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Thursday, June 23,2011

Eyesore of the Week

325 Lathrop St.

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Property: 325 Lathrop St. Owner: Virgil Rowe Assessed value: $36,400 Owner says: Could not be reached for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Aluminum siding ' the precursor of vinyl siding ' was the spark that ignited what has become a serious preservation issue.
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Wednesday, June 22,2011

School lets out, worry sets in

Beleaguered Lansing teachers talk about their highs and lows

by Lawrence Cosentino
The school year is over, but with contract negotiations under way amid talk of salary and benefit cuts, Lansing teachers aren’t exactly unwinding. This spring, 150 of the Lansing School District’s 965 teachers got layoff notices. The teachers’ union expects about 90 of those to be actually laid off.
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Wednesday, June 22,2011

Your Healthy Choice Clinic

628 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing (517) 316-1272 Hours: M-Sat 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

by City Pulse
I visited Your Healthy Choice Clinic on Michigan Avenue across from Clara’s Restaurant late on a recent Friday morning. Your Healthy Choice has been open since 2009 and was one of the first dispensaries in Lansing to offer physician certification services as well as Michigan Medical Marihuana Program consultation to patients and caregivers.
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Wednesday, June 22,2011

NOISE quiets down

Gannett weekly ceases print publication after nine years

by Andy Balaskovitz
In 2002, Lansing and Boise, Idaho, were guinea pig markets for media giant Gannett’s plans to launch weekly tabloids ' which the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies dubbed “faux alt-weekly” publications ' that targeted a young and hip news consumer.
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Wednesday, June 22,2011

Dispensary opposition

Last-minute opposition to Lansing’s proposed dispensary regulations is led by a major PR firm with an employee that is recusing himself from an advisory board vote on the ordinance

by Andy Balaskovitz
With less than a week to go until the Lansing City Council votes on regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, opposition to the proposed ordinance is getting a boost from the well known Lansing-based public relations firm Truscott Rossman.
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Wednesday, June 22,2011

Looking up patients, caregivers

Proposed legislation would allow law enforcement to search medical marijuana patients and caregivers by name and address

by Andy Balaskovitz
That question has surfaced over proposed legislation in the state Senate that would require the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which processes medical marijuana program applications, to give the Michigan State Police the names and addresses of registered patients and caregivers.
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Wednesday, June 15,2011

Pols protect themselves in redistricting

by Kyle Melinn
So while map-drawing should be about keeping common areas of interest together and breaking up as few political boundaries as possible in the name of sensible representation for the people, redistricting becomes about keeping incumbent officeholders happy first and everything else second.
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Wednesday, June 15,2011

Eye Candy! of the week

Soup to Nutz Bistro courtyard, 121 E. Kalamazoo St.

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Property: Soup to Nutz Bistro courtyard, 121 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing Owner: Soup to Nutz Assessed value: $5,000 Outdoor spaces, especially in urban settings, function best and are most loved when articulated as a room with defined sides. Soup to Nutz Bistro’s secluded courtyard is a perfect example.
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Wednesday, June 15,2011

Shortfall

The Bernero administration needs $1 million in reserves to pay for increased health care, insurance and overtime costs, and the May 3 election as the fiscal year wraps up

by Andy Balaskovitz
“Sometimes those projections are right on the mark, sometimes they come in above or below (what we anticipated),” Bernero said to the Council. “The FY11 budget will come up short by as much as $1 million. To remedy this shortfall, I am required to use the Budget Stabilization Fund.
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Wednesday, June 15,2011

That's how they roll

A new tobacco shop in Lansing offers a speedy way to roll your own that is drawing the state’s attention. Is it manufacturing cigarettes? The state Treasury Department says yes — and wants a bite.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Rob Bitz stands next to two $32,500, 790-pound cigarette rolling machines in his Frandor tobacco shop. He shows where customers pour eight ounces of tobacco into the complicated machine run on an air compressor. Then he shows how to load the empty rolling tubes.
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