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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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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Wood cleared by Ethics Board

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Aug. 14 — The city of Lansing’s Ethics Board cleared City Council President Carol Wood Tuesday night of any wrongdoing after a formal complaint alleged she used city resources for personal business and didn’t fully disclose financial interests.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Income, ethics and Wood

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing City Council President Carol Wood has revealed more about her sources of consulting income, which include major local institutions. She has been paid by Lansing Community College, Ingham Regional Medical Center and the Kellogg Foundation, Wood said in an interview Monday.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Pathway fight

Bernero calls a B.S. on move by Boles-Robinson delaying southside bike-pedestrian project

by Andy Balaskovitz
As of Monday night, it appears there’s yet another fight over non-motorized pathways in southwest Lansing. Reminiscent of the Council/administration fight over a sidewalk along Waverly Road, now comes the South Lansing Pathway Project, a 3.5-mile asphalt path proposed south of Jolly Road between Waverly and Pennsylvania Avenue for bicyclists and pedestrians.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

From 'The Carter' to a home

Crime and discontent at South Washington Park Apartments and the efforts to stop it

by Andy Balaskovitz
The first half hour of the 1991 fictional crime movie “New Jack City” introduces viewers to The Carter, a high-rise apartment complex in New York City that’s taken over by the Cash Money Brothers during the crack epidemic.
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Monday, August 12,2013

Kids in the Hall

$1.1M federal grant tabled because the administration didn’t come to a neighborhood meeting, which Bernero called ‘petty.’ In St. Petersburg resolution, Council asks for annual human rights report, which Bernero called ‘idiotic.'

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Aug. 12 — Lansing City Councilwoman A’Lynne Boles-Robinson pulled a resolution to accept a $1.1 million federal grant from tonight’s meeting agenda because a representative from the Bernero Administration didn’t attend her monthly constituent meeting Saturday.
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Wednesday, August 7,2013

Editor out, circ down

The State Journal's circulation numbers continue to plummet since introducing a paywall last year

by Andy Balaskovitz
Since close of business Friday, the daily newspaper in this town has been without an executive editor.
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