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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This building is not particularly appealing, although it demonstrates some potential. Its simple massing and elegant brick dentils are offset by unfortunate alterations at the street. The current main entrance is paired with an alternate doorway to the right, accessing the upper floor. When the building was constructed in 1919, it may have served as a neighborhood focus, conveniently providing goods or services to residents nearby and an equally convenient dwelling above the shop.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Second time around

Snyder finding tougher sledding as the incumbent

by Mickey Hirten
There are elections where voters seem confused, perhaps ambivalent, about candidates and their performance and positions on issues. Not so this year, certainly not for Gov. Rick Snyder. That he and the Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, are essentially tied two months before the election suggests that voters have paid attention during Snyder´s first term. At this point in his first run for office, Snyder was ahead of Democratic Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero by 20 points in most polls. This time, it´s not so easy.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Supercharged

Charging your laptop or phone is a picnic at the Lansing City Market

by Belinda Thurston
The patio at the Lansing City Market got a little greener Tuesday. A new picnic table with a green and white umbrella provided shade from the Indian summer sunshine, but it’s the juice from the table that will really entice you to sit for a spell. The Solar Power-Dok is a solar-powered table that provides electricity to outlets (4 110 vac GFCI and 4 USB) at the table. Solar panels are affixed on the umbrella panels sending current through a conduit to a battery at the base of the table.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Drive-by

Ghost bike a haunting reminder of cycling fatalities

by Belinda Thurston
The pasty white bicycle leaning against the street sign at first looks like an act of vandalism imitating art. The tires are painted, along with the frame, handlebars and cables. Closer inspection reveals green plastic flowers in nearly every spoke. The bicycle at the corner of Pennsylvania and Michigan avenues is a haunting memorial to a cyclist who died at that corner in May 2013.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Uncharted territory

Lansing online school; 7 teachers, $9.6 M budget

by Michael Gerstein
One of the newest charter schools in Lansing has no school building or buses. There’s 372 students enrolled and seven teachers. The statewide web-based school will cost Michigan taxpayers $11.1 million, a bone of contention for some Democrats in the state Legislature.
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Thursday, September 18,2014

Jump start

Sky divers to take a leap for health at Spartan football game

by Anne Abendroth
You’ve got to look up in the sky to catch the pre-game show before the Spartan football game Saturday. Eight figures will dive to the field in creative and daring formations ending with a giant American flag.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Anti-incumbent mood

by Mickey Hirten
On Saturday, The New York Times captured voter sentiment in Michigan with this telling headline: “A Rebound Takes Root in Michigan, but Voters’ Gloom is Hard to Shake.” If this was news to the newspaper´s readers, it isn´t to candidates for governor, Congress and other statewide offices here in Michigan.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Uber casualty

Small taxi operations could be eliminated with new regional taxi authority

by Belinda Thurston
A taxi authority that began with a goal of regulating ride share services like Uber could end up adopting rules that squeeze out the little guy. The Greater Lansing Taxi Authority, already approved by East Lansing and awaiting the Lansing vote, would consolidate regulations and licensing for cabs and ride shares in both cities. Officials say the effort will improve service quality and ensure the safety of riders.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Hoping for a handout

OF JUGGALOS, HOMELESSNESS AND HAVING THE TOOLS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE

by Belinda Thurston
April and Will wake up each morning, make their bed, scrounge for breakfast and head to the library. Computers and Internet are free there. They own cell phones but can’t afford minutes. She goes to Facebook and posts what’s on her mind: “Got blessed today two nice young women came up to me and a friend and gave us $5 each 4 bags of chips 2 juices and two foot long subs and one big water bottle and two cookies."
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Tuesday, September 16,2014

Rise and shine

Recovery Walk highlights freedom from addiction, remembers those who died

by Belinda Thurston
TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – Kathy Reddington said she would have marched to the capitol Saturday if there were only six people. But she ended up with a lot more company walking to with a goal of erasing the stigma and raising awareness for those struggling with addiction.
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