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Wednesday, September 3,2014

‘Love Trumps Hate’

Fundraiser counters antigay verbal assault caught on video

by TODD HEYWOOD
As his video of a Lansing business owner screaming antigay invectives at his friends and him went viral, Isiah Tweedie knew he had to do more than raise awareness about the singular event. He said he needed to make sure people understood that the vile verbal assaults were not acceptable, or a community norm.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
According to a reader, this property has stood with torn paper in the windows for at least four years. To be fair, compared to the typical Eyesore, the conditions at this property are a minor nuisance. From the exterior, the split-level home appears to be in reasonably good shape. Apart from the now-fallen paper curtain the front picture window and the saplings growing in the eavestroughs, the house appears to be in good shape.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Military arms local police

Surplus equipment includes bomb robots, an airplane and lots of guns

by Mickey Hirten
With troubles in Syria and Iraq, rebels in Lybia, Russia invading Ukraine, itīs little wonder that we in Lansing and communities nearby are uneasy. Today itīs ISIS attacking Jawawla; tomorrow, could it be Mason or Grand Ledge or Charlotte?
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Hoofbeats to heartbeat

Life as a Zebra Foundation pushes invisible illnesses into the light

by Belinda Thurston
“Want to do handstands?” The sisters effortlessly hold themselves upside down, legs and toes pointed like a prancing horse. Or would that be a zebra? Things aren’t always as they appear. That’s something Lansing natives, Allie Dama, 26 and Katie Dama Jaskolski, 32, know all too well: They live with rare diseases that have few visible symptoms and are hard to diagnose.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Ebola outbreak

Lansing group raises money for Ebola relief

by Michael Gerstein
For Lansing resident Sue-bunch Cecilia Dixon, Ebola is a daily concern. The Liberian refugee is glued to news from West Africa, concerned for family and friends she left behind in 2001. The deadly virus claimed one friend who contracted it while working as a doctor in a Liberian village.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Land Bank Bulldozers

Preservationists question pace of house demolitions by Land Bank

by Michael Gerstein
Gretchen Cochran, a local historical preservationist, believes the recently demolished two-story house at the corner of Shiawassee and Sycamore streets in Lansingīs Genessee Neighborhood near downtown might have been worth saving from the bulldozer if it hadn’t been neglected. It’s the latest of 150 demolitions identified as necessary this year by the Ingham County Land Bank. It contends the structures are too costly to restore and many have become unsafe.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Bunker makeover

LCC goes from gritty concrete college to garden hip spot

by Lawrence Cosentino
Ivy covered walls are back in style. A little more than six years ago, Lansing Community College President Brent Knight inherited a downtown campus that was cutting edge in 1957 — a brutalist bunker of corrugated concrete, dark brown masonry and darker brown steel, walled off from the surrounding city.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

New at MSU

Campus changes modernize, modify and magnify

by Lawrence Cosentino
Every fall, MSU shows off some glistening new muscles, from jock-polishing sports facilities to quark-crushing science complexes. Here are a few of the more conspicuous bulges Sparty has put on over the summer:
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Sumptuous summit

Michigan homeless conference to be held at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

by Kyle Melinn
The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa probably isnīt the first place youīd look to find someone needing a roof over his or her head. Yet, in two weeks nearly 400 people whose job it is to dole out federal money and provide help for the homeless will be at the "four-season destination resort and meeting center" to bounce ideas off each other and coordinate services.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Bully politics

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Mary Edgar of Okemos is a quiet, grey-haired senior citizen, hardly the type you would expect to confront the angriest mayor in America, Virg Bernero. But that she did on Primary Election Day, when as precinct cochairwoman she told him he was campaigning illegally close to the polling place at Okemos Public Montessori- Central.
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