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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Eye Candy of the Week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
A cupola allows a house to reach skyward, filling it with light and air. A relatively rare feature seen in contemporary residential design, the cupola was all the rage during the mid- to late-19th century when Italianate architecture was at the height of fashion.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

'If'

Personnel Committee chairwoman says meeting minutes are inaccurate as the mayor's chief of staff says they border on libel and slander

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar's computer continues to be a topic of discussion this week at City Hall. Now the administration has stepped up its criticism of the way its being handled, saying a Council committee unnecessarily implicated a department head in the debate.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Sell BWL?

Exploring an unpopular solution to Lansing's budget deficit

by Andy Balaskovitz
When Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says "everything is on the table" to fix the city's budget problems, it's not entirely true.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Pole barn tempest

Council members push city attorney to decide if Niowave violated its zoning permit

by Sam Inglot
Lansing City Councilman Brian Jeffries and Council President Carol Wood have asked the City Attorney's Office to investigate whether Niowave violated its zoning permit when it built a controversial pole barn next to its Walnut Street School headquarters.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

The campaign finance files

Several problems with campaign filings of two LCC trustee candidates

by Sam Inglot
Robin Smith, secretary of the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees, owes her running mate a couple of thousand dollars and the Ingham County Clerk's office some important paperwork — both of which are campaign finance law violations.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Let the games begin

by Walt Sorg
Don't look now, but Lansing is already in another election cycle. And it looks like it is going to be nasty.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Replacing Whitmer

Curtis Hertel Jr. positioning himself for a state Senate run in 2014

by Kyle Melinn
Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr., is positioning himself for a 2014 state Senate race to replace term-limited Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, multiple sources have confirmed.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

That was fast

Bernero knocked off dais as arch-enemy City Council President Carol Wood takes time out of her busy schedule to reorganize seating. "Honeymoon over," mayor says.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero no longer has a seat on the City Council dais. He'll now sit at a table on the floor when he comes to a meeting.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Computers and politics

It appears the 2013 City Council elections are in high gear, with Kathie Dunbar alleging opponent Brian Jeffries is making politically motivated attacks against her over personal matters. Jeffries denies it.

by Andy Balaskovitz
It all started with committee assignments. When I asked Lansing City Council President Carol Wood on Jan. 29 why Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar — who has served seven years on the Council — was not appointed to chair any committees or serve on any boards or commissions, Wood's response was: "I think there are some issues there, things I can’t go into. There are some outstanding issues that are being discussed in closed session that I can’t go into at this time," she said.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Gay scouts

Lansing scouting, religious leaders support making optional the ban on gay Boy Scouts

by Sam Inglot
For years, assistant scoutmaster Brad Shafer of Okemos has advocated an end to the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members. He's hoping for progress today when the national organization votes on whether to make such a ban an option for local troops.
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