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Wednesday, October 16,2013

Per-diem pay?

Lansing City Council candidates disagree on whether Council salaries should be tied to meeting attendance

by Andy Balaskovitz
About a month ago, 4th Ward Lansing City Council candidate Chong-Anna Canfora called for moving the Council to an attendance-based salary — an apparent jab at her opponent, Councilwoman Jessica Yorko, and her attendance record.
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Monday, October 14,2013

Kids in the Hall

Riverview Church gets permit to expand into REO Town; Niowave saga officially ends

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Oct. 14 — Despite objections from the city’s Planning Department and concerns from the LGBT community, the Lansing City Council unanimously approved a request tonight from a Holt-based church to expand into REO Town.
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Monday, October 14,2013

Clean energy achievable, affordable

Michigan Public Service Commission draft report shows cleaner energy can be achieved at affordable price

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Oct. 14 — Supporters of statewide renewable energy expansion are pointing to a draft report from the Michigan Public Service Commission that says the state can achieve a higher renewable portfolio standard without drastically increasing costs.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Architect Dan Bollman says: There is an old Merrie Melodies cartoon that offers a whimsical illustration of the land on either side of the Mason-Dixon Line. One side — the industrial north — is parched, cracked and lifeless, while the Dixie side is bountiful and verdant.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Surface lot

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce demolishes a 93-year-old home downtown in hopes of building a surface parking lot

by Andy Balaskovitz
Even as momentum builds in Lansing to recognize efforts in historic-building preservation, every so often we see another groan-inducing example of cutting ties with our built environment.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

The public-safety vote

Police union and administration at odds over how best to promote public safety in Lansing — who’s right?

by Andy Balaskovitz
In late May, the Fraternal Order of Police announced its endorsements in this year’s Lansing City Council races. Particularly, it announced its support for Chong-Anna Canfora, who is taking on incumbent Councilwoman Jessica Yorko in the 4th Ward.
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Monday, October 7,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council approves student-housing plans for former Harley Hotel on Dunckel Road

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Oct. 7 — The Lansing City Council unanimously approved two requests tonight from a developer who wants to repurpose a vacant hotel in the southeast corner of the city for student housing.
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Friday, October 4,2013

Green trial delayed

Prosecutor’s Office needs time for more witnesses and to add allegations in Steve and Maria Green’s custody case in light of daughter’s hair test that came back positive for marijuana

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Oct. 4 — A jury trial scheduled for Monday in Lansing residents Steve and Maria Green’s custody case has been rescheduled for Oct. 28 following new allegations that a hair follicle test of their 7-month-old daughter was positive for marijuana.
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Thursday, October 3,2013

Charges dropped against Greens

Felony marijuana-manufacturing charges against Steve and Maria Green dropped today as couple tries to regain custody of daughter

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Oct. 3 — Steve and Maria Green, a Lansing couple in the midst of a custody battle with the state over their 7-month-old daughter, landed a victory today when felony drug manufacturing charges pending against them in Oakland County were dropped.
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Wednesday, October 2,2013

Riverview in REO Town

City Council is poised to allow Riverview Church into REO Town, despite concerns over taxation, zoning and gay rights

by Andy Balaskovitz
Despite concerns about taxation, zoning and its attitude toward homosexuality, Riverview Church appears set to receive a city permit so it can buy the old Cadillac Club in the heart of REO Town.
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