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Sunday, January 15,2012

Eyesore of the week -2

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Blight isn’t just an urban thing. The fact is, blight occurs at all levels of the built environment, but we are only used to seeing blight at the most urban and rural levels. But blight, like this collection of buildings on West Grand River Avenue, is there, even in places like Okemos.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

No Hamlets here

A Lansing actor, his longtime partner and six others take arms against the Michigan law barring same-sex benefits

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sunday evening at 6, Gerardo Ascheri hustled a lingering piano student out of the living room of his Lansing home to answer a reporter’s knock at the front door. Ascheri’s partner of 18 years, Doak Bloss, threw some vegetables in a Ziploc bag and put dinner prep on hold.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Robinson-Wood 'deal' spurred Jeffries-Dunbar deal

by Kyle Melinn
At about hour three of the Lansing City Council’s banging-head-against-the-wall deliberations over its 2012 president, community observer Mary Reynolds assumed the seat at the head of the table where the eight Lansing City Councilmembers should have been and announced:
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

What's next for Lansing Center?

On its 25th anniversary, questions about funding the Lansing Center. Mayor Bernero says the city's $800,000 subsidy is 'unsustainable.'

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will help lead the invitation-only celebration Thursday night marking the 25th anniversary of the Lansing Center — while also contemplating a way of regionalizing the facility for budgetary reasons.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Blight isn’t just an urban thing. The fact is, blight occurs at all levels of the built environment, but we are only used to seeing blight at the most urban and rural levels. But blight, like this collection of buildings on West Grand River Avenue, is there, even in places like Okemos. This type of blight is often symptomatic.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

12 state issues to watch in '12

by Kyle Melinn
Thank God, 2011 is over. That's the mindset of Michigan's unions and progressives, anyway. Act Two is coming here in 2012 with the state's Republican-led government attacking many of the same issues, but not with the fervor of the last 12 months.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
If you’re like most of us, you’ll be using this special time of the year to reflect and renew. Start the New Year with a resolution to grow your appreciation for mid-Michigan architecture. Try devoting a morning or afternoon a month to observing and engaging with buildings that make up our built environment. Take a walk through your neighborhood, visit a historic district and/or choose a destination building such as a museum.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

The 2012 Council

Electing Council leadership and anticipating another difficult budget process. Also, Bernero plans to run for re-election in 2013.

by Andy Balaskovitz
A new year for the Lansing City Council brings uncertainty over who will lead the legislative body, another set of budget challenges and a pledge from the mayor that he’s “optimistic” to work with the Council — and plans to run for re-election in 2013.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

‘Like wind I go’

Remembering 10 Lansing-area people who died in 2011

by Lawrence Cosentino
To write this story about 10 people who died in greater Lansing this year, I looked at every daily obituary for 2011. Why? Shawn Riley, father of Aaron Riley, the 21-year-old MSU student who drowned in July, said it perfectly: "It's a shame we don't know more about our fellow people."
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

11 groups run over by GOP agenda in ‘11

by Kyle Melinn
1. Organized labor - Gov. Rick Snyder's "reinvention" of Michigan equaled a "shared sacrifice" for just about everybody except business - who saw lower taxes, fewer regulations and long-sought policy changes that improve their bottom line at the expense of the injured and the unemployed.
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