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Wednesday, December 17,2014

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by City Pulse
$20 million project planned for old YMCA site A $20 million mixed-use project, “Metro Place,” will be developed at the site of the long-vacant YMCA building on Townsend Street, adjacent to Reutter Park. The project is being developed by Lawton Group Development LLC. “Metro Place will be a terrific addition to downtown Lansing’s residential options and add even more vibrancy to our urban core by attracting new residents to live in the heart of the city,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
With Lansing’s holiday festivities centered on the lighting of the State Christmas Tree, it may be easy to overlook other downtown attractions that recall the spirit of this festive season. The holiday tree and State Capitol immediately to the south of this imposing Richardsonian Romanesque church can figuratively and literally overshadow it. Impressive as it is, this church is not the best-known work of architect Elijah Myers, who designed the neighboring Capitol building.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Arrests and searches

Blacks and Hispanics caught up in traffic stops

by Mickey Hirten
In a recent column on race relations and policing, I recounted statistics on traffic stops by the Lansing Police Department that could have suggested profiling. Itīs a subject worth exploring in greater detail, and because Lansing keeps detailed statistics on traffic stops, information that includes tracking race, age, outcomes and more.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Rental agreement

Lansing could license landlords next year, while state may loosen regs

by Belinda Thurston
Lansing is preparing to tighten rental regulations at the same time the state appears poised to loosen them. City Council’s General Services Committee received the green light from the Lansing city attorney to license landlords. “Yes. Residential landlord licensing would fall within the City’s authority and is not preempted by the state,” a memo from City Attorney Janene McIntyre states.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Lessons learned

Community trust one year after the Gemini ice storm outage

by Belinda Thurston
In some ways greater Lansing is still thawing from the natural disaster “event” Dec. 21 that left 40,000 residents and businesses cold and dark. That “event” wasn’t the Gemini winter storm that encased the community in a half inch of ice or the power outages it caused, but the firestorm of anger, distrust, frustration and disbelief that followed as the public utility fumbled executing and communicating the restoration, which took up to 10 days for some. Board of Water & Light General Manager Peter Lark was harshly criticized for leaving for New York City on Dec. 22 at the height of the crisis; for deleting internal emails that documented his communications about the restoration process; and for the utility’s overall lack of communication with the public and perceived lack of empathy.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Remembering the ice storm

Community members reflect on lessons learned

by Belinda Thurston
Neighbors helping neighbors. Counting our blessings. Local residents remember the ice storm and the long power outage from last winter.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

A tall order

MSU researcher aims to control fungus killing Christmas trees

by Michael Gerstein
You might not notice it on the trees jammed into holiday revelersī living rooms because theyīre still so young, but many Christmas trees living much past their youth are having a hard go of it these days. Other diseases mimic the symptoms, but Chrissy McTavish, a graduate student at Michigan State University, is the first to have discovered, in 2013, that a fungus called Phomopsis is the real culprit behind tree deaths in both tree nurseries and the natural environment.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

BWL and city of Lansing must develop community resilience

by Michael C.H. McDaniel
We are approaching the anniversary of the 22 December 2013 ice storm which precipitated a lengthy electrical power outage in our region and the resultant assessment of the response by our communities and the Board of Water & Light. As the leader of the Community Review Team, which issued a lengthy report on our assessment, I am often asked whether any of our recommendations have not been implemented.
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Saturday, December 13,2014

Shut it down Lansing

Lansing protesters demonstrate to raise awareness about injustice

by Courtney Morra
FRIDAY, DEC. 12 — While some were doing holiday shopping Friday evening at the Lansing Mall, about 40 Lansing area protesters had something else on their minds. Justice. Five Lansing resid
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Their final battle

Auction of female action figures will benefit The Women's Center

by Lawrence Cosentino
Nancy Lombardi vigorously shook a heavy crystal globe with Wonder Woman inside, fists akimbo. The fluid swirled with sparkly pain from freshly punched enemies. Or maybe it was Amazon magic. "Isnīt that cool?" Lombardi, 68, had to summon up super strength to lift the globeīs base, as massive as the Temple of Minerva, let alone shake it. She admitted to ordering it by mistake from a nowdefunct comic store on Michigan Avenue.
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