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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Uncharted territory

Lansing online school; 7 teachers, $9.6 M budget

by Michael Gerstein
One of the newest charter schools in Lansing has no school building or buses. There’s 372 students enrolled and seven teachers. The statewide web-based school will cost Michigan taxpayers $11.1 million, a bone of contention for some Democrats in the state Legislature.
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Thursday, September 18,2014

Jump start

Sky divers to take a leap for health at Spartan football game

by Anne Abendroth
You’ve got to look up in the sky to catch the pre-game show before the Spartan football game Saturday. Eight figures will dive to the field in creative and daring formations ending with a giant American flag.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Anti-incumbent mood

by Mickey Hirten
On Saturday, The New York Times captured voter sentiment in Michigan with this telling headline: “A Rebound Takes Root in Michigan, but Voters’ Gloom is Hard to Shake.” If this was news to the newspaperīs readers, it isnīt to candidates for governor, Congress and other statewide offices here in Michigan.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Uber casualty

Small taxi operations could be eliminated with new regional taxi authority

by Belinda Thurston
A taxi authority that began with a goal of regulating ride share services like Uber could end up adopting rules that squeeze out the little guy. The Greater Lansing Taxi Authority, already approved by East Lansing and awaiting the Lansing vote, would consolidate regulations and licensing for cabs and ride shares in both cities. Officials say the effort will improve service quality and ensure the safety of riders.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Hoping for a handout

OF JUGGALOS, HOMELESSNESS AND HAVING THE TOOLS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE

by Belinda Thurston
April and Will wake up each morning, make their bed, scrounge for breakfast and head to the library. Computers and Internet are free there. They own cell phones but can’t afford minutes. She goes to Facebook and posts what’s on her mind: “Got blessed today two nice young women came up to me and a friend and gave us $5 each 4 bags of chips 2 juices and two foot long subs and one big water bottle and two cookies."
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Tuesday, September 16,2014

Rise and shine

Recovery Walk highlights freedom from addiction, remembers those who died

by Belinda Thurston
TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – Kathy Reddington said she would have marched to the capitol Saturday if there were only six people. But she ended up with a lot more company walking to with a goal of erasing the stigma and raising awareness for those struggling with addiction.
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Tuesday, September 16,2014

Justice for all

Minority and low-income communities unequally impacted by pollution

by KRISTA WILSON
TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – Nearly 150 people from across the state recently attended a summit in the name of justice – environmental justice. “Unfinished Business: Environmental Justice in Michigan” was held last Friday to raise awareness about low-income and often minority communities that are being exposed to greater amounts of pollution than other areas. It was hosted at Union Missionary Baptist Church.
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Friday, September 12,2014

Uncut story

Anti-circumcision demonstrators say practice violates human rights

by Belinda Thurston
They stood out like a sore thumb. They were hoping more like a sore penis. Wearing white suits with red stains on their groins, nearly 20 men protested infant circumcision today in Lansing. Some of the signs read: “No medical excuse for genital abuse,” and “C...
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Haunted by history

Demolished house near Eaton Rapids brought visions of fugitive slaves

by Lawrence Cosentino
Bob Albaugh straddled the rubble of a demolished house in Hamlin Township, near Eaton Rapids, last Thursday evening. "Everything in this house was built for a particular purpose," he said. The extra large cistern with no water line, the smooth beam in the attic, the trap-door in the kitchen — to Bob and his wife, Pat, who owned the house at 9740 Kinneville Road, it all added up to one thing: The timber-framed hulk was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Critic’s choice

‘Life Itself,’ ‘Snowpiercer’ lead Indie Film Series

by Allan I. Ross
In “Life Itself,” the documentary about late Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, one of his peers brags that the Pulitzer Prize-winner could crank out a well-thoughtout review in half an hour. This piece, dear reader, took significantly longer than that, but if Ebert had lived long enough to review the visionary thriller “Snowpiercer” — and been brazen enough to combine it with an analysis of his own film — I’d be willing to bet it wouldn’t have been one of his quickies. Both films play this month at Studio C! as part of the Indie Film Series.
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