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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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Monday, June 17,2013

Building 63 opens

Emergent BioSolutions announces opening of new $9.6M building in Lansing

by Kali Jo Wolkow
Monday, June 17— With the raising of the flag and an employee choir’s national anthem preceding them, Mayor Virg Bernero and Emergent BioSolutions officials unveiled the company’s newest $9.6 million, 32,000-square-foot addition.
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Monday, June 17,2013

Kids in the Hall

Rezoning an old gas station, moving forward with the Wet Weather Program and a Jackson National Life agreement

by Sam Inglot
Monday, June 17 — The Lansing City Council unanimously approved rezoning a vacant piece of property in the Stadium District tonight to make way for a multi-story, mixed-use development. The site, 600 E. Michigan Ave., piqued the interest of developer Pat Gillespie earlier thi...
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Friday, June 14,2013

Bar 30 in Eastwood to close

This is its last weekend, will reopen as a steakhouse later this summer

by City Pulse Staff
Friday, June 14 — Bar 30 in The Heights at Eastwood Towne Center will close after this weekend and reopen as a high-end steakhouse later this summer whose owners include a prominent local restaurateur.
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Friday, June 14,2013

For training purposes

More details emerge about former Barnes & Noble site in East Lansing, to be used for training new IT employees

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, June 14 — Jackson National Life Insurance Co. will use the former Barnes & Noble bookstore building in East Lansing — a prominent retail space for 40 years — as offices to train new information technology employees, sources tell City Pulse.
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