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Wednesday, November 21,2012

New in town

The Family Restaurant

by Sam Inglot
South Lansing diners looking for home-cooked eating that goes beyond chain restaurants and dollar menus have a new option: The Family Restaurant. And don't worry about that name — no one's looking over your shoulder telling you to clean your plate or no dessert.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

Eye sore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Architectural character is most often the result of practical responses to social and environmental aspects, as well as the available materials, of a given place. What is acceptable in one place can be disagreeable in another.
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Wednesday, October 31,2012

Sludge match

Divisive politics in Delhi Township

by Sam Inglot
The election battle lines in Delhi Township were drawn in sludge. The sides call each other a trio of tea partiers and devotees of a township good old boys' club. The teams were set last spring when Delhi Township Supervisor Stuart Goodrich supported a proposed $5.1 million sludge dryer. That’s when it really hit the fan.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Coverage for all

First-time millage would help thousands keep medical benefits

by Sam Inglot
Joan Nelson, director of the Allen Neighborhood Center, has been involved with pitching the Ingham Health Plan since its inception in 1998. She and folks at the ANC went door-to-door to help people enroll in the program. To this day, she said, they continue to register 20 to 25 people a month.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Bring on the proposals

Local proposals affect schools, libraries and development

by Sam Inglot
Five millage increases and one land sale authorization are at stake in six different jurisdictions in greater Lansing, adding a local flavor to ballots already inundated with statewide proposals (see page 8). Here's a tour around the area's Nov. 6 ballot proposals, from Perry to Eaton Rapids.
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Those who run our schools

by Sam Inglot
Many sectors of public education are standing on the brink of a funding abyss. For Lansing Community College, health care costs have increased, property tax revenue and state funding have declined and there have been struggles to keep tuition low. The funding situation for K-12 and public universities is no different. It's either been stagnant or ripped away in recent years.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Regional Gem or Bastardization?

Lansing area leaders weigh in on Eastwood Towne Center

by Sam Inglot
Bring up Eastwood Towne Center in conversation with any one of the various officials or leaders in Ingham County and you're likely to get a range of thoughts on the development. It all depends on whom you talk to. The ever-expanding development northwest of U.S. 127 and Lake Lansing Road has sparked both controversy and support among neighboring jurisdictions ever since its creation 10 years ago.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

The Geoph Espen Files

A deeper look at the man who tagged the Capitol

by Sam Inglot
A young artist defaces the Capitol and a state war memorial in retaliation after authorities prevent him from illegally holding an art show in an abandoned building. He gets caught and faces up to five years in jail. He says he will plead guilty. If you think this young man has already received enough publicity, then read no further.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: One glance at 722 Chestnut and it's clear that one of its character-defining features is a large front gable dormer stationed prominently on the roof. Gables are clever architectural features that increase light and useable space to an attic or loft area.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Eviction diversion

Pilot program aims to keep tenants in their homes

by Sam Inglot
A new program starting today in the 55th District Court is an attempt by social service organizations and the court system to curb evictions by settling disputes between landlords and tenants outside of the courtroom.
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