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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Haunted by history

Demolished house near Eaton Rapids brought visions of fugitive slaves

by Lawrence Cosentino
Bob Albaugh straddled the rubble of a demolished house in Hamlin Township, near Eaton Rapids, last Thursday evening. "Everything in this house was built for a particular purpose," he said. The extra large cistern with no water line, the smooth beam in the attic, the trap-door in the kitchen — to Bob and his wife, Pat, who owned the house at 9740 Kinneville Road, it all added up to one thing: The timber-framed hulk was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Critic’s choice

‘Life Itself,’ ‘Snowpiercer’ lead Indie Film Series

by Allan I. Ross
In “Life Itself,” the documentary about late Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, one of his peers brags that the Pulitzer Prize-winner could crank out a well-thoughtout review in half an hour. This piece, dear reader, took significantly longer than that, but if Ebert had lived long enough to review the visionary thriller “Snowpiercer” — and been brazen enough to combine it with an analysis of his own film — I’d be willing to bet it wouldn’t have been one of his quickies. Both films play this month at Studio C! as part of the Indie Film Series.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Eyecandy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This property once served as a corner grocery, built in the 1920s by Anna and Michael Scieszka, who had recently emigrated from Poland. The simple wood-framed building sat a few steps above the sidewalk on a rusticated concrete block foundation. Like many small, family-owned groceries of the era, the building supplied the needs of its immediate neighborhood with fresh groceries and produce.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Small money first; big money coming

by Mickey Hirten
We know that big money in many forms shapes our government. Politicians may claim that the interests of large contributors, accompanied by the checks they write, donīt influence their agendas and votes. But something has distorted our political system, and big money certainly is one of the corrosive factors.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Generation violence

by Todd A. Heywood
The headlines late last month all trumpeted the news: Nine shootings in nine days. It was “uncommon” for Lansing, city police say, but an aberration in crime for the area, not a trend.
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Tuesday, September 9,2014

Giving it a try

Hawk Island Kids Triathlon gives kids a taste of grown-up action

by Belinda Thurston
Goldfish, dolphins and sharks took over Hawk Island Park Sunday swimming, biking and running in the fall Hawk Island Kids Triathlon. Nearly 100 children ranging from toddlers to 14-year-olds competed.
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Thursday, September 4,2014

Walk for Recovery

Rally and memorial service aims to erase stigma of addiction, raise awareness

by Belinda Thurston
THURSDAY, Sept. 4 – Theresa Clemons has struggled with a lifetime of addiction to cocaine, heroin and alcohol. She’s been sober and clean for 15 months, has her own home and has repaired relationships with her daughters.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

HIV Report

Ingham County HIV rate second highest in Michigan

by TODD HEYWOOD
Ingham County continues to have the second highest rate of HIV in Michigan, according to the 2013 epidemiology report on HIV released last week by the Michigan Department of Community Health. Ingham County has had the second or third highest rates for the last eight years.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

‘Love Trumps Hate’

Fundraiser counters antigay verbal assault caught on video

by TODD HEYWOOD
As his video of a Lansing business owner screaming antigay invectives at his friends and him went viral, Isiah Tweedie knew he had to do more than raise awareness about the singular event. He said he needed to make sure people understood that the vile verbal assaults were not acceptable, or a community norm.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
According to a reader, this property has stood with torn paper in the windows for at least four years. To be fair, compared to the typical Eyesore, the conditions at this property are a minor nuisance. From the exterior, the split-level home appears to be in reasonably good shape. Apart from the now-fallen paper curtain the front picture window and the saplings growing in the eavestroughs, the house appears to be in good shape.
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