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Saturday, July 2,2011

Candidate profiles

by City Pulse
Harold Leeman has been waiting four years to reclaim his 1st Ward seat on the Lansing City Council.“I know a lot of people know my record — it’s a progressive record. Some people need to be reminded of that,” he said. “For the past three-and-a-half years, the ward has not had the representation day in and day out that I gave it.”
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Wednesday, June 29,2011

Plane that funky lumber

Kelvin Potter rescues urban wood from the shredder

by Lawrence Cosentino
Kelvin Potter has bagged two-ton game and bigger, but he’s not the macho type. His straw hat is only shredded on top because his 3-year-old son sat on it. But when he stood in the lumber yard of his workshop in Bath Township last week, he looked like Teddy Roosevelt posing next to a fallen elephant.
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Wednesday, June 29,2011

Washington, Wilkes nab critical labor nod

by Kyle Melinn
The backing of the Greater Lansing Labor Council and the UAW CAP Council has changed everything. Now, with only five weeks before the August primary, Washington needs to be considered a front-runner with Martinez in the only real competitive race on Lansing’s August ballot.
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Wednesday, June 29,2011

What is Council smoking?

An Editorial

by City Pulse
The Council had plenty of time to fashion a reasonable ordinance since the imposition of a moratorium on new dispensaries last December. But with Friday’s expiration of the moratorium looming, the Council desperately pushed through an ordinance that will no doubt result in a welldeserved lawsuit against it.
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Wednesday, June 29,2011

Star Buds

2012 N. Larch St., Lansing. 517-977-1085. Hours: M-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

by City Pulse
Star Buds ' northeast of Old Town on Larch Street ' is easy to spot in the small shopping plaza next to Quality Dairy. Star Buds specializes in the assorted ways of using medical marijuana: lotions, foods and raw marijuana (for which several different styles of pipes and vaporizers are for sale).
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Wednesday, June 29,2011

Kicked out

The Lansing City Council has legislated medical marijuana dispensaries off of Michigan Avenue

by Andy Balaskovitz
Michigan Avenue will be off limits to medical marijuana dispensaries in a year, including the 11 that operate there now.That’s because of buffering requirements adopted in the city’s new medical marijuana ordinance that requires them to be 1,000 feet from each other, schools, playgrounds, churches, licensed child care facilities and substance abuse treatment centers.
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Wednesday, June 29,2011

Let It Grow

’Naturalization,’ maintenance tension, smaller budgets and Lansing’s recreational assets

by Andy Balaskovitz
Parks break up the monotony of cities and make the city more beautiful'a better place in which to live. They preserve natural features such as rivers, lakes, etc., for the enjoyment of future generations. ' In brief, recreational areas improve the health and general welfare of the citizens and are an investment, not a luxury.
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Thursday, June 23,2011

Candidate profiles

by City Pulse
Editor’s note: For the next five weeks, City Pulse will profile each City Council candidate in the 1st Ward and At-Large races leading up to the Aug. 2 primary election..
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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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