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Wednesday, July 10,2013

Water versus stone

Persistent passion earns Dave Dempsey top award for Great Lakes advocacy

by Lawrence Cosentino
Quietly, slowly, water erodes the strongest rock. Dave Dempsey's lifelong push against the despoilers, exploiters and developers that pressure the Great Lakes operates on that scale.
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Wednesday, July 10,2013

Putting pressure on fossil fuels

by Terry Link
Like the students and faculty who led Michigan State University to be the first public university to divest from firms doing business with apartheid South Africa, today's MSU students with the Fossil Free Campaign have a mission: Pressuring the administration to divest its endowment holdings from fossil fuel companies.
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Wednesday, July 10,2013

Severing with seniority

Lansing School District teacher layoffs will likely no longer be based solely on seniority

by Sam Inglot
Ben Baldwin probably reached the coda of his career as Lansing Everett High School's band director too early.
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Wednesday, July 10,2013

Eye sore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Property: 565 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing Assessed value: $270,700 Owner says: Could not be reached for comment
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Wednesday, July 10,2013

Hope and change

by Virg Bernero
One thing I’ve learned during my eight years as mayor of Lansing is that change is hard. The status quo is a powerful force, and most people, especially politicians, are firmly wedded to keeping things just as they are
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Monday, July 8,2013

Kids in the Hall

City Council gets its first look at the city’s new lease agreement for the Kenneth A. Hope Soccer Complex

by Sam Inglot
Monday, July 8 — The Lansing City Council’s first look at the new lease agreement between the city and a private company for the Kenneth A. Hope Soccer Complex came with questions about the contract and the lessee at tonight’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
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Friday, July 5,2013

Obituary: Darnell Oldham Sr.

Lansing City Council regular Darnell Oldham Sr. passes

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, July 5 — In less than six months, the Lansing City Council has lost two of its most vocal and regular critics from the public. Darnell Oldham Sr., known for biting speeches amplified by repetition and the occasional pause, passed away on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 66.
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Wednesday, July 3,2013

One year later

It’s been one year since the Niowave pole barn controversy flared: Negotiations progress, but no solution and no tax abatement vote foreseen

by Sam Inglot
Something happened at the Walnut Neighborhood Organization’s meeting Thursday that has never happened since Niowave Inc. celebrated the opening of a new 14,000-square-foot pole barn as part of its expansion. Someone from Niowave showed up.
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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Where's Lansing Twp?

Lansing-area townships making strides to protect the LGBT community, except Lansing Township

by Sam Inglot
Three Lansing-area townships have been pushing since May for local non-discrimination policies that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. The Lansing School District is making similar moves. But one player is missing from the party: Lansing Township.
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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Michigan’s tax unfairness

by Walt Sorg
Before we even consider taxes, the standard of living of those at the top has pulled away from the standard of living of those in the middle and the bottom. When we pile a regressive tax system on top of an income distribution that is becoming more and more unequal, it adds up to an especially hard double whammy for everyone except those at the top,” Ballard said.
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