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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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Monday, March 11,2013

Sunshine Week

A week dedicated to government transparency launches with announcement of new Michigan group

by Sam Inglot
Monday, March 11 — The Lansing City Council’s recent closed session meetings to discuss a confidential legal opinion about a Council member’s broken computer is a perfect example of why we need Sunshine Week.
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Friday, March 8,2013

Downtown Lansing: A Michigan Main Street community

Lansing becomes first city in Michigan with multiple districts in the program

by Sam Inglot
Friday, March 8 — With downtown Lansing’s recent designation as a Michigan Main Street community, Downtown Lansing Inc. will have access to roughly $250,000 worth of technical assistance from the state to continue improving the area.
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Thursday, January 24,2013

Gathering the guns

Research shows gun buyback programs like Lansing's are ineffective at reducing gun violence — but city officials are not dissuaded

by Sam Inglot
Lansing is gearing up for its second gun buyback program in a year, but research shows these types of efforts are ineffective at reducing violent crime, says a professor at Michigan State University.
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Wednesday, January 16,2013

Elementary Security

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, City Pulse visits 10 local elementary schools — and finds they're easily accessible

by Sam Inglot
Nearly 400 students listened as a voice came over the intercom at Murphy Elementary School in Haslett on Friday afternoon.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

Drain project backed up

Capital Gateway project at a standstill until drain commissioner makes plans, but he says he's waiting on Bernero

by Sam Inglot
Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann said the proposed Capital Gateway project at the old Red Cedar Golf Course has been delayed three or four months because Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has yet to issue an agreement needed to launch a drainage study.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Closing a 'mini- United Nations'

A closer look at alleged lack of transparency in closing Red Cedar Elementary School in East Lansing

by Sam Inglot
Former, present and future East Lansing Board of Education members say the decision to close Red Cedar Elementary School was not only a bad idea — it was also underhanded. The vote to close Red Cedar, located just north of the Trowbridge Plaza, occurred at a Nov. 26 board meeting after three hours of public comment — nearly all of which was in opposition to the plan.
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