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Friday, December 6,2013

This week from Capital News Service

Long-term loss of wetlands; “middle-skilled” workers in demand; U.S. donations fewer for Philippines; and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, Dec. 6 — Each week, City Pulse runs a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics cover Michigan wetlands facing long-term losses, the need for more “middle-skilled” workers, an increased statewide need for healthy foods and more.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Circling the carts

neighborhood grapples with changes that threaten goodrich´s shop-rite

by Lawrence Cosentino
On the day before Thanksgiving, Brian Jeffries prowled the aisles at Goodrich’s Shop-Rite, gathering stuff for the 17 pies he planned to bake on Thanksgiving Day. The longtime Lansing City Councilman is a relative newcomer to Shop-Rite. He has only been shopping at this 76-year-old locally owned grocery for 25 years.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

On stands today: "Corner store cornered" and the future of Goodrich's Shop-Rite

by City Pulse Staff
Wednesday, Dec. 4 — In this week's cover story, Lawrence Cosentino explores the future of East Lansing's Goodrich's Shop-Rite, which appears uncertain at best with redevelopment plans for Trowbridge Plaza.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Eye sore of the week

State Christmas tree, downtown Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Well, they’ve done it again. As if last year’s oddly lit Christmas tree wasn’t enough of an assault on our holiday sensibilities, state-employed decorators again leave us puzzled with this 71-foot-tall misshapen blue spruce.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Lansing and Dewpoint

Mayor Bernero and Councilwoman Dunbar return campaign contributions to Dewpoint officials in latest chapter examining city’s relationship with tech firm

by Andy Balaskovitz
The reelection campaigns of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar plan to or have returned $500 contributions to officials at Dewpoint Inc. The Lansing-based firm manages software for the city’s pension systems, but it is also being paid $1.25 million over two years to overhaul the city’s information technology.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Reframing government budgets

by Terry Link
There has been an increase of late in letters to our local paper calling for a national balanced budget amendment. The fact that they have appeared in clusters suggest a campaign by some entity. For the most part, these letters express the sentiment that not only is government spending at the root of all of our problems, but that government itself is the problem.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

As Detroit retirees worry ...

Posthumus, Schuette and lawmakers graze at the pension trough

by Walt Sorg
Local government retirees in Detroit are sweating. A federal judge Tuesday ruled Detroit could file Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Thousands of workers are wondering whether the federal bankruptcy court will wipe out some or all of their retirement pay, which averages $19,213 annually.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

‘It’s good to be back’

by Mickey Hirten
To City Pulse readers: After a few months of downtime, I am returning to newspapering and will be working with City Pulse. From 2001 until this past August, I was executive editor of the Lansing State Journal. And then I wasn’t. Not my choice, but new opportunities arise.
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Monday, December 2,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council approves plans for five different redevelopment projects, including SLU for a church on South MLK

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Dec. 2 — Despite objections from the city’s Planning Department and citizen-advisory Planning Board, the Lansing City Council unanimously approved a special land use request tonight for a church to open on South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
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Wednesday, November 27,2013

David vs. Lansing

South-side resident takes on city over house demolition and loses

by Andy Balaskovitz
In 1989, David Glenn paid $10,000 for a “shabby” 1,500-square-foot single-family home near West Cavanaugh Road and South Cedar Street. Since then, he’s spent over $50,000 on the house, which has included taxes, renovations and fees associated with a nearly decade-long fight with the city to keep it standing.
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