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Wednesday, September 1,2010

When a Haven is no safe haven

Dreams and reality clash in Kristina Riggle’s ’Life’

by Bill Castanier
In her first book, “Real Life Liars,” Riggle examined the members of a family as they approached various crossroads in their lives. This time, it’s four adult women, three of whom shared high school dreams together while the fourth is the mother of one of the women.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

McNamara on MSU trustees' ballot, Nugent bounced

by Kyle Melinn
Believe it or not, the nominations that yielded the most combined consternation for both Republicans and Democrats at this week’s conventions weren’t the attorney general or the secretary of state picks. The Dems essentially made their nominations last spring.It wasn’t the Supreme Court, either. After the governor picked Appellate Judge Alton Davis to succeed Elizabeth Weaver, everything fell into place at both conventions.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

What's New in Lansing

A lot has been happening in mid- Michigan since the last Back-to-School Issue dropped. Here are some highlights of new businesses, events, festivals and more that have popped up in the last 12 months.

by ALLAN I. ROSS
No more ordering carry-out from East Lansing or the west side ' the tiny shop on Allegan Street has brought downtown diners what they’ve been craving: sushi. AnQi, Japanese for vigor and health, offers both fish and vegetarian rolls. 111 E Allegan St. 8 a.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

What's New in East Lansing

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Jeanologie XX/XY Boutique NYC-inspired fashion in East Lansing, bringing both trendy designers and familiar brands. Jeanologie offers personal shopping appointments and garment alterations. The mother-daughter operation is also a fashion incubator, nurturing budding “Project Runway” hopefuls from Michigan State University’s Apparel and Textile Design program. 303 M.A.C. Ave. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday www.jeanologie.com
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

Feedback

How bizarre

by Readers
What a bizarre letter ("There goes the neighborhood," by Kevin Webb, 8/25/10). First of all, the Old Forest Association is a residential association, not commercial, whereas Old Town Manor and Rizzi Designs are very active in the OTCA, as expected.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

Snow revisited

For the city, public safety trumps potential costs of a new snow and ice removal ordinance, which will be discussed publicly today

by Andy Balaskovitz
Over the past two winters, 450 nuisance complaints were filed with the Lansing Public Service Department. Of those, 207 notices were delivered to property owners’ doorsteps to clean up their public sidewalks (some of whom are out-of-state banks on foreclosed properties). Of those notices, only seven civil infraction tickets were issued. And to the department director’s understanding, none of them was paid.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

[Pay] Back to School

by Andy Balaskovitz
Living near MSU is a distinct experience this time of year. Roughly 15,000 students move into residence halls on campus, each with varying quantities of essential and non-essential furnishings.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

Virg Watch

Have you seen the new one about “Pure Lansing?”

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Michigan Republican Party released a one-minute political shot at Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero this week vis-'-vis depressing portraits of Lansing.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

Building a community

A two-year struggle to open Village Summit on the south side finally pays off.

by Brian Bienkowski
Marcus Brown was a teenager living on Detroit’s east side about 25 years ago. One day he was helping a neighbor woman carry some boxes.“Did you know there’s a famous woman with your name too?” Brown asked her.Neighbors laughed at his question, leaving Brown confused. Only later would he find out that he was speaking to civil rights icon Rosa Parks. He was taken aback that a woman of her stature would be living in a drug-infested neighborhood in Detroit.
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Tuesday, August 31,2010

Kids in the Hall

Job training: How long does it take to replace a City Hall veteran?

by Andy Balaskovitz
A contentious contract agreement between the city and a former city employee was scheduled for approval at Monday night’s City Council meeting, but it was put on hold after two Council members and another employee expressed concern about its terms.
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