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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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Friday, August 16,2013

South Lansing Pathway

Council committee addresses questions with planned South Lansing Pathway; Boles-Robinson hopes full Council will unanimously approve project

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Aug. 16 — Third Ward Lansing City Councilwoman A’Lynne Boles-Robinson is feeling much better about accepting a $1.1 million federal grant to help pay for a non-motorized pathway through her ward.
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Thursday, August 15,2013

Bike share hoped to be re-launched next week

Organizer says nearly two-week delay caused by locking malfunction should be cleared up by next week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Aug. 15 — Forty bike racks installed throughout the city as part of a new bike-sharing program have been empty since being unveiled 12 days ago. Organizers hope that won't be the case by the end of next week.
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