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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Regionalism: We like it, but we don´t

One of the good things that may surface from Lansing Board of Water and Light´s disastrous ice storm performance is a better understanding of the value of regionalism

by Mickey Hirten
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero signaled last week that he is willing to expand BWL´s board of commissioners, adding non-voting members from East Lansing, Delta Township and a rotating annual seat shared by Delhi, Lansing, Meridian and DeWitt townships.
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Bombs bursting in air

The constant mini-explosions that crack the night leave Loretta Stanaway with a troubling choice

by Todd A. Heywood
“I’m torn. Do I pick up the phone and call the police to report what might be gunshots, only to find out it’s fireworks, or do I not?” she asks. And in her neighborhood, located in the South Lansing area of Jolly, Pennsylvania and Cedar, that’s a difficult decision. She says the neighborhood has been rocked with gun shots over the last year. The Fourth of July holiday has only complicated the situation.
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Monday, June 16,2014

Kids in the Hall

Lansing City Council postpones Abigail vote

by BECKY McKENDRY
MONDAY, June 16 — Lansing City Council will wait until June 30 to determine the outcome of the Abigail Building on the former campus of the Michigan School for the Blind.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Managing the Schertzing campaign

National political organization recruits East Lansing native Abby Clark, former field organizer for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to manage Eric Schertzing’s congressional campaign

by Andy Balaskovitz
Abby Clark got her first taste for politics at a time when many people her age couldn’t have cared less for the Democratic process. It was 2000, she had just turned 18 years old, the economy was booming and apathy ran strong among her peers.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

‘All things digital’

City hiring a social media manager to fix disorganized digital presence

by BECKY McKENDRY
Lansing is about to get social media savvy. Within the next couple of weeks, the city plans to post a job opening for a contractual social media manager. The 30-to-40-houra-week job is expected to pay $16 an hour, depending on experience.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Mark’s memes

In the battle against Rick Snyder, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful puts his eggs in the social media basket

by BECKY McKENDRY
In his battle against incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate is being outspent and dealing with name recognition and favorability deficits in the polls. But he has swirled up a storm of online attention, thanks to his campaign’s targeted use of social media. The 52-year-old former congressman from Battle Creek boasts over 30,000 Facebook fans and over 4,200 Twitter followers, thanks to a humorous approach that makes his online persona seem more at home on a Buzzfeed list than a stuffy politician’s website.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Reaching out

Lansing shelter involves students in abuse prevention

by BECKY McKENDRY
WEDNESDAY, June 11 — The Lansing domestic abuse shelter EVE is creating a Youth Advisory Board to combat teen dating violence. The board, which will develop dating violence prevention programs, will be made up of Ingham County students in grades 9 through 11. The goal is to develop abuse education curricula to present to area schools and community centers.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Eyecandy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 810 West Grand River (Psi Upsilon Fraternity), East Lansing Built in 1926, this building serves as the home of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity at Michigan State University. Built in the Italian Renaissance style, it borrows details directly from original Italian sources. At the h...
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Rogers misleads on Bergdahl

by Mickey Hirten
For Republicans like mid-Michigan´s Congressman Mike Rogers, the mediafueled outrage over the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from his Taliban captors is simply politics trumping patriotism.
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Monday, June 9,2014

Kids in the Hall

Council approves Cooley Law School Stadium project

by BECKY McKENDRY
MONDAY, June 9 — Before voting on the Outfield project, Lansing City Councilman Derrick Quinney held up the inaugural baseball from the first Lansing Lugnuts game he attended with his son in April 1996.
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