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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
It’s easy to forget how many unique features there are in our communities when you travel the same routes day in and day out. If it isn’t on a main corridor or located right next door to work or home we miss it — out of sight, out of mind.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

'We need help. It's every day'

A grim season for a neighborhood of refugees in south Lansing who are the targets of ongoing vandalism, theft and physical intimidation. LPD: 'This is big as far as attention-wise right now.'

by Andy Balaskovitz
But since November, Bo and his family haven’t been sleeping due to a combination of fear and duty — they take turns staying up all night to keep intruders away. Several other neighbors in Summer Place report similar situations.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

New in town

Zeppelin's Music Hall

by Allison M. Berryman
One of Malott’s main objectives in opening Zeppelin’s Music Hall was to give local teenagers a place to experience the Lansing music scene in a secure environment. It is the only venue in Lansing that gives teen bands an opportunity to perform for a live audience. Because it is usually an all-ages club (unless posted otherwise), Zeppelin’s does not serve alcohol.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Pushing (and sliding) Michigan onto the map

Longboarders, under the radar, converge on Lansing for the state’s largest competition

by Sam Inglot
Two races took place in Lansing last weekend. One you may have heard of — the inaugural Lansing Marathon on Sunday had nearly 2,000 runners participate and got plenty of news coverage. You probably didn’t hear about the second one.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Phone spy

How Google, Facebook and Apple can predict your next moves

by Emily Fox
Not only do websites like Google and Facebook track your moves online and sell them to advertisers, but smartphones track your daily movements and know where you are at any given time.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

John Schneider's good streak

How Lansing's workaday knight took the city to heart

by Lawrence Cosentino
He could have pushed a mailbag or worked on an assembly line all those years, and nearly did. Instead, he combined the daily-grind work ethic of his Detroit roots with the knightly passion of the Watergateera journalism he absorbed in the early 1970s..
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

What's in a study?

Beneath the politics of consolidating Lansing police operations, a web of studies and planning

by Andy Balaskovitz
The study, which began in 2010, cost $175,000, Chad Gamble, the city’s chief operating officer, said. The administration has been sitting on preliminary data since at least December, before former Finance Director Jerry Ambrose left the city to work on the emergency manager team in Flint, said Kevin Feuka, business development manager at C2AE, the firm that conducted the study.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
The city stopped mowing certain areas of 14 parks throughout the city last year as part of that plan. The goal was to save money. But City Council members and concerned citizens warned the administration about unintended consequences. One was trash build-up in the long grass.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

'Go Local' means invest local

by Terry Link
Unbeknownst to me, we exercised a similar approach locally in the past couple of months. A local businessperson was stymied in an attempt to accelerate her business because of a needed immediate infusion of about $1,500. Insufficient cash flow in her business was going to delay this significant business accelerator for months.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

New in town

Greenfield Collection Antiques

by Allison M. Berryman
Despite being a favorite among Old Town residents, Greenfield Collection closed for business in August 2011 so that Polston, along with his partners Mike Polston and Ron Cosson, could pursue other business ventures.
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