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Wednesday, September 4,2013

Zeineh-ness

The battle between the Zeineh family and eastside residents

by Andy Balaskovitz
It’s been a tug-of-war summer on the 2000 block of East Michigan Avenue. The city, neighbors and business owners nearby find themselves pitted against a longtime East Side property owner and his family.
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Wednesday, September 4,2013

EYE SORE OF THE WEEK

by Andy Balaskovitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: An intersection is a microcosm of the community. But in the last 70 years, the intersection has become one of those places that people least want to be. They’ve grown car dominated and unfriendly to pedestrians.
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Wednesday, September 4,2013

14 months

Those behind the scenes of the deal announced Tuesday between Niowave and the Walnut Neighborhood weigh in on the media's role over past 14 months

by Andy Balaskovitz
Bob Trezise first realized he had a problem in the Walnut Neighborhood 428 days ago. As president and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, he helped announce on July 3, 2012 — alongside two U.S. senators and a Navy rear admiral — a $10 million expansion in the Walnut Neighborhood by Lansing-based particle accelerator company, Niowave Inc.
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Thursday, August 29,2013

Open house

Lansing Housing Commission hosting public open houses at Oliver Towers as part of effort to sell it — bring your flashlight

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Aug. 29 — The Lansing Housing Commission is actively trying to sell its abandoned, eight-story Oliver Towers building downtown and will host two public open houses next week in an attempt to gauge redevelopment interest.
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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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