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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Brief

by City Pulse
Mark Grebner to speak at Land Use Lunch Political consultant Mark Grebner will be the speaker at the Land Use lunch Friday. Grebner is known to many for his years as an outspoken Ingham County commissioner. Grebner’s topic will be “the utter absence of institutional f...
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1503 Turner Street, Lansing Owner: Pyramid Enterprise, East Lansing Assessed: $37,200 Along the first several blocks of Turner Street near Grand River, the streetscape is cohesive and lined with pleasant, occasionally eccentric buildings. Just south of this building, the str...
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Lows and highs

Legislature punts on roads and funding

by Mickey Hirten
As legislators prepare for their mid-January return to the Capitol — the Republicans empowered and the Democrats weakened — itīs worth remembering the just-ended lame duck session: What the old Legislature did and what it didnīt do. It can stumble either way, and when it comes to hard choices and leadership — that is, fixing our roads — it did both.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

The clothes off your back

New recycling service makes money from the clothes you throw away

by Belinda Thurston
At a penny a pound the City of Lansing may have found easy money out of what you throw away. In the first few weeks of using an Ohio-based company, Simple Recycling, to haul away clothes and some household items, nearly 36,000 pounds of material was picked up, according to Lori Welch, environmental specialist for the City of Lansing. That means about $360 for the city. At that rate nearly $10,000 in cash could flow into the city’s coffers in a year, eliminating tens of thousands of pounds of perfectly usable items from being buried.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Gone to the dogs

Potter Park Zoo adds two new wolves

by Belinda Thurston
Two male gray wolves from the New York State Zoo are the latest additions to Potter Park Zoo. The eight-month-old brothers share the parents of fellow Potter Park Zoo female gray wolf, Tala.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

A cup from the river of life

10 who died in 2014

by Lawrence Cosentino
At the end of every year, I drop a dented dipper into the river of life and look at the lives of 10 people from the Lansing area who died in the past year. They are not all famous or accomplished, but they are worth remembering.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

My heart bleeds

Jesse Jackson, Lansing area mourners remember Rev. Michael Murphy

by Lawrence Cosentino
Shocked at the death Sunday of longtime Lansing political and pastoral leader the Rev. Michael Murphy, friends are finding solace in the memory of a principled public figure and empathic friend. "Itīs an overwhelming sadness. My heart bleeds," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said in a phone interview Monday. "I knew him as a very conscientious freedom fighter who sought racial justice and reconciliation."
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This remarkable building has been in the possession of only three owners since its construction in 1920. The home exhibits all the features typical of the Colonial Revival style, from the strong symmetry of the front elevation, the groups of multi-paned windows and a distinct emphasis on the entrance, often accentuated with columns and pilasters.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Positive and productive

A CONVERSATION ON RACE THAT IS BY ALL MEANS NECESSARY

by Belinda Thurston
The lines to the microphone at Union Missionary Baptist Church on Dec. 9 filled quickly. “What you feel, what you think, what your experiences have been are extremely important,” said Pastor Melvin Jones to those attending the town hall forum in the wake of the unrest after grand juries failed to indict police in the killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.
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Tuesday, December 23,2014

Brief ...

by City Pulse
Debris flies in preparation for the Flyer Several houses were demolished recently, clearing way for a new bus terminal for the Michigan Flyer. Michigan Flyer LLC is beginning a $1.6 million bus terminal project for the property on Michigan Avenue between Howard Avenue and Detroit Street.
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