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Monday, January 19,2015

Long road to freedom

Martin Luther King Jr. tribute luncheon highlights struggle for justice continues

by Belinda Thurston
MONDAY, JAN. 19 — Freedom fighter Henry “Hank” Thomas lived through some of the most violent times in American history. As an original Freedom Rider who rode buses in the South to test changes in civil rights laws, he’s been arrested 22 times. He survived a bus being burned by a mob while he and other passengers were on board. “Today you and I live in a wonderful country,” Thomas said at today’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday luncheon at the Lansing Center. But he said we all need “great resolve today.”
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Friday, January 16,2015

Another BWL firing

BWL dismisses another executive, one day after Lark

by Belinda Thurston
THURSDAY, JAN. 15 — One day after Board of Water & Light General Manager Peter Lark was terminated, the second highest executive, Susan Devon, was let go. Devon was the chief administrative officer. “Her employment was ended at 5 p.m. (Wednesday),” said Dick Peffley, interim general manager. Peffley would not give a reason.
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Unshoveled sidewalks, East Lansing Walkability is one of the fundamental principles of good urbanism. Urban-minded planners will employ straightforward designs in shaping our built environment to encourage walkability. A well-defined center, with public places to gather is e...
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Bye, bye, City Market

The time has come to get Lansing government out of that business

by Mickey Hirten
Isnīt it finally time for Lansing to close its struggling City Market? It hasnīt worked and will not work. The city needs to cut its losses and move on. Thereīs an alternative. The city should develop a weekly farmers market in its underused Lansing Center. The long concourse, fronting Michigan Avenue, is an ideal location. More on this later.
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Briefly

by Mickey Hirten
General Motors introduced its new Lansing-built Cadillac CTS-V at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. With a 640 hoursepower engine, the CTS-V has been called the most powerful Cadillac ever built. ... There is a new manager for GMīs Lansing operations. Mike Trevorrow, ...
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Developers rule; zoning suffers

People’s needs often unmet but some new projects could change that

by Belinda Thurston
When it comes to land-use planning, Mark Grebner says there’s not much any of us can do. Developers run the game and municipalities lack the power to truly challenge them.
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

The speed of light

Lansing among the first Michigan cities to receive fiber optic internet to the home

by Belinda Thurston
“Dear bringer of the Light(Speed) Gods, I am writing to you from the confines of the desert island (aka: The Westside Neighborhood south of 496) that is my home. I long for the days that I may bask in the Light(Speed) of your glory. Saith the, Oh Light(Speed) Gods... when shall my brethren and I that inhabit this barren wasteland of an island be in your presence, so that we may be released from the wretched curse (aka: Comcast) that has plagued our tiny island for far too long? Sincerely, Your humble servant.”
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Give bullying the bounce

Harlem Globetrotter visits Holt school to teach bullying prevention

by Belinda Thurston
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14 — They got the basketball spinning. Some got their booties shaking. And they all said no to bullying. Harlem Globetrotter Herbert “Flight Time” Lang visited Wilcox Elementary School in Holt today with a message about the “ABCs of Bullying Prevention.”
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Tuesday, January 13,2015

Lark in danger

BWL to hold special meeting about Peter Lark’s job

by Belinda Thurston
The Board of Water & Light General Manager Peter Lark’s job may be in danger. The BWL board is calling a special meeting for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. “Board of Water & Light Commissioners Dennis M. Louney and Tony Mullen have called a special meeting of Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. at the Board of Water & Light Headquarters Depot,” the meeting notice reads.
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Tuesday, January 13,2015

Lights out for Lark

Lark ousted as BWL general manager in sudden special meeting

by Belinda Thurston
Embattled General Manager Peter Lark was terminated as general manager of the Lansing Board of Water & Light Tuesday night in a special meeting, six months after the Board of Commissioners reappointed him with a positive performance review. The eight-member board voted 5-3 to terminate Lark “for cause,” but it did not cite specifics. The meeting lasted only about 30 minutes.
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