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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Crime and treatment

Ingham County´s Mental Health Court aims to keep sick offenders out of jail

by Lawrence Cosentino
Thomas Boyd has seen a lot of defendants, but the chief judge of 55th District Court in Ingham County can still picture one young man he sentenced a few years ago. "He was only 17, hadn´t even grown into his full adult male body, and he was already a big, gangly kid," Boyd said. The man heard voices others didn´t hear. He had already been in and out of mental hospitals, including Kalamazoo Psychiatric.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Rent-free LPD

Lansing Police Department landlord offers to let police stay rent free; Bernero rejects the bid

by BECKY McKENDRY
Landlord Harry Hepler offered Tuesday to allow the Lansing Police Department’s North Precinct to stay in his building rent free, which was promptly rejected as “11th hour bullshit tactics” by an angry Mayor Virg Bernero.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Knight vision

LCC is working on futuristic upgrades and preservation — in some cases through demolition

by BECKY McKENDRY
“It’s not your father’s LCC.” That’s how Lansing Community College President Brent Knight sums up the projects popping up around his campus. LCC just completed a $31 million overhaul of the Arts and Sciences Building that introduced futuristic upgrades in labs, classrooms and more.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Eyesore of the Week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
As is too often true of old buildings, this home has been covered with synthetic siding. Such work is ostensibly performed as a maintenance reduction or energy-saving effort. However, when undertaken, the exterior is frequently stripped of any details that project from its elevations.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Bernero: BWL is ‘on me’

Mayor explains why he is standing by Lark as general manager. It’s not just loyalty.

by Mickey Hirten
The long knives are out for the Lansing Board of Water and Light´s general manager, J. Peter Lark. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero´s Community Review Team called for a culture change at the utility and doubted that Lark could manage it. The Lansing State Journal said in a long Sunday editor...
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Friday, May 9,2014

Public rejects LPD plan

Council committee supports move to south side

by BECKY McKENDRY
FRIDAY, May 9 – Miguel Ferreyra-Flores will have to make a serious decision about his family — and his design business — if the Lansing Police Department leaves his neighborhood.  “If the precinct moves, we will strongly consider moving out of Lansing,” h...
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Thursday, May 8,2014

BWL report

Community Review Team emphasizes no personnel changes

by BECKY McKENDRY
THURSDAY, May 8 – Despite strong criticism of the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s performance during the December power outage, the Community Review Team is not recommending any personnel changes.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Road woes

City of Lansing estimates $166 million price tag to fix bad roads

by TODD HEYWOOD
Diane Cooke’s Pontiac G6 took a beating from fallen trees during this winter’s ice storms. But nothing prepared her for the destruction that the spring roads would bring to bear on her car. In a three-week time frame, she had to replace all four tires, plus her spare tire. She also had to replace two rims. The reason? The pothole-riddled streets in Lansing. It cost her over $1,000 to fix her car.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Enbridge, WKAR and Earth Day

by TODD HEYWOOD
Jeffrey Insko has a massive pipeline running through his backyard. He is reminded of this every time he looks out into his backyard and sees the scars left by Enbridge Energy’s pipeline replacement crews. And that reminder led to anger when he saw WKAR television and radio partnered with Enbridge for an Earth Day fundraiser to plant trees.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Uncovering common ground

A closer look at the financial triangle behind Common Ground Music Festival

by Andy Balaskovitz
This story began in April 2012, shortly after a source suggested City Pulse poke around the finances of Common Ground Music Festival — how it’s paid for, what the city is on the hook for and what it gets in return.
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