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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Mulch ado about nothing?

by Kyle Melinn
Most of it ended up back in Mason at the drain commissioner’s office, where it was bagged and made available free through word of mouth to anyone who wanted it, Lindemann said. That’s how such waste has been handled for 40 years, he added.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

New in town

Valu Land

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When the L&L Food Center on the corner of Saginaw and Waverly closed in late 2010, Lansing’s West Side lost a vital neighborhood resource. Two weeks ago, Valu Land opened in that location, creating 35 new jobs and filling the area’s need for a centralized grocery store that was big enough to be considered a one-stop-shop, yet small enough not to get lost inside.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Civic institutions located in easily accessible places have the ability to drive economic development. These buildings and their public spaces can be thriving places of commerce. Adjacent businesses benefit from the steady stream of residents to and from the public building, encouraging local economies and these spaces to thrive.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

With veto pen, bridges burn behind him

Distrust, accusations of thwarting the legislative and collective bargaining process sum up budget cycle 2012. Oh, and the city's finances are still grim.

by Andy Balaskovitz
As Mayor Virg Bernero delivered verbal blow after verbal blow to the City Council’s budget amendments Monday night, 1st Ward Councilwoman Jody Washington looked on in disbelief. And disappointment. With a little confusion on the side — as if to say: “Really?”
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Losing to schools of choice

Legislation from the mid-'90s has led to the steady exodus of students from the Lansing School District

by Sam Inglot
The large number of students leaving has hurt the district two-fold, said Myra Ford, president of the Lansing School Board. She said the district is missing out on the per-pupil funding for those students and the loss of students reflects poorly on the district’s reputation.
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Thursday, May 17,2012

Top-Tier Pay

After layoffs and declining revenue, Delta Dental is comfortable with its executive compensation. A former board member and a dentist who recently dropped his membership are not.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Three years ago, as Delta Dental of Michigan was laying off dozens of employees and losing big contracts with auto industry retirees, it was uncertain whether the nonprofit dental insurance company’s top officials would respond with pay cuts.
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Wednesday, May 16,2012

Leeman, O'Dell join 68th sweepstakes

by Kyle Melinn
Without Leeman — and presumably O’Dell — Schor had a clear path to the Democratic nomination with Robinson and Copedge chopping up that 3rd Ward and African-American support. With both cutting into Schor’s support in eastern Lansing and the westside neighborhood, the race becomes more muddled.
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Wednesday, May 16,2012

A rising tide

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It’s simple math: restaurant patio = bigger crowds. In the past 10 years, well over a dozen bars throughout the Lansing area have either opened with al fresco seating areas or punched holes in their walls to expand into the outdoors. Now two adjacent Haslett bars are making sweeping changes to their layouts, angling for more customers.
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Wednesday, May 16,2012

Theological conflict

Two prominent black ministers say same-sex marriage is a "civil right" but one that doesn't square with the Bible

by Andy Balaskovitz
“I think the president is to be commended. He did not allow his own Christian philosophy or theology to dominate his presidential responsibility,” said Bishop David Maxwell, head of Mayor Virg Bernero’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives.
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Wednesday, May 16,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Time and the elements have slowly but surely chipped away this 125-year-old home on North Walnut. The flaking paint job is like wrinkles on an aging person — it could use a face-lift, or at the very least, a dollop of skin cream. The stairs on the west side of the home and the various doors to the interior indicate that it may have been used as two, maybe three, suites at one time. However, the only residents of this house are the small trees and sprouting shrubs that seem to have found comfort in slowly overtaking the front porch.
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