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Wednesday, August 17,2011

City clerk: Council meets too often

City clerk says the annual number of Lansing City Council meetings is ‘excessive.’ What do Council candidates think?

by Andy Balaskovitz
While five candidates support or are open to City Clerk Chris Swope’s proposal that he says would cut costs and align Lansing with nearly every other city in the state, two are against and one is undecided because they say Council hardly accomplishes its business in 50 meetings a year.
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Friday, August 12,2011

Eye Candy of the Week!

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Local builder Dave Muylle sensitively restored the striking duplex at 127-129 Leslie St. on Lansing’s east side with respect to the past and an eye to the future.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

With this Skype, I thee wed

MSU profs unveil e-marriage proposal for states

by Lawrence Cosentino
While the upstairs battle over substan tive law rages, Michigan State University College of Law professors Mae Kuykendall and Adam Candeub have been quietly tinkering in the basement of procedural law.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

War and peace at the Marshall Street Armory

by Lawrence Cosentino
Hundreds of heavy guns and thousands of soldiers trundled across the drill floor at Lansing’s Marshall Street Armory from 1924 to 2005. Shouldering heavy military and civilian duty, the big brick blockhouse stoically endured the pounding of horses, Howitzers, wild weddings and circus elephants.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

What now?

Will anyone take interest in five vacant acres downtown that was supposed to be a large condominium development?

by Andy Balaskovitz
But walking the perimeter of the property bordered by Butler Boulevard and Ottawa, Ionia and Sycamore streets, you’ll notice the imposing red, white and blue RE/MAX “available” signs. The whole project, dubbed “Sobi Square,” has been abandoned.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

Second time around

With Council approval or not, the county drain commissioner will clean the Red Cedar River

by Andy Balaskovitz
Pat Lindemann is referring to the Bernero administration’s proposal to ask voters to sell off nearly 13 acres of the 61-acre former Red Cedar Golf Course for private development. Lindemann is in charge of the other 48 acres.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

Wood leads the field, setting stage for 4th term

by Kyle Melinn
Former 1st Ward Councilman Harold Leeman watched his political career swirl down the drain as he lost his third straight election in convincing fashion. His 295 votes was only eight better than young political neophyte Joe Manzella’s vote total..
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

Safe Harbor Alternative Medicine

2010 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing (517) 580-0663 Hours: M-Sat 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

by City Pulse
Safe Harbor, which opened in early July after taking over the lease of Capitol City Compassion Club, occupies a large, open storefront that has a community-centered vibe. The co-owners ' one of whom is Mike Malott, author of the “Michigan Medical Marijuana Handbook” ' were overseeing the dispensary when I visited on a recent Wednesday evening.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

Eyesore of the week

1215 Vermont Ave., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Property: 1215 Vermont Ave., Lansing Owner: Ingham County Land Bank Assessed Value: $0 Owner says: Property will be demolished by January Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: It’s incredibly tempting to sacrifice a porch to increase indoor square footage of a house.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

Liquor theatrics

What is the American Theatre Corp. and why did the Meridian Township Board of Trustees recommend it for a free liquor license above four local businesses?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Andrew Manuel has plans to expand and remodel his breakfast and lunch restaurant in Haslett. He wants to expand Blondie’s Barn, which he co-owns with his wife, Dawn, at 5640 Marsh Road, to offer dinner, a full-service bar and more staff. Standing in his way is a $50,000 liquor license.
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