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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Mixed match

Michigan Prop 1 road funding ballot language bundles and confuses

by Mickey Hirten
After reading — and very likely rereading — the constitutional ballot proposal that seeks a sales tax increase to repair Michiganīs crumbling and even dangerous roads, voters should be angry that a cowardly Legislature refused to act in their interest.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Seat at the table

Lansing, CATA and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission at odds over representation

by Todd Heywood
The region’s largest planning body has been drawn into a conflict between the Capital Area Transportation Authority and the City of Lansing. At the heart of the debate: how CATA should be represented on the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission?
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Mercury spill

East Lansing halted investigation at wastewater treatment plant

by Todd Heywood
When city of East Lansing officials learned of a mercury spill at its wastewater treatment plant, it launched an internal investigation to find out what happened. But four months into it the city pulled the plug on its own investigation altogether, after receiving a MIOSHA report about unsafe practices for employees. The spill resulted in thousands of dollars in fines from state safety regulators.
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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Charges filed

Former School Board Member charged with embezzlement, other crimes

by Todd A. Heywood
Former Lansing School Board Member Nicole Armbruster has been charged with one count of embezzlement and six counts of uttering and publishing by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office. All seven charges are felonies.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

A house divided

The movement in East Lansing to open housing for blacks

by Bill Castanier
Two years of smolder built to a roar. Then it cooled down but the fire was just under the surface. It started with the only visit to Michigan State University by the young pastor, Martin Luther King, Jr. on Feb. 11, 1965. Civil law prevented blacks from owning homes or renting in Eas...
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Built in 1924, this building originally served as the headquarters for training the 1st Battalion, 119th Field Artillery. It accounts for one of the five armories designed by Ann Arbor architect Lynn W. Fry, who had coincidently served as an artilleryman in World War I.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Arrested development

Man arrested after speaking at MSU Trustees meeting

by Todd Heywood
It’s Dec. 12, the day before controversial speaker George Will is scheduled to address the winter graduating class. The Michigan State University Board of Trustees meeting is packed with people who registered to speak in opposition to Will. Later in the meeting the board takes up a proposal to increase President Lou Anna K. Simon’s salary from $520,000 a year to $750,000 a year.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Animal cruelty

Bath Township police at a loss to find person who left puppy to freeze to death

by Belinda Thurston
The nightmare doesn’t leave her head: the puppy shivering, whimpering, maybe barking till it was voiceless in below-freezing temperatures, sitting in its own feces and trapped in a crate. It can’t fend for itself, feed itself or free itself. “I couldn’t sleep the first two nights thinking about this dog crying in the woods,” said Kristine Gilbert-Gigante, 34, of Lansing.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Fair share

East Lansing Food Co-Op increases share price to stay afloat

by Belinda Thurston
It was 1976. Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby” was on the Top 40 charts. The Oldsmobile Cutlass was the hottest selling car. And food co-operatives were popping up around the country, including mid- Michigan. It was in that atmosphere the East Lansing Food Co-Op was incorporated as a buying club for those who wanted healthy, organic food and eventually grew to the store we know today on Northwind Drive in Meridian Township. The system is supported by owners who buy shares. Over the years that price leveled to $60 per share per vote.
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Wednesday, February 18,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 734 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos Owner: Lansing Mobile Homes LTD PTS, Southfield Assessed value: $253,000 The recently improved crosswalk in front of this building seems slightly absurd along this busy stretch of Grand River. However, if this building was connected with its n...
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