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Wednesday, September 18,2013

A civil action coming

South Lansing residents get behind class-action lawsuit over storm water, sewage flooding in their homes

by Andy Balaskovitz
An overnight storm dumped 4 inches of rain on Lansing on June 12 and 13. Predictably, basements flooded, leaving hundreds with sewage or rainwater backups. Predictably, residents railed against City Hall. “In this area, the systems have failed,” Deanna Ray, a resident of the Coachlight Neighborhood in south Lansing, told the State Journal.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

Political notes from around town

by Walt Sorg
Byrum basically has to convince one person: presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mark Schauer. While Republicans will see a battle royale between tea party folks and Gov. Rick Snyder over Lt. Gov. Brian Calley'euro;'s nomination at their party'euro;'s convention, Democrats will happily endorse whomever Schauer wants.
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Tuesday, September 17,2013

Two protests

Rallies against U.S. military intervention in Syria last week differ on a very fundamental level

by Amanda Milstead
Tuesday, Sept. 17 — Separate protests in East Lansing and Corunna on the anniversary of 9/11 last week were each demonstrations against potential military action in Syria — but they were held by groups with vastly different social and political ideals.
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Friday, September 13,2013

This week from Capital News Service

by CNS correspondents
Friday, Sept. 13 — Each week, City Pulse will run a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. While reports cover the entire state, some will be focused on the greater Lansing region.
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Thursday, September 12,2013

Year-round school

In an effort to improve student achievement and struggling schools, State Rep. Andy Schor proposes legislation that would incentive year-round schooling

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 12 — State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, introduced legislation today that would incentive school districts’ moving to a year-round calendar, which he believes may help low-achieving students and fix struggling schools.
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Thursday, September 12,2013

BWL adds wind

Lansing’s publicly owned utility to add wind to its renewable energy portfolio

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 12 — The Lansing Board of Water and Light is diversifying its renewable energy portfolio, announcing today that it will start distributing energy generated from wind turbines 45 miles north of Lansing in fall 2014.
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Wednesday, September 11,2013

EYE CANDY OF THE WEEK

Goetsch-Winckler House

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Properties: Frank Lloyd Wright home tour, Okemos Houses are one of the most private architectural typologies and everyone loves to sneak a peek. It’s hard to pass up a look at interiors typically off-limits to the public, especially Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Sure you can visit...
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Wednesday, September 11,2013

Diplomacy

Supporters for military action in Syria are few and far between in greater Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
About 10 years ago, Anas Attal was attending a soccer match at a stadium in his hometown of Homs, Syria, when security guards opened the gates to the field. Hearing the story, I imagined what it would have been like as a 12-year old to on the sidelines of the Pontiac Silverdome during a Detroit Lions game.
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Wednesday, September 11,2013

On the bus

An able-bodied writer with two cars and his internal conflict while riding Wal-Mart’s shuttle

by Andy McGlashen
About 15 people are aboard the Saturday bus to the Walmart Supercenter in Delta Township. Two are in wheelchairs. Most are seniors, a few with their grandkids. There’s a lot of laughter among the passengers, who all seem to know each other. It’s an outing.
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Wednesday, September 11,2013

The farmer in the corporation

For small-scale farmers and the environment, the stakes are high as Wal-Mart redefines the meaning of local agriculture

by Laura Johnson
Most people around here haven’t heard of Capac. A village about an hour north of Detroit and 90 minutes from Lansing, Capac has a population of less than 2,000 and a rural landscape historically shaped by farming. Its name stands for “Cows And Pigs And Chickens,” someone jokingly told me.
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