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Wednesday, September 1,2010

Snow revisited

For the city, public safety trumps potential costs of a new snow and ice removal ordinance, which will be discussed publicly today

by Andy Balaskovitz
Over the past two winters, 450 nuisance complaints were filed with the Lansing Public Service Department. Of those, 207 notices were delivered to property owners’ doorsteps to clean up their public sidewalks (some of whom are out-of-state banks on foreclosed properties). Of those notices, only seven civil infraction tickets were issued. And to the department director’s understanding, none of them was paid.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

[Pay] Back to School

by Andy Balaskovitz
Living near MSU is a distinct experience this time of year. Roughly 15,000 students move into residence halls on campus, each with varying quantities of essential and non-essential furnishings.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

Virg Watch

Have you seen the new one about “Pure Lansing?”

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Michigan Republican Party released a one-minute political shot at Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero this week vis-'-vis depressing portraits of Lansing.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

Building a community

A two-year struggle to open Village Summit on the south side finally pays off.

by Brian Bienkowski
Marcus Brown was a teenager living on Detroit’s east side about 25 years ago. One day he was helping a neighbor woman carry some boxes.“Did you know there’s a famous woman with your name too?” Brown asked her.Neighbors laughed at his question, leaving Brown confused. Only later would he find out that he was speaking to civil rights icon Rosa Parks. He was taken aback that a woman of her stature would be living in a drug-infested neighborhood in Detroit.
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Tuesday, August 31,2010

Kids in the Hall

Job training: How long does it take to replace a City Hall veteran?

by Andy Balaskovitz
A contentious contract agreement between the city and a former city employee was scheduled for approval at Monday night’s City Council meeting, but it was put on hold after two Council members and another employee expressed concern about its terms.
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Monday, August 30,2010

Through the cracks

Lansing finds itself unable to enforce building codes in manufactured rental homes

by Andy Balaskovitz
A report by the Public Safety Committee will be distributed at tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting that concludes the city is unable to perform certain building code inspections on mobile-home rental property required by state legislation passed in January.
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Thursday, August 26,2010

The munchies

Should street food vendors be allowed to serve until 3 a.m. on weekends?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Clint Tarver has been slinging hot dogs for about 12 years. He is a staple outside of the Lansing City Hall building at Capitol and Michigan avenues, and for the past two years he has sold hot dogs in the Stadium District on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Dem recruiting for Snyder

Sharon Ellis managed two successful campaigns against Bernero. Can she help the GOP do it again?

by Kyle Melinn
If you know Williamston political consultant Sharon Ellis, you know she’s a Democrat. She has no problem making that pretty clear.In fact, on her first day working for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder, she announced to everybody in the room where her party loyalties lie. And she doesn’t bleed red.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Feedback

There goes the neighborhood

by Readers
I generally enjoy your publication and will pick up a copy whenever I see a new edition. However, I’m writing in regard to the recent article in the City Pulse by Neal McNamara entitled "The New Tycoon (8/18/10)". Here’s the first paragraph:
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

TURN IT DOWN: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

Negative Red attitude

by Rich Tupica
From industrial angst and electro, to mellowed-out hippie jams, Lansing has a vast assortment of live music this week.
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