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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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Thursday, January 6,2011

Kids in the Hall

Lansing City Council discusses the controversial Waverly Road sidewalk project

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 6 — Shortly after the Lansing City Council unanimously re-elected Council President A’Lynne Robinson and Vice President Kathie Dunbar to their respective positions, a few members touched on the first controversy of the new year: a proposed sidewalk project along Waverly Road.
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Liberals nervous over Rooney pick

by Kyle Melinn
Consider this: After the 2009-2010 session, there were 16 term-limited Republican senators who didn’t have another public office lined up after Dec. 31. There were five House Republicans in the same boat. Only one of them, former Sen. Patty Birkholz, has lined up anything under the new Snyder administration ' the Office of the Great Lakes.
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Feedback

by Readers
In your paper’s delightful Newsmaker’s of 2010 interviews - which highlighted the arts so clearly and wonderfully as being newsworthy - Chad Badgero’s interview with James Sanford highlighted, with ironical twists, the issues that were brought up in “An Artist’s Nightmare” at the Renegade Theatre Festival in 2010.
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Eyesore of the week

1112 Bensch St., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This two-story Lansing home is clad in a classic early 20th century exterior siding that, at one time, was quite handsome but has experienced some neglect. Let’s be clear: There is no such thing as a maintenance-free exterior finish.
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Open carry

The Capital Area District Library is reviewing its no-weapons policy after two people with guns were asked to leave in the past month

by Andy Balaskovitz
On Dec. 11, an unidentified man walked through the downtown Capital Area District Library with a shotgun strapped to his shoulder. After an alarmed patron called the police, the man was asked to leave and he did.
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