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Monday, June 10,2013

It’s a tie, again

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission vote on expanding Michigan Flyer services will be reconsidered at next meeting

by Sam Inglot
Wednesday, May 29 — Due to a tie vote at its meeting tonight, the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will reconsider approving a project that would expand Michigan Flyer’s bus routes at its next meeting on June 26.
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Monday, June 3,2013

'Dissolve Lansing Township'

New Facebook page comes out against the existence of Lansing Township

by Sam Inglot
Monday, June 3 — A new Facebook group — started by a Lansing Township resident — advocates for the dissolution of the township and is slowly gaining followers and media attention.
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Wednesday, May 29,2013

'Not backing down'

Same-sex couple in Lansing uses Canadian marriage license to secure property rights not available to same-sex partners in Michigan, potentially setting up court challenge

by Sam Inglot
Just over nine years ago, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope and his partner, Bradly Rakowski, got married in Canada, with the skyline of Detroit as the backdrop to their ceremony. The marriage is legally recognized in Canada but not on this side of the Detroit River.
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Tuesday, May 28,2013

Same-sex filing

Ingham County register of deeds gives legal weight to same-sex marriage, a first in the state

by Sam Inglot
Tuesday, May 28 — Later today, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope and his husband will file an affidavit with the Ingham County Register of Deed’s Office securing their property rights as a married couple. But they’ll be using their Canadian marriage license as a backing document — a first in the state of Michigan, where same sex marriage is not legally recognized.
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Friday, May 24,2013

Land Bank gets new executive director

Michigan native will oversee operations of Ingham County-wide authority

by Sam Inglot
Friday, May 24 — Growing its Garden Program and helping Lansing improve its commercial corridors are on the top of the priority list for Jeff Burdick, the new executive director of the Ingham County Land Bank.
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Thursday, May 23,2013

Rare planetary cluster visible this weekend

Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will form trio of planets in the evening sky

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, May 23 — The cosmic orbits of three planets will appear to be huddled together in the night sky, creating a planetary spectacle that won't happen gain for 40 years. For about a week, starting this weekend, amateur astronomers and experienced stargazers alike will get to see Mercury, Jupiter and Venus in a rare formation.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Drive-by policing

Lansing Police Department to purchase three additional Automatic License Plate Readers for use later this summer, raising privacy concerns

by Sam Inglot
Later this summer, the Lansing Police Department will roll out Automatic License Plate Readers that will be used to find stolen vehicles, but a Lansing City Council candidate and the American Civil Liberties Union have privacy issues with the technology.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Niowave update

Tunnel construction, pollution prevention and the tax abatement

by Sam Inglot
The latest chapter in Niowave Inc.'s strained relationship with its residential neighbors is over the construction going on inside the company's controversial pole barn.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

A decade of doodles

After 10 years, local artist's caricatures will no longer be at Biggby

by Sam Inglot
One of Dennis Preston's favorite places to conjure up grotesque and whimsical characters was the Biggby Coffee at 536 Elmwood Road in Lansing, just south of the Lansing Mall. The local illustrator, designer and caricaturist would draw on coffee napkins and leave them at the store, which could then be "purchased" by giving $10 to the barista on duty. It was a tradition that had been going on throughout Lansing-area Biggby's for the past 10 years.
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Friday, May 17,2013

On LSD

Lansing School District budget on its way to leaner times next year

by Sam Inglot
Friday, May 17 — On Thursday night, the Lansing School District Board of Education got its first taste of the proposed $142.5 million district budget for next school year — it’s about $22.5 million slimmer than this year’s budget.
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