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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Eye candy of the week

Property: Chittenden Hall East Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: Chittenden Hall East Lansing Located on MSU’s Laboratory Row, this building was constructed in 1901 for the State Agricultural College dairy plant. At that time, the pair of doors located well above grade (visible at the left side of the picture above) was equipped with...
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Supreme Court rulings

Schuette shot down on health, marriage decisions

by Mickey Hirten
Any way you look at it, last week was a professional smackdown for Michiganīs attorney general, Bill Schuette. To be sure, many Republicans were disappointed, some bitterly so, by the U.S. Supreme Courtīs decisions upholding the essence of the Affordable Care Act and the ruling allowing same-sex marriage in all states. But few on the losing end of the two decisions were as vested in both cases as Schuette.
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Ethics proposal

Lansing officials weigh legality of ballot initiative

by Todd A. Heywood
ADDITION: BREAKING NEWS At about 4:30 on Wednesday afternoon, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope announced he was unable to accept the petitions for a controversial proposal to update the city's ethics ordinance. “I applaud the goal of transparency in government,” said City Clerk Chris Swope. “However, the City Attorney Office’s review documented a multitude of conflicts with the Michigan Constitution, state law and the City Charter. Per the City Charter, I cannot accept these petitions as “proper.” The measure is now dead, unless proponents sue the city to force it onto the ballot. Officials with Lansing Citizens for Ethics Reform have hinted that may be an option. In Tallahassee Florida a similar initiative was taken to court by city leaders in an attempt to prevent it from appearing on the ballot. The city lost that court challenge the measure was approved by 67 percent of voters in Nov 2014. "We're very disappointed that the mayors first instinct was to oppose more transparency in city government," said Walt Sorg, leader of Lansing Citizens for Ethics Reform. He said they were reviewing the City Attorney opinion, and would determine there next steps from there.
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Quiet, please!

Fireworks regulations may need fine tuning

by Todd A. Heywood
In May, Kya Rose got a dread phone call. Her 23-year-old daughter was dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Police are still investigating her death, said Rose,47. But now, months later, Rose’s nightmare is triggered over and over again as fireworks that sound like cannons rock her westside neighborhood home.
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Friday, June 26,2015

Free HIV testing

Ingham County offers free HIV testing today

by staff
FRIDAY, JUNE 26 — In conjunction with National HIV Testing Day, the Ingham County Health Department is hosting a community testing event today, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the health department building located at 5303 S. Cedar Street in Lansing.
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 925 W. Lapeer St. Lansing Owner: Ingham Co. Land Bank Unlike many eyesores, this building and site are well kept. However, the building itself has succumbed to a series of unfortunate alterations and updates. When undertaken, these modifications were presumably intended to ad...
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Mike Rogers Inc.

Former congressman taps into a lucrative life

by Mickey Hirten
So whatīs been happening with Mike Rogers since he left Congress in January? Heīs gone into business. What business? Mike Rogers Inc. And it seems to be doing very well. He has founded an institute that promotes national security. He is an executive producer and the host of an ei...
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Lansing ethics reform

Public campaign financing, lobbying restrictions proposed

by Todd A. Heywood
This story has been updated to correct an error. Lansing voters will likely decide in November whether to make sweeping changes in the city’s ethics ordinance, including adding a provision for public funding of local elections. A new ballot initiative committee called Lansing Citizens for Ethics Reform submitted a petition with 6,673 signatures to the City Clerk’s Office last week. Clerk Chris Swope has until Wednesday to determine if at least 4,000 are valid. If so, the proposal goes to the City Council, which can either adopt it or, more likely, put it on the General Election ballot. If passed, it would take effect in 2017.
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Wedding bills

Widely different state legislation anticipates same-sex court ruling

by Todd A. Heywood
As Michigan and the nation await a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court Monday that could end Michigan’s 11-year ban on same-sex marriage, lawmakers from both parties have filed bills to address the shifting legal and social landscapes. Democrats have proposed eliminating language that prohibits same-sex marriage, while Republicans have called for requiring all marriages, same-sex or not, to be performed only by clerics, not civil officials, such as judges.
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Eye candy of the week

Bike Lanes Greater Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
The end of the school year and the approach of summer invariably bring an increase in bicycle traffic, including commuters seeking a healthier substitute to driving and residents looking for alternate modes of transportation. Marked bike lanes help to ensure a safer environment for cyclis...
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