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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Wood cleared by Ethics Board

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Aug. 14 — The city of Lansing’s Ethics Board cleared City Council President Carol Wood Tuesday night of any wrongdoing after a formal complaint alleged she used city resources for personal business and didn’t fully disclose financial interests.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Income, ethics and Wood

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing City Council President Carol Wood has revealed more about her sources of consulting income, which include major local institutions. She has been paid by Lansing Community College, Ingham Regional Medical Center and the Kellogg Foundation, Wood said in an interview Monday.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Pathway fight

Bernero calls a B.S. on move by Boles-Robinson delaying southside bike-pedestrian project

by Andy Balaskovitz
As of Monday night, it appears there’s yet another fight over non-motorized pathways in southwest Lansing. Reminiscent of the Council/administration fight over a sidewalk along Waverly Road, now comes the South Lansing Pathway Project, a 3.5-mile asphalt path proposed south of Jolly Road between Waverly and Pennsylvania Avenue for bicyclists and pedestrians.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

From 'The Carter' to a home

Crime and discontent at South Washington Park Apartments and the efforts to stop it

by Andy Balaskovitz
The first half hour of the 1991 fictional crime movie “New Jack City” introduces viewers to The Carter, a high-rise apartment complex in New York City that’s taken over by the Cash Money Brothers during the crack epidemic.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Low primary turnout is bad predictor

by Walt Sorg
“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” Nobody is using that as a campaign slogan, but it is the theme of this fall’s Lansing City Council election. The man behind the curtain is Mayor Virg Bernero. Last week’s primary election set the table for what promises to be a heated and sometimes nasty campaign for control of the Council in which the major — but “behind the curtain” — issue is Bernero’s leadership of the city.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

The green promise

Group hopes to replace demolished MSU greenhouse with high concept biodome

by Laura Johnson
Never make a promise you don’t plan to keep. You never know when someone will stick around for, oh, say, 15 years and hold you accountable. The Student Greenhouse Project has been chasing a promise made by Michigan State University since the botany greenhouse, located on MSU’s north campus, was torn down in 1998.
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Tuesday, August 13,2013

Not running

East Lansing City Council member won’t seek third term

by City Pulse Staff
Tuesday, Aug. 13 — East Lansing City Council member Kevin Beard announced today that he would not seek a third term on the Council. Beard cited “professional opportunities” as the reason he wouldn’t run.
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Tuesday, August 13,2013

Politics and predators

Second referendum to ban wolf hunting has strong political overtones

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, Aug. 13 — A second referendum campaign to keep Michigan wolves off the state’s hunting list is just as much about politics as it is about conservation. The group behind the effort feels the referendum is necessary to protect wolves, as well as the rights of voters.
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Monday, August 12,2013

Kids in the Hall

$1.1M federal grant tabled because the administration didn’t come to a neighborhood meeting, which Bernero called ‘petty.’ In St. Petersburg resolution, Council asks for annual human rights report, which Bernero called ‘idiotic.'

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 12 — Lansing City Councilwoman A’Lynne Boles-Robinson pulled a resolution to accept a $1.1 million federal grant from tonight’s meeting agenda because a representative from the Bernero Administration didn’t attend her monthly constituent meeting Saturday.
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Friday, August 9,2013

Filling the vacancy

Five apply for 4th District Ingham County Board of Commissioners seat

by City Pulse Staff
Friday, Aug. 9 — The Ingham County Board of Commissioners will consider five applicants seeking to fill a board seat that will be vacated in early September by outgoing board member Debbie De Leon.
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