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Wednesday, August 28,2013

Crenshaw to fill De Leon’s seat

Ingham County Board of Commissioners selects Brian Crenshaw to fill seat of outgoing commissioner Debbie De Leon

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Aug. 28 — The Ingham County Board of Commissioners chose Democrat Bryan Crenshaw Tuesday to fill the soon-to-be vacant seat of commissioner Debbie De Leon, who is resigning to take a job out of town on Sept. 6.
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

Tax-exempt status

Following up on complaint, state Attorney General’s Office seeking more information about City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar’s nonprofit. Dunbar says 'We’re not worried about it.'

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Internal Revenue Service revoked the tax-exempt status of the nonprofit South Lansing Community Development Association in May 2012 for failing to file annual financial reports. But the association — founded and directed by Lansing City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar — until re...
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

Indicted

Lansing doctor Shannon Wiggins and husband indicted on several federal charges, including conspiracy to commit health care fraud and improperly distributing controlled substances

by Andy Balaskovitz
Mohamad Abduljaber allegedly had a nice little system going for a few years. Abduljaber, a city-identified “problematic slumlord” who owns nearly 40 properties in Lansing, would send his tenants to his wife, physician Shannon Wiggins, for hard prescription drugs like OxyContin and methadone.
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Monday, August 26,2013

Does Lansing’s pot legalization ballot initiative mean anything?

Lansing City Clerk confirms organizers collected enough valid signatures for a November ballot question, but says the language ‘pretty clearly does not legalize anything’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 26 — Lansing voters will decide in November whether to add language to the City Charter related to the “use, possession or transfer” of up to an ounce of marijuana for those 21 and older, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope confirmed today.
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Monday, August 26,2013

Kids in the Hall

After taking two weeks to address residents’ concerns, the Council moves forward with South Lansing Pathway project

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 26 — After tabling a resolution to accept federal grant money for a proposed 3.5-mile paved path across south Lansing by Jolly Road, the Lansing City Council unanimously agreed tonight to move forward with the South Lansing Pathway project.
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Friday, August 23,2013

Concrete upgrades

$2M redevelopment project announced at concrete plant site just north of Old Town

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Aug. 23 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero was on Lansing’s north side for the second time in three days to announce another multi-million-dollar redevelopment project.
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Thursday, August 22,2013

527 contributions

Local developers pad Mayor Bernero’s 527 account

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Aug. 22 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero received nearly $14,000 between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year for his city administrative, or “527,” account. Almost half of that came from local developers or development firms, according to the latest IRS filing.
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Wednesday, August 21,2013

Register here

As a symbolic nod to marriage equality, East Lansing City Council considers a domestic partner registry

by Andy Balaskovitz
East Lansing could soon become the second city in the state to create a domestic partner registry, a largely symbolic way of recognizing those who legally cannot, such as same-sex partners, or choose not to.
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Wednesday, August 21,2013

Dis-Mayes

Longtime State Journal columnist John Schneider reacts to the departure of his successor, Mark Mayes, and the end of greater Lansing’s daily column

by Andy Balaskovitz
When former Lansing State Journal columnist John Schneider left the paper after 24 years in April 2012, his editor and publisher were “totally committed,” he said he was told, to carrying on the daily dose of human interest his column provided.
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Wednesday, August 21,2013

Revel and get to work

TV personality Ross Mathews is this year’s grand marshal and keynote speaker at Michigan Pride rally

by Andy Balaskovitz
“So many people hate what makes them different. If you celebrate what makes you unique, amazing things can happen.” As the cultural landscape turns to acceptance of the LGBT community, that is the message Ross Mathews will deliver on Saturday as keynote speaker at the Michigan Pride rally at the Capitol.
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