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Wednesday, July 22,2015

Slanted survey

Union poll on BWL a scare tactic

by Mickey Hirten
At some point, when Lansing looks at the costs and benefits of selling the Board of Water & Light, it will need a survey assessing peopleīs feelings. But the poll released last week by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers isnīt it. Rather, it was a political warnin...
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Thursday, July 16,2015

Access granted

Donation helps expand local math tutoring program

by Asha Johnson
THURSDAY, JULY 16 — Lansing-area students are about to get a little help with their math homework. The Grainger Foundation has donated $5,000 to the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) to support its iMath after-school tutoring program. The foundation is the philanthropic arm of W.W. Grainger Inc., an Illinois-based industrial supply company that has operated a branch in Lansing for over 40 years.
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Wheat and chaff

Ag industry grapples with sustainability

by Lawrence Cosentino
Judging by a conference at MSUīs Kellogg Center, Michiganīs agricultural leaders are coming to grips with sustainability in much the same way movie and music moguls reacted to the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. The kids sure go for it, but is it something to embrace, exploit or co-opt? Is there money in it? And what is it, anyway? "Social causes are a big deal for these young people who are up and coming," Keith Tinsey of Walther Farms in Three Rivers said at last week’s conference. Tinsey was one of several speakers who joked about their bald or graying heads. Keith Reinholt of the Michigan Soybean Association was another.
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 119 S. Magnolia Ave. Magnolia Street Substation Lansing Located within the yellow brick walls of this simple building, the industrial equipment used by the Lansing Board of Water & Light transforms electrical voltage from high to low, making it available for local distribu...
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

McCloudy days at BWL

Bernero snubs Council, keeps appointee on board

by Todd A. Heywood
Despite having his reappointment nomination withdrawn late Monday afternoon by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Lansing Board of Water and Light Commissioner Anthony McCloud will continue to serve in his position.
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Oops

Ethics group violates state law, county clerk says

by Todd A. Heywood
A committee set up ostensibly to bring greater campaign transparency to city of Lansing elections has violated Michigan campaign laws, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum has determined. Citing reporting by City Pulse, Byrum on July 8 sent a letter to Walt Sorg, chairman of Lansing Citizens for Ethics Reform. The group was pushing an amendment to the city’s ethics law that would have required, among other things, registering lobbyists and providing public campaign financing. The city clerk refused to validate the petition drive after the city attorney said the proposal violated state law and the City Charter.
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Certified: Uncovering Lansingīs hidden rental crisis

LOW-INCOME FAMILIES SUFFER FROM DEFICIENT HOUSING INSPECTIONS

by Todd A. Heywood
Bancroft Court is a quiet street nestled in the Genesee Neighborhood on Lansing’s near west side. The house at 816 is a mustard yellow two-story, three bedroom, single-family home built in 1916, decorated with flowers in a new bed. Children’s toys are on the porch and yard. The exterior masks an appalling interior.
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Behind the inspection at 816 Bancroft Court

by Todd A. Heywood
The results of a city inspection of the rental property at 816 Bancroft Court not only found safety violations, but also revealed the complicated relationships inspectors share with tenants and landlords in the city. Larry Connelly, a city inspector, visited the property on Thursday based on a complaint filed by City Council members. That complaint was based on photos shared by City Pulse and an expression of concern for the tenant’s health and safety.
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Overtime for MSU, ESPN

Appeals Court to hear case over releasing athletes’ names

by Brooke Kansier
A dispute between Michigan State University and the ESPN Sports Network over the university’s refusal to release 301 student-athlete names in campus police reports has moved to the state Court of Appeals. MSU is challenging a ruling by Ingham County Circuit Judge Clinton Can...
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 114 Clare St. Lansing Charter Township Granted, this building is not located in the most visible or well-travelled precinct. However, the light industrial atmosphere of the area does not excuse the building’s deteriorated condition. The lot is overgrown with weeds and, a...
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