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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Ashtray shrine

On its first day, smoking ban brings frustration, fresh air

by Neal McNamara
On Saturday night at around 8 inside Piazzano’s restaurant and bar in north Lansing, the Alabama Crimson Tide girls’ softball team closed a scoreless first inning against the Tennessee Vols, and bartender John DeMarco inhaled smoke-free air for the first time in many years.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Proposed state laws imperil the public's right to know

by Mike MacLaren
(On May 12, the House Judiciary Committee, headed by Rep. Mark Meadows, D-East Lansing, will conduct hearings on legislation that would end the requirement to publish governmental public notices — proposed ordinances, zoning changes and the like — in newspapers. Mike MacLaren i...
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Tuesday, May 4,2010

KIDS IN THE HALL

An aggregation of Lansing government happenings

by Neal McNamara
Mayor Virg Bernero’s administration is asking the City Council approve a plan to spend $350,000 to create a city-run TV production studio at the former Holmes Street School. Deputy Chief of Staff Randy Hannan gave the details during a Monday night budget hearing for City TV, the city...
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Tuesday, May 4,2010

Tour de Lansing

City gets award for bike friendliness

by Brandon Kirby
Lyndon Babcock has had multiple sclerosis for 30 years, but he’s been abicyclist for 70.  And right now, he’s one of Lansing’s biggestbicycling advocates. “Bicycling isn’t just for Lance Armstrong wannabes,” he says. Babcockrolled up to Lansing City...
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Thursday, April 29,2010

Virg Watch

Dems still lag in the polls, plus the latest on Bernero's 527 account

by Neal McNamara
A new poll out today by Rasmussen Reports puts Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero neck-and-neck with House Speaker Andy Dillon, but the two leading Democratic candidates are still largely unknown among voters.The poll shows Bernero polling at 12 percent among voters and Dillon at 13 percent. The g...
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Wednesday, April 28,2010

Clearing the air

Bars and restaurants prepare for Michigan’s new smoking ban, which goes into effect Saturday

by Neal McNamara
If he had lived to see a smoking ban become law in Michigan, Ronald M. Davis would have been proud. Davis was, as described in his New York Times obituary, a “health crusader” who “stayed in the Sisyphean fight against smoking and other health hazards in a nation of fast foods, caloric binges, lazy ways and the anodynes of liquor and cocaine.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

Virg Watch

by Neal McNamara
This week, the fight continued between Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and House Speaker Andy Dillon, plus Bernero sent out another press release requesting that other politicians take action on some things.According to the Detroit Free Press, gubernatorial hopefuls Bernero, Dillon and state Re...
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

Famished

New data shed light on local food disparities

by Kyle Leppek
The Food Research and Action Center, a nonprofit group focused on hunger and nutrition policy, recently released a study that found 15.3 percent of residents in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District had in the last 12 months lacked enough money to buy food.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Virg Watch

Donor lists and labor disputes: Dillon v. Bernero continues

by Neal McNamara
Virg Bernero and Andy Dillon continued to beat on each other this past week, this time not on health care, but on campaign donors and labor.On Friday, Bernero’s campaign released a list of attendees to a fundraiser thrown for him by state Commissioner of the Office of Insurance and F...
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Friday, April 9,2010

Eye Candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Property: 619 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, LansingOwner: Richard and Eileen RidenourAssessed: $52,000Owner says: Big rooms, sturdy construction, great place to raise kids.Another of the MLK corridor's architectural gems is the delightful residence at 619 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.....
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