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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Deficit aside, it's rosy in Lansing

by Walt Sorg
The Virg Bernero reelection campaign got underway Monday evening with a State of the City address right out of Ronald Reagan's "Morning in America." Bernero's nearly half-hour speech to a packed audience at the restored Grand Trunk Western Railroad depot was a non-stop recitation of Lansing's economic successes in the last couple of years, with little mention of the continuing major budget challenges facing City Hall.
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Thursday, January 24,2013

Gathering the guns

Research shows gun buyback programs like Lansing's are ineffective at reducing gun violence — but city officials are not dissuaded

by Sam Inglot
Lansing is gearing up for its second gun buyback program in a year, but research shows these types of efforts are ineffective at reducing violent crime, says a professor at Michigan State University.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

Gun limits

Schor seeks open carry ban in schools, other gun-free zones

by Kyle Melinn
President Barack Obama last week laid out what were reportedly "the most expansive gun-control policies" in generations. In Lansing, state Rep. Andy Schor is preparing to introduce his own gun control proposal that would tighten Michigan's rules for openly carrying guns.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Last week, we visited this northwest Lansing neighborhood to feature a tax-foreclosed eyesore that's slated for demolition. Here now is its next-door neighbor: Architecture, particularly residential infill, is a subtle craft.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

The good, the bad, the up and coming

by Andy Balaskovitz
It's 3:30 on a Wednesday afternoon in REO Town, and it looks more like 1923 than 2013. Dozens of construction workers in fluorescent green jackets are heading toward their cars, filtering out from a massive, $182 million construction project that towers over the neighborhood. The workday is over.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

Snyder needs Dems

by Walt Sorg
Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative Republican leaders have loudly proclaimed their desire to work on a bipartisan basis in 2013, a far cry from their one-party rule of the last two years. The governor's call is based in large part on political necessity.
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Wednesday, January 16,2013

Eyes in the sky

Inconclusive data still pits Lansing police against civil liberties advocates over surveillance cameras after first homicide of the year

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing's first homicide of 2013 in plain view of one of the city's surveillance cameras has renewed criticism of their effectiveness. These types of crimes aren't supposed to happen in front of these cameras, opponents say.
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Wednesday, January 16,2013

On the college media

Declining advertising, circulation leading to 'great upheaval' in college newspaper publishing. How is The State News faring?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Twenty years ago, the letterhead on the stationery of The State News said it had a circulation of 38,000. Today, the campus newspaper at Michigan State University publishes 18,500 copies.
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Wednesday, January 16,2013

Cristo merger

Petition signatures are piling up against merging Cristo Rey Community Center and St. Vincent Catholic Charities

by Andy Balaskovitz
Opponents of a proposal to merge Cristo Rey Community Center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities say they've collected about 300 petition signatures against the idea in the past month.
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Wednesday, January 16,2013

Elementary Security

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, City Pulse visits 10 local elementary schools — and finds they're easily accessible

by Sam Inglot
Nearly 400 students listened as a voice came over the intercom at Murphy Elementary School in Haslett on Friday afternoon.
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