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Thursday, January 2,2014

About this issue

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Believe me when I tell you we had entirely something else planned for this week’s paper. I don’t want to spoil the surprise (since we will bring it to you soon), but let me just say it was the very opposite of what is perhaps the most serious issue we have ever produced.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Fast frozen

‘Gemini’ not too different from past damaging ice storms

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For the better part of a week, Winter Storm Gemini made mid-Michigan look like a set piece in the hit Disney film “Frozen,” leaving between onefourth of an inch and three-fourths of an inch of heavy ice crust across the landscape.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Looking ahead

Ice storm 2013: Anger, an apology and a promise to determine what went so wrong

by Andy Balaskovitz
Frustrated, angered and disheartened Board of Water and Light customers had their three minutes Monday night to face those responsible for the utility’s handling of a nine-day old ice storm that left some of them still without power.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

’And I grew up in Kansas’

After the ice storm, WLNS meteorologist Jake Dunne rethinks where they rank among natural disasters

by Andy Balaskovitz
WLNS-TV meteorologist Jake Dunne is not being hyperbolic when he says the ice storm has caused him to rethink aspects of his career.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

‘Goddamn hero’

Out in the field with BWL linemen on day six

by Andy Balaskovitz
Austen Helvey started working for the Lansing Board of Water and Light as a journeyman lineman three weeks ago. Six days after the ice storm hit Lansing, he and three other crew members had “turned” four major circuits in the area, restoring power to approximately 4,000 people.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Lesson learned

Confronting our society’s lack of self-sufficiency

by Andy Balaskovitz
It hit me late Thursday night as I was lying on my friend’s couch, about to fall asleep in his Foster Avenue home. I was reading Steven R. Reed’s report in the State Journal about frustrated residents without power.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Lark acknowledges ‘very bad mistake’

BWL GM on lark in NYC during storm

by Mickey Hirten
Thursday, Jan. 2 — In the middle of the ice storm that left 40,000 Lansing Board of Water and Light customers without power, General Manager J. Peter Lark took off for New York City to spend two days with his wife and son.
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Tuesday, December 31,2013

Kids in the Hall

The Lansing Board of Water and Light’s next three steps following the ice storm

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Dec. 31 — The Lansing Board of Water and Light’s outage management system, which handles reports from customers about where electrical outages have taken place, has not been fully operational for the “last several months,” BWL General Manager J. Peter Lark told the Lansing City Council tonight.
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Sunday, December 29,2013

Whitmer: ‘Totally unacceptable’ residents still without power

East Lansing senator says Board of Water and Light’s lack of responsiveness and accuracy is “unaddressed” public-safety issue

by Andy Balaskovitz
Sunday, Dec. 29 — It’s not just Lansing Board of Water and Light customers who are upset with their utility’s response to last weekend’s ice storm. The state Senate Minority Leader, who was also affected by power outages, blasted the public utility in a statement issued today.
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Saturday, December 28,2013

The work continues

More crews and comprehensive review of ice-storm handling coming, officials announce today

by Andy Balaskovitz
Saturday, Dec. 28 — As 3,000 Lansing Board of Water and Light customers remain without power today, the utility is spreading out more crews to help restore normalcy on day six of the area’s historic ice storm.
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