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Wednesday, July 23,2014

Dispensary framework

Michigan moves toward the return of medical marijuana dispensaries — this time under much stricter regulation

by Andy Balaskovitz
For Robin Schneider, House Bill 4271 has been three years in the making. The legislation — approved overwhelmingly by the state House in December and unanimously by a Senate committee last week — would allow local municipalities to regulate, or ban, medical marijuana “provisioning centers” if they choose.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

Welcome back, Crego

Crego Park reopens after contamination closed it for over 25 years

by Andy Balaskovitz
A new tentacle branching off the Lansing River Trail near Aurelius Road leads travelers into Lansing’s largest park — and one recently reopened after being closed for decades due to contamination.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Managing the Schertzing campaign

National political organization recruits East Lansing native Abby Clark, former field organizer for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to manage Eric Schertzing’s congressional campaign

by Andy Balaskovitz
Abby Clark got her first taste for politics at a time when many people her age couldn’t have cared less for the Democratic process. It was 2000, she had just turned 18 years old, the economy was booming and apathy ran strong among her peers.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Uncovering common ground

A closer look at the financial triangle behind Common Ground Music Festival

by Andy Balaskovitz
This story began in April 2012, shortly after a source suggested City Pulse poke around the finances of Common Ground Music Festival — how it’s paid for, what the city is on the hook for and what it gets in return.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

The hidden cost of moving LPD

A counter offer made by North Precinct landlord shows the city could save hundreds of thousands of dollars by not moving police operations to a Lansing School District-owned building, even though Bernero says it will be cost-neutral.

by Andy Balaskovitz
The landlord of the Lansing Police Department’s North Precinct says the city could save nearly $100,000 a year for the next four years by staying put and not moving to the Lansing School Districtowned Hill Center on the far south side of the city.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Eyecandy of the Week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Property: 134 Regent St., Lansing Owner: David and Carrie Muylle Architect Daniel E. Bollman says: While its exterior is plainly attractive, the subtle details make this unassuming home notable. The painted siding is synthetic and low maintenance, but it lacks the telltale tackiness...
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

No art money

Lansing City Council looks like it will stop short of appropriating funding for public art … for now

by Andy Balaskovitz
It appears the Lansing City Council will hold off on appropriating money for public art in the annual budget, opting for a less formal set of guidelines and procedures for installing works throughout the city.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Vote Tuesday

Lansing and three other area school districts hold votes on millages Tuesday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 30 — Voters in the Lansing School District will be asked Tuesday to renew a 20-year millage that provides about $18 million in revenue for operating costs — or about 11 percent percent of the district’s budget.
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Friday, April 25,2014

Barnett drops out of 8th Congressional race

Republican primary shaping up between Mike Bishop and Tom McMillin

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, April 25 — Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett has reportedly dropped out of the Republican primary race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers in the 8th Congressional District. It sets up a Republican primary between former Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and state Rep. Tom McMillin.
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Thursday, April 24,2014

The State News: Ferguson shouldn’t laugh at students

Student newspaper editorial board rails against Board of Trustees Chairman Joel Ferguson for laughing at student protests

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, April 24 — The State News, “Michigan State University’s Independent Voice Since 1909,” editorialized against MSU Board of Trustees Chairman Joel Ferguson this week over comments he made about laughing at student protests of tuition hikes.
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