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Wednesday, January 14,2015

The speed of light

Lansing among the first Michigan cities to receive fiber optic internet to the home

by Belinda Thurston
“Dear bringer of the Light(Speed) Gods, I am writing to you from the confines of the desert island (aka: The Westside Neighborhood south of 496) that is my home. I long for the days that I may bask in the Light(Speed) of your glory. Saith the, Oh Light(Speed) Gods... when shall my brethren and I that inhabit this barren wasteland of an island be in your presence, so that we may be released from the wretched curse (aka: Comcast) that has plagued our tiny island for far too long? Sincerely, Your humble servant.”
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Give bullying the bounce

Harlem Globetrotter visits Holt school to teach bullying prevention

by Belinda Thurston
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14 — They got the basketball spinning. Some got their booties shaking. And they all said no to bullying. Harlem Globetrotter Herbert “Flight Time” Lang visited Wilcox Elementary School in Holt today with a message about the “ABCs of Bullying Prevention.”
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Tuesday, January 13,2015

Lark in danger

BWL to hold special meeting about Peter Lark’s job

by Belinda Thurston
The Board of Water & Light General Manager Peter Lark’s job may be in danger. The BWL board is calling a special meeting for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. “Board of Water & Light Commissioners Dennis M. Louney and Tony Mullen have called a special meeting of Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. at the Board of Water & Light Headquarters Depot,” the meeting notice reads.
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Tuesday, January 13,2015

Lights out for Lark

Lark ousted as BWL general manager in sudden special meeting

by Belinda Thurston
Embattled General Manager Peter Lark was terminated as general manager of the Lansing Board of Water & Light Tuesday night in a special meeting, six months after the Board of Commissioners reappointed him with a positive performance review. The eight-member board voted 5-3 to terminate Lark “for cause,” but it did not cite specifics. The meeting lasted only about 30 minutes.
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Thursday, January 8,2015

Market questions

What should happen with the Lansing City Market?

by Belinda Thurston
After a recent City Pulse article about the declining number of vendors and foot traffic at the Lansing City, Tim Barron said on his radio show the market “could possibly move to Old Town.” Barron, chairman of the board of the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority, which manages the market, clarified Monday: “There are many plans and that’s just one possibility. There’s lots of possibilities.” But he ended it there. “I have no intention of giving an interview,” he said of his comments about the beleaguered and beloved City Market.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Brief

by City Pulse
Mark Grebner to speak at Land Use Lunch Political consultant Mark Grebner will be the speaker at the Land Use lunch Friday. Grebner is known to many for his years as an outspoken Ingham County commissioner. Grebner’s topic will be “the utter absence of institutional f...
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1503 Turner Street, Lansing Owner: Pyramid Enterprise, East Lansing Assessed: $37,200 Along the first several blocks of Turner Street near Grand River, the streetscape is cohesive and lined with pleasant, occasionally eccentric buildings. Just south of this building, the str...
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Lows and highs

Legislature punts on roads and funding

by Mickey Hirten
As legislators prepare for their mid-January return to the Capitol — the Republicans empowered and the Democrats weakened — itīs worth remembering the just-ended lame duck session: What the old Legislature did and what it didnīt do. It can stumble either way, and when it comes to hard choices and leadership — that is, fixing our roads — it did both.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

The clothes off your back

New recycling service makes money from the clothes you throw away

by Belinda Thurston
At a penny a pound the City of Lansing may have found easy money out of what you throw away. In the first few weeks of using an Ohio-based company, Simple Recycling, to haul away clothes and some household items, nearly 36,000 pounds of material was picked up, according to Lori Welch, environmental specialist for the City of Lansing. That means about $360 for the city. At that rate nearly $10,000 in cash could flow into the city’s coffers in a year, eliminating tens of thousands of pounds of perfectly usable items from being buried.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Gone to the dogs

Potter Park Zoo adds two new wolves

by Belinda Thurston
Two male gray wolves from the New York State Zoo are the latest additions to Potter Park Zoo. The eight-month-old brothers share the parents of fellow Potter Park Zoo female gray wolf, Tala.
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