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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Transom zaps redux

Lightning strikes twice at the doors of the Ottawa Power Station

by Lawrence Cosentino
Lorenzo Ghiberti’s 15th-century bronze doors at the Baptistery of Florence have God, Noah, Adam and Eve going for them, but even the fabled “Gates of Paradise” don’t have transom zaps.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Skeleton crew

Dancing delicately with the Ottawa Power Station’s steel bones

by Lawrence Cosentino
Imagine replacing a dinosaur’s skeleton, working through a small hole in the top of its head, while the dinosaur is still alive.That’s pretty much what steelworkers had to do when they set about to convert the Ottawa Street Power Station to the world headquarters of the Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

From power to people

How designers made Planet Machine habitable by humans

by Lawrence Cosentino
Enter the Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America’s new headquarters in downtown Lansing and you walk into a naked tug of war between a 20th-century power plant and a modern office building.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Hardhats and high hopes

Economic echoes of an urban renewal thunderclap

by Lawrence Cosentino
Tell someone Lansing’s historic Ottawa Power Station is 172.2 feet tall and you might get a “hm.”Take a friend downtown to see the big orange flame jet into the blue or tremble in the river and you’ll get an “ohhh.”
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Like father, like daughter?

Like father, like daughter? Young Bernero testing political waters

by Kyle Melinn
The name "Bernero" may be showing up again on another ballot near you. This time the first name accompanying the well-known surname won’t be "Virg." It would be Kelly.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

The Herbal Center

3340 Lake Lansing Road, Suite 1, Meridian Township Hours: M-F 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (517) 333-4842

by City Pulse
Newcomers may opt for a voluntary lifetime membership for $20, which offers discounts, a monthly newsletter and free cooking classes, along with the center’s full line of medicine and medibles..
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Phoenix Risen: A special section for a special project

by BERL SCHWARTZ
In 2007, City Pulse was about to publish a short story that the Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America was going to adapt the Ottawa Power Station to be its headquarters.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Feedback

by Readers
I wonder: If you ask the universe for Grace, Beauty, Laughter and Joy, does it come true?It does if you know Karen Hartwig. Karen Jeanne Hartwig was born March 4, 1963, and left this earth way too suddenly on March 18, 2011.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Dispensary discrepancy

Questions arise over the operation of four medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
One medical marijuana dispensary in Lansing appears to be operating without the city’s approval, and three more may be in trouble if the City Council adopts a revised moratorium ordinance.S S Collectives, 1242 E. Grand River Ave., has been open for nearly two months, according to a manager, but evidently never registered with the city.
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Thursday, March 24,2011

Do these protests really make a difference?

by Kyle Melinn
Koopsen’s mind was made up. "Most of us are students. It’s hard to get by with money and everything, but at the end of the day people who have nothing have the right to speak," said the 19-year-old Western Michigan University student. "If this is the way we speak, by being arrested, I’m willing to speak that way.
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