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Friday, December 6,2013

Breaking rules to change rules

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin explains how he sided against fellow Democrats over filibuster vote: “This was a temporary victory for Democrats.”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Dec. 6 — U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, agrees that filibuster rules in the Senate need to change — he just disagrees about how his Democratic colleagues did so two weeks ago.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Eye sore of the week

State Christmas tree, downtown Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Well, they’ve done it again. As if last year’s oddly lit Christmas tree wasn’t enough of an assault on our holiday sensibilities, state-employed decorators again leave us puzzled with this 71-foot-tall misshapen blue spruce.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Lansing and Dewpoint

Mayor Bernero and Councilwoman Dunbar return campaign contributions to Dewpoint officials in latest chapter examining city’s relationship with tech firm

by Andy Balaskovitz
The reelection campaigns of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar plan to or have returned $500 contributions to officials at Dewpoint Inc. The Lansing-based firm manages software for the city’s pension systems, but it is also being paid $1.25 million over two years to overhaul the city’s information technology.
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Monday, December 2,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council approves plans for five different redevelopment projects, including SLU for a church on South MLK

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Dec. 2 — Despite objections from the city’s Planning Department and citizen-advisory Planning Board, the Lansing City Council unanimously approved a special land use request tonight for a church to open on South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
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Wednesday, November 27,2013

David vs. Lansing

South-side resident takes on city over house demolition and loses

by Andy Balaskovitz
In 1989, David Glenn paid $10,000 for a “shabby” 1,500-square-foot single-family home near West Cavanaugh Road and South Cedar Street. Since then, he’s spent over $50,000 on the house, which has included taxes, renovations and fees associated with a nearly decade-long fight with the city to keep it standing.
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Tuesday, November 26,2013

Kids in the Hall

Internal auditor calls city’s relationship with Dewpoint ‘cozy’ and work invoices ‘disturbing’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Nov. 25 — A month after Internal Auditor Jim DeLine called on the Bernero administration to provide details on the city’s relationship with local tech company Dewpoint Inc., he still doesn’t have all the information he’s looking for.
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Thursday, November 21,2013

Niowave to invest $202M in new Lansing facility

But still isn’t paying full price to fix pole barn

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Nov. 21 — Niowave Inc. is investing $202 million in a new Lansing facility at the Capital Region International Airport, but it’s not paying the full $244,100 it’ll cost to fix its unsightly pole barn in the Walnut Neighborhood.
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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Puritan Michigan

Local senator fears Lansing gay club’s fully nude dancing could be beginning of end of tourism industry. City officials play catch-up with court decision.

by Andy Balaskovitz
State Sen. Rick Jones isn’t exactly getting a warm reception locally to his claim that fully nude bars that serve alcohol would tarnish the state’s tourism industry.
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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Buddhist association request moves forward

Committee approves plans for Buddhist church relocation, parking lot for Chamber of Commerce and two brownfields. Plans head to full Council.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Nov. 20 — A Lansing City Council committee today approved plans for four separate redevelopment projects, including a special land use request by a religious organization that the city’s Planning Department recommended denying.
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Tuesday, November 19,2013

E.L. ranks high statewide in LGBT rights

Human Rights Campaign gives East Lansing high marks for LGBT policies

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Nov. 19 — Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, has ranked the city of East Lansing near the top in Michigan when it comes to offering LGBT protections.
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