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Thursday, June 20,2013

In honor of World Refugee Day

“Peace pole” is installed at Summer Place Townhomes, honoring community of refugees

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, June 20 — At the age of 13, Nancy Yang Vue came to the United States from Laos as a refugee in 1976. Now, 37 years later, she’s one of the thousands of success stories of international refugees finding a home in the Lansing area.
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Thursday, June 20,2013

On LSD

Lansing Board of Education adopts slimmer 2013-2014 budget, leaves a fund balance for 2014-2015

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, June 20 — The Lansing Board of Education approved a $142.5 million operating budget for the 2013-2014 school year at its meeting tonight — it’s about $22.5 million lighter than this past year’s budget.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Holy spirits

Riverview Church's possible purchase of former Cadillac Club and its liquor license may have some tax implications for the church

by Sam Inglot
In her 13 years on the Lansing City Council, Carol Wood said she's never heard of a church in Lansing owning a liquor license. But that may change soon if the Holt-based Riverview Church purchases the former Cadillac Club building in REO Town — along with the building's liquor license, which could put its tax-exempt status in jeopardy.
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Monday, June 17,2013

Kids in the Hall

Rezoning an old gas station, moving forward with the Wet Weather Program and a Jackson National Life agreement

by Sam Inglot
Monday, June 17 — The Lansing City Council unanimously approved rezoning a vacant piece of property in the Stadium District tonight to make way for a multi-story, mixed-use development. The site, 600 E. Michigan Ave., piqued the interest of developer Pat Gillespie earlier thi...
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Wednesday, June 12,2013

Office space

Massive downtown East Lansing storefront with retail past gets renovated into offices

by Sam Inglot
For 40 years, 333 E. Grand River Ave. has been prominent retail space in downtown East Lansing. It housed a Jacobson's Department Store for 30 years and a Barnes & Noble bookstore for a decade. For the past year and a half, the massive storefront along East Lansing's downtown corridor has sat vacant on the first and basement levels. The second floor is being used for offices.
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Thursday, June 6,2013

Pushing for judicial foreclosure

State Rep. Andy Schor introduces legislation that would put some foreclosures in court when banks have behaved badly

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, June 6 — State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, introduced legislation today that would allow people who are facing mortgage foreclosure to take their case before a judge if their lender has been shady with its practices.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Protect this house

Mortgage foreclosure is rarely a straightforward — or completely legal — process, according to those working in the trenches

by Sam Inglot
Toby and Donna built their Meridian Township home 25 years ago where they raised three daughters. More recently, they enjoyed having their grandkids visit. But in 2011, even after making every payment on a mortgage modification, Bank of America tried to foreclose on them and sell their house.
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Thursday, May 9,2013

On LSD

End of year fund balance improvements and sinking fund expenditures

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, May 9 — The Lansing School District will have over $800,000 more in its coffers at the end of the year than earlier projected, according to a budget amendment presented at a Board of Education informational meeting tonight.
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Thursday, May 9,2013

Fracking up the future

Anti-fracking protesters disrupt DNR oil and gas land lease auction, no arrests

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, May 9 — A gas and mineral rights auction of public land by the Department of Natural Resources drew the ire of about 40 anti-fracking protesters at the Lansing Center today. Several protesters were escorted out of the auction for disruptive behavior, but no arrests were made.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

Expanding civil rights in the capital region

Meridian, Delta and Delhi townships plan to introduce LGBT nondiscrimination policies this summer

by Sam Inglot
Wednesday, May 8 — Because the Republican-controlled state Legislature doesn’t seem interested in expanding civil rights protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens, local governments are taking matters into their own hands.
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