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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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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Sell BWL?

Exploring an unpopular solution to Lansing's budget deficit

by Andy Balaskovitz
When Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says "everything is on the table" to fix the city's budget problems, it's not entirely true.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Pole barn tempest

Council members push city attorney to decide if Niowave violated its zoning permit

by Sam Inglot
Lansing City Councilman Brian Jeffries and Council President Carol Wood have asked the City Attorney's Office to investigate whether Niowave violated its zoning permit when it built a controversial pole barn next to its Walnut Street School headquarters.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

The campaign finance files

Several problems with campaign filings of two LCC trustee candidates

by Sam Inglot
Robin Smith, secretary of the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees, owes her running mate a couple of thousand dollars and the Ingham County Clerk's office some important paperwork — both of which are campaign finance law violations.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Let the games begin

by Walt Sorg
Don't look now, but Lansing is already in another election cycle. And it looks like it is going to be nasty.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Replacing Whitmer

Curtis Hertel Jr. positioning himself for a state Senate run in 2014

by Kyle Melinn
Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr., is positioning himself for a 2014 state Senate race to replace term-limited Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, multiple sources have confirmed.
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