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Tuesday, December 23,2014

About time

Antiquated political opposition to relations with Cuba predictable

by Mickey Hirten
In a more rational world, the U.S embargo of Cuba, modified last week by President Obama, would have ended generations ago. Certainly, it was what the Cuban people hoped for in 1978. President Jimmy Carter, sensing the futility and ineffectiveness of U.S. policy, pried open the Kennedy-era boycott door ever so slightly. I slipped through as a reporter to cover a trade mission from Baltimore and other east coast cities.
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Tuesday, December 23,2014

Stadium renovation and The Outfield project underway

by Belinda Thurston
The new $13.5 million Cooley Law School Stadium will have a new high definition scoreboard off left field, apartments beyond the outfield fence and a 360-degree concourse. And you’ll still be able to peer through the fence to watch the game if you’re strolling by.
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Tuesday, December 23,2014

Market slide

City Market loses revenue; vendors say lack of marketing killing business

by Belinda Thurston
The Lansing City Market is often an empty shell of what it used to be. Why is it empty and what's the plan to help it survive?
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Tuesday, December 23,2014

Hiss the season

How the snake stole Christmas

by Laurie Hollinger
Folks, as you may have heard by now, the war on Christmas is being fought right here, on the front lawn of “our House.” Yes, that’s right. And if you’re reading this before 11 p.m. today (Dec. 23), you can go see it for yourself. The first volley was fired weeks ago, but it wasn’t returned until last week, when it was learned that because no one had committed to removing and replacing the proposed Christian nativity scene, it could not be permitted by the Capitol, nor, as such, displayed there.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Brief ...

by City Pulse
$20 million project planned for old YMCA site A $20 million mixed-use project, “Metro Place,” will be developed at the site of the long-vacant YMCA building on Townsend Street, adjacent to Reutter Park. The project is being developed by Lawton Group Development LLC. “Metro Place will be a terrific addition to downtown Lansing’s residential options and add even more vibrancy to our urban core by attracting new residents to live in the heart of the city,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
With Lansing’s holiday festivities centered on the lighting of the State Christmas Tree, it may be easy to overlook other downtown attractions that recall the spirit of this festive season. The holiday tree and State Capitol immediately to the south of this imposing Richardsonian Romanesque church can figuratively and literally overshadow it. Impressive as it is, this church is not the best-known work of architect Elijah Myers, who designed the neighboring Capitol building.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Arrests and searches

Blacks and Hispanics caught up in traffic stops

by Mickey Hirten
In a recent column on race relations and policing, I recounted statistics on traffic stops by the Lansing Police Department that could have suggested profiling. Itīs a subject worth exploring in greater detail, and because Lansing keeps detailed statistics on traffic stops, information that includes tracking race, age, outcomes and more.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Rental agreement

Lansing could license landlords next year, while state may loosen regs

by Belinda Thurston
Lansing is preparing to tighten rental regulations at the same time the state appears poised to loosen them. City Council’s General Services Committee received the green light from the Lansing city attorney to license landlords. “Yes. Residential landlord licensing would fall within the City’s authority and is not preempted by the state,” a memo from City Attorney Janene McIntyre states.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Lessons learned

Community trust one year after the Gemini ice storm outage

by Belinda Thurston
In some ways greater Lansing is still thawing from the natural disaster “event” Dec. 21 that left 40,000 residents and businesses cold and dark. That “event” wasn’t the Gemini winter storm that encased the community in a half inch of ice or the power outages it caused, but the firestorm of anger, distrust, frustration and disbelief that followed as the public utility fumbled executing and communicating the restoration, which took up to 10 days for some. Board of Water & Light General Manager Peter Lark was harshly criticized for leaving for New York City on Dec. 22 at the height of the crisis; for deleting internal emails that documented his communications about the restoration process; and for the utility’s overall lack of communication with the public and perceived lack of empathy.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Remembering the ice storm

Community members reflect on lessons learned

by Belinda Thurston
Neighbors helping neighbors. Counting our blessings. Local residents remember the ice storm and the long power outage from last winter.
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