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Thursday, August 26,2010

The munchies

Should street food vendors be allowed to serve until 3 a.m. on weekends?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Clint Tarver has been slinging hot dogs for about 12 years. He is a staple outside of the Lansing City Hall building at Capitol and Michigan avenues, and for the past two years he has sold hot dogs in the Stadium District on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Dem recruiting for Snyder

Sharon Ellis managed two successful campaigns against Bernero. Can she help the GOP do it again?

by Kyle Melinn
If you know Williamston political consultant Sharon Ellis, you know she’s a Democrat. She has no problem making that pretty clear.In fact, on her first day working for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder, she announced to everybody in the room where her party loyalties lie. And she doesn’t bleed red.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Feedback

There goes the neighborhood

by Readers
I generally enjoy your publication and will pick up a copy whenever I see a new edition. However, I’m writing in regard to the recent article in the City Pulse by Neal McNamara entitled "The New Tycoon (8/18/10)". Here’s the first paragraph:
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

TURN IT DOWN: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

Negative Red attitude

by Rich Tupica
From industrial angst and electro, to mellowed-out hippie jams, Lansing has a vast assortment of live music this week.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Snow ordinance defrosting

by Andy Balaskovitz
The ordinance seeks to manage unkempt snow like the city does for long grass and weeds, issuing a formal warning after the violation is spotted. A warning would come as a posted notice on the property as well as a written notice in the mail.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Mission to Juarez

Two Lansing women prepare for a four-month peacekeeping mission to the front lines of the war on drugs

by Andy Balaskovitz
Sandra Cade and Sister Nina Rodriguez, both in their 60s, know they are not going to the sleepy tourist border town that Juarez, Mexico, used to be. Instead, their mission as part of the Michigan Peace Team will be to serve as bodyguards and consolers for those who can’t escape.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Virg Watch

Picking a running mate: Much ado about nothing?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Michigan Democratic Party Convention is Saturday and Sunday in Detroit, but there is only speculation about whom Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero will choose as a lieutenant governor nominee.
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Tuesday, August 24,2010

Kids in the Hall

Bernero defends running for governor while serving as mayor

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero made a rare appearance of late at Monday’s City Council meeting — perhaps coincidentally the first session since the Lansing State Journal renewed its editorial campaign saying he should choose between being mayor and running for governor.
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Monday, August 23,2010

The New Tycoon

The Ingham County Land Bank’s quest to make this place a better ... place

by Neal McNamara
On the day Rochelle Rizzi first saw the grand, brick house along Pine Street in Lansing, it was “complete construction zone.” The 6,000-square-foot Colonial Revival house was once the home of the superintendent of the School for the Blind but had been vacant more than a decade. Rizzi was on a quest to find the perfect space for her marketing firm, Rizzi Designs, and when she stepped inside, she knew she had found the right place. “I knew which furniture was going to be in what room,” she remembers. “It just seemed like a great fit.”
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Monday, August 23,2010

“Good development”

Public hearing scheduled tonight on easing the restrictions of certain commercial developments

by Andy Balaskovitz
A public hearing is scheduled for tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting on a proposed ordinance to establish four overlay districts in the city. Overlays are land-use planning tools that encourage “smart growth” development and pedestrian-oriented movement in commercial areas.
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