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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Lansing casino is 'not a realistic expectation,' experts say

Legal experts say bringing a tribal casino to Lansing faces huge hurdles

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
“I don’t see any possibility of a tribal casino being allowed to be constructed in the city of Lansing,” said Robert Stocker II, chairman of the gaming practice group at Dickinson Wright law firm in Lansing. The group deals with both Indian and commercial gaming issues and MGM Grand is listed on the firm’s client list on its website.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Lansing radio battles through the static

Corporations call the shots in the new age of broadcasting

by Rich Tupica
How times have changed. After a number of corporate buyouts, much of the local on-air talent in Lansing (and beyond) is gradually being replaced by nationally syndicated shows that are recorded and produced in other regions of the country. Yet, somehow radio is still clinging to the “live and local” ideal.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
The latest addition to East Lansing’s Chesterfield Hills Neighborhood, 359 University Drive completed in April 2011, is a traditional two-story style house that is aesthetically pleasing to our traditional tastes and environmentally friendly. It is a superb example of the evolution and success of today’s green building design.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Board costs, a parking dilemma and mudslinging

The Lansing Housing Commission anticipates a “major expenditure of funds” with Oliver Towers proposal; LCC would have a parking problem; oh, and Bernero calls LCC’s position on wanting Oliver Towers “infantile.”

by Andy Balaskovitz
In a Sept. 7 letter to the Housing Commission Board from Executive Director Patricia Baines-Lake, she explains that negotiations will need to cover “concerns of LHC’s Board, the site’s location in a floodplain and a floodway, timing of the move and start of construction, resolution of the Fair Market Value differential ' .
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Positive or not?

A casino would bring jobs and revenue to Lansing, but how much and at what price to other operations in Michigan?

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
On Friday, following reports that his administration is negotiating for a casino, Bernero issued a written statement saying his “administration strongly supports the concept of a casino in Lansing because it would have a tremendous positive impact on our local economy.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

1st Ward City Council race still boiling

Red Cedar proposal shows differences between candidates, sparks 'negative' campaigning

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
Martinez, a former state representative, narrowly beat Washington, a first-time candidate, in the primary, receiving just 57 votes more than her in the Aug. 2 election. They emerged from a field of five as the candidates in the run-off general election for the seat held by Eric Hewitt, who is not seeking re-election.
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Wednesday, September 28,2011

Finding the heart of a 'Lionheart'

Richard I was a man of many faces, according to Sharon Kay Penman

by Bill Castanier
By BILL CASTANIER So who is this Richard I, also known as Lionheart? Is he the crusader of popular myth from tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men? Was he the aloof, reckless warmonger and anti-Semite described by some historians? Or, as historical...
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Wednesday, September 28,2011

Snyder says no to red meat

by Kyle Melinn
I heard the same courtesy claps only hours earlier at a "welcome forum," where Snyder defended to a theater full of rightwingers why he favors taxing Internet purchases, creating a body mass index for children and building second bridge to compete with a private bridge to Canada ' oh, and why he’s not crazy about "Right To Work.
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Wednesday, September 28,2011

Politics, labor and a golf course

Most City Council candidates aren’t on the same page as their union endorsers when it comes to the city’s Red Cedar Renaissance proposal

by Andy Balaskovitz
Jeffries and Wood, along with Councilman Derrick Quinney, were the three who blocked the proposal ' which asks the public to approve' allowing the city sell parkland for unspecified development ' from getting on Aug. 2 primary ballot. 1st Ward Councilman Eric Hewitt, who is not seeking reelection, said he too would have voted no, but he was absent.
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Wednesday, September 28,2011

Sustaining weekend survival kits

Thousands of kids could go hungrier after a food delivery program for elementary school children ends.

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
The Weekend Survival Kit program provided participating elementary school kids with backpacks of food for the weekend twice a month to supplement the family’s food at home, said Kathe Smith, operations manager at the Mid- Michigan Food Bank.
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