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Friday, March 22,2013

On LSD

Lansing teachers, superintendent get a new five-year contract with layoffs; school board agrees to sell two buildings

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, March 21 — Lansing teachers gave up their daily planning time and agreed to no step salary increases as part of a new contract with the district adopted tonight.
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Friday, March 22,2013

What stands in the way of hundreds of thousands in Michigan getting health insurance? The state Legislature.

by Walt Sorg
For most of her adult life, Mari has lived the ultimate gamble: getting through without health insurance. She has always had a job but made too much money to qualify for Medicaid, which caps income for single adult recipients at 35 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $3,900 in 2012. Her employers did not offer a health benefit. With an annual income of less than $22,000, buying insurance on her own was simply out of the question.
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Thursday, March 21,2013

Police layoffs coming?

Bernero ‘looking at’ police layoffs if no concessions

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, March 21 — Unless its employee bargaining unit is willing to make concessions to reduce costs to the city, the Lansing Police Department may see layoffs as part of Mayor Virg Bernero’s next budget proposal.
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Thursday, March 21,2013

LCC houses on path to deconstruction

Three houses will be deconstructed following RFP, lead and asbestos removal

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, March 21 — Lansing Community College will soon start the process of removing three homes — each at least 111 years old — on the southwest corner of North Capitol Avenue and West Saginaw Street to make way for a park-like entrance to its campus.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Verrr-y interesting

Sizing up a swastika vase at the MSU Surplus Store

by Lawrence Cosentino
The cavernous MSU Surplus Store is a "Casablanca" for hard drives and file cabinets, a place of last resort for discarded things. From reel-to-reel tape recorders to Spartan-green street signs, a jumble of rejects sleep on the shelves like opium addicts, absorbing a slow rain of dust, waiting for another chance.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Count on 'Bernero '13,' not 'Bernero '14'

by Kyle Melinn
We've heard this before, haven't we? Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero saying he will run for re-election and isn't interested in running for a higher office next year?
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Victoria’s Club Med-a-Sin

1039 N. Cedar St., Lansing, M-F Noon-7 p.m. and Sat Noon-6 p.m. (517) 481-5264

by City Pulse
Earlier this year in what seemed like a logical step, Victoria, original owner and operator of SuCasa since 1974, turned the home behind the head shop into one of Lansing’s newest medical marijuana dispensaries, Club Med-a-Sin. Membership is $20 annually and is handled through the he...
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Computergate

A City Council employee reveals what she claimed Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar asked her to do — and provides the results of a lie detector test to support her claim.

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing City Council's office manager says Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar asked her to file a false police report in November saying Dunbar's city-issued laptop had been stolen. Dunbar denies the accusation. Filing a false police report is a crime.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Fixing the facade

Niowave's personal property tax abatement may come with strings attached

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing Economic Area Partnership has stepped in to try resolving the dispute between Niowave Inc. and Walnut Neighborhood residents over the appearance of the company's 14,000-square-foot pole barn.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Gun rights rally at the Capitol

Hundreds of gun rights supporters flock to downtown Lansing

by Sam Inglot
Wednesday, March 20 — Chris and Martha Welch were at the Capitol today to voice their support for gun ownership and carrying rights.
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