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Wednesday, December 10,2014

BRIEF ...

by City Pulse
BWL activates equipment to reduce mercury emissions The Lansing Board of Water & Light has finally activated equipment it installed in 2007 that will reduce mercury emissions at the Erickson Power Plant. The Activated Carbon Injection system is being operated at a rate designed ...
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
The issues facing this property are well known to Lansing’s Office of Building Safety, which has red-tagged the structure. Leaves and debris are piled on the front porch, which itself is in need of corrective maintenance. The main level windows are boarded up, and the exposed wood windows on the upper level need a coat of paint.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Free speech and terrorism

MSU case raises questions about Michigan’s post 9/11 laws

by Mickey Hirten
Michigan State University student Michael Matthew Mullen, arrested last month for allegedly threatening to shoot up a school, is charged with terrorism. In a post on the social media site Yik Yak in November, Mullen supposedly wrote, "I'm gonna (gun symbol) the school at 12:15 p.m. today.” There are enough school shootings, enough mentally ill, chronically angry, psychotic people with guns that police acted swiftly to apprehend Mullen. But terrorism?
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Cleaning house

Lansing prepares to tighten medical marijuana dispensary rules

by Belinda Thurston
It’s Friday night and the club is hopping. Red neon signs flash, “Open,” “Darts, Pool, Big Screen TVs.” Cars line the street and are queued up at the front door of the “lounge.” This is the scene at the corner of Cedar and Holmes streets at the Got Meds Lounge, a medical marijuana dispensary. It’s one of more than a dozen illegal dispensaries operating openly in Lansing.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

#AllLivesMatter

Community forum on racial issues gives voice to a movement for justice

by Belinda Thurston
The justice system is flawed. That was the overall tone at a town hall meeting Tuesday night in the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York at the hands of police.
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Tuesday, December 9,2014

BWL the polluter

BWL’s poor responses to the ice storm and a plant accident may be forgivable, but failing to abate mercury pollution is another matter entirely

by Mickey Hirten
You have to wonder sometimes how the people who run Lansing Board of Water and Light sleep at night. We learned last week that the utilityīs Erickson plant installed equipment in 2007 that would drastically reduce the amount of toxic mercury is spews out over Lansing and nearby communities. But it hasnīt turned it on to save money and, well, because it didnīt have to.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Bishop reviewing Lansing field office

by Kyle Melinn
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers may be from Livingston County, but he kept a toehold in the Lansing area by locating his district office in the city, for several years on Michigan Avenue and later at 1000 W. St. Joseph. The plans of Rogersī replacement in the 8th Congressional District are not as definite. Congressman-Elect Mike Bishop said last week he still hasnīt made up his mind where he wants to put the field office considering the districtīs new geography.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Briefs

by City Pulse
A permanent road funding formula that injects another $1.3 billion into Michiganīs transportation network is topping this monthīs lame duck session with Gov. Rick Snyderīs chief lobbyist calling it the administrationīs "1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th priorities."
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Travelers visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, are often overheard asking why the city’s great castle was built so close to the prosaic railroad yard. While the two make a peculiar contrast of majesty and utility, the 12th century castle obviously predates the Victorian Era rail. Likewise, this magnificent building on East St. Joseph Street seems curiously out of place, with its front yard at the intersection of a freeway off-ramp and a deadend street.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Racial divide

Mid Michigan’s arrest numbers suggest all is not well

by Mickey Hirten
White people like me often look at racial progress in America as significant and sustainable. But as we confront what has happened, and is still happening, in Ferguson, that sense of progress isnīt how America looks if you are black. President Obama, ever cautious dealing with racial issues, acknowledged a problem that is not unique to St. Louis during a White House meeting on Monday, noting a “simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.”
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