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Current State #93 | May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013

Today on Current State:  Interim Lansing police chief Mike Yankowski; MSU professor Karl Gude's new art exhibit; the East Lansing Park District Project and a new book on race relations in Detroit.

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Captain Mike Yankowski is about one month into his new responsibilities as the interim chief of the Lansing Police Department, after succeeding retired police chief Teresa Szymanski. He's considered a strong possibility for the permanent position as chief.

Yankowski joins Current State to discuss several issues including high profile local cases, his law enforcement philosophy and the state of medical marijuana in Michigan.

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Michigan State University professor and graphics expert Karl Gude approaches the visual side of storytelling with a heavy dose of creativity.  He relies on that impulse to teach "Visualizing Information" and other classes in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.  He also taps into this mindset to paint and he is now promoting his most recent exhibit at the Nisbet Building at MSU.

East Lansing development process moving forward

May 23, 2013
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Yesterday, a public panel in East Lansing might have moved the city a little closer to updating a key downtown space.  The city’s Park District review team made recommendations regarding specific development companies and their plans for that space.  

Many in the area are eager to start developing the largely derelict area west of Abbot Road and north of Grand River. The panel recommended that the city council focus on plans from both DTN Management Co. and Lurvey White Ventures.

New book discusses Detroit race relations

May 23, 2013
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The last few years have brought significant changes to the city of Detroit. A financial emergency was declared, and despite opposition from residents and the city council, a financial manager was appointed. And just this month, Mayor Dave Bing announced he would step down from office at the end of his term—and a crowded field of new candidates announced their intentions.