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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Who are we to judge?

Happy Easter from City Pulse — may you find a place of worship that doesn’t view your sexual orientation as a sin

by Andy Balaskovitz
If you thought “open” places of worship and “affirming” places of worship for the LGBT community is simply a matter of word choice, guess again. It is the difference between one religious organization defining your sexual orientation as a sin versus wholly acceptable.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Full of holes

MSU President Simon’s argument against student-athlete unions denies reality

by Mickey Hirten
There are no better forums for anti-union arguments than The Wall Street Journal’s right-wing editorial pages. It’s where Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch last week warned of the threat to the billion-dollar collegiate athletic enterprise “by a push from people who believe that unionization for a few is the best and only way to address the current dynamic of college athletics.”
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Medicare money makers

Eight Lansing-area medical providers received more than $1 million each from feds in 2012

by Todd Heywood
Eight of Lansing’s top 10 Medicare billers raked in over $1 million each in 2012, according to a database released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to The Wall Street Journal. The other two brought in just under $1 million each.
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Monday, April 14,2014

Sierra Club to BWL: Retire Eckert by 2017

Environmental group urges Lansing Board of Water and Light to invest in long-term renewable energy, not short-term “Band-Aid” fixes to aging coal plant

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 14 — The Sierra Club over the weekend formally urged the Lansing Board of Water and Light to not spend millions on short-term pollution controls at its aging coal-fired Eckert plant, but rather on sustainable energy and upgrading transmission.
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Friday, April 11,2014

This week from Capital News Service

Bat-killing fungus discovered in Michigan, causing concern for farmers, foresters and homeowners

by CNS correspondents
Friday, April 4 — Each week, City Pulse runs a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics include a bat-killing fungus discovered in Michigan; new highway construction zone safety stats; paving roads with gravel and expanded dredging projects.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Already read that

Author Lingg Brewer says ‘quibble,’ experts say ‘plagiarism’

by Lawrence Cosentino
An odd thing happened on the way to reviewing “Dreams Gone Wrong,” former State Rep. Lingg Brewer’s book about gamblers and campus unrest at MSU in the 1960s.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Seeing art through

The Lansing City Council is preparing for public art, but who will pay for it?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing City Council is in the process of establishing a formal commission to review and facilitate public art, but an underlying question that needs to be dealt with is: Will the public pay for it?
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Eyesore of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Although this building features the truncated “witches hat” roof characteristic of nationally known fast-food franchise Pizza Hut, it was once the home of Lansing’s Famous Taco. Now vacant and boarded, its falling soffit is precariously held up by the former restaurant’s mechanical equipment. In a show of disregard toward the residents of nearby homes, even the Realtor’s sign is neglected and collapsed.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Mayor for life?

Virg Bernero finds out that successfully leading a city, as he has done in Lansing for more than eight years, doesn’t readily translate into higher office

by Mickey Hirten
There are some political jobs that are a perfect platform for higher office. But mayor isn’t one of them.
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Tuesday, April 8,2014

Kids in the Hall

Standing up for LGBT community as state mounts same-sex marriage appeal; Red Cedar project gets public hearing after lawsuit announced last week; Allen Market Place opens space for Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, April 8 — Let’s savor this one for a moment: In what could have been yet another messy dispute this year over legislative process, the Lansing City Council came together Monday night to pass a resolution extending strong support for the LGBT community.
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