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Thursday, June 20,2013

The Flyer is the future

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Our cover this week makes a little fun of my friend Chris Holman (well, I hope he is still my friend) for his role in the airport-Michigan Flyer controversy.
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Thursday, June 20,2013

In honor of World Refugee Day

“Peace pole” is installed at Summer Place Townhomes, honoring community of refugees

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, June 20 — At the age of 13, Nancy Yang Vue came to the United States from Laos as a refugee in 1976. Now, 37 years later, she’s one of the thousands of success stories of international refugees finding a home in the Lansing area.
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Thursday, June 20,2013

On LSD

Lansing Board of Education adopts slimmer 2013-2014 budget, leaves a fund balance for 2014-2015

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, June 20 — The Lansing Board of Education approved a $142.5 million operating budget for the 2013-2014 school year at its meeting tonight — it’s about $22.5 million lighter than this past year’s budget.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Biomass in b minor

MSU plan to burn trees for energy raises a forest of questions

by Lawrence Cosentino
"MSU Plant Switches to Wood Biomass Fuel" was the headline June 5 on the MSUToday website — a boast on par with one of Monty Python's more obscure skits, "Man Jumps Across English Channel." Michigan State University's T.B. Simon Power Plant burns less than 2 percent biomass (plant matter) and still runs overwhelmingly on coal.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

A rally for education

Michigan education rally emphasizes students, calls for more funding

by Kali Jo Wolkow
Wednesday, June 19 — At 11:36 a.m., a few hundred Michigan students, educators and political leaders prepared for battle on the front steps of the state Capitol building. Instead of shields, they were armed with hand-scrawled signs. Their messages ranged from the subtle admonitions of “If you can read this, thank your teacher, not the corporations,” to more sardonic ones of “Cut all the funding. That will fix it. Said no one ever.”
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Sharing bikes

Lansing, as the first city in Michigan, will be a proving ground for affordable bike-sharing programs

by Andy Balaskovitz
Until now, bicycle-sharing programs in the United States have been more common in larger cities with a progressive eye toward transportation. Think Denver, Washington and Minneapolis. Come early August, Lansing is expected to join about 20 other U.S. cities — and become the first in Michigan — to pilot a bike-sharing program.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Ground control

Why a vote to block a federal grant for Michigan Flyer would be shortsighted

by Andy Balaskovitz
Ody Norkin served three years in the Israel Defense Forces from 1972 to 1975 during the 19-day Yom Kippur War. He enlisted at the age of 19 and was a tank commander during most of his tenure, spending most of his time in the Sinai Peninsula. Thousands of soldiers died in that war as Egypt and Syria attacked Israel-occupied territories during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. Norkin said it was the "closest we had come to losing the nation."
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Holy spirits

Riverview Church's possible purchase of former Cadillac Club and its liquor license may have some tax implications for the church

by Sam Inglot
In her 13 years on the Lansing City Council, Carol Wood said she's never heard of a church in Lansing owning a liquor license. But that may change soon if the Holt-based Riverview Church purchases the former Cadillac Club building in REO Town — along with the building's liquor license, which could put its tax-exempt status in jeopardy.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Eye sore of the week

by Allan I. Ross
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Car dealerships, like gas stations, arrived on the architecture scene for the first time in the last century. Dealerships like this one with flat roofs and extensive parking are hard to re-imagine as anything but.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Snyder's 2014 problem

by Walt Sorg
An incumbent usually has a big advantage going into a reelection cycle, but there are many reasons to believe 2014 will be the exception to that electoral rule.
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