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Wednesday, January 4,2012

12 state issues to watch in '12

by Kyle Melinn
Thank God, 2011 is over. That's the mindset of Michigan's unions and progressives, anyway. Act Two is coming here in 2012 with the state's Republican-led government attacking many of the same issues, but not with the fervor of the last 12 months.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
If you’re like most of us, you’ll be using this special time of the year to reflect and renew. Start the New Year with a resolution to grow your appreciation for mid-Michigan architecture. Try devoting a morning or afternoon a month to observing and engaging with buildings that make up our built environment. Take a walk through your neighborhood, visit a historic district and/or choose a destination building such as a museum.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

The 2012 Council

Electing Council leadership and anticipating another difficult budget process. Also, Bernero plans to run for re-election in 2013.

by Andy Balaskovitz
A new year for the Lansing City Council brings uncertainty over who will lead the legislative body, another set of budget challenges and a pledge from the mayor that he’s “optimistic” to work with the Council — and plans to run for re-election in 2013.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

‘Like wind I go’

Remembering 10 Lansing-area people who died in 2011

by Lawrence Cosentino
To write this story about 10 people who died in greater Lansing this year, I looked at every daily obituary for 2011. Why? Shawn Riley, father of Aaron Riley, the 21-year-old MSU student who drowned in July, said it perfectly: "It's a shame we don't know more about our fellow people."
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

11 groups run over by GOP agenda in ‘11

by Kyle Melinn
1. Organized labor - Gov. Rick Snyder's "reinvention" of Michigan equaled a "shared sacrifice" for just about everybody except business - who saw lower taxes, fewer regulations and long-sought policy changes that improve their bottom line at the expense of the injured and the unemployed.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Past due

The top 10 property tax delinquents in Ingham County

by Andy Balaskovitz
The annual list of property tax delinquents in Ingham County keeps growing, but at a much less alarming rate than recent years. And the Ingham County treasurer is hesitantly hopeful that the amount of foreclosure activity is about to plateau.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Eyesore of the week

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
Property: 3000 E. Saginaw St., Lansing Owner: KZ Investments LLC Taxpayer: KZ Investments LLC Assessed: $118,300 Owner says: Unable to be reached for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell- Seyburn says: It is clear by the sizable number of...
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Support businesses who share the wealth

by Terry Link
Who doesn't love a discount? Still, I don't want to balance my retail savings on the shoulders of underpaid help. That's one reason I avoid Walmart and Sam's Club.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Can Grebner send Lindemann down the drain?

by Kyle Melinn
However, sources around town tell me Grebner doesn´t believe Lindemann is operating the Drain Commissioner´s Office as frugally as he could. I couldn´t get anyone to elaborate on what that means. It´s probably because few people on earth understand the hidden corners of the Ingham County´s budget like Grebner.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Holiday windows are a classic seasonal tradition. Started in the 1800s by department stores like R.H. Macy'euro;'s and Marshall Field'euro;'s, elaborate holiday motifs have graced retail stores from mid-November to the New Year. At it'euro;'s height, J. L. Hudson'euro;'s Woodward Avenue store had over fifty display windows.
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