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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Singh, Schmidt race to photo finish in 69th

by Kyle Melinn
Early mornings, nights, weekends, I wrote candidate profiles and analyzed all 110 state House races taking place in the August primary and November general election. Not all 110 seats have competitive primaries. In fact, about only 40 do.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

New in town

Biggby, Mikho's

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee closed, the owners issued a release blaming sluggish sales on a lack of adjacent retailers in the Stadium District, which prompted their decision to leave after four years. It will be interesting to see how Biggby deals with this challenge.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Far from over

Now the Lansing City Council will consider tying tax incentives for Niowave to exterior improvements at its pole barn

by Andy Balaskovitz
"The idea of tie-bars, I think, makes a lot of sense," Jeffries said following Monday night's Council meeting. Six residents spoke during the meeting against Niowave's new $10 million expansion that has yielded what they call a "monstrosity" amid their residential neighborhood.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

He said, she said, they said

Automated phone calls hit on name-calling claims; Jody Washington calls them a "public nuisance" and wants them to stop

by Sam Inglot
Recently, when asked to identify the gossiper, Washington said she could not reveal who had supposedly leaked the mayor’s comments to her.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Good economy, bad economy: vacant buildings happen. Blight isn’t vacancy, but it begins with poorly kept properties that are all too often the result of vacancy. Unoccupied properties can avoid blight if owners attend to the vital maintenance, like the roof and grounds. Buildings experience vacancy: It is the steps taken to maintain the property in the interim that matters.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Lansing's 'Tour de Coop'

Urban chicken coop tour draws enthusiasts and the curious

by Sam Inglot
Eager bicyclists filled the Foster Community Center parking lot Saturday afternoon for the aptly titled "Tour de Coup": This caravan was on a tour of urban chicken coops throughout Lansing.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Where are they bound?

The Black Child and Family Institute moves out of the old Genesee School; the Lansing School District hasn't yet decided what to do with the building

by Lawrence Cosentino
The movers sifted the traces of hundreds of childhood and adult education classes, recreational and cultural programs, town hall meetings and summer camps. There were ribbons from holiday food baskets, blank forms from Ingham County health programs and photos of smiling kids raking leaves around the old building.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Calley foe Trebesh emerges in Clinton Co. House race

by Kyle Melinn
So when the local Republican Party poobahs came together for a special convention to pick a replacement for Calley, it came as little surprise when Trebesh couldnī\'t round up the necessary votes to win the nomination. He ended up dropping out, giving the race to Judy Emmons, who was since elected to the seat.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

New in town

Lansing City Market

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The Lansing City Market may not be the new kid on the block anymore, but it continues to chug along like an eager-to-impress teenager working his first summer job.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Sure, Sears may be the most well known of the American mail-order home companies, but Michigan is home to what was the first and largest: Aladdin Co. of Bay City. Like Kleenex, the Sears brand is the common term for all mail-order homes. If you live in Michigan and reside in a mailorder home, it is highly likely that it is an Aladdin.
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