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Wednesday, November 24,2010

10th floor discontent

Two Lansing City Council employees look to join a union amid what the mayor calls a ‘longstanding pattern of problems’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Two Lansing City Council employees have filed requests for representation through the Teamsters Local 580 union.One employee said she wants job security after speaking out against a temporary contract for a retired coworker who worked for the city for 23 years. She said she has received “some flak” from some City Council members who thought she should have kept mum about the contract.
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Sunday, November 21,2010

Love! Cannabis! Compassion!

Inside Lansing's newest medical marijuana compassionate care club

by Jane Alexander
(Friday, June 11) The building at 2010 E Michigan Avenue that houses the medical marijuana Capital City Compassionate Caregivers Club isn’t fancy. Volunteers have painted the fašade  white with green trim, and an old sign for the United Nations Association has been taken down. I...
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Some 'real' Dems to pick from

by Kyle Melinn
Liberals hate the pick, too. To them, it’s an empty overture. Snyder can claim bipartisanship, but only by tapping the most Republican Democrat in the state of Michigan. This guy could only pass budgets in the state House by teaming up with the entire Republican caucus, for crying out loud!.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Feedback

Good luck, Republicans

by Readers
On Election Day, Republican candidates swept state-wide offices, they took over the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan House of Representatives, have a super-majority in the Michigan Senate, and Congressman Mark Schauer, an honest and honorable public servant, lost re-election to the far right-wing former Congressman, Tim Walberg.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Eyesore of the week

1326 N. Chestnut St., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Neglected garage doors diminish the overall attractiveness of this early 20th century house. Everyone thinks garage doors are no big deal. All too often, people choose doors that are fairly commonplace.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Hold back the ash

Breached fences, soil samples indicate coal ash laden with arsenic and mercury entered the Grand River from Lansing Board of Water and Light property

by Andy Balaskovitz
“We don’t believe any ash from our excavation got into the river, and we’re very convinced of that,” said George Stojic, BWL planning director. “However, I do believe we probably are more sensitive now to weather events and we’d like to get out there as soon as possible to make sure nothing happens.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

An 'institution' moves on

Perrelli's Barber and Style Shop closes after 54 years downtown

by Andy Balaskovitz
Most people know Alfredo “Fred” Perrelli as an ambassador to his community. He’s the guy who could talk straight with governors and attorneys general, serve charity meals to the needy and whip somebody good on the golf course..
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Heightened protection

A retired Lansing Police Department detective turns entrepreneur with new upper body shields for officers

by Andy Balaskovitz
Uniformed patrol officers can unexpectedly find themselves in the most dangerous of situations yet have no bodily protection beyond a bulletproof vest.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Held up

The owner of a local medical marijuana dispensary responds to being robbed at gunpoint Saturday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Nov. 17 — The owner of Turtle’s medical marijuana dispensary, 2121 E. Michigan Ave., said the store “didn’t skip a beat” after being robbed at gunpoint by three men Saturday night.
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Monday, November 15,2010

Colonial Village leader

A local neighborhood association leader to be recognized; Committee of the Whole to talk snow removal standards, consolidated service garage

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Nov. 15 — The only scheduled business for tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting is a resolution recognizing Anita Beavers for her 10 years of service on the Colonial Village Neighborhood Association board.
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