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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Attack of the 300-foot mushroom

Notice of proposed 911 tower mobilizes nearby residents, township officials

by Lawrence Cosentino
They reasoned. They pleaded. They cried. They bucked the sheriff. They hauled out visual aids. In the end, they toppled the invading tower — for now. A group of Clinton County residents got a whirlwind civics lesson last week when they banded together to fight off a proposed 300- foot wireless communication tower for emergency 911 services, scheduled to go up near several houses in Victor and Bath townships this fall.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 107 W. Riverside St. Williamston Owners: Paula and Ken Zichi Oops: City Pulse mislabeled this eyecandy as an eyesore last week, for which we deserve a black eye. When originally constructed, the house was a simple gabled building. However, in the 1980s it underwent a specta...
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Market makeover

Survey offers city suggestions to improve its ailing waterfront facility

by Mickey Hirten
Armed with the results from the survey it conducted this winter, Lansing is weighing a series of initiatives to reposition the struggling City Market.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

High road on potholes

Foolishness over, pols need to step up

by Mickey Hirten
Last week´s resounding defeat of the bloated Proposal 1 constitutional amendment puts funding for repairs of Michigan´s crumbling roads back where it belongs, in the state Legislature. It won´t be easy for lawmakers to hide from the real cost this time around, which is how it should be. And it´s unlikely the House, Senate and Governor´s Office can cobble together a plan to address decades of road repair neglect with budget gimmicks. They will need to make hard money decisions.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Help from Hertel

Senator aids same-sex partner to keep house

by Todd A. Heywood
The surviving member of a same-sex Lansing couple will be able to keep his house, thanks to the assistance of state Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., D-Lansing. Mykul Johnson shared the the east-side house for 37 years with D. Thomas, who died in March. Then Johnson discovered that errors on the quit-claim deed on their home threatened his right to inherit it.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Walk this way

Michigan crosswalk safety rules unclear

by Darcie Moran
When a car and a pedestrian meet at a crosswalk, what’s supposed to happen? It’s a safety question that’s left some Michigan communities requesting more signs to remind drivers to yield for pedestrians.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Prop 1 breakdown

Voters want special session on roads

by Kyle Melinn
Proposal 1, the broad-reaching ballot question Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders birthed the week before Christmas to raise $1.288 billion in annual road funding dollars, blew a piston and died. With votes still being counted Tuesday night, they were running 78 percent opposed — the worst rejection of a constitutional amendment in almost 40 years.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

High time for change

Michigan can take some pot lessons from California

by Mickey Hirten
In Sacramento, California´s capital, marijuana is marketed as openly as in the two states that have legalized cannabis.
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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 BWL´s 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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