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Wednesday, February 16,2011

Defining the obscene

MSU professor’s new book takes on that challenge by examining how hate speech is the new obscenity

by Brian Bienkowski
As the Jan. 8 shooting rampage in Tucson brought political rancor and vitriolic discourse to the forefront of our national dialogue, Michigan State University law Professor Kevin Saunders was bringing his own research and analysis of hate speech to the public.
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Tuesday, February 15,2011

Kids in the Hall

A May election looks inevitable

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 15 — The Lansing City Council is expected to vote next week on whether to hold a special May election in which city voters could decide on a 4-mill property tax increase. But the results may be in. An election looks inevitable.
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Monday, February 14,2011

The plan

A FY 2012 budget presentation scheduled for Committee of the Whole

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 14 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to convene at 6:15 tonight as Committee of the Whole for a budget presentation. But this is no ordinary budget presentation.
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Thursday, February 10,2011

What do you say?

An informal survey shows support for tax increases to close Lansing’s $15 million budget gap

by City Pulse
The administration won’t recommend a budget to the City Council until next month, so we hit the streets to ask 18 people how they would fix the budget. We broadly asked if they supported tax increases, cuts to services or a combination of the two. The results: Tax increases may not be so bad.
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Thursday, February 10,2011

Who’s more scared?

Library patrons are worried about guns openly carried in the library; gun owners fear for their own safety without them

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Feb. 10 — The Capital Area District Library took a formal stance on its no-weapons policy Wednesday, citing “alarm and panic” from staff and patrons when guns are openly carried in the library.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

It’s time police simmer down on pot

by Kyle Melinn
Didn’t nearly two-thirds of Michigan voters say two years ago that a limited amount of medical marijuana could be grown legally? That it’s high time police found more productive uses for their time than harassing someone growing a little weed in the backyard?
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Best Buds

1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat Noon-6 p.m. (517) 708-7924

by City Pulse
Open for less than a month now, Best Buds has been generating a big enough buzz to catch a contact high off of. Located in the heart of REO Town next to the old Dalmatian’s restaurant, Best Buds offers some of the best meds and smoking accessories around ' at friendly prices.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Feedback

You call these guys religious?

by Readers
Andy Balaskovitz (City Pulse, Jan 26, Guns, Violence and Politics) has researched the number of people with Concealed Pistol Licenses in the state and in Ingham County. He points out that in recent years there were thirty-four persons in the county who were victims of homicide by gunfire and fifty-eight who committed suicide with a gun.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Eye candy of the Week

Lansing Delta Township Assembly Complex

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Factories were pronounced Cathedrals of Industry, so called for their massive scale and design that rivaled the architecture of Europe’s great houses of worship. Over time, industrial architecture has become increasingly nondescript ' you can’t have pride in something you can’t identify.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Tax hikes in the city?

Lansing voters may face a special election in May to raise property taxes to help pay for police and fire protection and roads. Mayor Bernero: ‘This may be the year that I have to cry uncle’

by Andy Balaskovitz
So far, the plan calls for holding a special election in May ' before the Council has to approve a fiscal year 2012 budget ' that could generate roughly $8.5 million in additional revenue for the city through a 4-mill property tax increase. Feb. 22 is the deadline for the Council to call a special election.
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