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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Generation violence

by Todd A. Heywood
The headlines late last month all trumpeted the news: Nine shootings in nine days. It was “uncommon” for Lansing, city police say, but an aberration in crime for the area, not a trend.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

‘Tower of terror’

Serious problems persist at the public housing complex on South Washington Avenue, residents say — those brave enough to talk. Authorities dispute it.

by Todd A. Heywood
The stories from residents are appalling — they paint a picture of a developing country, not a five-story building on Lansing’s near south side. Human feces and urine in the hallways, common areas and elevators. Large, aggressive crowds blocking entry to the building. Threats directed at anyone attempting to close a security door into the facility. Large fights. Guns. Drugs. And bedbugs on the fourth and fifth floor.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Police probe sought

City terminates funding for Lansing Neighborhood Council after scathing audit report

by Todd A. Heywood
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6 — The Bernero administration has terminated all funding to the Lansing Neighborhood Council after an audit found “serious irregularities in the accounting and cash management practices.” The action has effectively killed the 34-year-old nonprofit formed to coordinate and support the activities of neighborhood organizations. It provides a number of services on behalf of the city, such as trash cleanup and building board-ups. It receives at least $54,000 a year.
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Monday, July 7,2014

Waiting or buying?

Police crack down on

by Todd A. Heywood
Michael Hays was doing what thousands of CATA bus riders do every day: waiting for a bus to return home. The next bus would arrive in about 20 minutes, so the community actor decided to have a cigarette.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

Errant oil on city waters

City Council members question lack of notification about oil spill, committee to investigate response

by Todd A. Heywood
Responding to a small oil spill on the Grand River Thursday, City Council members have questions about how the city responded and why they weren’t notified.
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Friday, June 27,2014

Oil on the Grand River

Source of Thursday’s spill unknown; environmental official cites ongoing problem

by Todd A. Heywood
FRIDAY, June 27 — A minor oil spill found Thursday on the Grand River is being cleaned up today. The spill, literally feet from the Brenke Fish Ladder in Old Town, is being partially contained by absorbent booms, and workers are vacuuming the oil from the surface of the water.
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Bombs bursting in air

The constant mini-explosions that crack the night leave Loretta Stanaway with a troubling choice

by Todd A. Heywood
“I’m torn. Do I pick up the phone and call the police to report what might be gunshots, only to find out it’s fireworks, or do I not?” she asks. And in her neighborhood, located in the South Lansing area of Jolly, Pennsylvania and Cedar, that’s a difficult decision. She says the neighborhood has been rocked with gun shots over the last year. The Fourth of July holiday has only complicated the situation.
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Saturday, May 17,2014

LPD Bridge card misuse

State Police investigated allegations of Bridge Card abuse by Lansing Police

by Todd A. Heywood
FRIDAY, MAY 16 — The Michigan State Police conducted an investigation into allegations that members of the Lansing Police Department Special Operations Unit misused Bridge cards provided by federal and state authorities with which to conduct investigations into the fraudulent use of the debit card-style food stamp program.
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Wednesday, April 2,2014

Battling sexual assault at MSU

by Todd A. Heywood
In the late hours of Aug. 29, 2010, a woman met two Michigan State University athletes at Wonders Hall. The three struck up a friendly conversation and decided to go to the men’s shared dorm room. What happened next has been a flashpoint of controversy at the campus and the surrounding community.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Op-ed: Rethinking the HIV epidemic

Stop treating HIV like the disease we knew in the early days of the epidemic and face facts

by Todd A. Heywood
We can stop the HIV epidemic — but will we? The time has come to admit three simple facts in the battle against HIV:
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