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Wednesday, January 12,2011

To market, to market

Inside Lansing’s medical marijuana farmers markets

by Andy Balaskovitz
Your Healthy Choice Clinic at 628 E. Michigan Ave. on Sunday afternoons turns into a shoulder-to-shoulder shopping center for qualified medical marijuana patients and caregivers. At any given time between noon and 5 p.m., as many as 50 shoppers browse the narrow office space downtown.
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

DEA: records, please

A rally at the Capitol against the DEA’s request for medical marijuana patients’ records

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Jan. 12 — About 30 people gathered on the east-facing steps of the Capitol today to protest the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s request for seven Lansing-area medical marijuana patients’ records.
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

Rogers on gun control

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers reflects on gun control, 9/11 workers’ compensation on City Pulse on the Air

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Jan. 12 — U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, said today that the tragic shooting Saturday of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson was not a failure of gun control policy but of the mental health system.Speaking on “City Pulse on the Air, “Rogers said Congress should spend its time analyzing the mental health system, not gun control policy.
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

Growing local

The Greater Lansing Food Bank offers training, grants for starting community gardens

by Yang Zhang
Wednesday, Jan. 12 — Want to start a community garden but don’t know how? The Greater Lansing Food Bank can help.
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Tuesday, January 11,2011

Kids in the Hall

A new Council staffer and recognizing MLK

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Jan. 11 — The Lansing City Council unanimously approved Monday appointing Karen Hulett as legislative office manager to eventually replace 23-year veteran Terese Horn.
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Monday, January 10,2011

New personnel

A new City Council staffer and four public hearings on tonight’s agenda

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 10 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on replacing legislative office manager Terese Horn.
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Friday, January 7,2011

Race and sidewalks

Clergy, Mayor Bernero want an apology from Bill Ballenger for his comments in the Waverly Road sidewalk flap

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 7 — The Clergy Forum of Greater Lansing, a group of black pastors, called today for a boycott of political analyst Bill Ballenger’s services over his “elitist, sexist and racist statements made in City Pulse” regarding a proposed sidewalk along Waverly Road.
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Friday, January 7,2011

Clarke in, Clarke out?

The state attorney general looks to challenge the length of Judge Hugh Clarke Jr.’s appointment to the 54-A District Court

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 7 — The state attorney general filed a motion today with the Michigan Court of Appeals that seeks to remove recently appointed Judge Hugh Clarke Jr. from the 54-A District Court.
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Thursday, January 6,2011

A complete street or a sidewalk to nowhere?

Public safety funding amid tight economic times is stirring the pot on a sidewalk project in Lansing and Lansing Township

by Andy Balaskovitz
Veteran political analyst Bill Ballenger sits in the living room of his Waverly Road house, the first house north of the bridge over the Grand River in Lansing Township.Outside of his living room window, there is controversy brewing about whether the city and Lansing Township should undergo a $1.3 million sidewalk project.
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Thursday, January 6,2011

Supporting animals

PETA recognizes two Lansing area businesses that it says won’t sponsor the circus

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 6 — At least one Lansing-area business that supports animal rights has vowed not to sponsor the annual Caravan Circus.
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