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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Winds of change

The future of wind energy in Michigan looks good — but what’s standing in its way?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Nov. 5 — Michigan is poised to be a top-tier wind energy producer in the United States. But standing in its way is a “vocal minority” who are concerned about how commercial wind farms look, sound and affect wildlife.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

'Safe harbor'

Lansing is working to regulate medical marijuana businesses amid dispensary crackdowns in southeast Michigan

by Andy Balaskovitz
On Aug. 25, the Oakland County drug enforcement team raided Clinical Relief in Ferndale. Nine people were arrested and await a potential trial on felony drug manufacturing charges. An undercover officer used a fake medical marijuana card to make purchases at Clinical Relief.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Organizing for equal treatment

MI-GOAL advocates for equal treatment of LGBT public safety and criminal justice professionals

by Brian Bienkowski
In 1991, Bouck, a gay man, was harassed and shunned after coworkers at the Michigan Department of Corrections found out about his sexual orientation. Though it was an “agonizing and debilitating experience,” Bouck knew he had to face the problem alone.
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Friday, November 5,2010

Eyesore of the week

1542 N. High St., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Address: 1542 N. High St., Lansing Owner: Wanda Lester Assessed value: $28,300 Owner says: Could not be reached for comment Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: A damaged roof detracts from the beauty of this craftsman style house.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Will of the people

Law enforcement sees medical marijuana law as vague, may have to wait for courts to clear it up

by Neal McNamara
(Wednesday, May 19) For 40 years, attorney Richard McLellan has been representing regulated industries like liquor, gambling and insurance. And now, he is venturing into a new regulated industry: medical marijuana.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Lansing looks at medical marijuana dispensary moratorium

by Neal McNamara
(Friday, May 28) A Lansing City Council committee is looking to possibly place a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries opening as it continues to work on a new zoning ordinance that would regulate dispensaries and compassionate care clubs.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Negative approach

Is the case of Frederick Wayne Dagit bad for the medical marijuana cause?

by Neal McNamara
(Wednesday, June 9) On Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Frederick Wayne Dagit sat in a black- and white-striped Ingham County Jail jumpsuit in 55th District Court in Mason. He looked calm, rested and alert.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

A gathering for moderation

East Lansing holds a satellite “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

by Gretchen Cochran
Thursday, Nov. 4 — Mid-Michigan political junkies gathered Saturday at Reno’s East Side in East Lansing to become part of comedians Jon Stewart’s and Stephen Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.”
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Virg Bernero says: 'I'm stronger today'

by City Pulse Radio
Virg Bernero says he's "stronger today" as a result of the pounding he took in Tuesday's gubernatorial election. He also hammers the state's newspapers for their editorial support of Gov.-elect Rick Snyder. Tim Barron and Berl Schwartz talked to him.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Pot and the Lord

The owner of a cannibis “club” finds his inspiration in his faith.

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Wednesday, Mar. 10) The Rev. Wayne Dagit is wading through 439 new e-mails when I visit him in his small, sparse office at the Green Leaf Smokers Club in Williamstown Township. It is 7 on a Wednesday night. There is a table barely big enough for his small Dell Notebook computer, a black leather planner and a folder of documents.
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