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Saturday, March 1,2014

LPD moving out of North Precinct

Lease expires Aug. 31 at the building in Prudden Tech Centre; city reportedly wants to move operations to far south side

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Feb. 28 —The city of Lansing is going to move out of the North Precinct police station by the time its lease expires on Aug. 31.
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Friday, February 28,2014

Breaking: MSU probe

Sexual-assault allegations against two MSU athletes triggered federal investigation, university sources say

by Todd Heywood
Thursday, Feb. 27 — A 2010 sexual-assault complaint against two Michigan State University athletes triggered the federal investigation into the school’s handling of such cases, two administration sources close to the investigation confirmed.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Is new pot shop legal?

City attorney looking into “resource center” on Michigan Avenue after Councilwoman Washington raises concerns

by Andy Balaskovitz
The smell of pot was heavy in the air inside Michigan Avenue’s newest business. TNT, calling itself a medical marijuana “resource center,” opened at 1825 E. Michigan over the weekend. It’s been doing a steady business.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

A question of power

From seating charts to setting the agenda, the Lansing City Council tangles over questions of authority

by Andy Balaskovitz
On Monday night, for the second Lansing City Council meeting in a row, Council President A’Lynne Boles and Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar argued over procedural rules average voters probably don’t care about.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Building outside of the box, with boxes

From historic preservation to urban gap infill, developer Harry Hepler transitions into a new kind of housing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing developer Harry Hepler is coming off a figurative two- to three-year vacation. Emerging, like others in his business, from a recession that caused a lending freeze from banks, Hepler has spent some time thinking about a new way of building homes.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Op-ed: Senate should move quickly on lifesaving marijuana bills

by Charmie Gholson
In December, the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on three medical marijuana-related bills.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

USA TODAY comes to town

Behind the expansion of pages in the Lansing State Journal is a strategy to boost advertising revenue for Gannett’s flagging national newspaper. But at a cost.

by Mickey Hirten
The Lansing State Lansing joined the USA TODAY rescue mission this week. Gannett Co. Inc.’s troubled national newspaper is rapidly expanding its once shrinking circulation base by adding a slimmed-down version of its national edition to the company’s local newspapers.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Eyesore of the week

by RJ Wolcott
It was hard to pick just one spot in Lansing for this week’s pothole-of-the-week eyesore. City Pulse readers have spoken and, just like the rest of the state, appear to be well in tune with the third-worldly state of the roads. Thanks, Old Man Winter.
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Monday, February 24,2014

This week from Capital News Service

Special courts for the mentally ill; more snowmobiling but not more fatalities; second-parent adoption and more

by CNS correspondents
Monday, Feb. 24 — Each week, City Pulse runs a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics include a pilot program for specialty courts for the mentally that is showing success; second-parent adoption in the spotlight; the rising trend of prescription drug abuse; and more.
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Friday, February 21,2014

Expand representation, get new communications team

State Rep. Sam Singh keeps pressure on for expanded BWL board representation, overhauling communications staff

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Feb. 21 — State Rep. Sam Singh says it’s “imperative” for the Lansing City Council to move on a City Charter amendment that would expand representation on the Board of Water and Light’s governing board.
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