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Friday, January 3,2014

Lark’s severance package

Firing GM would cost BWL $129,280 plus benefits

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 3 — Lansing Board of Water and Light ratepayers could be on the hook for $129,280 in wages if General Manager J. Peter Lark’s contract is terminated before it expires in 2018.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

A week later, still no power

by Lawrence Cosentino
The big freeze of 2013 began with a cannonade of falling limbs and orange flashes. A softer music filled the streets the following Saturday, as bits of melting ice tinkled from tree limbs to the ground. Power was back in many neighborhoods, but many single houses and pockets of houses were still out.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Cupcakes and comforters

Trinity Church Red Cross shelter sweetens a sour deal

by Lawrence Cosentino
A live chorus of “Happy Birthday” drowned out the “Entertainment Tonight” theme in the TV lounge at Lansing’s Trinity Church on Dunckel Road last Thursday, five days after an ice storm and widespread power failures turned the church into a Red Cross shelter.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

In the dark

Customers converge to demand answers at BWL

by Lawrence Cosentino
The parade of citizens at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s customer service center Friday afternoon was beyond even Norman Rockwell’s power to paint. They came in pajama bottoms, business suits, Obama T-shirts, fedoras, overalls, berets, red holiday coats with gold jingle bells and threadbare flannel under yellowish beards.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

What will be your enduring memory of the ice storm?

by City Pulse Staff
Readers shared their thoughts on City Pulse’s Facebook page over the past week. Here’ what they had to say:
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Editorial: BWL reconsidered

Independent panel needed on response and future

by City Pulse Staff
People of Lansing and other communities served by the Board of Water and Light deserve vastly better service than they received in the aftermath of the December ice storm. They should demand an outside investigation of the utility´s wretched performance and its mandate to provide reliable service to the community.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

My story

City Pulse readers share their frustrations — and unexpected upsides — about last week's power outage

by City Pulse Staff
Lisa Stuecher Age: 27 • Shepard Street • Lansing A positive story: It was a silver lining for my boyfriend’s restaurant. The records showed it would be dead slow during those days but since no one had power and everyone came for breakfast. We were so busy. It wa...
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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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