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Wednesday, August 5,2015

Nature knows best

Chronic Wasting Disease could thin deer herd

by Mickey Hirten
The warnings began in May: “State confirms first case of wasting disease in wild deer.” And where was ground zero for this news? Suburban Meridian Township of all places. What followed the announcement were grim updates on the disease. Just last week a second deer in Meridian tested positive prompting the rallying call for more hunting. Thatīs right. To save deer we need to kill them.
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Wednesday, August 5,2015

Collateral damage

What happens to addicts when their doctor loses his license?

by Todd A. Heywood
In the middle of the ice storm crisis in Lansing in late December 2013, Cassandra, 34, found herself literally out in the cold. She had been attacked by a man she was staying with, and police had arrested him, leaving her homeless. She was also struggling with withdrawal from heroin. An acquaintance who was working as a sex worker recommended she call the man she worked for.
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Wednesday, August 5,2015

DeWeese on defense

FBI claims are ‘categorically false,’ doctor declares

by Todd A. Heywood
FBI allegations against him are “categorically false or a gross misrepresentation of the facts,” Dr. Paul DeWeese, a former state representative, said Tuesday. DeWeese’ s medical license was suspended last month following a raid on his Lansing office where he treated drug addicts and specialized in pain treatment. A 46-page FBI affidavit filed in federal court alleges he wrote prescriptions and dispensed drugs that were medically unnecessary or written without appropriate medical examinations or testing. Some prescriptions were paid for by insurance companies and Medicaid, it also claims.
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Wednesday, August 5,2015

Charity dumps

City looks to crack down on donation bins

by Todd A. Heywood
You’ve seen them: Metal donation bins all but obscured by mattresses, furniture and other large items. “When the bins first started appearing, there were only a few, and then more and more appeared. Then unscrupulous folks started dumping at these sites,” said Elaine Womboldt, facilitator for Rejuvenate South Lansing, a community advocacy organization. “They didnīt care because, in my opinion, they could get away with it without having to pay for the disposal. It then became someone elseīs problem to clean up.”
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Tuesday, August 4,2015

Wood under fire

Councilwoman’s ad runs afoul of election law

by Todd Heywood
TUESDAY, Aug. 4 — Lansing City Councilwoman Carol Wood has apparently been violating state election law for years by including her campaign web address in an ad that she paid for with city funds.
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Thursday, July 30,2015

Probe under way

Boles’ campaign activities raises legal, ethical questions

by Todd A. Heywood
THURSDAY, July 30 — Third Ward City Councilwoman A’Lynne Boles is facing questions on several fronts for campaign activities in the run-up to Tuesday’s primary election. Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said yesterday she is looking into several possible violations of state campaign law. But the bigger issue may be an ethical one over Boles’ use of city funds to send a newsletter to select constituents in the last weeks of the campaign.
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Wednesday, July 29,2015

Raw deal

How the deck is stacked against wrongfully convicted people in Michigan

by Lawrence Cosentino
Donya Davis served seven years of a 22- year prison sentence after a sexual assault victim identified him in a lineup. Post-conviction DNA testing tied the crime to another man. The 36-year-old Detroit man was released in summer 2014. What do you say to him now? Congratulations?
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Wednesday, July 29,2015

2015 PRIMARY ELECTION PREVIEW

by City Pulse
At-large Which City Council hopeful wonīt make the first cut? One of the five at-large Lansing City Council candidates will be knocked out by the Primary Election vote, putting the political futures of 70-year-old City Hall “regular” Mary Ann Prince and one-time City...
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Wednesday, July 29,2015

DeWeese illegally diverted drugs, FBI claims; license suspended

by Todd A. Heywood
In a sweeping affidavit filed in federal court, the FBI alleges that said Dr. Paul DeWeese, a former Republican state lawmaker from Mid-Michigan, illegally diverted prescription drugs — like Norco, Xanax, and Ritalin — to the street.
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Wednesday, July 22,2015

Leverage and Recreation

How the Lansing parks millage stretches green into more green

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the early 1800s, vast flocks of now-extinct passenger pigeons took days to go by. Once upon a time (meaning the 1960s and ‘70s), the fulltime Lansing parks staff topped 100, including three landscape engineers, according to former Lansing City Councilman Jim Blair. "It took...
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