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Tuesday, June 25,2013

Report: 'Dark money' pours into Michigan elections

A lot of money coupled with little transparency paints troubling picture for 2012 Michigan elections

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, June 25 — More than $200 million was spent in Michigan during the 2012 Michigan elections for state offices, judgeships and education board seats, according to a recent report. But nearly $18.3 million was spent on political television ads — money that doesn’t need to be reported to the state, which the report called “dark money.”
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Monday, June 24,2013

Moving Michigan toward marriage equality

State House Democrats introduce LGBT marriage equality bills

by Sam Inglot
Monday, June 24 — Democratic state representatives and gay rights activists introduced legislation this morning to legalize same-sex marriage in Michigan. They’re calling the package of bills “Freedom to Marry.”
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Friday, June 21,2013

ASMSU’s autonomy

Student government believes it’s under attack by the university. MSU officials say it’s a matter of financial accountability.

by Sam Inglot
Friday, June 21 — In a move that the Associated Students of Michigan State University says will jeopardize its autonomy from the school, the MSU Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution today that forces ASMSU to keep its money in a university account.
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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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