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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Whitmer leading charge against Snyder budget

by Kyle Melinn
Her problems with Snyder’s budget: The elimination of the income tax exemption on pensions and the Earned Income Tax Credit, the $470-per-pupil cut to K-12 education, the 15 percent cut to universities, a $150 million cut to local governments, the $180 million in state employee concessions.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Feedback

by Readers
While it’s commendable to take time implementing medical cannabis (marijuana) dispensaries for the benefit of sick citizens (“E.L. Dispensary Regulations on Hold,” Feb. 16, 2011 [online]), it’s unacceptable moratoriums are rooted in efforts to stop them.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Eye Candy! Of the week

Penguin exhibit, Potter Park Zoo

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Humans weren’t the only Lansing residents snowed in Monday morning. According to zookeeper Dennis Sweeney, the penguins at the Potter Park Zoo found their exhibit impassable after Sunday night’s blizzard. But after Sweeney freed their pathways of snow, it was business as usual ' swimming, eating and entertaining the public.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

The Snyder budget

Whitmer: Governor’s plans don’t match rhetoric

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 23 — State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, says Gov. Rick Snyder was all about reinventing Michigan through shared sacrifices in his State of the State speech and on the campaign trail, but his proposed budget says otherwise.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Who makes the rules?

The attorney for the Capital Area District Library says the library has a case to back its weapons policy

by Andy Balaskovitz
CADL was granted a temporary restraining order last week against members of the gun rights advocacy group Michigan Open Carry, whose members have repeatedly challenged the library’s weapons policy by openly carrying pistols and even a shotgun into the downtown branch.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Hanging up the clippers

Lou’s Barber Shop in Old Town to close after 74 years

by Andy Balaskovitz
Norman Rockwell prints on the wall. A 1950s black rotary dial telephone. Two 1955 Paidar chairs with ashtrays built into the armrests. Military memorabilia. No answering machine.The inside of Lou’s Barber Shop, 521 E. Grand River Ave. in Old Town, hasn’t changed much in its 74-year history.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

A tale of two ordinances

East Lansing is on the home stretch of regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, while Lansing is struggling to do so. Why?

by Andy Balaskovitz
“Lansing has the distinction of being in both Ingham and Eaton counties,” Smith said, adding that he was part of a medical marijuana panel discussion with Dunnings and Sauter hosted by the Michigan Municipal League on Feb. 10. He is crafting language.
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Monday, February 21,2011

Eyesore of the week

4720 Ballard Road, Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Roof damage is an inevitable outcome of a house fire. This house on Ballard has suffered an extensive fire that significantly damaged the roof. It is an excellent opportunity to not only replace the roof, but to make the dwelling more clean, green and energy efficient with sustainable upgrades.
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Thursday, February 17,2011

The most dangerous library in the world?

Open gun carriers feel the need to protect themselves at the downtown Capital Area District Library, which the library director calls

by Andy Balaskovitz
I recognized Tyler — who did not want to give his last name for his “personal safety” — from a Lansing City Council meeting one week before. He joined a group of about five others to protest the city’s firearms ordinance and also CADL’s no-weapons policy — which the group believes is illegal — at Council.
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Thursday, February 17,2011

Court blocks guns temporarily

The Capital Area District Library is granted a temporary restraining order against open gun carriers

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Feb. 17 — An Ingham County Circuit Court judge granted the Capital Area District Library a temporary restraining order Wednesday against people who openly carry firearms in any of CADL’s 13 libraries.
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