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Wednesday, November 26,2014

Capitol View purchase

State moves forward with $70M bond for new Senate Building

by Kyle Melinn
The Michigan Strategic Fund Tuesday started the ball rolling on a plan to purchase most of the Capitol View Building, which is across Allegan Street from the Capitol, for new Senate office space.
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 6201 Lake Road, Haslett Owner: Barbara R. Smith, Greenville, MI (Did not respond for comment) Assessed: $23,900 This property’s isolated site and late 1940’s construction date, suggest that it predated much of the development around it. In fact, its legal descrip...
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

Thanksgiving

Itīs about the mall, not the meal

by Mickey Hirten
For many of us Thanksgiving has timeless qualities. It is our national ritual: family, turkey, football ... and shopping. This most American of holidays is becoming this most American of past times — shopping. Whether you find it appalling — which I do — or feel that itīs an ideal way to kick start the holiday season, hour by hour each year, commerce is overtaking consumption.
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

What's in the air?

Fleetwood diner closes after carbon monoxide complaints

by Belinda Thurston
Two waitresses at the fabled Fleetwood Diner say they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning at the restaurant this summer due to faulty water heating equipment, a defect that was known to management.
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

How many bullets would kill me?

Opinion

by Crystal Gause
It’s been a few hours since St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for shooting and killing Michael Brown this summer. I’m not positive if I will ever lose the numbness that has swept over my body and mind. Right before the press conference in Ferguson to announce the verdict started Monday night, I called my best friend in Ann Arbor so I could listen to someone else breathe in case I forgot how to. I’m still inhaling and exhaling but not without shaking.
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Tuesday, November 25,2014

New digs

State moves forward with $70M bond for new Senate office space

by Kyle Melinn
The Michigan Strategic Fund this morning started the ball rolling on a plan to purchase most of the Capitol View Building, which is across Allegan Street from the Capitol, for new Senate office space. The cost of purchasing all but the top two floors of the Capitol View is expected to be $51 million, but the Senate is asking the fund to sign off on $70 million in bonds to cover any unexpected future costs and prevent the state from having to go into the market twice, Secretary of the Senate Carol Viventi said after the meeting.
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Monday, November 24,2014

News cut

MLive restructuring will eliminate Lansing editor post

by Belinda Thurston
MONDAY, NOV. 24 — Journalism jobs continue to dwindle in Lansing. According to Meegan Holland, the Lansing Editor for MLive Media Group, the company is restructuring and eliminating her job. “I had a good run with MLive but it's time to move on,” she posted on her Facebook wall this morning. “I'll be leaving Dec. 31 after the company's latest restructuring eliminated my job.”
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Thursday, November 20,2014

The dish on the Fleetwood

Lansing classic diner closed due to ‘mechanical failure’

by Belinda Thurston
THURSDAY, NOV. 20 — If you’ve got a hankering for Hippie Hash, it might have to wait a bit. The Fleetwood Diner, on South Cedar Street, is closed.
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Thursday, November 20,2014

Doing all the right things

Lansing scholar, immigrant starts petition effort to keep him in the U.S.

by Belinda Thurston
Oscar Castaneda, a Lansing Guatemalan immigrant, Fulbright scholar and local soccer coach is in danger of having to leave the country. That’s why he will be glued to every word President Barack Obama has to say has to say when he addresses the nation at 8 p.m.
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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Silent servants

Lansingīs Victim Advocate Program needs help comforting families and friends of trauma victims

by Lawrence Cosentino
There are certain things you should never say to someone who has suddenly lost a loved one: “Sheīs in a better place,” or “It’s God’s will,” or “you can have more kids.” Thatīs a small part of the training for Lansing’s Victim Advocate Program, an all-volunteer force that speeds to trauma scenes alongside police to help grieving survivors.
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