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Wednesday, July 31,2013

Reining in the rain gardens

A closer look at the maintenance of the Michigan Avenue rain gardens

by Sam Inglot
Tim O’Rourke, one of the co-owners of Stober’s Bar on East Michigan Avenue, is frustrated. The city of Lansing rain garden outside his business — which he didn’t build and isn’t responsible for maintaining — has to be cared for by his employees because no one else will.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

Bike share rolls out

First public bike share program in Michigan set to launch Sunday in Lansing

by Sam Inglot
Sunday will be a day of firsts. Lansing will be the first city in Michigan to have a public bike share program. And the launch will be the first project of A2B Bikeshare, a new Ann Arbor startup specializing in the niche market.
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Monday, July 29,2013

Kids in the Hall

St. Petersburg resolution taken off agenda

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, July 29 — A resolution condemning discrimination against LGBT advocates and their allies in St. Petersburg, Russia — a Lansing Sister City — was pulled from tonight’s City Council agenda because the two may not be sister cities at all.
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Monday, July 29,2013

Under new management

Mid-Michigan Sports Turf takes over at Hope Soccer Complex

by Sam Inglot
Monday, July 19 — Mid-Michigan Sports Turf LLC has officially taken over at the Kenneth A. Hope Soccer Complex. The company’s owner is pitching a future “championship artificial turf field” as the spark for economic development on Lansing’s southeast side.
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Friday, July 26,2013

Primary election finance reports are in

Bernero has lopsided fundraising lead in mayor’s race; Dunbar tops At-Large candidates; and in close 4th Ward, Canfora lands contributions from four Council members

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, July 26 — In an example of what’s proving to be a lopsided mayoral race, incumbent Mayor Virg Bernero reported earning more than $75,000 in campaign contributions for the reporting period leading up to the Aug. 6 Primary Election. His next closest opponent raised less than $1,000.
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Friday, July 26,2013

On LSD

Former LPD Chief of Police Teresa Szymanski starts as chief operations officer for Lansing Schools

by Sam Inglot
Friday, July 19 — Although she’s still technically a 'chief,' she won't be getting a badge or uniform with this job. Former Lansing Police Department Chief of Police Teresa Szymanski has started a new position as chief of operations officer for the Lansing School District.
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Thursday, July 25,2013

Lansing Township joins the party

Township begins discussing LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, July 25 — Lansing Township has officially begun discussions to create an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, joining three other Lansing-area townships that are pushing for similar measures.
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Thursday, July 25,2013

On LSD

School board unanimously adopts new policies on teacher layoffs, recalls, placement and evaluations; says administration has more work to do on regulations

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, July 25 — The Lansing Board of Education unanimously adopted new policies regarding the layoffs, recalls, placements and evaluations of teachers at a special meeting tonight. However, the board had some concerns with the regulations that carry out the policies and asked the administration to rework them.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

Big brother or oh, brother?

Area police departments scan license plates without policies for how to use the information and how long to keep it. ACLU is investigating

by Sam Inglot
Several Lansing area police departments have been using car-mounted automatic license plate readers to passively collect and store data on motorists — some for as long as two years — without any policy in place to govern the retention and use of the information.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

Data denial

Citizen’s FOIA request for automatic license plate reader data is denied on grounds that it’s an unwarranted invasion of privacy

by Sam Inglot
Wednesday, July 24 — A Lansing resident’s formal request for what he believed was public information gathered by the Lansing Police Department through automatic license plate readers has been denied. The City Attorney’s Office said the information is “personal in nature” and represents an “unwarranted invasion of the individual’s privacy.”
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