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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Where's Lansing Twp?

Lansing-area townships making strides to protect the LGBT community, except Lansing Township

by Sam Inglot
Three Lansing-area townships have been pushing since May for local non-discrimination policies that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. The Lansing School District is making similar moves. But one player is missing from the party: Lansing Township.
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Monday, July 1,2013

The future of Hope

Possible transfer of soccer complex lease from public to private hands has some crying foul over the process. Others say it will be an economic boon for the city.

by Sam Inglot
After 15 years as a city-owned, publicly operated facility, the Kenneth A. Hope Soccer Complex in southeast Lansing will likely fall under the control of a private company in late July.
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Monday, July 1,2013

59 months

City’s lease agreement over soccer complex is one month shy of requiring City Council approval

by Sam Inglot
Friday, June 28 — In what seems like an obvious attempt to circumvent the Lansing City Council, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has agreed to lease the Kenneth A. Hope Soccer Complex to a private company for 59 months — one month shy of the five-year threshold that would require Council approval.
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Thursday, June 27,2013

De Leon to resign from Ingham County Board of Commissioners

Seven-term commissioner will serve on tribal board in northern Michigan

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, June 27 — Ingham County Commissioner Debbie De Leon will be resigning from the Board of Commissioners later this summer to serve as vice chair of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. “I am fortunate and extremely honored to have been elected by the ...
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Thursday, June 27,2013

Update: ASMSU acquiesces to administration demands

Despite protests, student government will move its money to university accounts

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, June 27 — The Associated Students of Michigan State University has voted to transfer all of its funds into on-campus accounts following an ultimatum given by the university.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

Twin Pints

Organization started by young beer lovers aims to help home brewers profit from their passion

by Sam Inglot
What better place to have conversations about starting a microbrew pub than at Crunchy's in East Lansing? It's an E.L. staple known for its diverse and ever-changing tap menu. Born in the booths of that dimly lit watering hole in the fall of 2012 was Twin Pints Cooperative, a brewer-owned collective of home brewers who want to profit from their passion.
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Tuesday, June 25,2013

Kids in the Hall

Citizens concerned about flooding, administration responds

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, June 26 — At Monday’s Lansing City Council Committee of the Whole meeting, nine residents spoke out about problems they’ve had with flooding — and they believe the city is to blame.
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Tuesday, June 25,2013

Report: 'Dark money' pours into Michigan elections

A lot of money coupled with little transparency paints troubling picture for 2012 Michigan elections

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, June 25 — More than $200 million was spent in Michigan during the 2012 Michigan elections for state offices, judgeships and education board seats, according to a recent report. But nearly $18.3 million was spent on political television ads — money that doesn’t need to be reported to the state, which the report called “dark money.”
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Monday, June 24,2013

Moving Michigan toward marriage equality

State House Democrats introduce LGBT marriage equality bills

by Sam Inglot
Monday, June 24 — Democratic state representatives and gay rights activists introduced legislation this morning to legalize same-sex marriage in Michigan. They’re calling the package of bills “Freedom to Marry.”
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Friday, June 21,2013

ASMSU’s autonomy

Student government believes it’s under attack by the university. MSU officials say it’s a matter of financial accountability.

by Sam Inglot
Friday, June 21 — In a move that the Associated Students of Michigan State University says will jeopardize its autonomy from the school, the MSU Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution today that forces ASMSU to keep its money in a university account.
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