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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Truscott & Obama

How a leading Michigan Republican became associated — however innocently — with a prayer to add the president to the list of deceased celebrities

by Neal McNamara
There may be an object lesson here for users of Facebook.One of about 1.1 million Facebook users “like” a page that urges the Lord to take Barack Obama. One of them is prominent Michigan Republican spokesman John Truscott — who swears he didn’t know that his Facebook page was linked to the so-called prayer.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Feedback

by Readers
Bureaucrats scream, money, more and more money, as if it is the cure to every, and all, problems. Money is only a tool and must be used correctly. We do not need the greed of ignorant bureaucrats to continually foul up our country. Laws are for the improvement of society, not to serve greedy.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Eyesore of the week

413 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Property: 413 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing Owner: Ingham County Land Bank Fast Track Authority Assessed: $27,000 Owner says: It’s coming down Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Look closely. Obscured by the heavily boarded-up face of 413 S.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

'Appearance of impropriety'

Should judicial candidates accept campaign contributions from lawyers? Two local candidates differ

by Andy Balaskovitz
“If a law firm hosts a fundraiser, even if it is just donating space, that candidate is sponsored by that law firm,” O’Berry said, meaning contributions can start adding up from associates and partners of the law firm. “You start talking about significant amounts of money.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Check Rogers’ record

by Lance Enderle
It’s time the average worker in Michigan’s 8th district had a Congressional Representative who understands their needs, and chooses to work for them while in Congress instead of big money special interest groups.
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Friday, September 10,2010

Eye Candy! of the week

Property: 1416 N. Genesee Drive, Lansing Owner: William and Julia Petry Assessed: $59,900

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer and indicates that cooler autumn days are just around the corner. There is no better way to enjoy the final days of summer than on a front porch like this elegantly refined one at 1416 N. Genesee Drive, between Jenison and Westmoreland avenues, on Lansing’s west side.
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Friday, September 10,2010

Kids in the Hall

The city compromises with a mega church

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing City Council reached a preliminary agreement Thursday with Abundant Grace Faith Church, which purchased the former Farmer Jack at 5750 S. Cedar St. for $700,000 about nine months ago. Because the property is zoned commercial, the city has gone back and forth on whether to grant the church a special land use permit to operate. The Council had concerns that the church would disrupt the flow of traffic on Cedar and would object to businesses already operating in the area.
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Thursday, September 9,2010

It's out

The snow and ice removal ordinance is voted out of committee after roughly two years, City Council votes Thursday for a public hearing

by Andy Balaskovitz
It took about three hours in the 10th floor City Hall Council Chambers, but lo and behold, a proposed snow and ice removal ordinance will likely get a public hearing this month. The ordinance would allow the city to clear public sidewalks and add the cost to a property owner’s taxes if it isn’t paid within 30 days.
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Thursday, September 9,2010

It's out

The snow and ice removal ordinance is voted out of committee after roughly 2 years; City Council votes Thursday for a public hearing

by Andy Balaskovitz
It took about three hours in the 10th floor City Hall Council Chambers, but lo and behold, a proposed snow and ice removal ordinance will likely get a public hearing this month. The ordinance would allow the city to clear public sidewalks and add the cost to a property owner’s taxes if it isn’t paid within 30 days.
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Thursday, September 9,2010

Virg Watch

Snyder rejects Bernero’s proposal on small-business loans

by Andy Balaskovitz
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero reached out to his opponent’s campaign Tuesday, asking him to sign a petition supporting a proposed federal bill that would help small businesses get access to loans. Bernero’s opponent, Republican candidate Rick Snyder, didn’t bite.
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