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Wednesday, June 30,2010

A revival

An old Old Town church is reborn with a new congregation

by Gretchen Cochran
Now, 147 years later, Lansing’s North Presbyterian Church, seated on the corner of Grand River and Washington Avenues in Old Town, is ground zero for an ecumenical saga plotted on a theme of multiculturalism and diversity.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Feedback

by Readers
We were living on a single income, and needed entertainment and educational resources for a stay-at-home-mother and a place for the family to get out and socialize. We found all of this in the Capital Area District Library’s Foster branch, which had a great collection of kids’ books and music, and a weekly story hour.
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Tuesday, June 29,2010

KIDS IN THE HALL

Budget end times, stop signs and new City Hall ... hours of operation

by Andy Balaskovitz
Talks of using $3.4 million of the city’s reserve funds to fix an unbalanced 2010 fiscal year budget livened up Monday’s Lansing City Council meeting. At-Large Councilman Brian Jeffries said he was left in the dark about using reserve funds to cover a deficit and wanted a more ...
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Thursday, June 24,2010

Virg Watch

It's about time for Virg's endorsements to start working their magic

by Neal McNamara
Virg Bernero spent the last couple of months racking up endorsements (including the latest, announced Tuesday, from the Michigan Democratic Party Justice Caucus) from the likes of the AFL-CIO and the Michigan Education Association. But, apparently, the giant unions are just now going to st...
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Post-Kande options open for local Dems

by Kyle Melinn
Before every Democrat from here to northern Oakland County turns "Kande Ngalamulume" into a dirty word for bailing out of a quixotic bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, hold tight. The na've 31-year-old former East Lansing running back may be willing to do the right thing after all.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

KIDS IN THE HALL

Meager Lansing Council grinds to halt over vote; appointees, budget amendment left hanging for a while

by Neal McNamara
A Monday night Lansing City Council meeting was delayed for almost an hour because of continuing tensions over a format of holding meetings that was put into place in January by President A’Lynne Robinson.At-Large Councilman Brian Jeffries told his colleagues that he would not vote f...
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Eyesore of the week

by Neal McNamara
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Vacant buildings are a fact. Even attractive buildings can become unoccupied. Without proper maintenance, vacant buildings deteriorate quickly and can attract unsavory activities, like vandalism. So, it is important that even vacant properties be protected and maintained for a future occupant.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Lansing's finest

Lansing Police Department third in state to appoint an officer as LGBT liaison

by Neal McNamara
“People are OK, they just don’t want to have it, I guess, pushed in their face,” she said. “Probably not everybody at my department is aware. I do not flaunt it, I just go there and do my job everyday. That’s what it takes to be respected as a police officer.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Si se puede, maybe

Lansing not doing well on its second try to name a street after Cesar Chavez

by Gretchen Cochran
Dueling Facebook pages give some clues as to why. But nearly everyone polled said they wanted to find some way to honor the late founder of the United Farm Workers’ union ' if not a street, then perhaps a public gathering place in Old Town, or even the new Lansing City Market.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Feedback

by Readers
Not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should be regulated. Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don’t ID for age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences.
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