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Friday, July 5,2013

Obituary: Darnell Oldham Sr.

Lansing City Council regular Darnell Oldham Sr. passes

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, July 5 — In less than six months, the Lansing City Council has lost two of its most vocal and regular critics from the public. Darnell Oldham Sr., known for biting speeches amplified by repetition and the occasional pause, passed away on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 66.
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Monday, July 1,2013

Tax incentive for Temple Club may be revoked

Due to missed project deadlines, the Lansing City Council is being asked to revoke Obsolete Property Rehabilitation exemption for Temple Club redevelopment

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, July 1 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership are asking the City Council to revoke a 12-year tax incentive for the Temple Club redevelopment project in Old Town because developers have missed completion deadlines.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

Update: Flyer-airport controversy

Where is Houghton? A key supporter of a controversial grant to the bus service may miss meeting tonight, jeopardizing funding

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, June 26 — Two members of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission who voted last month for a federal grant for Michigan Flyer may be absent from tonight’s meeting, creating doubt about approval.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

The covers story

by Andy Balaskovitz
Undergrads in the Michigan State University Department of Advertising and Public Relations were tasked with designing this week's Beer Issue cover art as part of a yearly intensive summer portfolio workshop spearheaded by professors Henry Brimmer and Larry Steinberg.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

To the masses

Craft beer distribution network reaching the mainstream

by Andy Balaskovitz
Finley's American Grill is an appropriate metaphor for the rise and expanding reach of craft beer in the United States. The all-American style family restaurant with five locations in Michigan proudly boasts Black Angus steaks and baby back ribs as menu mainstays. At its two Lansing locations since early February, the restaurant has gone after a new type of customer with 25 Michigan-made beers on tap.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

DOMA aftermath

One local couple waiting to see how U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Defense of Marriage Act will play out in Michigan

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, June 26 — While the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act today, it remains to be seen how same-sex partners in Michigan will be affected by the ruling. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, who nine years ago married his partner Brad Rakowski in Windsor, Ontario, is unclear how today’s DOMA ruling would affect the couple’s ability to qualify for both federal and state benefits.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Sharing bikes

Lansing, as the first city in Michigan, will be a proving ground for affordable bike-sharing programs

by Andy Balaskovitz
Until now, bicycle-sharing programs in the United States have been more common in larger cities with a progressive eye toward transportation. Think Denver, Washington and Minneapolis. Come early August, Lansing is expected to join about 20 other U.S. cities — and become the first in Michigan — to pilot a bike-sharing program.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Ground control

Why a vote to block a federal grant for Michigan Flyer would be shortsighted

by Andy Balaskovitz
Ody Norkin served three years in the Israel Defense Forces from 1972 to 1975 during the 19-day Yom Kippur War. He enlisted at the age of 19 and was a tank commander during most of his tenure, spending most of his time in the Sinai Peninsula. Thousands of soldiers died in that war as Egypt and Syria attacked Israel-occupied territories during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. Norkin said it was the "closest we had come to losing the nation."
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Friday, June 14,2013

For training purposes

More details emerge about former Barnes & Noble site in East Lansing, to be used for training new IT employees

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, June 14 — Jackson National Life Insurance Co. will use the former Barnes & Noble bookstore building in East Lansing — a prominent retail space for 40 years — as offices to train new information technology employees, sources tell City Pulse.
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Monday, June 10,2013

Two Ottawa/Butler houses come down

Property owner says houses were too far gone for preservation

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, June 10 — Two houses on the 800 block of Ottawa Street two blocks from the Capitol Building have been demolished because they would have been too expensive to preserve.
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