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Thursday, September 3,2015

Southern cooking

Rejuvenate group, LEAP combine to help advance dining in south Lansing

by Todd Heywood
THURSDAY, SEPT. 3 — Melissa Quon Huber wants to see south Lansing popping with “vibrant corridors,” and she has a plan to achieve it. Working with residents involved in Rejuvenate South Lansing — a new community group formed in the last year to address development and community issues in South Lansing — she has helped push a new plan to identify and work with locally owned and operated restaurants.
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Thursday, September 3,2015

Appeal Court ruling

Ingham county dentist’s conviction of sexual assault overturned

by Todd Heywood
THURSDAY, SEPT. 3 — The Michigan Appeals Court in a unanimous ruling has overturned the conviction of a Ingham County dentist on all 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct. In August 2012, an Ingham County jury convicted Dr. Wendell Alan Racette, 69, of five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct first degree and 10 second-degree counts. His victims were all former pediatric patients. The cases stemmed back decades and involved boys. He was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison.
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Wednesday, September 2,2015

Yes, maybe or no

Sexual consent clouded by the college hook-up culture

by Todd Heywood
  Two strangers meet. Maybe through the hook-up app Tindr. Maybe in the middle of a party. Maybe by bumping into each other in the stacks at the library on campus. There’s a sexual connection. Maybe they make out. Maybe they have intercourse. This is the 21st century hook-...
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Wednesday, September 2,2015

Sexual assault at MSU

Feds say allegations handled improperly

by Todd Heywood
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2 — The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights has found Michigan State University failed to handle two allegations of sexual assault properly. As a result, the university has entered into an agreement with the federal agent which will tighten policies, require a thorough review of past allegations and could result in payouts to the victims in the two identified cases.
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Thursday, August 20,2015

City Attorney won’t face subpoena

McIntyre meets with councilmembers, avoids subpoena

by Todd Heywood
THURSDAY, AUG. 20 — The Lansing City Attorney will not face a subpoena request from the City Council’s Committee on Ways and Means. After a sometimes contentious and vocal meeting at city hall yesterday, Judi Brown Clarke, a city councilmember at large and chair of the committee, said she felt the situation with Janene McIntyre, the city attorney, had been resolved.
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Tuesday, August 18,2015

Updated: ‘Trivial,’ decries Bernero

Council, city attorney at odds over info on health care, billing

by Todd Heywood
MONDAY, Aug. 17 — The Lansing City Council Committee on Ways and Means is considering a subpoena of the city attorney, Janene McIntyre, if she doesn’t show up for a meeting Wednesday, Chairman Judy Brown Clarke said today.
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Tuesday, August 4,2015

Wood under fire

Councilwoman’s ad runs afoul of election law

by Todd Heywood
TUESDAY, Aug. 4 — Lansing City Councilwoman Carol Wood has apparently been violating state election law for years by including her campaign web address in an ad that she paid for with city funds.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

New Niowave charges

Neighbors contend company is scamming LEAP, city

by Todd Heywood
The Niowave pole barn saga continues with new questions raised by Walnut Neighborhood activists about expenses that the high-tech company has submitted to the city of Lansing for reimbursement. “Looks to me like Niowave scammed LEAP and the City again for the $62,000 Brownfield reimbursement, paying their own internal employees $53,853.51 and provided no explanation or breakdown of this internal charge,” activist Dale Schrader emailed other residents.
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Thursday, May 14,2015

Councilwoman sued

Lansing law firm alleges fraud against Boles

by Todd Heywood
THURSDAY, MAY 14 — Lansing City Councilwoman A’Lynne Boles is being sued by a Lansing law firm that claims she failed to deliver services she had agreed to do.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Seat at the table

Lansing, CATA and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission at odds over representation

by Todd Heywood
The region’s largest planning body has been drawn into a conflict between the Capital Area Transportation Authority and the City of Lansing. At the heart of the debate: how CATA should be represented on the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission?
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