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Monday, September 30,2013

‘Feel-good legislation’

Political action committee of local human rights organization expresses ‘shock’ and ‘disbelief’ over Meridian Township board's debate of non-discrimination ordinance

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Sept. 30 — The Lansing Association for Human Rights Political Action Committee expressed “shock and disbelief” toward three members of the Meridian Township Board of Trustees' concerns over a proposed non-discrimination ordinance there. Particularly, the group took issue with one trustee who called it “feel-good legislation.”
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Sunday, September 29,2013

LGBT ordinance split

Meridian Township board divided over LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 26 — The Meridian Township Board of Trustees is divided over a draft non-discrimination ordinance protecting LGBT individuals, as three members are concerned about potential costs, departmental strain and litigation. At least one trustee also says it should be a statewide cause, not local.
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Wednesday, September 25,2013

When jobs move

A case of when attempting to bring jobs into your community could be unethical

by Andy Balaskovitz
A little over a year ago, a partial roof collapse and flooding at a commercial building in Delta Township caused two tenants to look for space elsewhere in the region.
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Wednesday, September 25,2013

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Whether you’re traveling eastbound or westbound on the 700 block of East Kalamazoo Street, the architecture isn’t a welcoming gateway into or out of downtown. This commercial property just east of the train tracks — formerly a furniture store that’s now being used for warehouse space — fits in well with the deteriorating urban aesthetic.
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Monday, September 23,2013

Kids in the Hall

Public hearing for church that wants to expand to the heart of REO Town

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Sept. 23 — Several dozen members from the Holt-based Riverview Church packed the Lansing City Council chambers tonight trying to convince the Council to let them expand to the center of REO Town.
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Friday, September 20,2013

Brielle Green update

Maria and Steve Green get more visitation time with their 7-month-old daughter, but yet to regain custody

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Sept. 20 — It wasn’t what they’d hoped for, but Maria and Gordon “Steve” Green will at least temporarily get to visit their 7-month-old daughter more often.
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Thursday, September 19,2013

State objects to Lansing’s pot petition

Attorney General’s Office and Gov. Rick Snyder say Lansing’s marijuana ballot question would violate state law. City attorney approves it for ballots anyway.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 19 — A marijuana legalization proposal will remain on the November ballot in Lansing, despite a notice from the state saying the City Charter amendment would violate state law, City Clerk Chris Swope said today.
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Thursday, September 19,2013

MSU launches, celebrates new LGBTQ studies specialization

All-day event Friday celebrates new launch of undergraduate specialization

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Sept. 19 — Celebrating the launch this semester of a new LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies undergraduate specialization, Michigan State University is hosting an all day symposium Friday welcoming the new discipline.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

‘$7.40’s got to go’

Protesters demand Legislature to raise state minimum wage to $10 an hour

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Sept. 18 — While opponents of raising the minimum wage commonly say that it’ll hurt employers, over 100 protesters outside of Lansing City Hall today argued just the opposite. That doing so empowers consumers — and thus employers.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

'Free Bree'

The case of 7-month-old Brielle Green and her parents' fight to bring her back home

by Andy Balaskovitz
Maria and Gordon “Steve” Green want to know why being legally registered medical marijuana patients makes them unfit to live with their 7-month-old daughter. More than 100 people who staged a protest on their behalf in downtown Lansing Tuesday are wondering the same thing.
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