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Thursday, September 12,2013

Year-round school

In an effort to improve student achievement and struggling schools, State Rep. Andy Schor proposes legislation that would incentive year-round schooling

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 12 — State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, introduced legislation today that would incentive school districts’ moving to a year-round calendar, which he believes may help low-achieving students and fix struggling schools.
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Thursday, September 12,2013

BWL adds wind

Lansing’s publicly owned utility to add wind to its renewable energy portfolio

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 12 — The Lansing Board of Water and Light is diversifying its renewable energy portfolio, announcing today that it will start distributing energy generated from wind turbines 45 miles north of Lansing in fall 2014.
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Wednesday, September 11,2013

Diplomacy

Supporters for military action in Syria are few and far between in greater Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
About 10 years ago, Anas Attal was attending a soccer match at a stadium in his hometown of Homs, Syria, when security guards opened the gates to the field. Hearing the story, I imagined what it would have been like as a 12-year old to on the sidelines of the Pontiac Silverdome during a Detroit Lions game.
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Thursday, September 5,2013

'We'll see'

Families of the Okemos 7 react to recent federal news related to marijuana policy

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 5 — JoAnn Forsberg and her family aren’t exactly rejoicing over the U.S. Justice Department’s announcement last week that it will largely leave it to states to regulate their own medical or recreational marijuana policies.
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Wednesday, September 4,2013

Zeineh-ness

The battle between the Zeineh family and eastside residents

by Andy Balaskovitz
It’s been a tug-of-war summer on the 2000 block of East Michigan Avenue. The city, neighbors and business owners nearby find themselves pitted against a longtime East Side property owner and his family.
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Wednesday, September 4,2013

EYE SORE OF THE WEEK

by Andy Balaskovitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: An intersection is a microcosm of the community. But in the last 70 years, the intersection has become one of those places that people least want to be. They’ve grown car dominated and unfriendly to pedestrians.
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Wednesday, September 4,2013

14 months

Those behind the scenes of the deal announced Tuesday between Niowave and the Walnut Neighborhood weigh in on the media's role over past 14 months

by Andy Balaskovitz
Bob Trezise first realized he had a problem in the Walnut Neighborhood 428 days ago. As president and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, he helped announce on July 3, 2012 — alongside two U.S. senators and a Navy rear admiral — a $10 million expansion in the Walnut Neighborhood by Lansing-based particle accelerator company, Niowave Inc.
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Thursday, August 29,2013

Open house

Lansing Housing Commission hosting public open houses at Oliver Towers as part of effort to sell it — bring your flashlight

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Aug. 29 — The Lansing Housing Commission is actively trying to sell its abandoned, eight-story Oliver Towers building downtown and will host two public open houses next week in an attempt to gauge redevelopment interest.
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

Crenshaw to fill De Leon’s seat

Ingham County Board of Commissioners selects Brian Crenshaw to fill seat of outgoing commissioner Debbie De Leon

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Aug. 28 — The Ingham County Board of Commissioners chose Democrat Bryan Crenshaw Tuesday to fill the soon-to-be vacant seat of commissioner Debbie De Leon, who is resigning to take a job out of town on Sept. 6.
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

Tax-exempt status

Following up on complaint, state Attorney General’s Office seeking more information about City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar’s nonprofit. Dunbar says 'We’re not worried about it.'

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Internal Revenue Service revoked the tax-exempt status of the nonprofit South Lansing Community Development Association in May 2012 for failing to file annual financial reports. But the association — founded and directed by Lansing City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar — until re...
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