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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Laughter, tears and pepperoni

MSU’s Artificial Language Lab celebrates 35 years.

by Lawrence Cosentino
Photos Lawrence Cosentino/City Pulse In 1974, Donald Sherman, disabled by a facial paralysis called Moebius syndrome, became the first person to use a computer voice to order a pizza. Last week he watched a tape of the event in the office of John Eulenberg, director of MSU’s Artificial Language Lab.
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Dems Bernstein and Leyton lock horns for A.G.

by Kyle Melinn
Name the Michigan Democratic Party's last attorney general nominee in 2006 and win a prize. Shoot, I covered the guy and still needed Google to come up with the name: Amos Williams. That's kind of the problem. Nobody but real political junkies remember Mary Lou Parks, Butch Hollowell and ...
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Temple taxes

Local pastor, city official had ongoing delinquent taxes

by Neal McNamara
Maxwell said that the transfer should have been done a long time ago. He said that the transfer “had nothing to do” with the fact that news broke last Wednesday that Charles Moore, the treasurer of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s gubernatorial campaign, owes $91,000 in property taxes.
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Partially paid

Company that owns downtown Lansing office building pays some back taxes

by Neal McNamara
101 S. Washington Sq. Development LLC paid off $184,380.07 in 2007 taxes and $68,569.93 in late fees on Friday for the office building at 101 S. Washington Square, on the southeast corner of Washington and Michigan Avenue, Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing said.
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Feedback

by Readers
If you spend more than two hours a day in front of the computer you may be one of the 125 million Americans that suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome, commonly called CVS. Eyes are stressed by continuously focusing and refocusing on the characters displayed by a computer screen.
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Eye candy! Off the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Property: 743 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing Owner: Westminster Presbyterian Church Assessed: exempt Owner says: Susan Cancro, executive director of Advent House located in the building, said the church is kept in good condition thanks to cooperation.
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Do not mix

Local advocates want alcoholic energy drinks banned

by Megan Murphy
Four Loko and Joose ' these beverages might not be familiar to a parent shopping with an underage son or daughter. But packaged in cans and containing stimulating ingredients similar to energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull, there is only one difference: They contain alcohol.
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Thursday, March 18,2010

Eyesore of the week

by Brandon Kirby
Property: 200 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing Owner: Jonathan and Leola Watts Taxpayer: Jonathan and Leola Watts Assessed: $26,500 Owner says: Unable to be reached for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This vacant building remains a significant blight on the Martin Luther King Jr.
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Book lends hand to ’Wounded Warrior’

by Kyle Melinn
Thirty-five years later, Okemos author and former Ingham County judge Larry Glazer writes in a soon-to-be-published book that he believes the jury got it wrong. Swainson, Michigan’s governor from 1961 to 1962, was pinned with a crime he didn’t commit, Glazer concludes in "John Swainson: The Rise and Fall of a Wounded Warrior.
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Skate shop

City agency applies for grant for downtown skating rink

by Neal McNamara
The Lansing Tax Increment Finance Authority has applied for a $100,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to build a year-round rink, which would be partially covered. The remaining $400,000 would come from revenues from the TIFA. The TIFA captures taxes in the district and reserves them for uses such as public improvements.
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