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Saturday, December 28,2013

The work continues

More crews and comprehensive review of ice-storm handling coming, officials announce today

by Andy Balaskovitz
Saturday, Dec. 28 — As 3,000 Lansing Board of Water and Light customers remain without power today, the utility is spreading out more crews to help restore normalcy on day six of the area’s historic ice storm.
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Friday, December 27,2013

'Loud and clear'

BWL GM: We hear customers’ complaints “loud and clear,” prioritizing new communication and smart-grid system

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Dec. 27 — Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager J. Peter Lark said today that the utility is cognizant of customers’ communication complaints and that it’s developing new technology to handle them better in the future.
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Thursday, December 26,2013

The year in review

LGBT rights, the war on drugs and more highlights from 2013’s news cycle

by Andy Balaskovitz
In 2013, the nation watched President Obama’s signature health-care law’s tumultuous beginnings, Republicans continued their attack against women and the poor and a National Security Agency contractor leaked the beans on Big Brother.
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Friday, December 20,2013

Building Red Cedar

Ferguson sticks with construction, architecture team from past projects to build Red Cedar Renaissance

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Dec. 20 — Clark Construction Co., the Lansing-based firm that built the Michigan State Police headquarters, will lead the construction on the former Red Cedar Golf Course project.
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

Now what?

Five questions to consider as a new developer is brought on for the Red Cedar Golf Course redevelopment

by Andy Balaskovitz
Local officials announced last week they had gone to the bullpen to bring in a new player to help redevelop a 61-acre former golf course on Lansing’s east side, replacing one of the original developers for reasons not immediately apparent.
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Thursday, December 12,2013

Team Red Cedar

Development heavyweights taking reins of Red Cedar Golf Course project

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Dec. 12 — Lansing developer Joel Ferguson announced a partnership today with an Ohio-based firm to transform the former Red Cedar Golf Course on Lansing’s east side into a mixed-use and recreational hub bridging the city and Michigan State University.
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Wednesday, December 11,2013

Convent coming down

Some Moores Park residents saddened by St. Casimir’s plans to demolish its 85-year-old convent. Also, saving what’s left in three LCC houses downtown.

by Andy Balaskovitz
St. Casimir Parish Community is set to demolish an 85-year-old convent at the church’s Moores Park Neighborhood campus. To the disappointment of some neighbors who want to see it preserved, the building is beyond repair, a church official said last week.
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Friday, December 6,2013

Breaking rules to change rules

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin explains how he sided against fellow Democrats over filibuster vote: “This was a temporary victory for Democrats.”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Dec. 6 — U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, agrees that filibuster rules in the Senate need to change — he just disagrees about how his Democratic colleagues did so two weeks ago.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Eye sore of the week

State Christmas tree, downtown Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Well, they’ve done it again. As if last year’s oddly lit Christmas tree wasn’t enough of an assault on our holiday sensibilities, state-employed decorators again leave us puzzled with this 71-foot-tall misshapen blue spruce.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Lansing and Dewpoint

Mayor Bernero and Councilwoman Dunbar return campaign contributions to Dewpoint officials in latest chapter examining city’s relationship with tech firm

by Andy Balaskovitz
The reelection campaigns of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar plan to or have returned $500 contributions to officials at Dewpoint Inc. The Lansing-based firm manages software for the city’s pension systems, but it is also being paid $1.25 million over two years to overhaul the city’s information technology.
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