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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Virg Watch

Picking a running mate: Much ado about nothing?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Michigan Democratic Party Convention is Saturday and Sunday in Detroit, but there is only speculation about whom Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero will choose as a lieutenant governor nominee.
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Tuesday, August 24,2010

Kids in the Hall

Bernero defends running for governor while serving as mayor

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero made a rare appearance of late at Monday’s City Council meeting — perhaps coincidentally the first session since the Lansing State Journal renewed its editorial campaign saying he should choose between being mayor and running for governor.
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Monday, August 23,2010

The New Tycoon

The Ingham County Land Bank’s quest to make this place a better ... place

by Neal McNamara
On the day Rochelle Rizzi first saw the grand, brick house along Pine Street in Lansing, it was “complete construction zone.” The 6,000-square-foot Colonial Revival house was once the home of the superintendent of the School for the Blind but had been vacant more than a decade. Rizzi was on a quest to find the perfect space for her marketing firm, Rizzi Designs, and when she stepped inside, she knew she had found the right place. “I knew which furniture was going to be in what room,” she remembers. “It just seemed like a great fit.”
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Monday, August 23,2010

“Good development”

Public hearing scheduled tonight on easing the restrictions of certain commercial developments

by Andy Balaskovitz
A public hearing is scheduled for tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting on a proposed ordinance to establish four overlay districts in the city. Overlays are land-use planning tools that encourage “smart growth” development and pedestrian-oriented movement in commercial areas.
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Thursday, August 19,2010

Virg Watch

Would endorsements keep you from voting for an old friend?

by Andy Balaskovitz
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero used to hang out together at Adrian College in the 1980s. They got to know each other quite well then and stayed in touch as they moved up their respective political ladders.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Tea Party

by Kyle Melinn
It’s safe to say the Tea Party didn’t exactly take over Michigan politics during the August primary. Not even close.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

The long view

A talk with Sharon Parks on aiding low-income citizens

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Sharon Parks will retire soon as president and CEO of the Michigan League of Human Services, where she started 33 years as a policy analyst. The League is an advocacy group for low-income residents. Kyle Melinn and Berl Schwartz interviewed her last week on City Pulse’s radio show, which airs weekly at 7 p.m.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Feedback

by Readers
No excuse for speeding I’m outraged, but not for the pc-required reason. Every event descibed ("Driving while black?" 8/11/10) has happened to me at one time or another — except when I get stopped for a traffic violation, I get a ticket. Councilmember status gets Q...
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Eye candy of the Week

Urbandale Farm Project, Hayford Street, Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Hear “urban farming” and think “oxymoron?” The reality is that farming has an incredibly urban tradition. In fact, the first cities in human history occurred as a direct result of the simultaneous agricultural revolution of the Neolithic period.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Back to life

Restoring a former eyesore with the help of local homeless

by Andy Balaskovitz
When entering the Genesee Neighborhood near downtown Lansing from the south, a large two-story white house at the corner of Butler Boulevard and Ionia Street gives you a forbidding welcome. For about the past year, the property at 824 W. Ionia has been overgrown with weeds, its boarded-up windows hiding the charred remains of a fire.
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