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Wednesday, February 11,2015

Immunization obligation?

Disease outbreaks pit public health against personal choice

by Belinda Thurston
Since 2000 measles was a distant memory, banished like polio or smallpox. But the highly contagious airborne disease is making a comeback with more than 600 cases last year and 121 so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccinations provided a wall of protection, accepted as settled medical science. But it isn’t for some. With fear whipping to a froth and resentment and blame aimed at anti-vaxxers — those who decline to inoculate their children — the issue comes down to free choice. Should vaccinations be mandatory? Should we offer philosophical objection waivers at all?
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Mayor says he seeks ‘balanced approach’ to BWL

by City Pulse
City Pulse freelance reporter Todd Heywood asked, by email, for further comment from Mayor Virg Bernero on his proposed City Charter amendments to create an inspector general in his cabinet to oversee the Lansing Board of Water & Light and to clarify the change of command of BWL’s attorney. Randy Hannan, Bernero’s chief of staff, responded:
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
To be fair, this house is not excessively deteriorated. Although the trash scattered in the front yard has been removed, the scrubby shrubs and peeling paint remain. It would not be unfair to describe the property as “tired.” The main upper story window is damaged and the original trim details were removed or obscured when the current grey siding was installed. With some minor effort, this simple side-loaded home could be transformed into the illustration attached.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Surveying the BWL political wreckage

by Mickey Hirten
For a politician, it´s self-inflicted wounds that hurt the most. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero surely feels the pain after his failed bid to take control of the Lansing Board of Water & Light, the city´s semi-autonomous public utility. Bernero orchestrated the ouster of BWL’s general manager, J. Peter Lark, who resisted the mayor´s push to treat the utility like other city departments. Prodded by Bernero and increasingly dissatisfied with the general manager´s performance and attitude, five BWL commissioners voted to fire MICKEY HIRTEN Lark for still unspecified causes. Bernero hinted — broadly — at changes in the City Charter to curtail BWL oversight by the board.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

BWL control, and questions

Bernero´s inspector general proposal a ´midway measure´

by Todd Heywood
Mayor Virg Bernero’s struggle with governing the Lansing Board of Water & Light is on slow motion repeat — a "Groundhog Day" measured in years, rather than hours. In July 2006, the BWL was on the hunt for a new general manager (eventually resulting in the choice of Bernero’s candidate, J. Peter Lark). First-term Mayor Virg Bernero had clear ideas about whom that new leader should report to: him, according to an op-ed piece by then BWL Commissioner Joseph Graves Jr. in the Lansing State Journal. He alleged the independence of the board was “under assault” by Bernero.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Register of deeds race

Koenig transferred tax debts two weeks before primary election

by Todd Heywood
Carol Koenig, one of three finalists to be Ingham County register of deeds, was ramping up for the final two weeks of her primary campaign to retain her seat as a county commissioner last July when she transferred responsibility for overdue taxes through property transfers, records show. She did so by selling the properties to James Boucher, co-resident and co-owner with her of a home in East Lansing.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

New Register of Deeds

Quinney selected as new Register of Deeds

by Todd A. Heywood
WED., FEB. 4 – Derrick Quinney was selected as Ingham county’s new Register of Deeds this afternoon. Quinney was one of three finalists for the position, vacated when Curtis Hertel, Jr. was elected to the state senate in November. Quinney was appointed effective immediately.
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Tuesday, February 3,2015

Justifiable deadly force

Dunnings: Lansing Township police killing of Minier justified

by Belinda Thurston
TUESDAY, FEB. 3 — On Dec. 8 a Lansing Township police officer shot and killed Randall Minier, 27, of Lansing, during a traffic stop. Officer Eric Lapham fired one shot striking Minier, in the face. Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings today found Lapham had legal authority to use lethal means in self-defense.
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Monday, February 2,2015

Register of deeds race

Koenig transferred tax debts two weeks before primary election

by Todd A. Heywood
MONDAY, FEB. 2 —Carol Koenig, one of three finalists to be Ingham County register of deeds, was ramping up for the final two weeks of her primary campaign to retain her seat as a county commissioner last July when she transferred responsibility for overdue taxes through property transfers, records show.
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Friday, January 30,2015

Register of deeds

Koenig tells panel she was tardy on taxes

by Todd A. Heywood
FRIDAY, JAN. 30 — Ingham County Commissioner Carol Koenig, who is seeking the register of deeds post, said Thursday she has been late or delinquent at times on property taxes.
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