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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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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Op-ed: Senate should move quickly on lifesaving marijuana bills

by Charmie Gholson
In December, the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on three medical marijuana-related bills.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

USA TODAY comes to town

Behind the expansion of pages in the Lansing State Journal is a strategy to boost advertising revenue for Gannett’s flagging national newspaper. But at a cost.

by Mickey Hirten
The Lansing State Lansing joined the USA TODAY rescue mission this week. Gannett Co. Inc.’s troubled national newspaper is rapidly expanding its once shrinking circulation base by adding a slimmed-down version of its national edition to the company’s local newspapers.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Eyesore of the week

by RJ Wolcott
It was hard to pick just one spot in Lansing for this week’s pothole-of-the-week eyesore. City Pulse readers have spoken and, just like the rest of the state, appear to be well in tune with the third-worldly state of the roads. Thanks, Old Man Winter.
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Monday, February 24,2014

This week from Capital News Service

Special courts for the mentally ill; more snowmobiling but not more fatalities; second-parent adoption and more

by CNS correspondents
Monday, Feb. 24 — Each week, City Pulse runs a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics include a pilot program for specialty courts for the mentally that is showing success; second-parent adoption in the spotlight; the rising trend of prescription drug abuse; and more.
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Friday, February 21,2014

Expand representation, get new communications team

State Rep. Sam Singh keeps pressure on for expanded BWL board representation, overhauling communications staff

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Feb. 21 — State Rep. Sam Singh says it’s “imperative” for the Lansing City Council to move on a City Charter amendment that would expand representation on the Board of Water and Light’s governing board.
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Thursday, February 20,2014

Apple location: Eastwood Towne Center

Building permit application shows Apple looking to open a 6,000-square-foot store in Eastwood Towne Center

by City Pulse Staff
Thursday, Feb. 20 — Apple, Inc. has applied to Lansing Township to open a store in Eastwood Towne Center.
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Thursday, February 20,2014

Breaking: Lark’s emails ‘discovered’

BWL releases emails from general manager during the storm outage it said it didn’t have

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Feb. 20 — Turns out Lansing Board of Water and Light’s general manager, J. Peter Lark, does have emails from the December power outage. Documents delivered to City Pulse from the BWL this morning show a series of emails between Lark and BWL managers and commissioners, among others.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Banns could follow the ban

LGBT community sees upcoming trial as a chance to allow marriage equality in Michigan

by Andy Balaskovitz
As recently as a year ago, if you were to project states like Michigan, Virginia and Utah with Massachusetts and California as beacons of marriage equality, you might have been considered a hopeless optimist.
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