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Wednesday, December 3,2014

The hoarse whisperer

Dysphonia quiets Derrick Quinney’s voice but can’t keep him silent

by Todd Heywood
Anyone paying attention to Lansing City Council meetings for the past eight or nine months has likely noticed atlarge Councilmember Derrick Quinney’s voice has turned into a hoarse whisper.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

The way of the HIV warrior

Ingham County’s Gulick defined caregiving on the frontlines of AIDS battle

by Todd Heywood
Over a year ago, I was struggling with pneumonia. It was a persistent pneumonia. I would take antibiotics, it would clear up briefly, only to come raging back with serious fever. I would be left gasping for air. I was weak, and my lips were blue almost all the time. When I was not overcome with fevers, I was freezing, even in the oppressive heat.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Promoting being prepped

Panel discussion about PrEP HIV prevention drug comes to Lansing

by Todd Heywood
Jesse Anguiano only wanted an extra layer of protection during sex. The 31-year-old gay man had been hearing about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for some time from HIV test counselors at the Lansing Area AIDS Network, but when he sought out the pill he ran into barriers.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

LGBTQ Milestones in the Capital City

by Todd Heywood
1972 – East Lansing is the first municipality in the nation to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance protecting people based on sexual orientation. 1974 – Lesbian Connections magazine begins publication every two months. 1979 – The first meeting of the Lansing Asso...
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Tuesday, August 12,2014

Investigation fallout

Neighborhood Watch event casualty of financial investigation, but still to go on

by Todd Heywood
TUESDAY, Aug. 12 – The Clark Street Neighborhood Watch Night Out event is the first casualty of the Lansing Neighborhood Council's financial woes. The event was to receive funding - a $100 stipend for neighborhood watch programs and another $650 in grant money from the Mayor’s grant fund – for the crime and drug prevention event, coordinated by Kat Tyler.
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Monday, August 11,2014

Financial investigation

Lansing Neighborhood Council assets frozen

by Todd Heywood
MONDAY, Aug. 11 – The Lansing Neighborhood Council’s assets have been frozen as a result of a police investigation into its finances. The move leaves some local nonprofits in limbo, unable to access their funds, because the LNC was their fiscal agent.
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Wednesday, May 21,2014

The new little blue sex pill

In broad new guidelines, federal health authorities say nearly every person at risk for HIV infection should consider using once-a-day pill to prevent getting the virus

by Todd Heywood
Greg is a sexually active 24-yearold man in Lansing. HIV and other sexually transmitted infections are definitely on his radar, he says, despite saying he “always” uses a condom with casual partners.
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Wednesday, May 21,2014

The PrEP Debate: More Bloviating Than Fact

Opinion

by Todd Heywood
WEDNESDAY, May 21 — As more and more people become aware of the little blue HIV prevention pill, there is going to be more push back from opponents. Don’t be fooled by their dire warnings, delivered like Cassandra of old.
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Monday, May 19,2014

North Precinct move

Landlord provides documents to rebut Bernero’s claim that developer didn’t provide clear offers

by Todd Heywood
MONDAY, May 19 — As the Lansing City Council prepares to vote tonight on the Lansing Police Department’s proposed move to the city’s south side, the landlord of the current North Precinct is rebutting Mayor Virg Bernero’s claim that he never made a clear offer.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Medicare money makers

Eight Lansing-area medical providers received more than $1 million each from feds in 2012

by Todd Heywood
Eight of Lansing’s top 10 Medicare billers raked in over $1 million each in 2012, according to a database released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to The Wall Street Journal. The other two brought in just under $1 million each.
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