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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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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Eye sore of the week

by Dylan Sowle
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: When a street vista terminates, like it does at Grand River and Michigan avenues in East Lansing, a good design principle is to place a building in the line of sight — a landmark building that serves as a gateway to downtown and a transition to the western neighborhoods. The building in the sketch above is a bold alternative to the convenience store, facing the intersection with iconic architectural details.
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Monday, February 4,2013

A regular passes

The Legacy of John Pollard

by Andy Balaskovitz
This ain't no shell game. I'm no spin doctor selling you snake oil. Friday marked the end of an era in the Lansing City Council chambers. The smoothest, straightest talking — and most fact-based, at least in recent years — Council regular, John Pollard, passed away at his home on Friday. The cause of death for the inveterate smoker was small-cell lung cancer. He was 65.
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Thursday, January 31,2013

Depot gets new shot at history

BWL gives REO Town's Grand Trunk railroad station $2.8 million makeover

by Lawrence Cosentino
A strangely lopsided, unlikely architectural tableau has opened to view on South Washington Avenue in Lansing's REO Town. Deep in the south shadow of the Lansing Board of Water and Light's mountainous new co-generation power plant, nearing completion and set to go on line in July, sparkles a storybook-castle Grand Trunk Western Railroad depot, newly restored by the BWL to its 1903 glory.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

The Knight house

A look inside the newly renovated Herrmann House, now the home of Lansing Community College President Brent Knight, and what it took to get there

by Sam Inglot
When Lansing Community College President Brent Knight wakes up in the morning, $900,000 worth of historic renovations greet him outside of his canopy-style bed.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Rentals and registration

Proposed EL ordinance would require landlords to distribute voter registration information to tenants

by Sam Inglot
Some East Lansing landlords are balking at a proposal to require them to give tenants more than just keys. At a Jan. 15 East Lansing City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Nathan Triplett proposed an ordinance that would require landlords to distribute voter registration information to tenants when they move in.
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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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