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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Property: 1020 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing Owner: CCPL Real Estate Group Assessed value: $286,000 Owner says: Could not be reached for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: It is highly likely that this vacant building is the victim of low visibility.
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Thursday, February 2,2012

Foot-in-mouth disease

The mayor’s loose cannon strikes again, and other memorable Bernero blow-ups

by Andy Balaskovitz
“I was stunned,” Rossman-McKinney said Monday. “The way he specifically referred to Jim Nye in front of hundreds of people. You know our mayor. He gets pretty worked up — and he was really worked up about the thing. It was undignified and uncalled for.”
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

Going to Plan B

MSU students say they will draw up alternative energy transition plan

by Lawrence Cosentino
A coalition of Michigan State University students, frustrated with the university’s newly minted energy transition plan, announced Friday it will submit an alternative plan to MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon by Feb. 28.
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

Back for the board

Ferguson to run for fourth term on MSU Board of Trustees

by Kyle Melinn
Ferguson, a Democrat, says he still feels like he’s adding value to the university’s eight-member governing board. He enjoys what he’s doing and, at age 73, Ferguson is still viewed as the public face and leader of the statewide elected board.
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

He's gay, Republican and running for president

by Kyle Melinn
Karger lived with a male partner for 10 years, but he hid the news, rushing his partner out and hiding pictures on family visits.
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

Eyecandy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Opdyke was a Lansing architect who designed this striking modernist cube at 827 N. Washington Ave. Easily overlooked, this diminutive glass and steel box is among the best of the best in Lansing. Flat planes. Flat roof. Large windows. Totally modernist.
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Wednesday, January 25,2012

Former local Dem Party chair running in 68th

by Kyle Melinn
Griffin Rivers, the former chairman of the Ingham County Democratic Party, announced Tuesday he was running for the open 68th House District seat being vacated by term-limited Rep. Joan Bauer, D-Lansing, at the end of the year.
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Wednesday, January 25,2012

It's a safe bet lobbyists and flaks will be big winners

by Kyle Melinn
Turning a Lansing Center parking lot into a casino floor won’t happen overnight. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero understands that, which means getting the public’s support is almost as important as getting a judge’s support for the Sault tribe’s unproven legal theory that would allow a casino here.
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Wednesday, January 25,2012

The gamble

Reconfiguring the Stadium District and how a pair of attorneys came to believe in bringing a casino to Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Some legal experts dismiss the Lansing plan because of ongoing federal litigation between the Bay Mills Indian Community and the state in which the Bay Mills Community tried opening an off-reservation casino with money from its self-sufficiency fund. The case is before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Wednesday, January 25,2012

Advancing hybrids

MSU researchers are working on car engine technology that could reduce vehicle weight by 1,000 pounds and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 90 percent

by Brian Bienkowski
Cooking-pot-sized generators could replace most of what’s under the hood in hybrid cars, which would mean lighter, cheaper, cleaner and more efficient vehicles.
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