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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Small money first; big money coming

by Mickey Hirten
We know that big money in many forms shapes our government. Politicians may claim that the interests of large contributors, accompanied by the checks they write, donīt influence their agendas and votes. But something has distorted our political system, and big money certainly is one of the corrosive factors.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Generation violence

by Todd A. Heywood
The headlines late last month all trumpeted the news: Nine shootings in nine days. It was “uncommon” for Lansing, city police say, but an aberration in crime for the area, not a trend.
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Tuesday, September 9,2014

Giving it a try

Hawk Island Kids Triathlon gives kids a taste of grown-up action

by Belinda Thurston
Goldfish, dolphins and sharks took over Hawk Island Park Sunday swimming, biking and running in the fall Hawk Island Kids Triathlon. Nearly 100 children ranging from toddlers to 14-year-olds competed.
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Thursday, September 4,2014

Walk for Recovery

Rally and memorial service aims to erase stigma of addiction, raise awareness

by Belinda Thurston
THURSDAY, Sept. 4 – Theresa Clemons has struggled with a lifetime of addiction to cocaine, heroin and alcohol. She’s been sober and clean for 15 months, has her own home and has repaired relationships with her daughters.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

HIV Report

Ingham County HIV rate second highest in Michigan

by TODD HEYWOOD
Ingham County continues to have the second highest rate of HIV in Michigan, according to the 2013 epidemiology report on HIV released last week by the Michigan Department of Community Health. Ingham County has had the second or third highest rates for the last eight years.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

‘Love Trumps Hate’

Fundraiser counters antigay verbal assault caught on video

by TODD HEYWOOD
As his video of a Lansing business owner screaming antigay invectives at his friends and him went viral, Isiah Tweedie knew he had to do more than raise awareness about the singular event. He said he needed to make sure people understood that the vile verbal assaults were not acceptable, or a community norm.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
According to a reader, this property has stood with torn paper in the windows for at least four years. To be fair, compared to the typical Eyesore, the conditions at this property are a minor nuisance. From the exterior, the split-level home appears to be in reasonably good shape. Apart from the now-fallen paper curtain the front picture window and the saplings growing in the eavestroughs, the house appears to be in good shape.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Military arms local police

Surplus equipment includes bomb robots, an airplane and lots of guns

by Mickey Hirten
With troubles in Syria and Iraq, rebels in Lybia, Russia invading Ukraine, itīs little wonder that we in Lansing and communities nearby are uneasy. Today itīs ISIS attacking Jawawla; tomorrow, could it be Mason or Grand Ledge or Charlotte?
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Hoofbeats to heartbeat

Life as a Zebra Foundation pushes invisible illnesses into the light

by Belinda Thurston
“Want to do handstands?” The sisters effortlessly hold themselves upside down, legs and toes pointed like a prancing horse. Or would that be a zebra? Things aren’t always as they appear. That’s something Lansing natives, Allie Dama, 26 and Katie Dama Jaskolski, 32, know all too well: They live with rare diseases that have few visible symptoms and are hard to diagnose.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Ebola outbreak

Lansing group raises money for Ebola relief

by Michael Gerstein
For Lansing resident Sue-bunch Cecilia Dixon, Ebola is a daily concern. The Liberian refugee is glued to news from West Africa, concerned for family and friends she left behind in 2001. The deadly virus claimed one friend who contracted it while working as a doctor in a Liberian village.
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