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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Protect this house

Mortgage foreclosure is rarely a straightforward — or completely legal — process, according to those working in the trenches

by Sam Inglot
Toby and Donna built their Meridian Township home 25 years ago where they raised three daughters. More recently, they enjoyed having their grandkids visit. But in 2011, even after making every payment on a mortgage modification, Bank of America tried to foreclose on them and sell their house.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Snyder-Schauer showdown

by Walt Sorg
Rick Snyder has one accomplishment the cynics thought impossible: He has united the state's Democratic Party. The gubernatorial election is 17 months away and Democrats already have their candidate: former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer.
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Monday, June 3,2013

Kids in the Hall

Mayor’s budget veto stands; Council approves buying property on Ottawa/Butler block for $1

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, June 3 — The Lansing City Council didn’t have the necessary six votes Monday night to override Mayor Virg Bernero’s fiscal year 2014 budget veto.
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Monday, June 3,2013

'Dissolve Lansing Township'

New Facebook page comes out against the existence of Lansing Township

by Sam Inglot
Monday, June 3 — A new Facebook group — started by a Lansing Township resident — advocates for the dissolution of the township and is slowly gaining followers and media attention.
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Friday, May 31,2013

Walkin' shoes

17th annual Mayor’s Walk is Saturday

by City Pulse Staff
Friday, May 31 — Mayor Virg Bernero invites you to strap on your walking shoes with him Saturday to take part in the 17th annual River Walk in Lansing.
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Friday, May 31,2013

Toothless

by Walt Sorg
So what's the problem with the city of Lansing's ethics ordinance? The same thing that plagues too many disclosure requirements for public officials. While on paper it has most (if not all) of the elements necessary for an effective ordinance, it has one major shortcoming: lack of real teeth.
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Thursday, May 30,2013

Airport-Flyer flap

Absent commission member up in air on how he’d vote

by City Pulse Staff
Thursday, May 30 — Brian McGrain , whose absence Wednesday night resulted in a tie vote on the Michigan Flyer issue, said today he is up in the air on the controversy. “I don’t know,” McGrain said when asked how he would have voted at the meeting of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.
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Wednesday, May 29,2013

Worms and burgers

The ins and outs of form-based zoning codes

by Lawrence Cosentino
On fishing weekends, my Uncle Andy used to put a milk carton full of worms in the fridge door, where the milk goes. It freaked my Aunt Sophie out. So did the golf balls in the egg keeper. After talking with Lansing planning director Bob Johnson, I realize that Uncle Andy was only converting the fridge to a modern, form-based zoning code. No matter what Uncle Andy put into it, it looked like a normal fridge.
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Wednesday, May 29,2013

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
The original Biggby location in East Lansing — an unmistakable feature of the Valley Park area just west of downtown — may soon be demolished. DTN Management has a development agreement with the franchisee to replace it with a mixed-use building for residential and retail space that stretches to the west on a vacant parcel.
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Wednesday, May 29,2013

'Not backing down'

Same-sex couple in Lansing uses Canadian marriage license to secure property rights not available to same-sex partners in Michigan, potentially setting up court challenge

by Sam Inglot
Just over nine years ago, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope and his partner, Bradly Rakowski, got married in Canada, with the skyline of Detroit as the backdrop to their ceremony. The marriage is legally recognized in Canada but not on this side of the Detroit River.
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