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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 935 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing Owner: Financial Service Center Inc. Assessed value: $0 Architecture from the middle decades of the 20th century is enjoying a new-found appreciation. When buildings pass 50 years of age, their status grows, as they become cultural and...
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Lark’s missing emails: Same blind approach at BWL

by Mickey Hirten
There is no reason to doubt Lansing Board of Water and Light general manager J. Peter Lark when he says he deletes emails because that’s what he does.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

When the Olympics, human rights collide

Local LGBT community reacts to the Olympic games being held in a country known for its human rights violations

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sergei Kvitko claims to be “clueless” about sports — he can’t tell the Super Bowl from the Rose Bowl — but he has good reason to follow the politics of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Proposal surfaces to expand BWL board representation

East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett offers proposal to include East Lansing and Meridian and Delta township representation on BWL Board of Commissioners. Any changes subject to Lansing City Council, voter approval.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 12 — East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett has proposed a new structure for the Lansing Board of Water and Light Board of Commissioners that would include representatives from East Lansing and Meridian and Delta townships.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Goodrich’s replacement: Fresh Thyme

A Phoenix-based grocer, and Whole Foods competitor, has signed a lease to replace Goodrich’s Shop-Rite in Trowbridge Plaza

by Andy Balaskovitz
A fledgling Phoenix, Ariz.-based grocer with ties to Meijer Inc. will replace Goodrich’s Shop-Rite in East Lansing’s Trowbridge Plaza, an official with Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has confirmed.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

They give; he spends

A look at Mayor Virg Bernero’s shopping habits, as shown through recent filings of his 527 account

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s choice spot for Thai food is Thai Village on Washington Square downtown. If he’s hungry for meat and potatoes fare, that’d be Restaurant Mediterran, across the street.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Heroin is here

Greater Lansing, fitting with national trends, is not immune to the heroin epidemic. Will combating it take aggressive law enforcement or a rethinking of drug laws?

by Andy Balaskovitz
If after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s deadly overdose in New York and a governor’s assertion of a statewide “crisis” in Vermont you still feel far removed from heroin abuse, think again.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Who is this woman?

After outcry over the Lansing Police Department’s not disclosing why it needed help identifying a woman, the LPD says she’s suspected of shoplifting

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 12 — The Lansing Police Department generated a flurry of negative comments on Facebook today when it released security camera images of a woman it needed help identifying — without saying why or what the alleged crime was.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Apart from the awkwardly heavy parapet that encircles the roof, this building exhibits elegant details rendered in brick and stone. Deeply set double hung windows rest on bracketed limestone sills. The classical portico, with heavy Doric columns, maintains a powerful presence on a street lined with automobile parking and modern architecture. However, relatively recent modifications to this century-old building detract from its classical beauty.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Bile and bluster

Intelligence chairman Mike Rogers’ take on the NSA scandal lacks evidence and support

by Mickey Hirten
Honestly now, wouldn’t you think that the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee would have better, well, intelligence? But then you’d be overestimating mid- Michigan’s own Mike Rogers, Republican congressman from the 8th District, cheerleader-in-chief for the nation’s spy agencies.
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