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Friday, May 1,2015

Lansing report

State Police reach out to diversify ranks

by Capital News Service
LANSING – Lots of young people in Michigan want to be State Police troopers, but almost all of them are white men. The State Police, like law enforcement agencies across the country, are struggling to recruit minorities into their ranks.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

That oldtime emission

Pollution at Erickson, threat of suit over Eckert shadow BWLīs aging fleet

by Lawrence Cosentino
As the Lansing Board of Water & Light charts a path out of the coal era, dustups over emissions violations at its coal-fired Erickson and Eckert power stations are adding urgency to the transition. In a letter to the BWL dated March 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that the BWL made two sets of "major modifications" to its 45-year-old Erickson power plant, one in 2010-‘11 and another in late 2012, that "resulted in a significant net emissions increase," mainly of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and particulate matter.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
When originally constructed, the house was a simple gabled building. However, in the 1980s it underwent a spectacular makeover, when it was converted into this confident Tudor.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Out in the cold

City of Lansing bills residents over $90,000 for unshoveled sidewalks

by Todd A. Heywood
Phil Siebert was in the hospital at the end of February, fighting another bout of infection from his chronic upper respiratory issues. On Feb. 23, at 1:23 p.m,. a city of Lansing official walked up to his empty home and taped a bright green notice on his door.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

The cost of waiting

While Lansing, nation await ruling on same-sex marriage, for one couple itīs already too late

by Todd A. Heywood
In 1977, the world for the LGBT community was a different place. No presidents spoke of equality. A measure to ensure equal treatment under the law had been introduced in the U.S. House but died. East Lansing was one of a handful of local governments that barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. A guy named Harvey Milk had just become the first openly gay man in office in American history when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Midas’ touch

Joshua Davis advances to top six on “The Voice”

by Ty Forquer
Last week, Michigan-based singer Joshua Davis narrowly avoided elimination from reality TV singing competition “The Voice,” needing his fans to voice their support on Twitter to activate the show’s “Instant Save” in the closing seconds of the April 21 results show.
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Friday, April 24,2015

Lansing report

Drones are everywhere — here's why

by Capital News Service
LANSING — Seems like every day we’re hearing something new about drones, whether it’s military use of drones overseas, Amazon floating the idea of creating a drone delivery system, journalists using drones to report stories — or even just a neighbor down the street who bought a drone for fun.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1022 E. Kalamazoo St. Lansing Owner: David and Wendy Moncada, unavailable for comment Although it is red tagged and boarded up, this simple house appears to be in reasonable shape. A few minor changes, as shown in the above sketch, would significantly improve its curb appeal...
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Itīs about Thyme

New grocery store highlights changing shopping desires

by Mickey Hirten
Long gone are the days when a grocery store was a simply a grocery store. At Meijer, for example, food is just part of the shopping experience. The same with Target and Walmart, which have embraced the food and everything else mission.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

East Lansing ballot battle

Righting historical anachronism or land grab?

by Todd A. Heywood
Underneath the Marriott Hotel in downtown East Lansing is a 30-year-old parking ramp. Most assume it belongs to the Marriott, but that assumption is wrong. The city owns the property, and under agreements it is required to maintain the facility in working condition. To shed this responsibility, the City Council in 2008 asked voters for permission to sell the property to the Marriott. Despite 57 percent of voters saying yes to the proposal, the measure failed because it didn’t reach 60 percent, as required by the City Charter.
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