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Wednesday, March 5,2014

And the award goes to …

Milton Scales, the lone Meridian Township trustee to vote against a non-discrimination ordinance

by Andy Balaskovitz
Back in November, Meridian Township Trustee Milton Scales was the only board member to vote against an ordinance that prohibits discrimination in employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While he supports equal protection for LGBT individuals, he thinks changes should come from the state level, rather than a local one.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

BWL Watch

by Andy Balaskovitz
At a community forum last month, Lansing resident Griff Canfield openly questioned why the Board of Water and Light required three line workers to clear downed wires after the storm hit.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Opened in 1921 as The Strand Theatre, this ornately detailed building is an example of Beaux Arts style, which offers fresh interpretations of classical Greek and Roman architectural elements.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

BWL belongs to Lansing

Other communities haven’t made their case for being represented on BWL’s board

by Mickey Hirten
Even as the citizens’ panel poking through the wreckage of the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s sorry December ice storm performance, a likely recommendation when it all ends is a call for the utility to include non-city residents on its board of commissioners.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

Anti-Zionist speakers banned

As controversy entangles Hillel chapters, discussions of Israel- Palestine issues at MSU must happen elsewhere

by RJ Wolcott
The opportunity for students to assemble and speak freely among their faculty and peers is a time-honored tradition in university settings.
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Saturday, March 1,2014

LPD moving out of North Precinct

Lease expires Aug. 31 at the building in Prudden Tech Centre; city reportedly wants to move operations to far south side

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Feb. 28 —The city of Lansing is going to move out of the North Precinct police station by the time its lease expires on Aug. 31.
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Friday, February 28,2014

Breaking: MSU probe

Sexual-assault allegations against two MSU athletes triggered federal investigation, university sources say

by Todd Heywood
Thursday, Feb. 27 — A 2010 sexual-assault complaint against two Michigan State University athletes triggered the federal investigation into the school’s handling of such cases, two administration sources close to the investigation confirmed.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Is new pot shop legal?

City attorney looking into “resource center” on Michigan Avenue after Councilwoman Washington raises concerns

by Andy Balaskovitz
The smell of pot was heavy in the air inside Michigan Avenue’s newest business. TNT, calling itself a medical marijuana “resource center,” opened at 1825 E. Michigan over the weekend. It’s been doing a steady business.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

A question of power

From seating charts to setting the agenda, the Lansing City Council tangles over questions of authority

by Andy Balaskovitz
On Monday night, for the second Lansing City Council meeting in a row, Council President A’Lynne Boles and Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar argued over procedural rules average voters probably don’t care about.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Building outside of the box, with boxes

From historic preservation to urban gap infill, developer Harry Hepler transitions into a new kind of housing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing developer Harry Hepler is coming off a figurative two- to three-year vacation. Emerging, like others in his business, from a recession that caused a lending freeze from banks, Hepler has spent some time thinking about a new way of building homes.
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