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Thursday, March 24,2011

S&S Collectives

1242 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing Hours: M-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (989) 292-5143

by City Pulse
Upon entering the shop, I was enthusiastically greeted by a jolly man with a genuine love for what he does. He checked my papers and informed me that there was no membership fee. They had eight different strains of medicine and also one kind of nicely packaged and displayed edible peanut butter cups.
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Thursday, March 24,2011

Eye candy! of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Dale Schrader “got a kick” out of reading City Pulse’s “Eyesore of the Week” in the May 27, 2009, issue. That’s because two properties he bought ' 125 and 127 W. Grand River Ave. in Old Town ' were described by a neighbor as a “breeding ground for prostitution and drug dealing.
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Thursday, March 24,2011

A pool dilemma

What is the fate of Lansing Community College’s swimming pool?

by Andy Balaskovitz
LCC administrators figure it will cost between $4.3 million and $4.6 million to renovate the facility and bring it up to code, including satisfying the Americans with Disabilities Act and air quality standards. Those figures are based on the work of pool consultants, engineers and architects.
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Wednesday, March 23,2011

EMS in the red

The city of Lansing loses $1 million a year in its emergency medical service operations. But the question isn’t so much how the city will fix it, but if.

by Andy Balaskovitz
The city of Lansing loses $1 million a year in its emergency medical service operations. But the question isn’t so much how the city will fix it, but if.
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Wednesday, March 16,2011

Equal rights don't come with price tag

by Kyle Melinn
I understand Michigan has this crater-sized budget hole and everyone is getting nixed. I get it, I get it. That’s just the way it is.What I don’t understand is why conservative legislators are getting away with using these tough times as an excuse, again, to treat its public employees differently based on whom they sleep with.
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Wednesday, March 16,2011

Feedback

by Readers
DHS ’needs reform’ I applied for food assistance through the State of Michigan in December. I was finally recently approved for $52 a month. When I never received my Bridge Card to be able to buy groceries, I contacted the Department of Human Services (DHS). They just keep gi...
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Wednesday, March 16,2011

A 1st glance

A survey of First Ward residents as four City Council candidates’ names are floated in this year’s race

by Andy Balaskovitz
Medical marijuana dispensaries and the “Mary Jane Mile.” Redeveloping REO Town. What to do with Groesbeck Golf Course?These are just a few of the issues brewing in Lansing’s First Ward, which broadly makes up the northeast quadrant of the city, from the Grand River to the west to about U.S. 127 to the east.
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Wednesday, March 16,2011

Playin' the Pedway

Can a street musician play on the pedestrian walkway downtown? Some local authorities say no

by Andy Balaskovitz
As snowy rain came down in 35-degree weather Thursday, a local street performer played folk music in a short-sleeved shirt to downtown passersby — in the covered pedestrian walkway connecting the Lansing Center, the Radisson Hotel and the parking ramp over the Grand River.
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Wednesday, March 16,2011

Where's the food?

In the suburbs, as research and a new map by MSU faculty suggests

by Andy Balaskovitz
For those who wonder if Lansing really is a “food desert,” two Michigan State University professors have something to show you.
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Wednesday, March 16,2011

Snyder's budget plan: Fairer and more efficient taxation — just not enough of it

by Charles L. Ballard
On my way to a meeting in February, I got stuck in the snow. It was fully 24 hours after the President’s Day snowstorm, but the street (in an affluent Ann Arbor neighborhood) had not been touched by a snow plow. Some folks might say, “It’s great that taxes in Michigan are so low that we don’t have enough money to plow the streets.
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