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Wednesday, June 17,2015

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Bike Lanes Greater Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
The end of the school year and the approach of summer invariably bring an increase in bicycle traffic, including commuters seeking a healthier substitute to driving and residents looking for alternate modes of transportation. Marked bike lanes help to ensure a safer environment for cyclis...
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

‘The issue is solvency’

County officials concerned about Lansing Township finances

by Mickey Hirten
Itīs been a long and bitter battle between Ingham County and Lansing Township, but the $12 million construction project to address flooding in neighborhoods and at business in and around Wood Street and Lake Lansing Road should begin this summer.
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Lose-lose at MSU

Sexual assault hearing process pleases no one

by Todd A. Heywood
On Aug. 2, 2013, an MSU student identified in court documents solely as Ashley met with MSU police and administrative officials to report an alleged rape that had occurred two days earlier. She alleged a fellow student had sex with her while she was unconscious, possibly as the result of a “date rape drug.” Her complaint led to two investigations — one criminal by the MSU police, the other administrative under the institution’s sexual harassment policy and guided by the federal law on gender equity known as Title IX.
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

‘A farmers market no more’

LEPFA president shares plan for historic Lansing City Market

by Brooke Kansier
It may still be called the City Market, but farmers will no longer be driving its identity under a new plan being shaped by city officials.
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Wednesday, June 10,2015

East side upswing

Two developers building on momentum of Michigan Avenue

by ALLAN I. ROSS
CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story omitted Capital City Homebrewing Supply, which is also located on the south side of Michigan Avenueīs 2000 block. One of Lansing’s prime commercial blocks outside of downtown and the home of Emil’s, t...
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Wednesday, June 10,2015

East Lansing sex ed flap

Advisory committee not meeting state requirements

by TODD HEYWOOD
The East Lansing Public Schools sex education programming —already the subject of scrutiny over its abstinence-only contract program SMART — may be in violation of Michigan’s laws and district policy dictating how public schools deliver sex education. At issue is whe...
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Wednesday, June 10,2015

Flint and the faithful

Diocese of Lansing asks for help for struggling city

by Mickey Hirten
That many of Michiganīs cities are struggling is well known. Detroit is the nationīs poster child for a city in decline. On the west side of the state, Benton Harbor is near collapse. The state imposed emergency managers on Pontiac and Highland Park. But what I didnīt realize was the...
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Impression 5 plans $450,000 Water Room exhibit

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Impression 5 Science Center is planning a new $450,000 exhibit: a two-story permanent “water park” that will combine play with education. The project has received a $250,000 commitment from the Rotary Club of Lansing to mark the club’s 100th anniversary, which is next year.
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1701 Turner St., Lansing Owner: James V. Ward Jr. Efforts to contact the owner were unsuccessful Looking beyond the weedy pavement and the board-covered windows, this building is located on a promising corner site, with an active, neighboring business that enjoys a great repu...
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Lansingīs Bush bash

Former Florida governorīs approach out of step with Republican rivals

by Mickey Hirten
Jeb Bush visited Lansing last week, not yet an official candidate for president, but clearly running. In the crowded field of Republicans heīs a strong contender with name recognition (for good and bad), lots of money and experience. But heīs competing in a field that favors extremes, and at least from his appearance here, this isnīt him. He may simply operate too far outside the right-wing bubble to succeed in the bruising Republican primaries.
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