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Thursday, December 26,2013

The year in review

LGBT rights, the war on drugs and more highlights from 2013’s news cycle

by Andy Balaskovitz
In 2013, the nation watched President Obama’s signature health-care law’s tumultuous beginnings, Republicans continued their attack against women and the poor and a National Security Agency contractor leaked the beans on Big Brother.
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Thursday, December 26,2013

The year in politics

by Walt Sorg
He shoots, he scores! Nobody with a serious chance of winning was willing to challenge Virg Bernero’s quest for a third term, leaving the mayor free to work towards a less contentious City Council. He used that fact to great advantage. Three of the four incumbents seeking reele...
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Thursday, December 26,2013

Greater Lansing’s 2013 makeovers

Some stalled projects finally starting; housing is hot; retail is not

by Mickey Hirten
It’s not hard these days to sense the changes taking place in greater Lansing. There are big projects like the Knapps building in downtown Lansing. Smaller projects like the Gillespie Midtown housing project at the former Silver Dollar Saloon site on Michigan Avenue.
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Friday, December 20,2013

Building Red Cedar

Ferguson sticks with construction, architecture team from past projects to build Red Cedar Renaissance

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Dec. 20 — Clark Construction Co., the Lansing-based firm that built the Michigan State Police headquarters, will lead the construction on the former Red Cedar Golf Course project.
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Friday, December 20,2013

Roll call

Most Lansing-area lawmakers showed up for all recorded votes in 2013

by Walt Sorg
Friday, Dec. 20 — Most area legislators had “perfect” voting records in 2013, at least in terms of showing up to vote.
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

On stands today: Three wishes

by City Pulse Staff
Wednesday, Dec. 18 — It’s an ordinary question that’s capable of the most extraordinary responses: What would you do with three wishes? City Pulse asks local politicians, entertainers and businesspeople what they’d do. Responders include likely gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, EVERYbody Reads Bookstore owner Scott Harris and radio personality Tim Barron. Find out how many ways you can wish for world peace.
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

Whitmer rips ‘rape insurance’

Tells lawmakers she was raped. Senate, unmoved, votes to mandate abortion rider provision.

by City Pulse Staff
(Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, attacked new abortion legislation in a floor speech excerpted here. Both houses approved the measure.)
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

The list is in

This year’s top 10 tax delinquents

by City Pulse Staff
“Unfortunately,” says Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing, the number of foreclosures isn’t improving in greater Lansing. “The level of foreclosure activity looks to stay quite elevated for at least the third year running.”
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

Keeping Village Summit open

Anonymous donor pledges major contribution to keep community center open, but more fundraising is needed

by City Pulse Staff
Wednesday, Dec. 18 — Village Summit, a community center located just east of Lansing’s Moores Park Neighborhood, has launched a fundraising project to keep its doors open. The effort received help today from an anonymous donor, who pledged up to half of the fundraising goal.
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

Now what?

Five questions to consider as a new developer is brought on for the Red Cedar Golf Course redevelopment

by Andy Balaskovitz
Local officials announced last week they had gone to the bullpen to bring in a new player to help redevelop a 61-acre former golf course on Lansing’s east side, replacing one of the original developers for reasons not immediately apparent.
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