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Thursday, July 8,2010

Eyesore of the week

by Jane Alexander
Property: 610 Helen St. Owner: Adrienne Smorra Taxpayer: Kathrine Matthews Assessed: $18,000 Owner says: Could not be reached Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This small white house at 610 Helen St. on Lansing’s east side is on a street full of model residences.
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Wednesday, July 7,2010

A reactionary approach to chemicals

by Dave Dempsey
The panel consists of three members (two of whom, both physicians, were serving at the time of the report) “exceptionally qualified” to appraise the nation’s cancer program and in this case appointed by former President Bush.
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Wednesday, July 7,2010

Who’s on first with Virg?

by Kyle Melinn
"Bernero has a clear path to victory," reads a confidential memo authored by Michael Kulisheck, vice president of Harstad Strategic Research, the polling company that conducted the survey. "Bernero will win on Aug.
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Wednesday, July 7,2010

Feedback

by Readers
A member of North Presbyterian Church, commenting on the church’s recent merger with Westminster Presbyterian Church, stated, “We knew our music was for older people.” Did she, by any chance, mean “TRADITIONAL” music? I am 47 years old and I prefer traditional church music to contemporary music.
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Wednesday, July 7,2010

Virg Watch

Virg running for money

by Andy Balaskovitz
With less than a month left until the Democratic gubernatorial primary, appeals from theVirg Bernero camp for money are coming harder than ever. On Tuesday, an e-mail was sent out from the Bernero campasking that each supporter give $100 by July 1 so that it can be matched by...
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Wednesday, July 7,2010

Drugs of choice

The good news: Heroin abusers no longer dominate local rehab clinics. The bad news: They are being overtaken by prescription drug abusers. Methadone is the cheap new culprit.

by Andy Balaskovitz
A true opiate addict claims to "feel normal" the first time he does opiates. David Blankenship, program director for Victory Clinical Services, which operates an addiction recovery center on South Cedar Street in Lansing, calls these people “lifers.”.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Legislature loves to break a date

by Kyle Melinn
I could stretch it to 2 or 3 p.m. if I need the extra time. Anytime after 5 p.m., I’m pushing it. If I don’t have it in by 6 p.m., Berl Schwartz has either found an in-house ad or popped a story out of the can. The paper is printer-bound and I’m too late..
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Eye candy of the Week

by Neal McNamara
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: The barbershop occupies a cherished place in the archetype of Americana. It’s a place where residents gather, share local stories and news, and of course, get hairs cut.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

THE PLEASE DEPARTMENT

Some reasons it might be harder to get access to public information from your local police department.

by Neal McNamara
The man did not want to give me his name, but he described the home invasion this way: He was sleeping, naked, on his couch very, very early on a Sunday morning when the men barged in waving guns. They demanded his money and his medical marijuana, which they eventually found and allegedly stole.
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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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