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Thursday, April 24,2014

The State News: Ferguson shouldn’t laugh at students

Student newspaper editorial board rails against Board of Trustees Chairman Joel Ferguson for laughing at student protests

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, April 24 — The State News, “Michigan State University’s Independent Voice Since 1909,” editorialized against MSU Board of Trustees Chairman Joel Ferguson this week over comments he made about laughing at student protests of tuition hikes.
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Discontent at the market

Lansing officials say City Market vendors should adapt to lack of parking; Bernero calls the problem a ‘growth spurt’

by Andy Balaskovitz
One by one, vendors at the Lansing City Market would furrow their brows or shrug their shoulders when asked: How are things going at the market?
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

From the farm to Congress

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing says upbringing will resonate with rural 8th Congressional District voters

by Andy Balaskovitz
A humble, hard-working farmer from Bunker Hill Township. Responsible with money, progressive on social issues. That’s the portrait Eric Schertzing paints of himself — and it is one that he believes will make him the next congressman from Michigan’s 8th District.
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

When anchors spend, we win

How the local economy could thrive if major institutions adopt local-purchasing policies

by Terry Link
In the last column, I referred to Michigan State University as an anchor in our community. It is the kind of institution that isn’t likely to pick up and move away because profits don’t meet the owners’ expectations. Other anchor institutions like hospitals, government and schools are more deeply connected to place.
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Eyecandy of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Manufacturers Bank of Lansing/ Comerica Bank, 101 N. Washington Square, Lansing Owner: Comerica Inc. Assessed value: $600,000 In spite of its commanding presence and exposed location, this impressive building is often overlooked. Approaching from the east along Michigan Avenue...
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Song and dance man

A Lansing State Journal story catches J. Peter Lark withholding information from his bosses about serious workplace violations at the Lansing Board of Water and Light

by Mickey Hirten
If he needs to change jobs, J. Peter Lark, Lansing Board of Water and Light’s general manager, could easily play the fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical “Chicago.” He’s got the suits. He’s got the coif. And Lark plays his board of commissioners the way Flynn plays juries.
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Monday, April 21,2014

Kids in the Hall

Lansing City Council approves tax incentives for GM, Montgomery Drain petition

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 21 — The Lansing City Council tonight unanimously approved a pair of tax incentives for General Motors Co., as well as gave Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann unanimous support for moving forward on the Red Cedar Renaissance project.
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Friday, April 18,2014

This week from Capital News Service

Inadequate bridge funding, weather hits golf courses, early-teen pregnancies are up and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, April 16 — This week’s file from Capital News Service includes stories on inadequate state funding for bridges; a new report showing teen pregnancies are generally down, except among 10-14-year-olds; a pending state Supreme Court decision that could have implications on disclosure of personal information; and more.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Midwestern sensibilities

Night of Notables event honors distinctly Michigan voices

by Bill Castanier
This year’s 20 Michigan Notable Books are weighty — close to 60 pounds — so if you plan to haul home some of this year’s selection at the Night for Notables, where the authors of 2014 books are being feted, bring a reinforced book bag. Two-time Edgar Award winner Steve Hamilton will be keynote for this year’s event.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

The crazier, the better

Conservative McMillin is Democrats’ dream Republican candidate for 8th District seat

by Kyle Melinn
In a gubernatorial year with Republican incumbents on the ballot and the negative publicity surrounding Obamacare sucking wind out of the Democrats’ talking points, will conservatives breeze to victory in the open 8th Congressional District race?
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