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Wednesday, June 27,2012

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
"We try to impart a feeling of global community into our students so they'll never want to be just cosmetologists," Seegraves said. "We try to make them hungry for more, to always want to be furthering their education. I mean, once you really open the truth about something, do you ever want to go back to that narrow state?"
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
From the John Dye Water Conditioning Plant to the new cogeneration power plant under construction in REO Town, architecture matters to the BWL.
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

A tale of two developments

The downtown Y and the Ottawa/Butler apartment projects face obstacles in the City Council.

by Andy Balaskovitz
The East Lansing-based Lawton Group has plans for a new four-story, mixed-use apartment and commercial building called Reutter Park Place to replace the old YMCA building, built in 1951, at 301 W. Lenawee St.
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

Parks and preservation

Landscaping, historical architecture — and when one trumps the other: Inside the mind of LCC President Brent Knight

by Andy Balaskovitz
Brent Knight owns 20 pairs of historic cuff links. He’s restored a 1955 Thunderbird, a 1946 Lincoln and a 1946 Ford. He’s subscribed to the publication Michigan History for 30 years, and several copies are in his office next to issues of V8 Times, a magazine devoted to Ford enthusiasts. A hand-sewn American, 45-star flag from 1896 to 1908 hangs on his office wall. He’s moving into the Herrmann house, built in 1893, on Lansing Community College’s campus after it’s renovated in September. At his last college presidency job in Illinois, he orchestrated several passive-learning classrooms (think Civil War history painted on the walls of an algebra classroom) and a museum.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

UAW backs Cochran, Singh; stays out of 68th

by Kyle Melinn
Former Lansing Fire Chief Tom Cochran and former East Lansing Mayor Sam Singh both received the endorsement of the UAW CAP Council on Monday, securing their spots as the frontrunners in their respective state House races.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

New in town

Meat Southern BBQ & Carnivore Cuisine

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For years, the Old Town commercial scene has been, in a word, quaint (we’re casting a blind eye, Fish Ladder Tattoo and Golden Harvest). The charming boutique district, largely composed of art galleries and specialty retail and antique shops, is a mecca of tasteful décor but has thus-far been an antithetical hangout for red-blooded ‘merican males.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

BALLE-hooing local businesses

by Terry Link
Rapids of locally owned businesses. It was a whirlwind of entrepreneurs from all regions of the country, sharing their energy, successes and pitfalls freely with one another in an atmosphere of”can-do-ness.” Young and old (Grace Lee Boggs, 93-year-old matriarch for social justice from Detroit, gave a sterling keynote from her wheelchair); black, brown, white and all colors in between; bankers and bakers, bookstore and film theater owners, restaurateurs and farmers, architects and manufacturers were all represented.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Pubic debate

With eyes on the November election cycle, thousands of women gather at the Capitol to protest censorship and heavy-handed abortion legislation; female politicians read from "The Vagina Monologues"

by Sam Inglot
Vagina. Signs and chants echoed the word across the front lawn of the Capitol in downtown Lansing on Monday night. Several thousand people showed up to support Rep. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, and Rep.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Checking in on Washington Sq.

Quieter at quitting time, police say. A visit supports them.

by Sam Inglot
A bolstered, on-foot police presence was one remedy, in the opinion of several shop owners, and the tactic seemed to work. Three officers stood on the southwest corner of the block next to one of their cruisers parked near Club X-Cel, with another cop car parked across the street near The Firm. The officers walked both sides of the strip and didn’t appear to deal with any problematic bar patrons.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

A hoop house rises

A new urban agriculture project hopes to support both farmers markets and the surrounding neighborhood

by Sam Inglot
The construction of the new Urbandale Farm hoop house on Friday on the 700 block of South Hayford Avenue was a “modern-day counterpart” to the old-time barn raising, Linda Anderson said.
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