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Tuesday, December 9,2014

BWL the polluter

BWL’s poor responses to the ice storm and a plant accident may be forgivable, but failing to abate mercury pollution is another matter entirely

by Mickey Hirten
You have to wonder sometimes how the people who run Lansing Board of Water and Light sleep at night. We learned last week that the utility´s Erickson plant installed equipment in 2007 that would drastically reduce the amount of toxic mercury is spews out over Lansing and nearby communities. But it hasn´t turned it on to save money and, well, because it didn´t have to.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Bishop reviewing Lansing field office

by Kyle Melinn
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers may be from Livingston County, but he kept a toehold in the Lansing area by locating his district office in the city, for several years on Michigan Avenue and later at 1000 W. St. Joseph. The plans of Rogers´ replacement in the 8th Congressional District are not as definite. Congressman-Elect Mike Bishop said last week he still hasn´t made up his mind where he wants to put the field office considering the district´s new geography.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Briefs

by City Pulse
A permanent road funding formula that injects another $1.3 billion into Michigan´s transportation network is topping this month´s lame duck session with Gov. Rick Snyder´s chief lobbyist calling it the administration´s "1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th priorities."
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Travelers visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, are often overheard asking why the city’s great castle was built so close to the prosaic railroad yard. While the two make a peculiar contrast of majesty and utility, the 12th century castle obviously predates the Victorian Era rail. Likewise, this magnificent building on East St. Joseph Street seems curiously out of place, with its front yard at the intersection of a freeway off-ramp and a deadend street.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Racial divide

Mid Michigan’s arrest numbers suggest all is not well

by Mickey Hirten
White people like me often look at racial progress in America as significant and sustainable. But as we confront what has happened, and is still happening, in Ferguson, that sense of progress isn´t how America looks if you are black. President Obama, ever cautious dealing with racial issues, acknowledged a problem that is not unique to St. Louis during a White House meeting on Monday, noting a “simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.”
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

The hoarse whisperer

Dysphonia quiets Derrick Quinney’s voice but can’t keep him silent

by Todd Heywood
Anyone paying attention to Lansing City Council meetings for the past eight or nine months has likely noticed atlarge Councilmember Derrick Quinney’s voice has turned into a hoarse whisper.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

The way of the HIV warrior

Ingham County’s Gulick defined caregiving on the frontlines of AIDS battle

by Todd Heywood
Over a year ago, I was struggling with pneumonia. It was a persistent pneumonia. I would take antibiotics, it would clear up briefly, only to come raging back with serious fever. I would be left gasping for air. I was weak, and my lips were blue almost all the time. When I was not overcome with fevers, I was freezing, even in the oppressive heat.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Promoting being prepped

Panel discussion about PrEP HIV prevention drug comes to Lansing

by Todd Heywood
Jesse Anguiano only wanted an extra layer of protection during sex. The 31-year-old gay man had been hearing about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for some time from HIV test counselors at the Lansing Area AIDS Network, but when he sought out the pill he ran into barriers.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Cheering squad

BWL says public-private partnerships key to emergency management

by Belinda Thurston
The message from the first Metro- Lansing Emergency Management Briefing by the Board of Water & Light Tuesday was part “Rah Rah” cheering session, part positive spin and part “make it work.”
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

Capitol View purchase

State moves forward with $70M bond for new Senate Building

by Kyle Melinn
The Michigan Strategic Fund Tuesday started the ball rolling on a plan to purchase most of the Capitol View Building, which is across Allegan Street from the Capitol, for new Senate office space.
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