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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Apart from the awkwardly heavy parapet that encircles the roof, this building exhibits elegant details rendered in brick and stone. Deeply set double hung windows rest on bracketed limestone sills. The classical portico, with heavy Doric columns, maintains a powerful presence on a street lined with automobile parking and modern architecture. However, relatively recent modifications to this century-old building detract from its classical beauty.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Bile and bluster

Intelligence chairman Mike Rogers’ take on the NSA scandal lacks evidence and support

by Mickey Hirten
Honestly now, wouldn’t you think that the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee would have better, well, intelligence? But then you’d be overestimating mid- Michigan’s own Mike Rogers, Republican congressman from the 8th District, cheerleader-in-chief for the nation’s spy agencies.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

BWL Watch

by Andy Balaskovitz and RJ Wolcott
Suit possible to force disclosure of general manager’s communications Columnist Steve Miller writes for MLive this week that “an unnamed local media outlet is in initial talks to file a legal action” against the BWL to force it to turn over records as requested under the ...
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Tuesday, February 11,2014

‘First thoughts’ on Red Cedar project

Developers welcome community input for Red Cedar Renaissance project at public event Wednesday

by City Pulse Staff
Tuesday, Feb. 11 — Even though the project has been floated for over two years, developers and economic development officials are holding a “first thoughts” session Wednesday to gather public input on redeveloping 61 acres at the former Red Cedar Golf Course.
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Monday, February 10,2014

Kids in the Hall

Council unanimously approves $2.2 million technology plan; more seating arrangement drama

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 10 — The Lansing City Council unanimously approved plans tonight for going forward with a $2.2 million overhaul of the city’s technology infrastructure.
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Monday, February 10,2014

A local alternative for schools

Lawmaker proposes alternative to expanding Education Achievement Authority that would depend on more local reforms for struggling schools

by Nicole Halvorsen
Monday, Feb. 10 — In response to a contentious proposal to expand the Education Achievement Authority statewide, one lawmaker is proposing an alternative meant to keep public schools in the hands of those who know them best.
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Friday, February 7,2014

This week from Capital News Service

Tax breaks for brewers; Legislature overusing special recognitions; snow kiters thrive; new contamination evidence in otters and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, Feb. 7 — Each week, City Pulse runs a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics include state lawmakers considering a tax break for brewers who use Michigan-grown crops in their beer, making the case for a part-time Legislature and more.
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

Cold cases now hot for Lansing police

Lansing Police Department opens homicide cold-case information to public, as veteran detective eases into a new role. But over 70 cases are unsolved.

by Andy Balaskovitz
It will no longer take hundreds of dollars and hours of work for the public to access basic information about unsolved homicides being investigated by the Lansing Police Department.
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

Political notes from around town

Republicans backed by DeVos family donors, bipartisan support for voter access and more

by Walt Sorg
Democrats are making the case that one family is buying undue influence in the state Senate. Campaign finance reports filed Friday provide major ammunition.
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

College football players are employees

Bid to unionize challenges NCAA, college rules for so-called ‘student-athletes’

by Mickey Hirten
The petition by Northwestern University football players seeking union representation raises issues that the billion-dollar college sports money machine casually dismisses — but shouldn’t. The appeal to the National Labor Relations Board, supported by most of the team, challenges the concept of “student athletes.” The players assert that they are employees.
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