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Wednesday, December 15,2010

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Attendance and elections Obviously, Ms. Yorko believes she knows what’s best for Lansing, and that things around here are fine ("Yorko’s absences making her a political target?" 12/8/10). How else could you explain her 50% attendance at our City Council Meetings and continually voting against public hearings??? Apparently she thinks she was elected to collect a paycheck rather than actually listening to and representing the people of the 4th Ward.— Karen Carter
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

A new Frandor?

Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann has big plans to manage Frandor’s storm-water runoff — but what is standing in his way?

by Andy Balaskovitz
On a cold, windy Wednesday night in November, Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann offered the first public glimpse into his vision for the Frandor Shopping Center at Emil’s restaurant on Michigan Avenue.
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

The rush

A look at the 46 new medical marijuana businesses that established themselves with the city to avoid being blocked by a moratorium

by Andy Balaskovitz
Robert Ortega, who leases business space at 509 E. Grand River Ave. in Old Town, was surprised to find out a medical marijuana business is listed at his property. “Mr. Nice Guy” claims to operate out of the space shared by lawyers across the street from the old Temple Club.
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

DWB 'unfounded'

The Michigan State Police calls three Lansing City Council members’ ‘driving while black’ allegations ‘unfounded’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lt. Gene Kapp, who heard the Council members’ testimony and was interviewed in the Aug. 11 City Pulse story, also would not comment because he has since been relocated to the Michigan Intelligence Operation Center in Lansing. He was the commanding officer of Brighton Post No. 12.
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

New owners, less clothes

Bar food, bikinis, private dances to rejuvenate the old Green House Bar

by Andy Balaskovitz
Owner Christopher Petrick is out of the country until mid-January, but his father, Steve Petrick, spoke on his behalf at a Dec. 6 General Services Committee to explain the operation to three Lansing City Council members and Assistant City Attorney Billie Jo O’Berry.
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

Happy Bill of Rights Day

The Lansing ACLU chapter and Everybody Reads bookstore is hosting an event tonight to celebrate the first 10 Amendments of the Constitution

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Dec. 15 — Do you have a favorite constitutional amendment in the Bill of Rights? Need a soapbox to share your thoughts on issues like freedom of speech, right to bear arms and unlawful search and seizure? If so, then join the Lansing chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil rights enthusiasts tonight from 7 to 9 at Everybody Reads Books and Stuff, 2019 E. Michigan Ave.
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

Guns at the library

Fear strikes patrons at the downtown Capital Area District Library Saturday when a man strolled through with a gun over his shoulder

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Dec. 15 — A man carrying what appeared to be a rifle or shotgun over his shoulder walked through the downtown Capital Area District Library Saturday afternoon, alarming patrons and staff.
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Tuesday, December 14,2010

Kids in the Hall

Carol Wood gives her colleagues an early Christmas present by streamlining Monday’s Lansing City Council meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Dec. 14 — With 28 resolutions on Monday’s Lansing City Council agenda, the meeting was shaping up to be a long one. However, a motion by Council Vice President Kathie Dunbar, without a challenge by At-Large Councilwoman Carol Wood, sped up the approval process.
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Monday, December 13,2010

Parks and breaks

The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a parks maintenance agreement with Ingham County, tax breaks for Foresight

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Dec. 13 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a five-year agreement with Ingham County that formalizes maintenance duties of city-owned park property in south Lansing.
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Sunday, December 12,2010

Eye Candy! of the week

Eaton County Courthouse, 100 W. Lawrence St., Charlotte

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Looking to take a trip during the holidays without breaking the bank? Why not partake in the latest trend of a day-long vacation, affectionately known as a “daycation?” Twenty minutes southwest of Lansing, Charlotte is home to a 19th century courthouse that is an architectural landmark worthy of a visit.
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