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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This building, like the neighborhood surrounding it, takes its name from horticulturalist Liberty Hyde Bailey. Born in South Haven, Bailey graduated from the Michigan Agricultural College in 1882 and later contributed to the founding of agricultural extension services and the 4-H movement.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Right step

Selling BWL would resolve many problems

by Mickey Hirten
That Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will consider selling the city´s electric utility is encouraging, if somewhat wrong footed. Bernero finally acknowledges that BWL is a valuable and vulnerable asset. If the city were to face bankruptcy — implausible, but hardly impossible — a court could order it sold to pay off Lansing´s creditors. Shedding BWL could be a sound defensive strategy, but there is a more pressing and by now obvious reason to sell.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Prevailing wage ban

Measure advancing; Snyder will decide

by Todd A. Heywood
The war between the state GOP and organized labor is being fought in Lansing again. After their success with so-called Right to Work legislation, Republicans in Lansing have set their sights on prevailing wage laws. Those laws require government-funded projects to pay skilled workers wages that are indexed to union pay rates.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

A new tool for MSU educators

by Brooke Kansier
Student snoozing through a boring lecture might be a thing of the past in classes offered by Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Letters. PopBoardz is an innovative, interactive new app that gives educators and students alike a new presentation tool — but this isn’t your typical slideshow. Created by budding software developer Moonbeach Inc., the app allows users to create a single-page presentation comprising 16 “tiles.” Each tile can hold a piece of media, from PDFs to webpages, to image slideshows and videos. Think PowerPoint meets Pinterest.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

End of Story

Historic Lansing car dealership to be demolished to make way for housing

by Allan I. Ross
Leo Jerome wants to be there the day the wrecking crew levels Story Oldsmobile. Last week, Jerome announced he’d sold the eastside Lansing property to a market rate housing developers. There’s no demolition date yet, but with construction planned to start in November, Story O...
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Looking beyond the obvious problems caused by the vegetation that has enveloped this simple house, it seems to be sited particularly close to the busy public way. The east-facing front porch would make for pleasant evening gatherings, sheltering its users from the setting summer sun. Outside but still covered, people can interact and strengthen neighborhood connections.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Two different cities

Disparity stark in Baltimore’s side-by-side neighborhoods

by Mickey Hirten
Just three weeks after rioting in some of Baltimore´s poorest neighborhoods, this past weekend´s Preakness Stakes, the city´s premier sporting event, happened without incident. I was there and as in years past, it was normal for the 2015 Triple Crown race. Baltimore is two very different cities, particularly three weeks ago. They intersect at events like the Preakness or Orioles´ games at Camden Yards, but only briefly.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

New Niowave charges

Neighbors contend company is scamming LEAP, city

by Todd Heywood
The Niowave pole barn saga continues with new questions raised by Walnut Neighborhood activists about expenses that the high-tech company has submitted to the city of Lansing for reimbursement. “Looks to me like Niowave scammed LEAP and the City again for the $62,000 Brownfield reimbursement, paying their own internal employees $53,853.51 and provided no explanation or breakdown of this internal charge,” activist Dale Schrader emailed other residents.
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Tuesday, May 19,2015

May flowers arrive

Volunteers brighten the Capitol grounds on Planting Day

by Brooke Kansier
TUESDAY, MAY 19 — The lawn of the state Capitol is in full bloom following this morning’s annual Capitol Flower Planting Day event. Despite temperatures in the 50s, the event gathered about 40 volunteers to work alongside Capitol event staff in sprucing up the lawn’s vacant flowerbeds.
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Thursday, May 14,2015

Councilwoman sued

Lansing law firm alleges fraud against Boles

by Todd Heywood
THURSDAY, MAY 14 — Lansing City Councilwoman A’Lynne Boles is being sued by a Lansing law firm that claims she failed to deliver services she had agreed to do.
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