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Wednesday, December 5,2012

Cannabis movement

A District Court ruling and a statewide decriminalization/legalization effort are welcome news for Lansing-area cannabis advocates

by Andy Balaskovitz
If District Judge Hugh Clarke Jr.'s ruling last month dismissing criminal charges against four local dispensary employees provided anything, it was a little piece of mind.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

Changing strategy

Residents reject Niowave's landscaping plan. And they have a message: Fix the pole barn or we're coming to your neighborhoods with picket signs.

by Sam Inglot
For five months, residents of the Walnut Neighborhood have been pushing a mantra on Niowave officials regarding the white, 14,000-square-foot pole barn they built on the property: "Fix the fašade."
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Friday, November 30,2012

High time for redistricting reform

by Walt Sorg
Every vote counts the same, right? Wrong. If you are a Republican in Michigan, your vote counts more than votes from Democrats. Just consider what happened in this fall’s election.
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Thursday, November 29,2012

Can we park here?

Michigan Retailers Association wants to build a surface parking lot on a downtown parcel, despite the wishes of neighbors

by Andy Balaskovitz
From his third floor balcony downtown, 28-year-old Stephan Moje has a clear view of a vacant, weedy eyesore below. A park might suit the .36-acre lot down there, he wondered last week. Maybe even a garden.
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Imagine designing a public library for a college town in the early 1960s. Fifty-two years later, the building is still in full use and the library staff cites a handheld piece of technology as an essential tool in maintaining the library's — and the building's — relevance: the iPad.
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

Despite hurdles, consolidating Lansing, East Lansing and Lansing Township makes sense

by Andy Balaskovitz
It was a bold statement: Merge Lansing, East Lansing and Lansing Township and I'll be gone. Speaking on the "City Pulse on the Air" radio show Nov. 7, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's attention turned to Michigan cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas.
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

Filling in

Things are looking up for vacancy-plagued Colonial Village Shopping Center

by Sam Inglot
Excited neighbors at the opening of a new Family Dollar store in a vacant storefront of the Colonial Village Shopping Center have more good news coming: Sources say a grocery store will move into the former L&L Food Center next door that closed two years ago.
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

Here comes RTW

by Kyle Melinn
Organized labor took it on the chin on Election Day, and now it's getting ready for a legislative haymaker that could send the movement back in Michigan to the 1930s.
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

'Very complicated puzzle'

Still no price tag on remaining Red Cedar Golf Course land; officials forge ahead

by Andy Balaskovitz
Once a week, about two dozen people with a stake in how the Capital Gateway project unfolds meet in Lansing to talk shop.
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

Eye sore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Left unsecured, an exposed roof is a death sentence to any building. The roof is the first line of defense against wind, rain and snow — not to mention sleet.
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