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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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Wednesday, May 2,2012

'I'm an artist'

Pat Lindemann paints the big picture

by Lawrence Cosentino
“The Great Lakes basin has 20 percent of the available water in the whole world,” Lindemann said. “This is a major responsibility.” He blinked, as if distracted from a telescope trained on the Andromeda galaxy by a rat scurrying across the observatory. “You can’t get here and try to manage that through name-calling, innuendoes, threats and all the other crap that a lot of politicians like to pull, including Grebner.”
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

No shortage of interest in Manderfield, Jordon seats

by Kyle Melinn
This year is no exception. Ingham County Circuit Judge Paula Manderfield and East Lansing District Judge David Jordon are hanging up their robes for good, and a combined eight attorneys filed by the Tuesday deadline to seek their seats. The top two finishers for each race in the nonpartisan August primary will face off in the November primary.
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

Emil's building for sale -- or is it?

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Presumably, selling the building would mean the end of Emil’s. But when contacted for comment, Paul Grescowle, the grandson of the original owners who runs the day-to-day operations at Emil’s, wouldn’t confirm anything. He said it is the building next door which is for sale, and that is owned by his mother, who also owns Emil’s itself. He also asked that we refrain from running this story, implying that it would stir up much ado about nothing. Can’t do that, but I will remind everyone about the awesome all-you-can-eat spaghetti-and-meatballs on Tuesdays.
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This diminutive commercial building on the north fringe of Old Town is easy to dismiss as insignificant. But small commercial buildings, like this one, are one of the most endangered building types in our communities today.
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

Peckham United

A unionization effort is underway at Peckham, a private nonprofit

by Sam Inglot
The United Peckham Employees Association is a group of Peckham workers with help from labor activists — including the Lansing Workers’ Center and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers — that are trying to gain support for an independent union for the close to 1,100 disabled manufacturing workers.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

An unconventional script

by Kyle Melinn
Lindemann is the 20-year incumbent running for a sixth term managing the county’s numerous drains. It’s a deceivingly powerful position that comes with the ability to blow up million-dollar developments or tax entire communities without a public vote.
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