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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Courthouse confrontation

Deportation enforcement action skirts policy; city considers establishing ´safe zones´

by Todd A. Heywood
It’s easy pickings for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers who troll the country for undocumented immigrants. Check public records, identify a target, then wait at a courthouse to snag their prey. It happened two months ago in Lansing when, without notifying Lansing police or court officials, ICE agents showed up at Lansing’s 54-A District Court on the sixth floor of City Hall to arrest Argimiro Hernandez-Garcia, stoking fears among judges and activists that so-called halls of justice were becoming becoming entrapment sites.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Raise questions raised

Council members pledge to donate their increase to charities

by Todd A. Heywood
Kathy Tobe considered herself a strong supporter of Third Ward Council Member A’Lynne Boles.That’s until Boles cast the deciding vote to boost pay for Council members, the mayor and city clerk by 20 percent. “I’m really disappointed in her,” Tobe said in a phone interview. “I will be looking at other options for Third Ward now, I guess.”
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Transportation and transition

Transgender questions lead to CATA policy change

by TODD HEYWOOD
Diane was returning from window shopping at the Meridian Mall on Feb. 27. As she settled into her seat on the CATA bus to downtown Lansing, she realized in horror the unthinkable had happened. “I looked down and it looked like one of my breasts was gone,” the 52-year-old said in a phone interview. “I was scared and I was panicked.”
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 6109 S. Cedar St., Lansing Owner: Abraham Cedar Miller LLC Traveling north from Holt or I-96 along Cedar Street, motorists will be greeted by this neglected building at the corner of Miller Road. Although the canopy and pumps are gone, it still displays all the characteristics...
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Flawed festival financials

Common-Ground-related revenues and expenses differ in LEPFA reports

by Mickey Hirten
Lansing´s Common Ground Festival is a self-promotion machine. We already know that Jane´s Addiction (soon to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Here Come The Mummies and Grammy-nominated Alien Ant Farm will headline this summer´s showcase. Festival organizers promote what they compute as the annual economic impact to the city — nearly $4 million.
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Monday, March 23,2015

Lansing pay raise

Council majority against 20 percent hike; 1 more vote needed to kill it

by staff
MONDAY, MARCH 23 — A majority of the Lansing City Council has sponsored a resolution against the proposed 20 percent pay increase for them, the mayor and the city clerk.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Failure to enforce

City grants tax breaks to developers who fail to register their rentals for inspections

by TODD HEYWOOD
This story has been updated to correct an error. On Feb. 20, Lansing firefighters were called to the new Market Place Apartments, next to the City Market, to respond to a small kitchen fire. The building´s suppression system extinguished the fire, but 11 of the 88 apartments were shut down after an inspection by the city’s code compliance office found smoke and water damage.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Eye candy of the week

Andromeda and Cassiopeia East Lansing

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
For a town that calls itself a “City of the Arts,” it is particularly fitting that East Lansing’s public art is approachable. Along Grand River, two sculptures tell the mythological story of Queen Cassiopeia and Andromeda. In the familiar tale, Cassiopeia claims that her daughter is more beautiful than the Nereids. Responding to Cassiopeia’s vain assertion, the gods threaten to send a sea monster to destroy her kingdom. To avoid this fate, Andromeda is offered as a sacrifice to the monster. The hero Perseus saves and later marries the princess.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Constitution protects speech and religion

Government can’t punish frat’s racist song; religious beliefs a more challenging issue

by Mickey Hirten
It is easy to applaud the penalties levied on the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma after its members were recorded in a video singing a crude racist chant. The local SAE chapter was disbanded by the national organization, its frat house was closed and two students, labeled leaders, were expelled by University President David Boren.
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Tuesday, March 17,2015

Lansing Report

Ottawa’s McPhee could redefine education adviser role

by Capital News Service
TUESDAY, MARCH 17 — Ottawa Area Intermediate School District Superintendent Karen McPhee could “redefine” the role of the governor’s senior education policy adviser when she takes the job in April, coworkers say. McPhee will retire as superintendent, a position she has held for 11 years, at the end of the month to begin working for Gov. Rick Snyder.
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