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Thursday, January 9,2014

Lark, Bernero popularity plummet

BWL storm response, PR flubs tarnish years of goodwill

by Walt Sorg
Billy Crystal’s Saturday Night Live character Fernando said it best: “It’s better to look good than to feel good.” In the aftermath of the BWL Ice- Pocolypse, it’s not how you handled the actual problem as much as how you looked doing it. And “dahling, you’re not looking mahvelous.”
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Given the wide variety of architecture in greater Lansing, a vacant lot is not a likely Eye Candy subject. However, considering the building that had been at this site, the decision to remove it provided a marked improvement.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Seizing assets, spending money

Federal audit of Lansing Police Department shows forfeiture funds mismanaged, pointing to larger, statewide issue

by RJ Wolcott
The Lansing Police Department is the subject of a recent U.S. Department of Justice report showing instances of poor financial management and misallocation of federally awarded funds over the past five years.
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Wednesday, January 8,2014

Reviewing the reviews

Bernero seeks help from state Public Service Commission on outside review of ice storm restoration

by City Pulse Staff
Wednesday, Jan. 8 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero today asked the Michigan Public Service Commission for help in conducting an “independent review” of the Board of Water and Light’s handling of last month’s ice storm after the utility has done its own.
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Wednesday, January 8,2014

Alice Dreger: Speaking truth to the power company

East Lansing resident speaks out against the BWL pep rally, Chairwoman Zerkle

by Alice Dreger
Wednesday, Jan. 8 — This morning, Dan Ryan and I did a live radio interview on WKAR’s “Current State” with Mark Bashore. Dan Ryan is the great guy from Lansing who took it upon himself to figure out who still needed power restoration during the huge Board of Water and Light outage a couple of weeks ago, and to advocate for those without power. It was an honor to do the show with him. The work Jeff Pratt and I did to help people without power in East Lansing was explicitly modeled on Dan’s efforts.
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Saturday, January 4,2014

Lark: ‘Heads will roll where appropriate’

BWL general manager suggests staff changes but will avoid “knee-jerk” reaction

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 3 — “Heads will roll where appropriate” in the aftermath of the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s handling of the massive power outage last week, General Manager J. Peter Lark said today.
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Friday, January 3,2014

Shiawassee County ‘crippled’

Generator shortages just one of the problems experienced outside of Tri-County region

by Rich Tupica
A towering, Sleepy Hollow-esque oak in Joe and Nancy Robinson’s front yard has hung over Beard Road in Shaftsburg as long as anyone can recall. Planted roughly 180 years ago, during the Andrew Jackson administration, the tree has weathered all types of severe storms until this one.
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Friday, January 3,2014

Lark’s severance package

Firing GM would cost BWL $129,280 plus benefits

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 3 — Lansing Board of Water and Light ratepayers could be on the hook for $129,280 in wages if General Manager J. Peter Lark’s contract is terminated before it expires in 2018.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

A week later, still no power

by Lawrence Cosentino
The big freeze of 2013 began with a cannonade of falling limbs and orange flashes. A softer music filled the streets the following Saturday, as bits of melting ice tinkled from tree limbs to the ground. Power was back in many neighborhoods, but many single houses and pockets of houses were still out.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Cupcakes and comforters

Trinity Church Red Cross shelter sweetens a sour deal

by Lawrence Cosentino
A live chorus of “Happy Birthday” drowned out the “Entertainment Tonight” theme in the TV lounge at Lansing’s Trinity Church on Dunckel Road last Thursday, five days after an ice storm and widespread power failures turned the church into a Red Cross shelter.
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