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Thursday, August 19,2010

Virg Watch

Would endorsements keep you from voting for an old friend?

by Andy Balaskovitz
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero used to hang out together at Adrian College in the 1980s. They got to know each other quite well then and stayed in touch as they moved up their respective political ladders.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Tea Party

by Kyle Melinn
It’s safe to say the Tea Party didn’t exactly take over Michigan politics during the August primary. Not even close.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

The long view

A talk with Sharon Parks on aiding low-income citizens

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Sharon Parks will retire soon as president and CEO of the Michigan League of Human Services, where she started 33 years as a policy analyst. The League is an advocacy group for low-income residents. Kyle Melinn and Berl Schwartz interviewed her last week on City Pulse’s radio show, which airs weekly at 7 p.m.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Feedback

by Readers
No excuse for speeding I’m outraged, but not for the pc-required reason. Every event descibed ("Driving while black?" 8/11/10) has happened to me at one time or another — except when I get stopped for a traffic violation, I get a ticket. Councilmember status gets Q...
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Eye candy of the Week

Urbandale Farm Project, Hayford Street, Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Hear “urban farming” and think “oxymoron?” The reality is that farming has an incredibly urban tradition. In fact, the first cities in human history occurred as a direct result of the simultaneous agricultural revolution of the Neolithic period.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Back to life

Restoring a former eyesore with the help of local homeless

by Andy Balaskovitz
When entering the Genesee Neighborhood near downtown Lansing from the south, a large two-story white house at the corner of Butler Boulevard and Ionia Street gives you a forbidding welcome. For about the past year, the property at 824 W. Ionia has been overgrown with weeds, its boarded-up windows hiding the charred remains of a fire.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Political rehabilitation

How a Lansing Community College student leader is coping with a criminal past

by Andy Balaskovitz
After serving 5 1/2 years in Ingham County jails, Manning was released on parole. Two of the conditions were that he was not to use any device with Internet capabilities and he was not to look at sexually suggestive material.
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Tuesday, August 17,2010

Kids in the Hall

To CoW, or not to CoW?

by Andy Balaskovitz
An ongoing divide between the Lansing City Council was on full display at Monday night’s meeting, as the Council President A’Lynne Robinson sought to refer all items of business to the Committee of the Whole. There was no legislative action scheduled for Monday’s meeting.
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Sunday, August 15,2010

Driving while black?

Three Lansing City Council members find themselves in an “appalling” situation en route to Detroit

by Andy Balaskovitz
It was about 7 p.m. on a warm, sunny Tuesday evening and three Lansing City Council members were en route to celebrate Mayor Virg Bernero’s nomination to be the state’s next governor.
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Thursday, August 12,2010

Virg Watch

On board: a campaign veteran and a former staffer

by Andy Balaskovitz
Virg Bernero has hired Lt. Gov. John Cherry's former chief of staff to run his campaign for governor.
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