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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Enclosing a front porch to gain extra living space, as seen here at 1915 Harding Ave., is a common practice in cold-climate states. It’s easy to underestimate the value of a front porch, especially in Michigan.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Death and foreclosure

The tense final days of Steven Rigby and the posthumous fight over his possessions

by Andy Balaskovitz
We’ll never know how Steven Rigby would have wanted this to go down. We do know the Ingham County treasurer and his relatives disagree on how it should.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Funding sidewalks

Would city voters approve a $2.5 million tax increase over three years for fixing sidewalks? A millage is in the works — and has tentative support from the mayor.

by Sam Inglot
The city of Lansing may be going back to voters for a second November election in a row asking for more public infrastructure funding. This time, it's for sidewalks.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

New in town

Toarmina's Pizza

by Allan I. Ross
Now, I’d seen the sign in their window during construction claiming they were going to have the biggest pizza in town, but when I saw the flier for Toarmina’s Pizza, which opened this week at 2011 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing, my eyes just about popped out of my head: &ldquo...
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Saturday, August 4,2012

Narrowing the Circuit field

Two of five candidates for an open 30th Circuit Court judgeship will advance to the November election

by Andy Balaskovitz
The speed and the cost of going to court, explaining the process to voters and generally "doing more with less" are concerns of all five judicial candidates looking to fill a vacant seat on Ingham County’s 30th Circuit Court.
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Friday, August 3,2012

Dems dominate Commission primaries

In redrawn county Commission districts, young and old Democrats looking to fill vacancies, unseat incumbents in primary

by Andy Balaskovitz
The latest Census figures mean the Ingham County Board of Commissioners will look different next year with redrawn district boundaries and two fewer members, from 16 to 14.
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Friday, August 3,2012

Dems, Repubs seek Meridian Township clerk post

Two Democrats and Two Republicans will square off to fill a position long held by conservatives

by Sam Inglot
The township clerk is responsible for administering elections and handling requests for township records and is also a voting member of the Township Board of Trustees. Republican Mary Helmbrecht has served in the position since 1997.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

'Build on it'

Land Bank finishes rehab of 530 Pacific Ave. as new owners move in

by Lawrence Cosentino
Other than hinting at a previous marriage, Greenwood didn't want to talk much about the life she's leaving behind. In February, she started her own business, Open Arms, a companion service for elderly people.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

3 open House seats draws blue interest

by Kyle Melinn
Republicans have a 50/50 shot at claiming the long-sought south Lansing, rural Ingham County seat in the 67th. The numbers are stacked against them in the 69th, but they have a moderate candidate there. The Democratic base in the 68th is 73 percent, making a GOP victory there beyond slim.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Somebody wants to be the GOP U.S. Senate nominee … right?

by Kyle Melinn
But all four Republicans on the Aug. 7 ballot have made such head-scratching decisions, it seems this campaign has been more an exercise in how far the human nose can stretch into the Tea Party’s rear end than mounting a credible challenge to Stabenow.
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