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Wednesday, December 17,2014

BWL and city of Lansing must develop community resilience

by Michael C.H. McDaniel
We are approaching the anniversary of the 22 December 2013 ice storm which precipitated a lengthy electrical power outage in our region and the resultant assessment of the response by our communities and the Board of Water & Light. As the leader of the Community Review Team, which issued a lengthy report on our assessment, I am often asked whether any of our recommendations have not been implemented.
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Saturday, December 13,2014

Shut it down Lansing

Lansing protesters demonstrate to raise awareness about injustice

by Courtney Morra
FRIDAY, DEC. 12 — While some were doing holiday shopping Friday evening at the Lansing Mall, about 40 Lansing area protesters had something else on their minds. Justice. Five Lansing resid
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Their final battle

Auction of female action figures will benefit The Women's Center

by Lawrence Cosentino
Nancy Lombardi vigorously shook a heavy crystal globe with Wonder Woman inside, fists akimbo. The fluid swirled with sparkly pain from freshly punched enemies. Or maybe it was Amazon magic. "Isnīt that cool?" Lombardi, 68, had to summon up super strength to lift the globeīs base, as massive as the Temple of Minerva, let alone shake it. She admitted to ordering it by mistake from a nowdefunct comic store on Michigan Avenue.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

BRIEF ...

by City Pulse
BWL activates equipment to reduce mercury emissions The Lansing Board of Water & Light has finally activated equipment it installed in 2007 that will reduce mercury emissions at the Erickson Power Plant. The Activated Carbon Injection system is being operated at a rate designed ...
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
The issues facing this property are well known to Lansing’s Office of Building Safety, which has red-tagged the structure. Leaves and debris are piled on the front porch, which itself is in need of corrective maintenance. The main level windows are boarded up, and the exposed wood windows on the upper level need a coat of paint.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Free speech and terrorism

MSU case raises questions about Michigan’s post 9/11 laws

by Mickey Hirten
Michigan State University student Michael Matthew Mullen, arrested last month for allegedly threatening to shoot up a school, is charged with terrorism. In a post on the social media site Yik Yak in November, Mullen supposedly wrote, "I'm gonna (gun symbol) the school at 12:15 p.m. today.” There are enough school shootings, enough mentally ill, chronically angry, psychotic people with guns that police acted swiftly to apprehend Mullen. But terrorism?
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Cleaning house

Lansing prepares to tighten medical marijuana dispensary rules

by Belinda Thurston
It’s Friday night and the club is hopping. Red neon signs flash, “Open,” “Darts, Pool, Big Screen TVs.” Cars line the street and are queued up at the front door of the “lounge.” This is the scene at the corner of Cedar and Holmes streets at the Got Meds Lounge, a medical marijuana dispensary. It’s one of more than a dozen illegal dispensaries operating openly in Lansing.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

#AllLivesMatter

Community forum on racial issues gives voice to a movement for justice

by Belinda Thurston
The justice system is flawed. That was the overall tone at a town hall meeting Tuesday night in the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York at the hands of police.
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Tuesday, December 9,2014

BWL the polluter

BWL’s poor responses to the ice storm and a plant accident may be forgivable, but failing to abate mercury pollution is another matter entirely

by Mickey Hirten
You have to wonder sometimes how the people who run Lansing Board of Water and Light sleep at night. We learned last week that the utilityīs Erickson plant installed equipment in 2007 that would drastically reduce the amount of toxic mercury is spews out over Lansing and nearby communities. But it hasnīt turned it on to save money and, well, because it didnīt have to.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Bishop reviewing Lansing field office

by Kyle Melinn
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers may be from Livingston County, but he kept a toehold in the Lansing area by locating his district office in the city, for several years on Michigan Avenue and later at 1000 W. St. Joseph. The plans of Rogersī replacement in the 8th Congressional District are not as definite. Congressman-Elect Mike Bishop said last week he still hasnīt made up his mind where he wants to put the field office considering the districtīs new geography.
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