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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Finding LGBT-friendly businesses

App designer turns to crowd sourcing to fund her project that rates LGBT-friendly businesses

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, Feb. 27 — A masters thesis turned Kickstarter project aims to rate LGBT-friendly businesses through a mobile device and computer application. Emily Brozovic began work on an application she’s calling “People Like Me” about a year and a half ago as part of her digital media and art technology master’s thesis at Michigan State University. The app is designed to allow users to rate businesses on their LGBT-friendliness. After graduation in the summer, she decided to continue the project and make it a full-blown product.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

‘Flipping the bird to science’

U.P. legislator is trying to undermine the Department of Natural Resources with proposed bill

by Sam Inglot
Friday, March 1 — Even though he’s from the natural-resource rich wilds of the Upper Peninsula, state Sen. Tom Casperson is ticking off a lot of people in the environmental community. It started out with his wolf-hunting bill that’s widely unpopular with environmental and animal groups. Now he’s pushing for legislation that opponents say would limit protections for ecosystems and that undermines the state Department of Natural Resources.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

A pole barn protest

Walnut neighborhood protests Niowave with a pole barn of their own

by Sam Inglot
Monday, March 4 —Nearly nine months after Niowave erected a pole barn in their community, members of the Walnut Neighborhood Organization built their own pole barn in protest and parked it right in front of the company’s headquarters. It’s 14,000 square feet versus 80 square feet. Plus, this pole barn comes with wheels.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Who let the dogs out?

Mayor says the city has a vicious dog problem, others say it’s entirely an enforcement and ownership problem

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, March 5 — The chairwoman of a City Council committee tasked with drafting a “vicious dog” ordinance said today she’s not interested in pursuing regulations that would target specific breeds — particularly pit bulls.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Education Achievement Authority bill resurfaces

Six LSD schools could fall under the EAA authority

by Sam Inglot
Wednesday, March 6 — The Lansing School District could lose control of six schools under proposed legislation that targets persistently low performing buildings in the state.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

'11th hour' meetings

Last-minute meetings between Niowave and Walnut residents give some hope for renewed negotiations. What exactly are they doing in that pole barn, anyway?

by Sam Inglot
There's cautious optimism from Walnut Neighborhood residents as they meet with key Niowave Inc. officials in the final weeks of what's been an eight-month showdown over the appearance of a 14,000-square-foot pole barn.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Wind versus natural gas

Environmental group and governor on different pages on energy

by Sam Inglot
Wednesday, Nov. 28 — In a special message on energy and the environment today, Gov. Rick Snyder hyped up natural gas as a mainstay for Michigan’s future energy needs. It was a different vision than of those in front of the Capitol this morning who touted wind energy as the saving grace of the state’s energy portfolio.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

‘Effectively a cut’

School aid changes could cost Lansing schools millions based on how it structures kindergarten classes

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, May 22 — A proposed change in the State School Aid Act this year could negate all $2.5 million that was saved by the Lansing School District in its new reconfiguration plan.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Union organizers picket annual Peckham fundraiser (multimedia)

United Peckham Employee Group members wanted to draw attention to what they claim are unfair labor practices by the Lansing-based Peckham Industries

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, June 12 — Four organizers with the United Peckham employees union held banners and signs outside an annual golf outing expressing no love for Peckham Industries and how the union feels they’re treating employees.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Pastures of plenty

A Mason farmer mows and harvests the long grass at Waverly Golf Course, resulting in happy people and happy cows

by Sam Inglot
Friday, June 22 — The city hasn’t tended to the grassy, overgrown 115 acres of Waverly Golf Course in a while, but recently, a Mason beef farmer has taken over the job to use the grass as cattle feed.
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