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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Setting the field

by Walt Sorg
It is a perpetual campaign — not just for president, but for state offices as well. Just three months after the 2012 general election, campaigning is well underway for 2014.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Consequences

Fate of Niowave's tax break is unknown, but could have consequences for company, City Council and neighbors

by Sam Inglot and Andy Balaskovitz
Three groups have been the chief characters in the Niowave pole barn saga: the Walnut Neighborhood Organization, the company itself and the Lansing City Council. A Council vote tentatively set for March 25 on granting the particle accelerator company a six-year, $550,000 tax break on new equipment holds consequences for all involved.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
A library is the living room of the community. A gathering place open to all. Be it a small, neighborhood library or the central district library, the building design must be both civic and approachable — like the Mason Branch Library.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Computergate

Internal memo from city attorney finds no criminal wrongdoing, basis for removal or ethics violation related to Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar

by Andy Balaskovitz
A draft internal memo from the Lansing City Attorney's Office to City Council members last month clears At-Large Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar of any wrongdoing related to a city-issued laptop computer.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

The mortgage

Financial Health Team to recommend Lansing increase its funding for long-term pension and health care liabilities

by Andy Balaskovitz
A key member of the mostly mayoral-appointed Financial Health Team in Lansing says the city should increase funding — or decrease costs — for its long-term liabilities for pensions and retiree health care by $9 million to $15 million a year.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Packing heat on campus

Gun rights advocates' drive to loosen restrictions on campus

by Sam Inglot
If you're a college student in the Lansing area and you have a concealed pistol license, there is only one campus where you can exercise that right — to some extent.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

A carrot for graduates

by Walt Sorg
Michigan is one of the dumbest states in the nation, but it's not a matter of genetics or innate intelligence. We aren't trying hard enough. And we're also losing too many of our best and brightest.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Dispensaries and overages

The Supreme Court's effect on Lansing dispensaries and pending legislation to give them hope

by Andy Balaskovitz
It's shortly after noon on Monday, and a young man likely in his 20s or 30s is making a purchase at Alternative Medicine in Lansing. Fifty dollars is exchanged for a few grams of medical marijuana. Business as usual?
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Stalled development

Why is a development project near the Stadium District held up in Mayor Bernero's office?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing developer Pat Gillespie is interested in transforming a prominent eyesore across the street from his Stadium District in downtown Lansing, but a key step in the process has been held up in Mayor Virg Bernero’s office for over two months.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Wine and service learning

by Terry Link
If you enjoy drinking a glass of wine now and then, you're probably familiar with the numerous choices of brands and types to be found in many local grocery and drug stores. The rows and rows of creatively labeled bottles — like Cupcake, Barefoot, Red Truck or Fat Bastard — seem to represent a whole world of wineries. But labels can be deceiving.
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