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Wednesday, June 10,2015

East Lansing sex ed flap

Advisory committee not meeting state requirements

by TODD HEYWOOD
The East Lansing Public Schools sex education programming —already the subject of scrutiny over its abstinence-only contract program SMART — may be in violation of Michigan’s laws and district policy dictating how public schools deliver sex education. At issue is whe...
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Transportation and transition

Transgender questions lead to CATA policy change

by TODD HEYWOOD
Diane was returning from window shopping at the Meridian Mall on Feb. 27. As she settled into her seat on the CATA bus to downtown Lansing, she realized in horror the unthinkable had happened. “I looked down and it looked like one of my breasts was gone,” the 52-year-old said in a phone interview. “I was scared and I was panicked.”
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Failure to enforce

City grants tax breaks to developers who fail to register their rentals for inspections

by TODD HEYWOOD
This story has been updated to correct an error. On Feb. 20, Lansing firefighters were called to the new Market Place Apartments, next to the City Market, to respond to a small kitchen fire. The buildingīs suppression system extinguished the fire, but 11 of the 88 apartments were shut down after an inspection by the city’s code compliance office found smoke and water damage.
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Thursday, January 22,2015

LPD probe

Lansing School Board member subject of criminal investigation

by TODD HEYWOOD
THURSDAY, JAN. 22 – Nicole Armbruster, who resigned Monday from the Lansing Board of Education, is under criminal investigation by the Lansing Police Department, sources tell City Pulse. Sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the police are investigating allegations that she embezzled from the Lewton Elementary School PTA. The Lansing School District’s website said she is the PTA’s vice president and that one of her three children is a third grader. Armbruster, 35, declined to comment on the investigation when reached by telephone last night. She said she had resigned for personal reasons.
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

High court countdown

Michigan marriage equality goes to the Supreme Court

by TODD HEYWOOD
Whether same-sex couples have the right to marriage in the U.S. is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, led by a case originating in Michigan. On Jan. 16 the court agreed to hear a quartet of cases coming from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; including DeBoer v Snyder, a case from Michigan challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Parties to the cases will have a total of two and half hours to address two specific legal questions, the court ordered.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Gay marriage ban upheld

6th Circuit ruling likely means Supreme Court hearing

by TODD HEYWOOD
The move breaks a series of federal court rulings which have found marriage bans unconstitutional. The ACLU announced it would immediately seek a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, and attorney Dana Nessel, who rep resents April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, the plaintiffs in Michiganīs challenge to the marriage ban, said before the ruling came down that she would be going directly to the Supreme Court. The losing sides could ask for a rehearing before the 6th Circuit Appeals Court. The ruling applies to Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

HIV Report

Ingham County HIV rate second highest in Michigan

by TODD HEYWOOD
Ingham County continues to have the second highest rate of HIV in Michigan, according to the 2013 epidemiology report on HIV released last week by the Michigan Department of Community Health. Ingham County has had the second or third highest rates for the last eight years.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

‘Love Trumps Hate’

Fundraiser counters antigay verbal assault caught on video

by TODD HEYWOOD
As his video of a Lansing business owner screaming antigay invectives at his friends and him went viral, Isiah Tweedie knew he had to do more than raise awareness about the singular event. He said he needed to make sure people understood that the vile verbal assaults were not acceptable, or a community norm.
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Thursday, May 29,2014

ACD.net controversy

Executive of Internet provider comes under fire for alleged racially insensitive comments

by TODD HEYWOOD
THURSDAY, May 29 — A top executive at ACD.net, a local Internet provider, is coming under fire for comments left on Saginaw Chippewa Chief Steve Pego’s voicemail.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Road woes

City of Lansing estimates $166 million price tag to fix bad roads

by TODD HEYWOOD
Diane Cooke’s Pontiac G6 took a beating from fallen trees during this winter’s ice storms. But nothing prepared her for the destruction that the spring roads would bring to bear on her car. In a three-week time frame, she had to replace all four tires, plus her spare tire. She also had to replace two rims. The reason? The pothole-riddled streets in Lansing. It cost her over $1,000 to fix her car.
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