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Thursday, November 4,2010

Will of the people

Law enforcement sees medical marijuana law as vague, may have to wait for courts to clear it up

by Neal McNamara
(Wednesday, May 19) For 40 years, attorney Richard McLellan has been representing regulated industries like liquor, gambling and insurance. And now, he is venturing into a new regulated industry: medical marijuana.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Lansing looks at medical marijuana dispensary moratorium

by Neal McNamara
(Friday, May 28) A Lansing City Council committee is looking to possibly place a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries opening as it continues to work on a new zoning ordinance that would regulate dispensaries and compassionate care clubs.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Negative approach

Is the case of Frederick Wayne Dagit bad for the medical marijuana cause?

by Neal McNamara
(Wednesday, June 9) On Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Frederick Wayne Dagit sat in a black- and white-striped Ingham County Jail jumpsuit in 55th District Court in Mason. He looked calm, rested and alert.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Love and basketball

MSU police say they don’t make recommendations to prosecutors, while police interviews with the victim and a suspect are released in the MSU basketball player-sexual assault saga

by Neal McNamara
Last Wednesday, the Michigan Messenger news website reported that two MSU basketball players had been accused of sexual assault, and that Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III had not taken the MSU Police Department’s recommendation to bring the case to court.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Truscott & Obama

How a leading Michigan Republican became associated — however innocently — with a prayer to add the president to the list of deceased celebrities

by Neal McNamara
There may be an object lesson here for users of Facebook.One of about 1.1 million Facebook users “like” a page that urges the Lord to take Barack Obama. One of them is prominent Michigan Republican spokesman John Truscott — who swears he didn’t know that his Facebook page was linked to the so-called prayer.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Truscott & Obama

How a leading Michigan Republican became associated — however innocently — with a prayer to add the president to the list of deceased celebrities

by Neal McNamara
There may be an object lesson here for users of Facebook.One of about 1.1 million Facebook users “like” a page that urges the Lord to take Barack Obama. One of them is prominent Michigan Republican spokesman John Truscott — who swears he didn’t know that his Facebook page was linked to the so-called prayer.
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Monday, August 23,2010

The New Tycoon

The Ingham County Land Bank’s quest to make this place a better ... place

by Neal McNamara
On the day Rochelle Rizzi first saw the grand, brick house along Pine Street in Lansing, it was “complete construction zone.” The 6,000-square-foot Colonial Revival house was once the home of the superintendent of the School for the Blind but had been vacant more than a decade. Rizzi was on a quest to find the perfect space for her marketing firm, Rizzi Designs, and when she stepped inside, she knew she had found the right place. “I knew which furniture was going to be in what room,” she remembers. “It just seemed like a great fit.”
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

Debating the 55th seat

by Neal McNamara
On July 8, the four candidates running for Ingham County 55th District Court Judge gathered at the HOM-TV studios in Okemos for a debate. But rather than talk of jurisprudence, most of the debate focused on the efficiency of the court. Candidates Randie Kay Black, Patrick Crowley and Pau...
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Eye candy of the Week

by Neal McNamara
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: The barbershop occupies a cherished place in the archetype of Americana. It’s a place where residents gather, share local stories and news, and of course, get hairs cut.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

THE PLEASE DEPARTMENT

Some reasons it might be harder to get access to public information from your local police department.

by Neal McNamara
The man did not want to give me his name, but he described the home invasion this way: He was sleeping, naked, on his couch very, very early on a Sunday morning when the men barged in waving guns. They demanded his money and his medical marijuana, which they eventually found and allegedly stole.
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