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Wednesday, May 16,2012

Theological conflict

Two prominent black ministers say same-sex marriage is a "civil right" but one that doesn't square with the Bible

by Andy Balaskovitz
“I think the president is to be commended. He did not allow his own Christian philosophy or theology to dominate his presidential responsibility,” said Bishop David Maxwell, head of Mayor Virg Bernero’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives.
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Wednesday, May 16,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Time and the elements have slowly but surely chipped away this 125-year-old home on North Walnut. The flaking paint job is like wrinkles on an aging person — it could use a face-lift, or at the very least, a dollop of skin cream. The stairs on the west side of the home and the various doors to the interior indicate that it may have been used as two, maybe three, suites at one time. However, the only residents of this house are the small trees and sprouting shrubs that seem to have found comfort in slowly overtaking the front porch.
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Wednesday, May 16,2012

Housing the new kids on the block

Touring the Lansing School District’s reconfiguration plan

by Sam Inglot
The reconfiguration plans change the entire layout of the district, with 12 schools being converted to pre-kindergarten through third grade; five schools becoming fourth through sixth grade; and two of the high schools, Eastern and Sexton, becoming seventh through 12th grade. Everett High School will be converted in 2014 to add seventh and eighth graders.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Romney tries latest reinvention in Lansing

by Kyle Melinn
Last time we saw Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was hightailing out of Novi, having narrowly escaped what would have been an embarrassing primary election beating at the hands of Rick (who?) Santorum.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Key demographic

Early results: LSJ is keeping senior citizen subscribers

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Ever since he got out of the Army in 1946, Dillard Garrison has read a daily newspaper from cover to cover. Sometimes it was the Lansing State Journal, sometimes it was the Detroit Free Press, it didn’t matter — it was just part of his everyday routine. Five years ago, the 89-year-old moved to Friendship Manor, a retirement community next to Frandor, where the routine continues, albeit in a somewhat altered format. “We have a ritual,” says Garrison. “I bring the paper down and we all check the obituaries to see if we’re in there.”
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

New in town

Lansing Fit Body Boot Camp

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Fitness boot camps have been growing in popularity over the last decade, succeeding aerobics and spinning classes as the trendy workout du jour.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Penny pinching

City Councilwoman Jody Washington promises to continue her no-votes on spending office-holder account funds, citing tough economic times.

by Andy Balaskovitz
But 1st Ward Councilwoman Jody Washington is changing that. Washington vows to “always vote no” whenever Council funding for local events, advertisements and the like come up — even in cases where the funding would cost less than $13 per member to sponsor.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Rallying for (and against) Romney

The most exciting part of Mitt Romney's speech Tuesday at Lansing Community College was the end

by Sam Inglot
Enthusiastically awaiting his arrival hours before the event, in the shadow of a Romney campaign bus, the small group brandished American flags and signs bearing the GOP presidential candidate’s name. When a car honked its horn in support, the group responded back with hoots and hollers.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Housing progress

New MSU housing options taking effect in the fall means more equality for LGBT students

by Sam Inglot
With the implementation of “flexible” housing options starting in the fall, students can live with anyone in certain dorms on campus regardless of gender. West McDonel Hall on the east side of campus and North Wonders Hall on the west side will offer one floor each of flexible housing, equating to 40 possible spots.
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

'I'm a non-fanatic'

Mark Grebner digs the details

by Lawrence Cosentino
While Lindemann has yoked his power as drain commissioner to a passionate crusade for low-impact development and cleaner water, Grebner wants to pull the plug and drain the drama from the office.
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