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Wednesday, May 26,2010

Public employees taking their lumps

by Kyle Melinn
Last week it was public school employee unions who got a less-than-lucrative early retirement plan. Next week state government employees could be staring down the barrel of the same half-carrot, half-stick scheme . . . and that’s only if the House Speaker Andy Dillon sees enough hair on the scalp to bring out the knife.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

'At the end of the day, you have to always challenge the status quo'

Kande Ngalamulume ready to fight the Mike Rogers standard

by Neal McNamara
The other volunteers at the Recycle Livingston center in Howell that day said that Ngalamulume’s clothes really raised the dress code around the place. Plus, the safety vest might have been a little unnecessary since the recycling center is essentially a large parking lot with more stationary Dumpsters than heavy machinery.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

Virg Watch

Virg's environmental scorecard vs. Andy Dillon's, plus, some national press

by Neal McNamara
Given the recent sunny weather, it might be a good time to look at the environmental record of Virg Bernero.Two weeks ago, Bernero spoke at a forum that hosted by the League of Conservation Voters. And on Tuesday, the League released its annual scorecard of state elected officials.Since Be...
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

Feedback

by Readers
Honoring Cesar Chavez with a street name is a chance for Lansing’s majority culture to finally recognize what is important to the city’s Spanish-speaking minority.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

Inch by inch

A push to measure the condition of all 600 miles of Lansing’s sidewalks with the goal of improvements

by Jane Alexander
Standing on a Lansing street corner, Lisa Benck hands Jessica Yorko one end of a length of string. The two crouch down and measure the length of sidewalk corners where they decline into ramps into the street. They smile warmly at curious passersby, as they take their measurements, cross the street, and crouch back down again on the opposing corner.
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Monday, May 24,2010

EYE CANDY! OF THE WEEK

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Lansing’s Jon Anthony Florist and October Moon make good use of plants to brighten up and give beauty to their businesses without giving up the advantages of a metropolitan location.
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Friday, May 21,2010

ESTATE PLANNING, PART II

“Basic” Estate Planning Tools

by KRISTIN D. ARNETT
(This article is the second in a three-part series which relates to estate planning paying special attention to non-marital relationships. Part two will be posted next Friday, May 21. The author, Kristin D. Arnett, is a Lansing attorney specializing in estate planning. She can be reached a...
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Who steps up if Virg steps down?

by Kyle Melinn
But whether its Robinson, Council Vice President Kathie Dunbar or At-Large Councilwoman Carol Wood (the likely suspects), they’re only going to hold the position for 11 months before they’ll need to go to voters to keep the job for the rest of Bernero’s four-year term.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Kagan connection

Lansing city attorney got the Socratic treatment from Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan

by Neal McNamara
One day back in 1999 in administrative law class at Harvard University Law School, future Lansing City Attorney Brig Smith was clicking away on his laptop at a game of solitaire while his professor, Elena Kagan, was looking for an answer to a question.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Knocked down

A couple of years and a Facebook group later, Lansing resident kisses eyesore goodbye

by Neal McNamara
Since Orlich moved onto Princeton Street five years ago, the house at 735 Princeton has been a problem. At first, the people living there were a nuisance, attracting the attention of the cops. Then, when those people moved out, they left a litter of puppies behind.
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