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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Is that the train, ma?

Grand Trunk depot’s longest wait may be over

by Lawrence Cosentino
The crenellated Jacobean Revival confection will be restored as part of a $182 million project centering on a new natural gas-powered cogeneration plant. The depot will be used for BWL meetings and events, but will also be opened up to the surrounding community.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Boilers and business

How a power plant became an urban development

by Lawrence Cosentino
REO Town, the historic district south of Lansing’s hub, is home to several new businesses, loft apartment projects and a new art gallery, but the area’s renaissance has slowed in recent years. The bustle of 1,000 to 1,200 construction jobs is expected to jump-start a new wave of activity.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

And the nominees are?

by Kyle Melinn
The Republican gubernatorial primary is a four-way free-for-all among U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Attorney General Mike Cox, businessman Rick Snyder and Oakland County Sherriff Mike Bouchard. All four have real strengths. All four have real problems, and the polling is bearing that out.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Graceful aging

Overcoming the "multi-billiondollar-aging-industrial complex"

by Gretchen Cochran
trekking down to the Eastside’s Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing. There he is meeting up with Peggy Woods, 85, and about 20 others for the weekly Discovery Group meeting. It is an interest group for seniors that has become a social lifeline for some.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Feedback

by Readers
Tom Helma has written an especially negative review of Lansing Civic Players’ Skungpoomery. While Helma’s review omits detail and demonstrates an apparent lack of understanding of absurdist theater, it is his opinion, and of course he is entitled to it.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Malcolm St.?

A proposed street name change before the Lansing City Council brings to the fore controversial black-rights activist and former Lansing resident Malcolm X

by Andy Balaskovitz
Michigan State University sociology Professor Carl Taylor was 15 years old on Feb. 14, 1965, the day he met Malcolm X. X was giving a speech at the Ford Auditorium in Dearborn on the same day his home was firebombed in New York City. Taylor said X’s presence was powerful, ominous and uptight, his clothes still smelling of smoke.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This large residence reveals that careless attention to details can compromise what was once an elegant home into something less than ideal. Mismatched doors are one of the fastest ways to detract and depreciate the aesthetic value of a building.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Virg Watch

Green support

by Andy Balaskovitz
The big news out of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero’s camp this week is endorsements by three of the state’s leading environmental groups. He also unveiled “Greening Michigan’s Future,” a five-point plan addressing the state’s environment...
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Tuesday, July 20,2010

Kids in the Hall

Tax exemption for GM expansion dominates Council meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
After swiftly placing more than a dozen letters and resolutions on file or moving them to various committees, Monday night’s Lansing City Council meeting welcomed General Motors Inc. representative Brian O’Connell to an informal discussion on a possible Lansing expansion. GM is...
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Monday, July 19,2010

LGBT support

Bernero looks to undecided progressive voters with new endorsements

by Andy Balaskovitz
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero picked up endorsements today by prominent LGBT-rights groups, which he believes will connect him to undecided Democrats in the Aug. 3 primary.
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