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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Eyesore of the week

1245 N. Larch Street, Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Original Hot ‘n Now buildings are becoming an incredibly rare find. Although most have been torn down, a shuttered one located at the corner of Larch and Liberty streets seems to have escaped demolition, patiently waiting for someone to do something with it.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Virg Watch

Bernero got his debate — how will he use it Sunday and who will be watching?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Oct. 6 — Democrat Virg Bernero may have his last realistic chance this weekend when he debates Rick Snyder to turn things around in the governor’s race. But who will actually watch?
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

No love for small business?

(Lance Enderle is the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 8h District. City Pulse has donated this space and requested Enderle to report it as an in-kind contribution. The material is unedited.)

by Lance Enderle
Thank God we have a Democratic majority in Congress and the Senate. If it weren’t for Democrats, another initiative to put people back to work would have once again failed. Republicans including Mike Rogers must think voters are either lacking in intelligence, or have a short memory.
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Tuesday, October 5,2010

Kids in the Hall

The city’s ‘intent’: $3 million for a consolidated service garage

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Oct. 5 — The Lansing City Council passed a resolution 7-1 at Monday’s meeting supporting borrowing $3 million to consolidate the city’s two maintenance garages. Those bonds will be paid off in 20 years at an interest rate of 4 percent rather than 5 percent (thanks, stimulus package).
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Monday, October 4,2010

Talking tax breaks

The Lansing City Council will hold four public hearings at tonight’s meeting on tax incentives for various redevelopment projects. The Council will also vote on bonds for a new service garage

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Oct. 4 — Tax incentives for three proposed redevelopment projects expected to bring jobs and rehabilitate contaminated property in the city will be discussed at tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

The Origins of a Nerd

Is Rick Snyder really a nerd?

by Kyle Melinn
We’ve heard about Snyder’s three college degrees by age 23. He’s obviously brilliant, but being brilliant doesn’t make you a nerd. He doesn’t wear glasses, let alone thick ones with thick lenses. He doesn’t wear a tie, let alone a bow tie. And where’s that pocket protector?.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

Feedback

by Readers
Many voters have received misleading mail attacking our candidate for state representative, Theresa Abed. Theresa campaigns by talking to voters about supporting small businesses that create jobs, reforming government and balancing budgets.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

Kids in the Hall

Lansing City Council adds last minute amendment to snow and ice removal; Monday’s meeting dominated by a controversial contract with a city employee

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Sept. 28 -- The Lansing City Council put on quite a show during Monday’s five-hour meeting, and fireworks began shortly after the Council unanimously approved a special land use permit for Abundant Grace Faith Church at 5750 S. Cedar St.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

A vision for where the Deluxe Inn stood

Local developers unveil a $30 million vision for a longtime blighted property near downtown and REO Town

by Andy Balaskovitz
This piece of bare land makes developers’ eyes light up because of its close proximity to downtown, I-496 and the Grand River. It’s no wonder it has taken only two months to go from an eyesore to a graffiti-covered canvas painted by local artists, to Lansing Fire Department training grounds to bare land with a “Redevelop Ready” poster out front.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

Risk averted or greed asserted?

As new federal health care regulations took effect Thursday, dozens in Ingham County lose coverage: an ‘unintended consequence.’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Fifty-four employees from 18 local businesses (including City Pulse) were notified recently that U.S. Health and Life Insurance Co. will terminate the 6-year-old Ingham County Advantage health insurance plan, effective Dec. 31. It is known as the “third share plan” because the county subsidizes roughly one-third of the premium.
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