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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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Wednesday, October 2,2013

Delhi approves LGBT protections

Delhi Township passes non-discrimination ordinance; progress in Meridian Township

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Oct. 2 — On Tuesday night, Delhi Township became the third community in greater Lansing to pass a non-discrimination ordinance protecting individuals in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Two more communities — Delta and Meridian townships — appear poised to approve similar legislation in the next month.
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Tuesday, October 1,2013

Kids in the Hall

Tax incentives for Jackson National Life approved and the Michigan Chamber wants to build a surface parking lot downtown

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Oct. 1 — The Lansing City Council unanimously approved tax incentives Monday night for Jackson National Life Insurance Co. as part of the company’s $100 million expansion in Alaiedon Township.
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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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