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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Colorful, candid Collette

Ingham County circuit judge, gearing up for trial with Enbridge protesters, is tired of publicity seekers

by Andy Balaskovitz
At a Jan. 15 hearing, Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette was getting antsy with the defendants and their lawyers before him.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Outside BWL review team aims for transparency

Public forums will be held in early February in Lansing, East Lansing and Delta Township

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Jan. 22 — The chairman of a 10-member panel conducting an external review of the Board of Water and Light announced his plan for transparency today following reports this week that some of the team’s work might be done in private.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Making marimbas

MSU grad student chronicles his quest to make music with local materials

by Terry Link
Perhaps it was an interest born when my son was a high-school percussionist who played a solo marimba piece in a statewide competition.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Political notes from around town

Filling a vacancy when Hertel leaves, inauguration no-shows and saying goodbye to Ingham County’s director of animal control

by Walt Sorg
It’s highly likely Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. will resign mid-term to become state senator next year (the 23rd District has a 2-to-1 Democratic base) and replace Gretchen Whitmer.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
According to a reader, this house was damaged in a fire and has been in poor condition since 2010. The recent state of the economy cannot have been helpful in hastening the home’s return to normal use. This home — indeed, the entire block — demonstrates the Minimal Traditional style, typical of post-war, working-class homes.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Sequestration pain

Despite budget deal, the impact of cuts in federal grants lingers for MSU researchers, threatening the quality of research and jobs

by Rachel E. Cabose
In the 2012-13 academic year, Michigan State University lost $86 million in federal research funding, a 31 percent drop from the year before, according to an MSU external funding report.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

BWL Watch

Keeping an eye on Lansing’s publicly owned utility

by Andy Balaskovitz and RJ Wolcott
It didn’t take long for controversy to swirl around Monday’s announcement of the outside review panel selected to investigate the Board of Water and Light’s handling of the ice storm that hit a month ago.
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Tuesday, January 21,2014

Trowbridge Plaza plans stand

Developer hasn’t withdrawn proposal, East Lansing official says

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Jan. 21 — The developer of a $24 million plan to redesign Trowbridge Plaza has not formally withdrawn his plans from city officials, despite a report in the Lansing State Journal today that suggests he did.
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Monday, January 20,2014

From Yamasaki to reality

Lansing one of three capital cities selected by U.S. EPA to develop green infrastructure at Capitol Complex

by RJ Wolcott
Monday, Jan. 20 — In searching for plans to promote sustainability and ecologically friendly infrastructure in Lansing, Bob Johnson, the city’s director of planning and neighborhood development, found inspiration in the form of a long-shelved city plan from 1987.
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Friday, January 17,2014

This week from Capital News Service

New barriers to road funding; climate change health concerns; mixed recreational effects of polar vortex; new bike signaling; and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, Jan. 17 — A new semester has started, which means City Pulse is back to running a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics include new barriers to fixing the state’s road infrastructure, a slow-moving health crisis as a result of climate change, new signaling for bicyclists and more.
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