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Monday, August 19,2013

Agriculture reform on Lansing’s East Side

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow discusses latest Farm Bill and its impact on Michigan agriculture at Hunter Park GardenHouse

by Jordan Bradley
Monday, Aug. 19 — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a leader in Congress when it comes to agriculture policy, swung by the Hunter Park GardenHouse on Lansing’s East Side this morning to promote stronger local food systems.
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Friday, August 16,2013

South Lansing Pathway

Council committee addresses questions with planned South Lansing Pathway; Boles-Robinson hopes full Council will unanimously approve project

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Aug. 16 — Third Ward Lansing City Councilwoman A’Lynne Boles-Robinson is feeling much better about accepting a $1.1 million federal grant to help pay for a non-motorized pathway through her ward.
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Thursday, August 15,2013

Bike share hoped to be re-launched next week

Organizer says nearly two-week delay caused by locking malfunction should be cleared up by next week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Aug. 15 — Forty bike racks installed throughout the city as part of a new bike-sharing program have been empty since being unveiled 12 days ago. Organizers hope that won't be the case by the end of next week.
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Thursday, August 15,2013

Guest column: What you need to know about Congress right now

Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton weighs in on a ‘deeply unpopular and flagrantly unproductive’ Congress

by Lee H. Hamilton
Thursday, Aug. 15 — Deeply unpopular and flagrantly unproductive, Congress is on its August recess right now. It won’t return until Sept. 9, after a five-week recess, leaving itself just a few days to settle issues like raising the debt ceiling and passing a federal budget. Here are some things you should know about where it stands at this stage of the game.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

More LSJ layoffs

Columnist Mark Mayes is one of four to be let go as part of cost-cutting moves at the State Journal, sources say

by City Pulse Staff
Thursday, Aug. 14 — Its executive editor is gone and now the Lansing State Journal’s daily columnist was let go Friday as the Gannett-owned daily continues shedding staffers to save money. Multiple sources say the Journal let go of Mark Mayes on Friday.
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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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