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Wednesday, April 15,2015

Not enough from Niowave

Company misses deadline to soften pole barn facade

by Todd A. Heywood
The battle between downtown residents and the high tech firm Niowave is moving from detente to direct conflict. At issue is whether the company should continue to receive over $650,000 in various tax breaks despite apparently not yet living up to its end of an agreement to complete improvements to a 14,000-square-foot pre-fabricated addition — a pole barn — adjacent to the company’s downtown headquarters in the old brick Walnut Street School.
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Wednesday, April 15,2015

Access denied

Bernero administration blocking access to rental inspection reports

by Todd A. Heywood
You’re in the market for a new rental and know the city of Lansing registers and inspects such properties. You know that information is available on the city’s website, through BS&A’s property database. So you check the property you are considering. The database shows the property is registered and inspected. What you don’t know is that inspectors cited the property for serious issues. The inspection reports are not available online, and may not even be available if your file a Freedom of Information Act request.
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Wednesday, April 15,2015

Dievendorf departs

Equality Michigan once again seeking a leader

by Todd A. Heywood
For the fifth time in less than a decade, the statewide gay rights organization Equality Michigan is without an executive director, after last week’s departure of Emily Dievendorf. Dievendorf had led the agency since the departure of Denise Brogan-Kator in July 2012. Dievendorf has worn many titles, but all were, effectively, executive director of the agency. Neither Dievendorf nor David Wait, Equality Michigan board chairman, returned calls seeking comment on the departure.
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Friday, April 10,2015

Yorko vs. Bernero

Lansing Councilwoman accuses administration of covering up housing issues

by Todd A. Heywood
FRIDAY, April 10 — Fourth Ward Councilmember Jessica Yorko has accused the Bernero administration of keeping housing inspection data from the public in order to “cover up” issues with staffing at the Code Compliance office.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 2221 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing Owner: Ingham Co. Land Bank This building exhibits great potential as a neighborhood resource and invites the public to offer suggestions regarding its continued use. The front elevation has been covered with a field of black paint and the repea...
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

In the name of Schuette

AG furthers political ambition through courts

by Mickey Hirten
If you´re a citizen in Michigan there are lots of things you´re are against. At least in the courts. You oppose same-sex marriage. You want to gut the Affordable Care Act. You object to President Obama´s plan to temporarily defer the deportation of 5 million undocumented immigrants. Not on your agenda? It doesn´t matter. These are the positions advanced by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in federal courts. An MICKEY HIRTEN attorney general has wide latitude to pursue actions that advance a political agenda, and Schuette´s alignment with other Republican attorneys general does just that.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Land blank

Blight a concern as vacant lots explode

by Todd A. Heywood
The houses sit side by side on Bluff Street, a block north of Oakland Avenue near downtown. Their lots are overgrown with trees and weeds and trash. The windows are boarded up. Inside the houses are in even worse condition. In one, the ceiling is caving in and the walls are scarred with water stains. The other has been gutted to the wood frame. Two City of Lansing recycling carts sit in front of the buildings, stinking from the rotting garbage.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Blind justice

District Court seeks cameras for City Hall

by Todd A. Heywood
When Anethia Brewer, court administrator for 54-A District Court, walks through the court facilities in Lansing City Hall, she is aware of the security lapses.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

‘Free the weed’

Lansing’s mayor joins Tommy Chong and others at Ann Arbor’s Hash Bash

by Steve Green
It´s the first Saturday in April, Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, and at the University of Michigan the crowd is primed, lighting up in public without fear or harassment or arrest. The odor of burning pot accompanied by promarijuana signs, young and old wearing marijuana themed shirts. This year’s Hash Bash included the traditional “smoke-in” protest and an extralong list of speakers, among them Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. He was joined by poet/activist John Sinclair, whose arrest 44 years ago for possessing two joints initiated Hash Bash activism, and by stonercomic Tommy Chong, Michigan Rep. Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor and others.
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Friday, April 3,2015

Lansing report

New, improved robot fish designed for Great Lakes

by Capital News Service
LANSING — New and improved robot fish will soon track live fish and toxic algae blooms in the Great Lakes. This next-generation fish, going on its second year of development, is the third model built by Xiaobo Tan, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University, and his research team.
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