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Tuesday, August 12,2014

Robin Williams

Locals share stories of depression, addiction and stigma

by Belinda Thurston
TUESDAY, Aug. 12 – Many of us who are grieving the Monday death of comedian and actor Robin Williams are taking to our social media accounts sharing quotes, favorite movies and changing our profile pictures and cover photos.
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Monday, August 11,2014

Financial investigation

Lansing Neighborhood Council assets frozen

by Todd Heywood
MONDAY, Aug. 11 – The Lansing Neighborhood Council’s assets have been frozen as a result of a police investigation into its finances. The move leaves some local nonprofits in limbo, unable to access their funds, because the LNC was their fiscal agent.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

UPDATE: 8th District race

Schertzing declares himself the fresh-air candidate

by City Pulse Staff
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6 — Eric Schertzing may have found a slogan for his campaign for Congress: “I am a breath of fresh air.” That’s how he described himself today on City Pulse’s radio show after defeating three opponents in the Democratic primary race on Tuesday.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Belinda Thurston joins City Pulse as editor

by BERL SCHWARTZ
By happy coincidence, our cover this week features a photo (of model Nkiru Nnawulezi) from a joint project between photographer Jena McShane and the Just B yoga studio in REO Town). It and other photos in an exhibit called Lansing Loves Yoga were displayed at the City Market last Christmas.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Built in 1924 as the Olds Hotel, the building was repurposed as an office building in the 1990s and renamed after Michigan’s 43rd governor. Like many buildings downtown, this impressive block is often overshadowed by the grandeur of the Capitol. Pedestrians studying the building are encouraged to step within and enjoy the soaring atrium that replaces the hotel’s original light court.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Gannett split

For newspapers like the Lansing State Journal this divorce makes sense

by Mickey Hirten
Gannett Co. Inc. on Tuesday succumbed to the pressure to offload its newspapers, including the Lansing State Journal, USA TODAY, the Detroit Free Press and others. For LSJ customers — readers and advertisers — the divorce suggests two paths.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

‘Tower of terror’

Serious problems persist at the public housing complex on South Washington Avenue, residents say — those brave enough to talk. Authorities dispute it.

by Todd A. Heywood
The stories from residents are appalling — they paint a picture of a developing country, not a five-story building on Lansing’s near south side. Human feces and urine in the hallways, common areas and elevators. Large, aggressive crowds blocking entry to the building. Threats directed at anyone attempting to close a security door into the facility. Large fights. Guns. Drugs. And bedbugs on the fourth and fifth floor.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Police probe sought

City terminates funding for Lansing Neighborhood Council after scathing audit report

by Todd A. Heywood
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6 — The Bernero administration has terminated all funding to the Lansing Neighborhood Council after an audit found “serious irregularities in the accounting and cash management practices.” The action has effectively killed the 34-year-old nonprofit formed to coordinate and support the activities of neighborhood organizations. It provides a number of services on behalf of the city, such as trash cleanup and building board-ups. It receives at least $54,000 a year.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

8th Congressional voters put in unexpected spot

by Kyle Melinn
Itīs hard to believe Mike Rogers wonīt be Lansingīs congressman next year. He surprised everyone by trading his House Intelligence Committee gavel for a national radio microphone, particularly those now in the best position to replace him.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

Voters must decide on CADL, CATA millages

by Mickey Hirten
Voters next Tuesday will find a few countywide proposals and, in some cities and townships, local millages on their ballots. Heading the list are millage renewals for the Capital Area District Library and the Capital Area Transportation Authority. Neither is seeking increases, which seems to have dampened what could have been opposition to these proposals.
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