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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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Wednesday, February 12,2014

BWL Watch

by Andy Balaskovitz and RJ Wolcott
Suit possible to force disclosure of general manager’s communications Columnist Steve Miller writes for MLive this week that “an unnamed local media outlet is in initial talks to file a legal action” against the BWL to force it to turn over records as requested under the ...
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Tuesday, February 11,2014

‘First thoughts’ on Red Cedar project

Developers welcome community input for Red Cedar Renaissance project at public event Wednesday

by City Pulse Staff
Tuesday, Feb. 11 — Even though the project has been floated for over two years, developers and economic development officials are holding a “first thoughts” session Wednesday to gather public input on redeveloping 61 acres at the former Red Cedar Golf Course.
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Monday, February 10,2014

Kids in the Hall

Council unanimously approves $2.2 million technology plan; more seating arrangement drama

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 10 — The Lansing City Council unanimously approved plans tonight for going forward with a $2.2 million overhaul of the city’s technology infrastructure.
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Monday, February 10,2014

A local alternative for schools

Lawmaker proposes alternative to expanding Education Achievement Authority that would depend on more local reforms for struggling schools

by Nicole Halvorsen
Monday, Feb. 10 — In response to a contentious proposal to expand the Education Achievement Authority statewide, one lawmaker is proposing an alternative meant to keep public schools in the hands of those who know them best.
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Friday, February 7,2014

This week from Capital News Service

Tax breaks for brewers; Legislature overusing special recognitions; snow kiters thrive; new contamination evidence in otters and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, Feb. 7 — 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 state lawmakers considering a tax break for brewers who use Michigan-grown crops in their beer, making the case for a part-time Legislature and more.
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