Police Department.

When officers arrived, they were not able to locate any suspects at the scene, but found that a nearby house and car had been hit by bullets. Police also located shell casings in the intersection of Heathgate Drive and Killarney Court.

Police believe the house and car hit by bullets was not the target of the shots fired.

Later that morning, a 22-year-old male was dropped off at a local hospital with gunshot wounds to his shoulder and arm.

Monday:



Lansing teen critically wounded in shooting that resulted in car crash (MLive)
Police here are investigating after a teenage man was found shot Monday morning.

Lansing police were dispatched to the area of Holmes and Kalamazoo streets about 11:45 a.m. for a vehicle that had struck a tree. While officers were en route, dispatchers advised that witnesses reported the accident actually was a shooting, according to Lansing police public information officer Robert Merritt.

Police arrived at the scene to find an SUV that had left the Holmes Street roadway and hit a tree. Officers made found the driver, a 19-year-old Lansing resident, who was not responsive and had sustained a gunshot wound, Merritt said.


Woman Shot While Backing Out Of A Home (WLNS)
On Monday police investigated an incident where a woman was shot while backing out of a home.

It happened around 3:26 p.m. Monday on the 300 block of N. Butler. Police found a 20-year-old woman near the vehicle with minor facial injuries. The woman is believed to be the driver.

Police say prior to the accident the victim was backing out from a home on the 200 block of N. Butler. When she was backing up, another vehicle drove by and a suspect inside the vehicle fired a hand gun at the victim. The suspect vehicle took off after firing multiple shots. The 20-year-old woman drove away, but shortly after lost control of her vehicle and hit a utility pole.

And it's only Tuesday!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dog Found Stabbed & Hanged in Lansing: Witnesses Wanted

From WILX:
People living in the 1700 block of Illinois Avenue in Lansing could be a big help in an animal abuse investigation.

A pit bull was stabbed several times by two white males and hanged in front of several witnesses on Friday, September 6.

The dog had to be put down because of its injuries.

Ingham County Animal Control officers are passing out flyers in that neighborhood in hopes of locating some of the people who may have witnessed the act.

If you know anything about this crime, contact the Ingham County Animal Control tip line at 517-676-8376. You can also report it anonymously by emailing the information to jmcaloon@ingham.org.

There is a $300 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Friday, September 6, 2013

80th Most Dangerous City in U.S.!


From WILX:

The city has 153 crimes per square mile, that's compared to the national average of 39.6 crimes. When it comes to violent crimes, Lansing has 10.32 crimes per 1,000 residents. That's more than twice the national average of 3.9. The report says your chances of becoming a victim in Lansing to violent crime--meaning a rape, murder, assault or robbery--are one in 97.

Property crime in Lansing is also higher than the national average. The report says that in the city, your chances of becoming a victim of property crime is 1 in 26.

Here is the list, we come in right under Chicago.