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Wednesday, April 4,2012

Divided African American field emerging in 68th

by Kyle Melinn
While Robinson declined to talk about the race until next Thursday, the other two admitted the concern among some within the African-American community is real and that there are ongoing discussions about what should be done about it.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

Q & A: Charles Ford Myra Ford

by City Pulse
I think for the most part it’s because the plan that was presented to us we all felt was very concise and very comprehensive. As our current interim superintendent indicated, it wasn’t cherry picking; it wasn’t we’re going to do this over here and this over here and do it in different years. It is a comprehensive plan, and it’s a plan that deals with academic success as opposed to just closing buildings. It’s geared towards the research that shows certain configurations of schools are more successful and are where we need to focus our time and our money.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

Smoking debate

by City Pulse
In the United States there are 19 states that have casinos included in their statewide smoke-free laws. That only applies to those state-owned and operated: tribal casinos obviously are sovereign. In the state of Illinois, which has a state-wide smoke-free law that includes casinos, one of their top-grossing casinos is state-owned. I think what folks may be forgetting is that nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population does not smoke. So when you go smoke-free, you’re opening your casino doors to more potential patrons.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

That's the sound of the men …

Who come from state prison clearing brush along the River Trail

by Andy Balaskovitz
“My boss, the director of the department, lives in Lansing and runs the River Trail. He loves it,” said Russ Marlan, Corrections Department spokesman. “He noticed during his runs, parts of it are very overgrown. It’s tough to run in some spots. So he contacted Mayor Bernero and offered to bring a work crew up here.”
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

As Gannett announces a paywall foronline content, MLive moves in

Is there room for both models?

by Andy Balaskovitz
As a young reporter in college, he remembers the typing, gluing, lead slugs, lead pages and other Linotype components for putting a newspaper together. Now he’s overseeing the LSJ’s transition to a more digital-savvy, online-connected newsroom where access to that information is about to undergo a major transition.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

New in town

Scooters to go

by Allison M. Berryman
hen Scooters to Go officially opened for business on March 21, it could not have happened at a more opportune time. During a period of unusually warm weather, the store received many inquiries about its scooters, particularly from Lansing’s student population.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

City-sponsored swamps?

Neighborhood is not keen on negative effects of "greener" stormwater system

by Sam Inglot
Along with other residents of Barnes Avenue, Draper, who has lived at 419 Barnes Ave. for nearly 10 years, said the ditches are an eyesore. They fill up with water after heavy rains and melting snow, and there is usually trash that winds up in the pond from off the streets.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
The smashed-in second story window of this house is like a black eye peering out onto the street. The missing front door screen offers an easy view of the several “Unsafe — Do not enter or occupy” signs stamped on the porch door.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Where there's smoke

by City Pulse
What are the objections of the people in the 4th Ward? We heard a lot about both the pros and cons from everybody. But the kinds of things that ultimately led me to the vote I made were people in the 4th Ward saying, “Of course we want jobs, of course we want to see more children have college paid for — but this isn’t the way we want to do it.”
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Top of the Town Awards: Staff Picks

by City Pulse
I went there last week and it was gone. I wish I'euro;'d patronized that stump more often. Top of the Town is more than a contest. Our goal is to whip up appreciation for the finer things in our world, the same way a carnival man whips up cotton candy, and this year we piled up a lot of it.
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