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Thursday, July 25,2013

Lansing Township joins the party

Township begins discussing LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, July 25 — Lansing Township has officially begun discussions to create an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, joining three other Lansing-area townships that are pushing for similar measures.
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Thursday, July 25,2013

On LSD

School board unanimously adopts new policies on teacher layoffs, recalls, placement and evaluations; says administration has more work to do on regulations

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, July 25 — The Lansing Board of Education unanimously adopted new policies regarding the layoffs, recalls, placements and evaluations of teachers at a special meeting tonight. However, the board had some concerns with the regulations that carry out the policies and asked the administration to rework them.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

Big brother or oh, brother?

Area police departments scan license plates without policies for how to use the information and how long to keep it. ACLU is investigating

by Sam Inglot
Several Lansing area police departments have been using car-mounted automatic license plate readers to passively collect and store data on motorists — some for as long as two years — without any policy in place to govern the retention and use of the information.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

Data denial

Citizen’s FOIA request for automatic license plate reader data is denied on grounds that it’s an unwarranted invasion of privacy

by Sam Inglot
Wednesday, July 24 — A Lansing resident’s formal request for what he believed was public information gathered by the Lansing Police Department through automatic license plate readers has been denied. The City Attorney’s Office said the information is “personal in nature” and represents an “unwarranted invasion of the individual’s privacy.”
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

EYE SORE OF THE WEEK

by Sam Inglot
Property: Various rain gardens on Michigan Avenue in Lansing. Is that a bush growing out of the sidewalk? Is that fenced-in hole just a big cigarette butt and trash depository? Nope, it's just a rain garden, designed to filter storm water through a system of dirt, sand and plant roots to help clean the water before it is discharged into the river.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

A fight for City Hall

by Walt Sorg
The battle for control of City Hall, and the split it has created in Lansing's political and organized labor hierarchies, has become one of the harder-to-decipher political stories of the year. And it has brought rare discord within the city's most potent political force: organized labor.
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Monday, July 22,2013

Kids in the Hall

City Council and administration will work together on St. Petersburg situation

by Sam Inglot
Monday, July 22 — Lansing City Councilwoman Jody Washington said tonight she will collaborate with Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and the rest of the Council on a unified message against the anti-gay laws in St. Petersburg, Russia, a Sister City.
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Saturday, July 20,2013

From Russia without love

Debate stirs as public officials weigh in on Sister City program with St. Petersburg

by City Pulse Staff
Friday, July 19 — Despite opposition from Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the Lansing City Council will be asked Monday to consider pulling out of its Sister City program with St. Petersburg, Russia, because of anti-gay laws there.
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Saturday, July 20,2013

Remembering Helen

The passing of legendary Helen Thomas stirs memories

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Saturday, July 20 — I was Helen Thomas’ boss. Not for long, but long enough to create some wonderful memories.
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Thursday, July 18,2013

UAW/Chamber endorsements

In a rare move, dueling political groups endorse Bernero and his supporters on City Council

by City Pulse Staff
Wednesday, July 17 — Although the two organizations rarely agree on politics, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and the United Auto Workers Region 1-C are on the same page for the citywide elections this fall.
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