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Wednesday, August 22,2012

What are they now?

n and now: What A Difference A Year Can Make

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last year's Court of Appeals decision in what's commonly known as the "McQueen case" effectively rid Michigan Avenue of nearly all 11 of its medical marijuana dispensaries. Today, only one remains. While the decision created a hole in the local economy, it also provided a few eyesores in the form of empty buildings — some of which still haven’t been filled.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
This is no ordinary stone porch that extends the length of the facade of the house. The character-defining feature is made of material with a past.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

Father and son Jerome

"Not your normal developers" put all their eggs in the Red Cedar Renaissance basket

by Andy Balaskovitz
With a host of outsized personalities involved with the redevelopment of Red Cedar Golf Course, who are the two guys who paired up with well-known developer Joel Ferguson on this ambitious, 61-acre plan to bridge Lansing and Michigan State University?
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

One year later

Few dispensaries remain, leaving little doubt that medical marijuana activity has gone back underground. Now, all eyes are on the state Supreme Court.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Once the neon flashes of an open sign and maybe a cannabis leaf showed plainly in the windows of 41 storefronts across greater Lansing. A half-dozen or so remain. Where once 11 medical marijuana dispensaries operated on the 1.6-mile stretch of Michigan Avenue between Cedar Street and U.S. 127, one remains.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

Failing to unite the tribes

54B District Court judge candidates, along with East Lansing officials, are against district court consolidation

by Sam Inglot
East Lansing has no interest in consolidating its court system with those of Lansing and Mason, which could have saved $1.6 million a year for the county, according to a recent consolidation plan.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

That's 'provisioning centers'

A House Republican introduces medical marijuana legislation that seeks to survive the "Grandma Test" and allow for locally controlled dispensaries, er, provisioning centers

by Sam Inglot
Although it probably won't make it into the final language of the bill, state Rep. Mike Callton said any proposed medical marijuana "provisioning center" should pass the all-important "Grandma Test."
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

Closing the window on climate change

How much heat will it take to get fired up?

by Lawrence Cosentino
Vinifera grapes love dusty Mediterranean places like Morocco and Portugal. The vines are sinewy and stoic, like my Sicilian grandfather.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

Powerless people, special interest proposals

by Kyle Melinn
This November we're getting potentially six constitutional amendments and one referendum because a few deep-pocketed entities see money to be made or, in the case of organized labor, higher membership numbers to be gotten.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

The Master Plan

by Andy Balaskovitz
If City Council approves putting a new Red Cedar Golf Course proposal on November ballots, what will we get out of it? Nobody really knows.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

Coping with tragedy

The Lansing Sikh community responds to Wisconsin shooting

by Sam Inglot
It was standing room only in a small south Lansing church as community members gathered to celebrate the union of a young man and woman. As the ceremony neared its end, photographers and videographers scrambled to capture every moment of the event.
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