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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Eyecandy of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Manufacturers Bank of Lansing/ Comerica Bank, 101 N. Washington Square, Lansing Owner: Comerica Inc. Assessed value: $600,000 In spite of its commanding presence and exposed location, this impressive building is often overlooked. Approaching from the east along Michigan Avenue...
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Song and dance man

A Lansing State Journal story catches J. Peter Lark withholding information from his bosses about serious workplace violations at the Lansing Board of Water and Light

by Mickey Hirten
If he needs to change jobs, J. Peter Lark, Lansing Board of Water and Light’s general manager, could easily play the fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical “Chicago.” He’s got the suits. He’s got the coif. And Lark plays his board of commissioners the way Flynn plays juries.
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Monday, April 21,2014

Kids in the Hall

Lansing City Council approves tax incentives for GM, Montgomery Drain petition

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 21 — The Lansing City Council tonight unanimously approved a pair of tax incentives for General Motors Co., as well as gave Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann unanimous support for moving forward on the Red Cedar Renaissance project.
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Friday, April 18,2014

This week from Capital News Service

Inadequate bridge funding, weather hits golf courses, early-teen pregnancies are up and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, April 16 — This week’s file from Capital News Service includes stories on inadequate state funding for bridges; a new report showing teen pregnancies are generally down, except among 10-14-year-olds; a pending state Supreme Court decision that could have implications on disclosure of personal information; and more.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Midwestern sensibilities

Night of Notables event honors distinctly Michigan voices

by Bill Castanier
This year’s 20 Michigan Notable Books are weighty — close to 60 pounds — so if you plan to haul home some of this year’s selection at the Night for Notables, where the authors of 2014 books are being feted, bring a reinforced book bag. Two-time Edgar Award winner Steve Hamilton will be keynote for this year’s event.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

The crazier, the better

Conservative McMillin is Democrats’ dream Republican candidate for 8th District seat

by Kyle Melinn
In a gubernatorial year with Republican incumbents on the ballot and the negative publicity surrounding Obamacare sucking wind out of the Democrats’ talking points, will conservatives breeze to victory in the open 8th Congressional District race?
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Who are we to judge?

Happy Easter from City Pulse — may you find a place of worship that doesn’t view your sexual orientation as a sin

by Andy Balaskovitz
If you thought “open” places of worship and “affirming” places of worship for the LGBT community is simply a matter of word choice, guess again. It is the difference between one religious organization defining your sexual orientation as a sin versus wholly acceptable.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Full of holes

MSU President Simon’s argument against student-athlete unions denies reality

by Mickey Hirten
There are no better forums for anti-union arguments than The Wall Street Journal’s right-wing editorial pages. It’s where Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch last week warned of the threat to the billion-dollar collegiate athletic enterprise “by a push from people who believe that unionization for a few is the best and only way to address the current dynamic of college athletics.”
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Medicare money makers

Eight Lansing-area medical providers received more than $1 million each from feds in 2012

by Todd Heywood
Eight of Lansing’s top 10 Medicare billers raked in over $1 million each in 2012, according to a database released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to The Wall Street Journal. The other two brought in just under $1 million each.
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Monday, April 14,2014

Sierra Club to BWL: Retire Eckert by 2017

Environmental group urges Lansing Board of Water and Light to invest in long-term renewable energy, not short-term “Band-Aid” fixes to aging coal plant

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 14 — The Sierra Club over the weekend formally urged the Lansing Board of Water and Light to not spend millions on short-term pollution controls at its aging coal-fired Eckert plant, but rather on sustainable energy and upgrading transmission.
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