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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Enbridge, WKAR and Earth Day

by TODD HEYWOOD
Jeffrey Insko has a massive pipeline running through his backyard. He is reminded of this every time he looks out into his backyard and sees the scars left by Enbridge Energy’s pipeline replacement crews. And that reminder led to anger when he saw WKAR television and radio partnered with Enbridge for an Earth Day fundraiser to plant trees.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Uncovering common ground

A closer look at the financial triangle behind Common Ground Music Festival

by Andy Balaskovitz
This story began in April 2012, shortly after a source suggested City Pulse poke around the finances of Common Ground Music Festival — how it’s paid for, what the city is on the hook for and what it gets in return.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Common Ground’s darker side

by Mickey Hirten
Let me start with this: I like Lansing´s Common Ground festival. City Pulse likes Common Ground. Organizers consider it the highlight of the city´s summer, and the crowds that attend – about 55,000 last year – agree. Since the festival began in 2000, Lansing has spent more ...
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Grass, weed remedies

Bernero administration planning big changes to code compliance ordinance

by TODD HEYWOOD
Mayor Virg Bernero and his administration are preparing to introduce amendments to the city’s code compliance ordinance that would effectively eliminate property-owner notifications of alleged code violations.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

The hidden cost of moving LPD

A counter offer made by North Precinct landlord shows the city could save hundreds of thousands of dollars by not moving police operations to a Lansing School District-owned building, even though Bernero says it will be cost-neutral.

by Andy Balaskovitz
The landlord of the Lansing Police Department’s North Precinct says the city could save nearly $100,000 a year for the next four years by staying put and not moving to the Lansing School Districtowned Hill Center on the far south side of the city.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Eyecandy of the Week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Property: 134 Regent St., Lansing Owner: David and Carrie Muylle Architect Daniel E. Bollman says: While its exterior is plainly attractive, the subtle details make this unassuming home notable. The painted siding is synthetic and low maintenance, but it lacks the telltale tackiness...
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

No art money

Lansing City Council looks like it will stop short of appropriating funding for public art … for now

by Andy Balaskovitz
It appears the Lansing City Council will hold off on appropriating money for public art in the annual budget, opting for a less formal set of guidelines and procedures for installing works throughout the city.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Vote Tuesday

Lansing and three other area school districts hold votes on millages Tuesday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 30 — Voters in the Lansing School District will be asked Tuesday to renew a 20-year millage that provides about $18 million in revenue for operating costs — or about 11 percent percent of the district’s budget.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Stop the presses

Gannett’s decision to shut down its 20-year-old printing plant in Delta Township is a blow for the 103 employees who produce the State Journal and other papers

by Mickey Hirten
It was a very sad announcement from the Lansing State Journal Tuesday that it plans to close its production plant in Delta Township.
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Friday, April 25,2014

Barnett drops out of 8th Congressional race

Republican primary shaping up between Mike Bishop and Tom McMillin

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, April 25 — Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett has reportedly dropped out of the Republican primary race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers in the 8th Congressional District. It sets up a Republican primary between former Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and state Rep. Tom McMillin.
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