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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Notes from the political sidelines

by Walt Sorg
Jennifer Granholm and I have at least one thing in common: neither of us plans to run for public office again. I can hear the masses cheering already! We are finally free to say exactly what we are thinking without worrying about the political fallout.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Advocates rally against medical marijuana changes

by Kyle Melinn
Medical marijuana advocates are tired of the Republican-led Legislature and Attorney General Bill Schuette chipping away at the 2008 voter-initiated law. Today they're planning on letting them know.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

What's with people named Gary Glenn?

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Gary Glenn the Lansing sign painter is sounding like Gary Glenn the well-known homophobe who runs the American Family Association-Michigan.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Signs go up

Walnut Neighborhood residents, fed up with another Niowave no-show, display their frustration

by Andy Balaskovitz
Three or four weeks ago, Walnut Neighborhood resident Dale Schrader had 100 lawn signs made urging neighborhood company Niowave to "fix the facade!" of its new 14,000-square-foot pole barn in the residential neighborhood west of Old Town.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Development digest

Where are they now? The greater Lansing area's major development projects and where they stand, revisited.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Of seven major development projects waiting to rise in Lansing in 2009, four — Capitol Club Tower, City Center Studios, Lansing Gateway and SOBI Square — never got off the ground. The other three — Pat Gillespie's Market Place and Ball Park North projects and the Lawton Group's The Lenawee (now called Reutter Park Place) — are still waiting to be built.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

The Geoph Espen Files

A deeper look at the man who tagged the Capitol

by Sam Inglot
A young artist defaces the Capitol and a state war memorial in retaliation after authorities prevent him from illegally holding an art show in an abandoned building. He gets caught and faces up to five years in jail. He says he will plead guilty. If you think this young man has already received enough publicity, then read no further.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: One glance at 722 Chestnut and it's clear that one of its character-defining features is a large front gable dormer stationed prominently on the roof. Gables are clever architectural features that increase light and useable space to an attic or loft area.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Eviction diversion

Pilot program aims to keep tenants in their homes

by Sam Inglot
A new program starting today in the 55th District Court is an attempt by social service organizations and the court system to curb evictions by settling disputes between landlords and tenants outside of the courtroom.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Are you better off?

by Randiah Green
Hoping to inherit political capital enjoyed in the '80s by their sacred leader, Ronald Reagan, Republicans are once again using this question as a way to gain an advantage on President Obama this election.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Heart of the barrio

César Chávez and North Lansing's Latino history

by Lawrence Cosentino
On July 30, 1973, labor leader César Chávez visited Lansing as part of a four-day swing through Michigan to gather support for a grape and lettuce boycott. In a speech at Cristo Rey Community Center on the north side of town, he broke the crowd up with a story about an elderly woman he met in Flint.
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