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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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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Get paid

Why such a tiff over Lansing City Council members giving back some of their pay?

by Neal McNamara
Robinson is referring to an attempt at last week’s Council meeting by At-Large Councilman Brian Jeffries to put a nonbinding resolution on the agenda for each Council member to give up a portion of pay equivalent to how much city employees are losing to furlough days.
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Virg Watch

A new poll shows Bernero still trailing Dillon, plus a few other endorsements

by Neal McNamara
Another week, another poll of the gubernatorial race. Bill Ballenger, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics,released an early snippet of a poll commissioned by Market Research Group thatshows Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero trailing Speaker of the House Andy Dillonamong likely — that is...
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Upset station

City’s sale of an Old Town landmark troubles former tenants

by Gretchen Cochran
The Comfort Station was once the home of the North Lansing Community Association but has sat empty for eight years. During that period, the city has tried to sell the 17-footwide building while its former tenants seethed, angry at having been evicted and got ready for a legal battle.
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Feedback

by Readers
Yeah, it was clever that City Pulse sought the input of a medieval literature professor, the English Oxford Dictionary and the Bard himself for insight into the childish term “Powk” that is tagged throughout the Lansing area. But treating this manner in such a trivial ' even respectful ' light only further emboldens other pigs like Powk.
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Monday, March 15,2010

Shopping and skating

Grant could bring year-round skating rink to the Lansing City Market area

by Neal McNamara
A $500,000 ice rink near the new City Market may be in Lansing’s future.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 infrastructure or public improvements. The TIFA board on March 5 approved the use of $400,000 for the rink.
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Friday, March 12,2010

Eye candy! Of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Property: Ramp No. 6, Michigan State University campus Owner: MSU Assessed: N/A Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Michigan State University’s Ramp No. 6 is an exemplary parking structure appropriately designed for its prominent location among the stately buildings of historic north campus.
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Friday, March 12,2010

Who is Powk?

An ubiquitous Lansing graffiti artist remains at-large

by Megan Murphy
Who is man or woman behind the slender black tag “Powk” that is scrawled on benches, stop signs, utility boxes and telephone poles around Lansing?We don’t know. And unless Powk is caught with a spray paint can in hand, or decides to reveal his or her identity, we will pro...
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