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Wednesday, August 26,2015

Gingerbread 'abyss'

Facelift for Moon house into descends into major surgery

by Lawrence Cosentino
For a homeowner with a gaping yellow hole 10 feet deep under her front door, where a porch would normally be, Carol Skilling was microwaving cat food pretty calmly last Tuesday morning. "It's quite an abyss," Skilling said matter-of-factly, as if the front of her house weren%u...
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

Friends, frenemies and enemies

Herewith are subjective lists of folks and institutions on either side — or in the middle — of the gay rights struggle.

by City Pulse
Friends Supporters of full civil rights and equality for the community. Frenemies Frenemies talk the talk but the walk is wobbly at best. Enemies Enemies are people and institutions actively working to deny the LGBT community access to full civil rights.Friends Sen....
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Every now and then, the news itself makes the news, giving this old media ouroboros a good old mouthful of print, radio or television broadcasting news. This just in: Local CBS affiliate WLNS announced today its revival of a weekend morning news show. Nom nom nom. Starting Sept. 12, WLN...
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 323 N. Sycamore St., Lansing Owner: Ingham County Land Bank While this house needs significant repair, it is ideally located on a street composed of beautiful homes. No doubt, its continued deteriorated state is a source of exasperation to the nearby owners, particularly those...
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

It ain't pretty

Mid-Michigan lagging far behind in natural amenities

by Mickey Hirten
    Other than copywriters in the “Pure Michigan” spin shop, no one familiar with Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties would rate them high on “natural amenities.” But who knew that they were among the least attractive counties in the country? Th...
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

Help, not arrests

Lansing police get creative in addressing heroin ‘surge’

by Todd A. Heywood
The idea is similar to an initiative started in May by the Gloucester, Mass., Police Department. By August, The Washington Post reported recently, 109 addicts had been helped into treatment programs through the Glouchester Initiative. That program is funded by a partnership between public and private agencies.
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

Unpaid bills?

City Council, city attorney at odds over internal auditor report

by Todd A. Heywood
    The Lansing city attorney and Mayor Virg Bernero are challenging a report by the City Council’s internal auditor that alleges the law department is four months behind on paying close to $160,000 in bills for outside legal counsel. The solution to this squabble ...
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

First clerk

Barb Byrum makes her mark in same-sex marriage battle

by Todd A. Heywood
  Minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage was legal for same-gender couples in the entire United States, Barb Byrum had a couple before her who wanted to be married. The 37-year-old clerk of Ingham County hadn’t even finished reading the ruling, but she was ga...
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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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Wednesday, August 19,2015

Vitale force

Preservation Lansing kicks off 2015 awards under new president

by Lawrence Cosentino
    After restoring a dilapidated 1898 house to its original glory, Joe Vitale knows all about to-do lists. Hes got a big one as the new president of Preservation Lansing, a grassroots group of enthusiasts and experts that gives awards to historic preservation projects ...
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