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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Help from Hertel

Senator aids same-sex partner to keep house

by Todd A. Heywood
The surviving member of a same-sex Lansing couple will be able to keep his house, thanks to the assistance of state Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., D-Lansing. Mykul Johnson shared the the east-side house for 37 years with D. Thomas, who died in March. Then Johnson discovered that errors on the quit-claim deed on their home threatened his right to inherit it.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Walk this way

Michigan crosswalk safety rules unclear

by Darcie Moran
When a car and a pedestrian meet at a crosswalk, what’s supposed to happen? It’s a safety question that’s left some Michigan communities requesting more signs to remind drivers to yield for pedestrians.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Prop 1 breakdown

Voters want special session on roads

by Kyle Melinn
Proposal 1, the broad-reaching ballot question Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders birthed the week before Christmas to raise $1.288 billion in annual road funding dollars, blew a piston and died. With votes still being counted Tuesday night, they were running 78 percent opposed — the worst rejection of a constitutional amendment in almost 40 years.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

High time for change

Michigan can take some pot lessons from California

by Mickey Hirten
In Sacramento, California´s capital, marijuana is marketed as openly as in the two states that have legalized cannabis.
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Friday, May 1,2015

Lansing report

State Police reach out to diversify ranks

by Capital News Service
LANSING – Lots of young people in Michigan want to be State Police troopers, but almost all of them are white men. The State Police, like law enforcement agencies across the country, are struggling to recruit minorities into their ranks.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

That oldtime emission

Pollution at Erickson, threat of suit over Eckert shadow BWL´s aging fleet

by Lawrence Cosentino
As the Lansing Board of Water & Light charts a path out of the coal era, dustups over emissions violations at its coal-fired Erickson and Eckert power stations are adding urgency to the transition. In a letter to the BWL dated March 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that the BWL made two sets of "major modifications" to its 45-year-old Erickson power plant, one in 2010-‘11 and another in late 2012, that "resulted in a significant net emissions increase," mainly of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and particulate matter.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
When originally constructed, the house was a simple gabled building. However, in the 1980s it underwent a spectacular makeover, when it was converted into this confident Tudor.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Out in the cold

City of Lansing bills residents over $90,000 for unshoveled sidewalks

by Todd A. Heywood
Phil Siebert was in the hospital at the end of February, fighting another bout of infection from his chronic upper respiratory issues. On Feb. 23, at 1:23 p.m,. a city of Lansing official walked up to his empty home and taped a bright green notice on his door.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

The cost of waiting

While Lansing, nation await ruling on same-sex marriage, for one couple it´s already too late

by Todd A. Heywood
In 1977, the world for the LGBT community was a different place. No presidents spoke of equality. A measure to ensure equal treatment under the law had been introduced in the U.S. House but died. East Lansing was one of a handful of local governments that barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. A guy named Harvey Milk had just become the first openly gay man in office in American history when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Midas’ touch

Joshua Davis advances to top six on “The Voice”

by Ty Forquer
Last week, Michigan-based singer Joshua Davis narrowly avoided elimination from reality TV singing competition “The Voice,” needing his fans to voice their support on Twitter to activate the show’s “Instant Save” in the closing seconds of the April 21 results show.
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