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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Back to life

Restoring a former eyesore with the help of local homeless

by Andy Balaskovitz
When entering the Genesee Neighborhood near downtown Lansing from the south, a large two-story white house at the corner of Butler Boulevard and Ionia Street gives you a forbidding welcome. For about the past year, the property at 824 W. Ionia has been overgrown with weeds, its boarded-up windows hiding the charred remains of a fire.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Political rehabilitation

How a Lansing Community College student leader is coping with a criminal past

by Andy Balaskovitz
After serving 5 1/2 years in Ingham County jails, Manning was released on parole. Two of the conditions were that he was not to use any device with Internet capabilities and he was not to look at sexually suggestive material.
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Tuesday, August 17,2010

Kids in the Hall

To CoW, or not to CoW?

by Andy Balaskovitz
An ongoing divide between the Lansing City Council was on full display at Monday night’s meeting, as the Council President A’Lynne Robinson sought to refer all items of business to the Committee of the Whole. There was no legislative action scheduled for Monday’s meeting.
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Sunday, August 15,2010

Driving while black?

Three Lansing City Council members find themselves in an “appalling” situation en route to Detroit

by Andy Balaskovitz
It was about 7 p.m. on a warm, sunny Tuesday evening and three Lansing City Council members were en route to celebrate Mayor Virg Bernero’s nomination to be the state’s next governor.
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Thursday, August 12,2010

Virg Watch

On board: a campaign veteran and a former staffer

by Andy Balaskovitz
Virg Bernero has hired Lt. Gov. John Cherry's former chief of staff to run his campaign for governor.
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Judicial candidate saw substance abuse first hand

by Kyle Melinn
At first, a younger Clinton Canady III probably didn’t think he had a problem.Maybe he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. A victim of bad luck.Even when he was arrested for drunk driving, it took the insistence of friends and family to drive him to the conclusion that he had a substance abuse problem. He needed help.
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Feedback

Think before you dream

by Readers
“Single stream dream” (8/4/10) ignored some considerable environmental and economic costs of a commingled recycling system for the City of Lansing. Mixing all recyclable items together into a single stream is easier for users to operate because they don’t separate materials; however, this type of system has drawbacks.
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Eyesore of the week

by Jane Alexander
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: At one time, 1510 W. Grand River Ave. at the corner of Powell Road was quite a lovely dwelling. Clearly time and neglect has taken its toll on this 1 1/2 story, American Bungalow style residence.
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Tuesday, August 10,2010

911 services

Approval expected on transferring city employees to the county

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing City Council is expected to approve an employment agreement with Ingham County at Monday’s meeting as part of consolidating 911 dispatch services.
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Tuesday, August 10,2010

Kids in the Hall

Is the city paying too much for a parking lot?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The lone contentious vote at Monday’s Lansing City Council meeting was over the purchase of a parcel of land at 229 S. Cedar St. to be converted into a parking lot.
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