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Wednesday, May 16,2012

Housing the new kids on the block

Touring the Lansing School District’s reconfiguration plan

by Sam Inglot
The reconfiguration plans change the entire layout of the district, with 12 schools being converted to pre-kindergarten through third grade; five schools becoming fourth through sixth grade; and two of the high schools, Eastern and Sexton, becoming seventh through 12th grade. Everett High School will be converted in 2014 to add seventh and eighth graders.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

City-sponsored swamps?

Neighborhood is not keen on negative effects of "greener" stormwater system

by Sam Inglot
Along with other residents of Barnes Avenue, Draper, who has lived at 419 Barnes Ave. for nearly 10 years, said the ditches are an eyesore. They fill up with water after heavy rains and melting snow, and there is usually trash that winds up in the pond from off the streets.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
The smashed-in second story window of this house is like a black eye peering out onto the street. The missing front door screen offers an easy view of the several “Unsafe — Do not enter or occupy” signs stamped on the porch door.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Property: 819 N. Larch St., Lansing Owner: Jennerin Inc. Assessed value: $17,700 Owner says: Demolished by the end of the year Nestled between a dirt alley driveway to the south and a vacant lot to the north, this flaking, brownyellow house with dark red accents has nothing to distract the eye from its forlorn appearance.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

The casino Promise

Twenty percent of East Lansing Public Schools students live in the Lansing School District. Could a casino’s funding the Lansing Promise Scholarship change that?

by Sam Inglot
The pupil drain has left Lansing’s three high schools — Sexton, Eastern and Everett — with less than solid enrollment among eligible Lansing students. And one of these schools may be closed due to a struggling financial situation within the district. A decision is expected before April, when the schools go on spring break.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

City Council & the casino

As a vote nears, members are still listening and making up their minds.

by Sam Inglot
If Jody Washington were speaking only as a constituent, and not the 1st Ward City Councilwoman, she said she would be thrilled to bring a casino to downtown Lansing.
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