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Wednesday, April 10,2013

Banning fracking in Michigan

Signature-gathering campaign to ban fracking starts this week

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, April 9 — Friday kicks off a six-month signature-gathering campaign for a group that’s trying to ban fracking in Michigan.
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

The easy way

by Walt Sorg
"He took the easy way out." That's former Mayor David Hollister's blunt assessment of Mayor Virg Bernero's latest budget proposal, a document released just days after the Hollister-led Financial Health Team issued a detailed, dramatic plan to deal with Lansing's short- and long-term budget issues.
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

Eye sore of the week

by Dylan Sowle
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: A simple retaining wall, like this one, is a reminder of the tenuous relationship between humans and the environment. Despite the engineering and strength we use to keep nature at bay, it pushes back and, at times, literally bursts through.
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Monday, April 8,2013

Kids in the Hall

Budget hearings round 2: More BWL details, LEPFA and human resources

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 8 — Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager J. Peter Lark was in the house tonight to give more details on potentially new ways to pay for streetlights and fire hydrants in the city.
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Monday, April 8,2013

Son of a president

Steve Ford, son of President Gerald Ford, gives lecture in Lansing

by Sam Inglot
Monday, April 8 — Before a crowd of several hundred people, Steve Ford, the youngest son of President Gerald Ford, spoke at the Lansing Town Hall Celebrity Lecture Series today in South Lansing.
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Friday, April 5,2013

Grand River oil spill update

A ‘monster rain’ is needed to wash away excess hydraulic fluid

by Sam Inglot
Friday, April 5 — A “monster rain” is needed to wash the excess hydraulic fluid that spilled into the Grand River earlier this week into absorbent booms, an official with the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council said today.
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Thursday, April 4,2013

MSU students to administration: Divest in big oil

The launch of a new environmental campaign calls for MSU to disinvest in oil companies contributing to climate change

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, April 4 — The gathering may have been small, but the message was big. MSU Fossil Free, a re-launched student environmental group at Michigan State University, called on the school to divest the millions of dollars it has pledged to oil companies.
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Wednesday, April 3,2013

Sloshing toward justice

Inside and outside the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage plunge

by Lawrence Cosentino
WASHINGTON — Last Tuesday morning, while the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on California's anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8, a quiet contingent from a South Carolina Baptist church, about 50 strong, made its way to the roiling press area at the center of the steps. A forest of signs went up: "Kids do best with a mom and dad."
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Wednesday, April 3,2013

'Sidewalk to Nowhere' on the ropes

With a deadline Tuesday, the Waverly Road sidewalk project envisioned by the Bernero administration may not happen

by Andy Balaskovitz
A sidewalk project along Waverly Road — a goal of the Bernero administration for over two years — may not happen unless Lansing Township and Ingham County agree by Tuesday to help pay for it.
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Wednesday, April 3,2013

The solution?

Proposed Niowave pole barn solution: brick, fake windows, a painted roof, $200,000

by Sam Inglot
A proposed solution to the Niowave Inc. pole barn controversy features a brick fašade on two walls, fake windows, a parking lot and landscaping, at a cost of $200,000.
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