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Friday, August 2,2013

It’s not just St. Petersburg

Human rights concerns in other Sister Cities and their countries

by Sam Inglot
Friday, Aug. 2 — As city officials and local advocates have focused recently on Lansing’s Sister Cities relationship — or lack thereof — with St. Petersburg, Russia over human rights concerns there, it’s not the only Lansing Sister City where such problems exist.
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Thursday, August 1,2013

An ELF in August

Lansing resident becomes first person in Michigan to own brand new hybrid vehicle

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, Aug. 1 — For Lansing resident Yvonne LeFave, Christmas came early this year. On Wednesday, she became the first person in the state to own an ELF.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

Reining in the rain gardens

A closer look at the maintenance of the Michigan Avenue rain gardens

by Sam Inglot
Tim O’Rourke, one of the co-owners of Stober’s Bar on East Michigan Avenue, is frustrated. The city of Lansing rain garden outside his business — which he didn’t build and isn’t responsible for maintaining — has to be cared for by his employees because no one else will.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

Bike share rolls out

First public bike share program in Michigan set to launch Sunday in Lansing

by Sam Inglot
Sunday will be a day of firsts. Lansing will be the first city in Michigan to have a public bike share program. And the launch will be the first project of A2B Bikeshare, a new Ann Arbor startup specializing in the niche market.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

Big brother or oh, brother?

Area police departments scan license plates without policies for how to use the information and how long to keep it. ACLU is investigating

by Sam Inglot
Several Lansing area police departments have been using car-mounted automatic license plate readers to passively collect and store data on motorists — some for as long as two years — without any policy in place to govern the retention and use of the information.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

Data denial

Citizen’s FOIA request for automatic license plate reader data is denied on grounds that it’s an unwarranted invasion of privacy

by Sam Inglot
Wednesday, July 24 — A Lansing resident’s formal request for what he believed was public information gathered by the Lansing Police Department through automatic license plate readers has been denied. The City Attorney’s Office said the information is “personal in nature” and represents an “unwarranted invasion of the individual’s privacy.”
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

EYE SORE OF THE WEEK

by Sam Inglot
Property: Various rain gardens on Michigan Avenue in Lansing. Is that a bush growing out of the sidewalk? Is that fenced-in hole just a big cigarette butt and trash depository? Nope, it's just a rain garden, designed to filter storm water through a system of dirt, sand and plant roots to help clean the water before it is discharged into the river.
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Monday, July 22,2013

Kids in the Hall

City Council and administration will work together on St. Petersburg situation

by Sam Inglot
Monday, July 22 — Lansing City Councilwoman Jody Washington said tonight she will collaborate with Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and the rest of the Council on a unified message against the anti-gay laws in St. Petersburg, Russia, a Sister City.
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Friday, July 12,2013

LAHR PAC releases candidate ratings

Ratings give a glimpse into how city office candidates view LGBT, women’s health rights

by Sam Inglot
Friday, July 12 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and At-Large City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar have received the highest rating in this year’s primary election races from the political action committee of Lansing’s gay rights organization.
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Thursday, July 11,2013

Dems proposed ‘fracking’ regulations

Bill package would require more transparency to protect the state’s water supplies

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, July 11 —House Democrats, including three local representatives, introduced legislation today to increase transparency and accountability from gas companies that practice horizontal hydraulic fracturing, — commonly called “fracking.”
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