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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Eyesore of the week

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell- Seyburn says: At first glance the secondstory windows on 918 N. Larch Street appear to be mistakenly askew ' windows should be symmetrical, right!? Quirks like this are typical in this type of vernccular...
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Same-sex benefits costing state all of $600,000

by Kyle Melinn
He’s aware of HB 4770, which passed the state House last month 64-44. It would ban the state or any other public employer from offering benefits to same-sex or opposite-sex live-in couples who are not married. The bill now sits in the Senate, where its passage in the Republican-controlled body is likely.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

LCC chairman denies violating Open Meetings Act

Secret ballot on Oliver Towers?

by City Pulse
Meyer told the committee: “I polled every member this afternoon. This decision was made this morning, I polled every member and have concurrence with the exception of one that was a voicemail and has not gotten back to me yet but I think that will be fine too because he and I had talked earlier about this.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Lansing occupied

Setting the stage for an occupation at the Capitol this weekend

by Andy Balaskovitz
What started out as advertisements by the instigative, Canadian-based magazine Ad Busters has grown into a global social movement protesting the distribution of wealth and the grip on democratic politics held by the few (1 percent) with economic strength.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Sympathizers and naysayers

by Andy Balaskovitz
“I think we’ve got to keep the momentum going because it’s impossible to translate the issue of the greed of Wall Street into one demand, or two demands. We’re talking about a democratic awakening.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Weekend Survival Kit program returns

Volunteers, community leaders pull together to continue weekend food supplement program for area schools

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
R a m o s , along with a team of community o r g a n i zers includ- Ramos in g Pa u l Shaheen of the Ingham County food systems group, Kathe Smith from the Mid-Michigan Food Bank and Randy Bell from Ingham County MSU Extension, have been meeting regularly to try and sustain the program, which ended in August.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Lansing casino is 'not a realistic expectation,' experts say

Legal experts say bringing a tribal casino to Lansing faces huge hurdles

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
“I don’t see any possibility of a tribal casino being allowed to be constructed in the city of Lansing,” said Robert Stocker II, chairman of the gaming practice group at Dickinson Wright law firm in Lansing. The group deals with both Indian and commercial gaming issues and MGM Grand is listed on the firm’s client list on its website.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
The latest addition to East Lansing’s Chesterfield Hills Neighborhood, 359 University Drive completed in April 2011, is a traditional two-story style house that is aesthetically pleasing to our traditional tastes and environmentally friendly. It is a superb example of the evolution and success of today’s green building design.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Board costs, a parking dilemma and mudslinging

The Lansing Housing Commission anticipates a “major expenditure of funds” with Oliver Towers proposal; LCC would have a parking problem; oh, and Bernero calls LCC’s position on wanting Oliver Towers “infantile.”

by Andy Balaskovitz
In a Sept. 7 letter to the Housing Commission Board from Executive Director Patricia Baines-Lake, she explains that negotiations will need to cover “concerns of LHC’s Board, the site’s location in a floodplain and a floodway, timing of the move and start of construction, resolution of the Fair Market Value differential ' .
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Positive or not?

A casino would bring jobs and revenue to Lansing, but how much and at what price to other operations in Michigan?

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
On Friday, following reports that his administration is negotiating for a casino, Bernero issued a written statement saying his “administration strongly supports the concept of a casino in Lansing because it would have a tremendous positive impact on our local economy.
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