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Wednesday, January 29,2014

Uncertainty in BWL’s management

BWL’s review team must grapple with the “people problem”

by Mickey Hirten
For the community review team investigating the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s botched response to the December ice storm, determining what went wrong is easy.
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Tuesday, January 28,2014

Guest column: Hold the congratulations for Congress

Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton says federal omnibus budget bills and continuing resolutions do nothing for robust debate or transparency

by Lee H. Hamilton
Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Now that Congress has its immense, $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier. They ended the specter of a government shutdown for the moment, and funded the federal budget for most of the year. The media has been commending Congress for finally doing its job.
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Monday, January 27,2014

Certified urban gardeners

Hunter Park GardenHouse offers certification program for those seeking experience in gardening for high-density neighborhoods

by Nicole Halvorsen
Monday, Jan. 27 — The Hunter Park Garden House on Lansing’s East Side is offering an Urban Gardener certification program next month for beginner to intermediate home-gardeners.
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Friday, January 24,2014

This week from Capital News Service

Spending budget surplus; bear hunting; insects and the cold; evaluating public-school teachers; and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, Jan. 24 — 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 ideas on how to spend the state’s budget surplus, opening bear-hunting season earlier, how insects are responding to the cold weather and more.
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Thursday, January 23,2014

Singh: BWL needs new communication leadership

“When I see the mayor of East Lansing Facebooking and Tweeting more on this issue than the Board of Water and Light, that’s a concern to me.”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 23 — While he is “pleased to see changes underway” as the Board of Water and Light improves its contact with customers following last month’s ice storm, state Rep. Sam Singh said today the utility’s communication team needs new leadership.
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Thursday, January 23,2014

Outside review team plans next steps

Will juggle dealing with issues in public and in private

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 23 — It appears an independent panel reviewing the Board of Water and Light’s response to last month’s ice storm will play a balancing act for the next two months as it shares its work with the public but also shields sensitive information that may surface.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

On stands today: Steppin’ Out

Steppin’ In It ends 13-year run of Monday nights at the Green Door

by City Pulse Staff
Wednesday, Jan. 22 — On Monday, Lansing-bred band Steppin’ In It said goodbye to its regular Monday night gig at the Green Door on Lansing’s East Side. It capped off a 13-year run that began shortly after group members finished college at Michigan State University.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Colorful, candid Collette

Ingham County circuit judge, gearing up for trial with Enbridge protesters, is tired of publicity seekers

by Andy Balaskovitz
At a Jan. 15 hearing, Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette was getting antsy with the defendants and their lawyers before him.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Outside BWL review team aims for transparency

Public forums will be held in early February in Lansing, East Lansing and Delta Township

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Jan. 22 — The chairman of a 10-member panel conducting an external review of the Board of Water and Light announced his plan for transparency today following reports this week that some of the team’s work might be done in private.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Making marimbas

MSU grad student chronicles his quest to make music with local materials

by Terry Link
Perhaps it was an interest born when my son was a high-school percussionist who played a solo marimba piece in a statewide competition.
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