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Thursday, June 24,2010

Virg Watch

It's about time for Virg's endorsements to start working their magic

by Neal McNamara
Virg Bernero spent the last couple of months racking up endorsements (including the latest, announced Tuesday, from the Michigan Democratic Party Justice Caucus) from the likes of the AFL-CIO and the Michigan Education Association. But, apparently, the giant unions are just now going to st...
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

KIDS IN THE HALL

Meager Lansing Council grinds to halt over vote; appointees, budget amendment left hanging for a while

by Neal McNamara
A Monday night Lansing City Council meeting was delayed for almost an hour because of continuing tensions over a format of holding meetings that was put into place in January by President A’Lynne Robinson.At-Large Councilman Brian Jeffries told his colleagues that he would not vote f...
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Eyesore of the week

by Neal McNamara
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Vacant buildings are a fact. Even attractive buildings can become unoccupied. Without proper maintenance, vacant buildings deteriorate quickly and can attract unsavory activities, like vandalism. So, it is important that even vacant properties be protected and maintained for a future occupant.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Lansing's finest

Lansing Police Department third in state to appoint an officer as LGBT liaison

by Neal McNamara
“People are OK, they just don’t want to have it, I guess, pushed in their face,” she said. “Probably not everybody at my department is aware. I do not flaunt it, I just go there and do my job everyday. That’s what it takes to be respected as a police officer.
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Thursday, June 17,2010

Virg Watch

Rebutting Dillon and releasing an economic plan

by Neal McNamara
Tuesday and Wednesday were big days for Virg Bernero, fending off a TV ad launched by Democratic rival Andy Dillon, and releasing his state economic recovery plan.Dillon launched his campaign ad on Tuesday, which focused on hiring Michigan workers first, though the Detroit News reported th...
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

The fighter

Mental health champion Richard Prangley to get award from MSU, another platform for his advocacy

by Neal McNamara
In 1955 at age 6, Prangley was wrongly placed in an institution in Coldwater. He was abused in a system that treated the developmentally disabled as if they did not deserve a normal upbringing. Prangley did not receive any semblance of an education.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Eye candy of the Week

by Neal McNamara
Owner says: Could not be reached for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: There’s nothing secret about the stately beauty of the East Lansing Masonic Temple, Lodge No. 482. The stately Italianate building was designed by Mason and Lansing architect Samuel D.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Try a cob

Detroit-area woman dreams a way to sop up oil, wants to try it in the Gulf

by Neal McNamara
The idea came to Adria Brown in a dream one night about 20 years ago. She recalled having listened to a news report on the radio about how Exxon had spent billions trying to create a new chemical solvent to clean oil spills. Her idea was much simpler: the absorbent power of corn cobs.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Lash back

Suit against Bash Back! temporarily on hold while group looks for a new attorney

by Neal McNamara
It has been more than a year since an Arizona-based Christian legal defense fund sued the “radical queer” Lansing activist group Bash Back! for a 2008 protest at a Delta Township church, but the case is not close to being resolved, and City Pulse has been subpoenaed for records relating to coverage of the protest.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

The hokey pokey

Ngalamulume campaign ends, for kind of, almost, sort of the second time

by Neal McNamara
It has been a strange week for former 8th Congressional District Democratic candidate Kande Ngalamulume. He quit the race on Thursday, citing a lack of financial resources, and then on Monday told City Pulse that donations were being lined up to bring back the campaign.
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