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Wednesday, February 27,2013

A carrot for graduates

by Walt Sorg
Michigan is one of the dumbest states in the nation, but it's not a matter of genetics or innate intelligence. We aren't trying hard enough. And we're also losing too many of our best and brightest.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Dispensaries and overages

The Supreme Court's effect on Lansing dispensaries and pending legislation to give them hope

by Andy Balaskovitz
It's shortly after noon on Monday, and a young man likely in his 20s or 30s is making a purchase at Alternative Medicine in Lansing. Fifty dollars is exchanged for a few grams of medical marijuana. Business as usual?
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Stalled development

Why is a development project near the Stadium District held up in Mayor Bernero's office?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing developer Pat Gillespie is interested in transforming a prominent eyesore across the street from his Stadium District in downtown Lansing, but a key step in the process has been held up in Mayor Virg Bernero’s office for over two months.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Wine and service learning

by Terry Link
If you enjoy drinking a glass of wine now and then, you're probably familiar with the numerous choices of brands and types to be found in many local grocery and drug stores. The rows and rows of creatively labeled bottles — like Cupcake, Barefoot, Red Truck or Fat Bastard — seem to represent a whole world of wineries. But labels can be deceiving.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

'Total control'

Drain commissioner believes delay with drain project at Red Cedar Golf Course is because the Bernero administration wants more control over it. Bernero says that's 'complete nonsense.'

by Sam Inglot
Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann believes the Bernero administration wants "total control" of his drain project at the former Red Cedar Golf Course, which is why it's been held in limbo for five months.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

'Beefing up' security

Lansing School District considering heightened security at its buildings

by Sam Inglot
The Lansing School District is considering spending roughly a half-million dollars to heighten security at all of its buildings. One district official says the expansion has been contemplated for years and is not a reaction to the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Ditching factories, funding education and the myth of low business costs: Lou Glazer's data-driven economics

by Walt Sorg
A soft-spoken policy wonk has become one of the most influential voices in Michigan on how to reinvent the state’s economy. No, it's not the self-described "One Tough Nerd" in the Governor's Office. He's Lou Glazer, co-founder and president of Michigan Future, a nonpartisan Ann Arbor-based think tank.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Eye sore of the week

by Dylan Sowle
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: As it becomes increasingly important to minimize the built environment's impact on the land to mitigate sprawl, maximizing every inch of the already existing footprint of a house is important. Dormers, likes these at 1116 E. Kalamazoo St., are cousins of the cupola, shedding not only light into an interior space but also creating a living space in the attic.
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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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