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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 123 S. Washington Square (Rouser Building), Lansing While this building is showing its age in some minor details, it remains a graceful presence along South Washington Square. Despite its prominent corner location, the building’s eye-catching neighbors easily divert at...
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Work 4 hours, start to floss

Volunteer dental program to become permanent fixture

by Alexa McCarthy
Care Free Medical and Dental’s Pay It Forward program, which trades volunteer hours for dental services, will be a permanent fixture within the next two months.
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

A ‘caucus of one’

Lansing City Council steers toward unified front with one exception

by BECKY McKENDRY
Something unusual is happening in the chambers of Lansing City Hall: Things are calm. For the last several weeks, Council has essentially been in lock step with the exception of At-Large Councilwoman Carol Wood.
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Let us prey

Factions at Friendship Baptist Church move farther apart

by BECKY McKENDRY
The deep divide at Lansing’s ironically named Friendship Baptist Church saw members this weekend barricading the church’s exits.
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Before this house was significantly damaged by fire, it was a humble example of the Craftsman style. In exchange for the low pitched roof, typical of the style, this home has ample room for living above the front porch and in a dormer on its west side. The resulting form is called “bungaloid,” which accounts for this additional upper level space. In contrast, the related term “bungalow,” which is frequently paired with the Craftsman style, never includes more than a single story.
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Regionalism: We like it, but we don´t

One of the good things that may surface from Lansing Board of Water and Light´s disastrous ice storm performance is a better understanding of the value of regionalism

by Mickey Hirten
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero signaled last week that he is willing to expand BWL´s board of commissioners, adding non-voting members from East Lansing, Delta Township and a rotating annual seat shared by Delhi, Lansing, Meridian and DeWitt townships.
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Bombs bursting in air

The constant mini-explosions that crack the night leave Loretta Stanaway with a troubling choice

by Todd A. Heywood
“I’m torn. Do I pick up the phone and call the police to report what might be gunshots, only to find out it’s fireworks, or do I not?” she asks. And in her neighborhood, located in the South Lansing area of Jolly, Pennsylvania and Cedar, that’s a difficult decision. She says the neighborhood has been rocked with gun shots over the last year. The Fourth of July holiday has only complicated the situation.
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Monday, June 16,2014

Kids in the Hall

Lansing City Council postpones Abigail vote

by BECKY McKENDRY
MONDAY, June 16 — Lansing City Council will wait until June 30 to determine the outcome of the Abigail Building on the former campus of the Michigan School for the Blind.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Managing the Schertzing campaign

National political organization recruits East Lansing native Abby Clark, former field organizer for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to manage Eric Schertzing’s congressional campaign

by Andy Balaskovitz
Abby Clark got her first taste for politics at a time when many people her age couldn’t have cared less for the Democratic process. It was 2000, she had just turned 18 years old, the economy was booming and apathy ran strong among her peers.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

‘All things digital’

City hiring a social media manager to fix disorganized digital presence

by BECKY McKENDRY
Lansing is about to get social media savvy. Within the next couple of weeks, the city plans to post a job opening for a contractual social media manager. The 30-to-40-houra-week job is expected to pay $16 an hour, depending on experience.
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