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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Pubic debate

With eyes on the November election cycle, thousands of women gather at the Capitol to protest censorship and heavy-handed abortion legislation; female politicians read from "The Vagina Monologues"

by Sam Inglot
Vagina. Signs and chants echoed the word across the front lawn of the Capitol in downtown Lansing on Monday night. Several thousand people showed up to support Rep. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, and Rep.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Checking in on Washington Sq.

Quieter at quitting time, police say. A visit supports them.

by Sam Inglot
A bolstered, on-foot police presence was one remedy, in the opinion of several shop owners, and the tactic seemed to work. Three officers stood on the southwest corner of the block next to one of their cruisers parked near Club X-Cel, with another cop car parked across the street near The Firm. The officers walked both sides of the strip and didn’t appear to deal with any problematic bar patrons.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

A hoop house rises

A new urban agriculture project hopes to support both farmers markets and the surrounding neighborhood

by Sam Inglot
The construction of the new Urbandale Farm hoop house on Friday on the 700 block of South Hayford Avenue was a “modern-day counterpart” to the old-time barn raising, Linda Anderson said.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

'Civil obedience'

Is Occupy Lansing losing sight of what it means to protest? “Get a damn office!” the mayor says.

by Sam Inglot
On Saturday, five members of Occupy Lansing attempted to “reoccupy” Reutter Park past what they called the “unconstitutional” 10 p.m. curfew. One person was ticketed for taking down the sole tent in the park too slowly. The group disbanded by 11.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Here's a good one

Democrats came close to having a primary fight over who gets to be the almost certain sacrificial lamb against Mike Rogers this fall. Then fate — in the form of a state Bureau of Elections’ ruling — intervened and saved everyone a lot of

by Sam Inglot
Michael Magdich, a staunch alternative energy supporter from Livingston County, hoped to oppose Lance Enderle, the Democratic nominee two years ago, in the August primary for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House in the 8th Congressional District. The winner would vie with Mike Rogers, the GOP incumbent with a ton of money, in the fall. Rogers trounced Enderle 65 percent to 34 percent in 2010.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Teachers' jobs safe — for now

Lansing's interim superintendent doesn’t see layoffs this coming year, despite budget woes

by Sam Inglot
Of the district's $175 million budget, 85 percent is paid to personnel expenses, Caamal Canul said on the "City Pulse Newsmakers" TV show, which means frozen pay and benefits for next year but no layoffs. Of the 85 percent, 70 percent is spent on teachers.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Closing time on Washington Sq.

The good news is downtown Lansing is busier than it has been in decades, thanks to the combined efforts of merchants and City Hall. But not all the news is good. Reporter Sam Inglot spent chunks of early weekend mornings on Washington Square as well as ta

by Sam Inglot
I went to South Washington Square between Allegan and Washtenaw streets on two separate weekends around 1:30 a.m. The first night was a busy one. Around closing time at 2, a group of roughly 60 people formed outside of Club X-Cel. One drunk young man was shouting and strutting about the sidewalk as the group began to take notice of him. It was hard to tell if he was angry or just putting on an aggressive, alpha-male show for the gaggle of people. The situation had a “powder keg” vibe as people from other areas of the block flocked to check out the action.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
This house in the Baker-Donora Neighborhood screams, “Not welcome.” It’s plain to see that the owner wants no one near as soon as you look at it. As if the three broken porch steps aren’t enough of a deterrent, a large piece of the beige-colored wood siding serves as a barricade to the porch entrance: It resembles a blank billboard as it blocks access to the main door, which is also boarded up with siding.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Losing to schools of choice

Legislation from the mid-'90s has led to the steady exodus of students from the Lansing School District

by Sam Inglot
The large number of students leaving has hurt the district two-fold, said Myra Ford, president of the Lansing School Board. She said the district is missing out on the per-pupil funding for those students and the loss of students reflects poorly on the district’s reputation.
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Wednesday, May 16,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Time and the elements have slowly but surely chipped away this 125-year-old home on North Walnut. The flaking paint job is like wrinkles on an aging person — it could use a face-lift, or at the very least, a dollop of skin cream. The stairs on the west side of the home and the various doors to the interior indicate that it may have been used as two, maybe three, suites at one time. However, the only residents of this house are the small trees and sprouting shrubs that seem to have found comfort in slowly overtaking the front porch.
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