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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

In its last meeting of 2011, Council debates voter turnout as it rejects two ballot proposals to potentially sell parkland

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Dec. 13 — At the heart of the Lansing City Council’s rejection Monday night of two ballot proposals to potentially sell city-owned parkland was a disagreement on whether voters should be asked in February or in August and when more would show up.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

It’s Jeffries and Dunbar: Council finally selects a president, moves on to actual work

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Jan. 10 — Now that the Lansing City Council has a president and vice president, it’s finally time to move on to actual business.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Deadlock: Council has a hard time agreeing on a new president

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 5 — 2:25 p.m. It’s like the Twilight Zone on the 10th floor of City Hall today. The Lansing City Council keeps voting down the same three Council members to lead the legislative body for 2012 in 4-4 votes, expecting different results. The Council can’t agree on whether to elect Kathie Dunbar, Brian Jeffries or A’Lynne Robinson for president.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Update: Kids in the Hall

The Council’s image takes another hit as it postpones electing leaders until Monday. Robinson: ‘To continue to go around this mulberry bush is not effective.’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 5 — 5:10 p.m. If the Lansing City Council — with a newly elected member on board — hoped to start 2012 with an image of cooperation and compromise, it failed to do so today.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Council Day

Revisiting the sale of Waverly Park on Council’s Thursday afternoon agenda

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Jan. 18 — Lansing City Council President Brian Jeffries is wasting little time revisiting a pair of ballot proposals he rejected a few months ago.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

Waverly moves forward and a Councilwoman’s husband sticks up for his wife

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 19 — In unceremonious fashion, the Lansing City Council today moved on a proposal to sell 120 acres of city-owned parkland.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Lansing casino: '3-fer'

Unveiling the next phase of entertainment development in Lansing: A downtown casino

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 23 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will unveil plans this morning for a tribal casino in downtown Lansing, a major economic development project meant to create jobs, fund the Lansing Promise education fund and turn the city’s convention center from a “loss leader” to “profit center,” he said.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Kids in the Hall

A pair of parkland proposals to appear on August ballots

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 23 — If at first you don’t succeed, try again. And again. And again. The fourth time was the charm for the Bernero administration's effort in getting a ballot proposal through the City Council that asks voter permission to sell off an old golf course and adjacent park in Lansing Township.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Lansing casino: A closer look

MSU indigenous law expert shows a little more confidence in Lansing’s ability to bring in a casino, but serious doubts remain

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 26 — When Matthew Fletcher examined the Michigan Indian Land Claims Settlement Act a little closer this week, he thought, maybe the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians can open an off-reservation casino in Lansing.
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Monday, March 18,2013

An east side raid

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided a doctor’s clinic on Lansing’s east side yesterday, but will not give details

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 27 — A Lansing physician’s clinic was raided yesterday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has confirmed, but the federal agency will not comment on details about the “ongoing investigation.”
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