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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Who are we to judge?

Happy Easter from City Pulse — may you find a place of worship that doesn’t view your sexual orientation as a sin

by Andy Balaskovitz
If you thought “open” places of worship and “affirming” places of worship for the LGBT community is simply a matter of word choice, guess again. It is the difference between one religious organization defining your sexual orientation as a sin versus wholly acceptable.
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Monday, April 14,2014

Sierra Club to BWL: Retire Eckert by 2017

Environmental group urges Lansing Board of Water and Light to invest in long-term renewable energy, not short-term “Band-Aid” fixes to aging coal plant

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, April 14 — The Sierra Club over the weekend formally urged the Lansing Board of Water and Light to not spend millions on short-term pollution controls at its aging coal-fired Eckert plant, but rather on sustainable energy and upgrading transmission.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Seeing art through

The Lansing City Council is preparing for public art, but who will pay for it?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing City Council is in the process of establishing a formal commission to review and facilitate public art, but an underlying question that needs to be dealt with is: Will the public pay for it?
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Tuesday, April 8,2014

Kids in the Hall

Standing up for LGBT community as state mounts same-sex marriage appeal; Red Cedar project gets public hearing after lawsuit announced last week; Allen Market Place opens space for Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, April 8 — Let’s savor this one for a moment: In what could have been yet another messy dispute this year over legislative process, the Lansing City Council came together Monday night to pass a resolution extending strong support for the LGBT community.
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Friday, April 4,2014

In solidarity, in a few weeks

City Council President A’Lynne Boles will not allow a vote Monday on a resolution to support the LGBT community due to short notice — Jessica Yorko asks, “Why wait?”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, April 4 — Lansing City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko wants the Council to show solidarity with the LGBT community after a hate crime took place in Ypsilanti Monday and as the attorney general mounts an appeal to a federal court ruling striking down same-sex marriage in Michigan. But a formal recognition won’t happen on Monday, according to Council President A’Lynne Boles.
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Thursday, April 3,2014

Bernero not running in 8th

Tempted to fix “broken” Washington, but Bernero sticking to mayor’s office

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, April 3 — While Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero was tempted to try and fix a culture of divisive politics in Washington, he will not pursue an open Congressional seat to try and fix it.
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Thursday, April 3,2014

Updated: Frandor owner suing city over Red Cedar project

In lawsuit filed today, Frandor Shopping Center owner claims redevelopment costs should be paid by developers, not surrounding property owners

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, April 3 — The owner of Frandor Shopping Center is suing the city of Lansing, claiming business owners in the shopping center will be on the hook for helping pay tens of millions of dollars to redevelop the former Red Cedar Golf Course he says should be paid by private developers.
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Wednesday, April 2,2014

The real story of Sparty

In response to those upset about this week’s cover of City Pulse

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 2 — A few City Pulse readers (or perhaps people just passing by newsstands) are upset over this week’s cover of Michigan State University’s mascot, Sparty, depicted as the Three Wise Monkeys.
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Tuesday, April 1,2014

Kids in the Hall: Committee redo

Bernero administration will present budget information from Monday committee meeting again on Thursday after locked doors kept public out of meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, April 1 — At least one member of the public and a City Pulse reporter were mistakenly locked out of a Lansing City Council committee meeting Monday night due to a miscommunication with City Hall security. A budget presentation that took place during Monday night’s meeting will be presented again on Thursday morning, the administration said today.
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Wednesday, March 26,2014

The losing side of love

After religion, little grounds left for opponents of same-sex marriage

by Andy Balaskovitz
On Saturday afternoon, Penny Gardner and her partner, Marilyn Bowen, went to a celebratory lunch with their newlywed friends Jody Valley and Elaine Thomason at Beggar’s Banquet in East Lansing. Earlier that day, Valley and Thomason were one of 57 same-sex couples to receive a marriage license from Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and one of at least 30 who got married.
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