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Wednesday, January 26,2011

Bauer to seek weapons limits

Two Democrats have opposing views on gun-free zones following incidents at the Capital Area District Library

by Andy Balaskovitz
In the wake of two men openly carrying guns in the downtown branch of the Capital Area District Library, state Rep. Joan Bauer is preparing legislation that would add public libraries to the short list of facilities that are exempt from the state’s open carry law.
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Wednesday, January 26,2011

Guns, Violence, Politics and the Right to Bear Arms

by Andy Balaskovitz
In Michigan, a favorable state for gun owners, there is legislation afoot (crafted by a Democrat) that would eliminate the state’s gun-free zones. In Lansing, two people recently walked through the downtown Capital Area District Library openly carrying guns.
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Wednesday, January 26,2011

Jones on pot: Expect regulations in 2011

State Sen. Rick Jones and local attorney Matt Newburg discuss medical marijuana issues

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wed. Jan. 26 —State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said today that legislation to tax medical marijuana businesses is coming in 2011. And a local medical marijuana attorney says it should.
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Wednesday, January 26,2011

Snakes stay put?

A proposed federal law to tackle a snake problem in Florida could have local implications

by Yang Zhang
When walking into Preuss Pets at 1127 N. Cedar St. in Old Town, reptile hobbyists will feel excited about the variety of reptiles in the store’s southeast corner.
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Tuesday, January 25,2011

Kids in the Hall

A pep talk, tributes and a public hearing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Jan. 25 — The scene on the first floor of the chilly, well-lit Knapp’s building Monday night was so optimistic, you might think the city faces a $15 million budget surplus and state revenue sharing would be plentiful in 2011.
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Monday, January 24,2011

Tributes before the speech

The City Council will meet for a quick session before the mayor’s State of the City speech

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 24 — The Lansing City Council will hold a brief meeting at 5 p.m. today before heading to Mayor Virg Bernero’s annual State of the City address.
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Friday, January 21,2011

Women and the techniques of turkey hunting

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reaches out to women through workshops

by Fiona Guo
Friday, Jan. 21 — Nine women attended a turkey-hunting workshop in Delta Township this week as part of the state’s effort to involve more women with what is stereotypically known as a man’s world.
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Thursday, January 20,2011

Will it take Superman to fix Lansing's schools?

by Gretchen Cochran
While Superman is fixing the nation’s schools, could he also swoop into Lansing and, faster than a speeding bullet, bypass the district’s school board, leap across the gaping budget hole, shake up the city’s somnolent citizens and create a globally connected school system for the coming century?.
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Thursday, January 20,2011

Eyesore of the week

2730 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Lansing

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
It’s OK to think that this house at 2730 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. looks dreadful with its exposed plywood, mismatched siding and overall disrepair. Lansing-area resident and owner Dave Finet is the first to agree that it’s truly an eyesore.
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Thursday, January 20,2011

Kids in the Hall

Marshall Street Armory: It’s ‘historic’ now

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 20 — The Lansing City Council voted unanimously today to give the Marshall Street Armory “historic district” status.
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