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Wednesday, April 2,2014

The real story of Sparty

In response to those upset about this week’s cover of City Pulse

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, April 2 — A few City Pulse readers (or perhaps people just passing by newsstands) are upset over this week’s cover of Michigan State University’s mascot, Sparty, depicted as the Three Wise Monkeys.
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Tuesday, April 1,2014

Kids in the Hall: Committee redo

Bernero administration will present budget information from Monday committee meeting again on Thursday after locked doors kept public out of meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, April 1 — At least one member of the public and a City Pulse reporter were mistakenly locked out of a Lansing City Council committee meeting Monday night due to a miscommunication with City Hall security. A budget presentation that took place during Monday night’s meeting will be presented again on Thursday morning, the administration said today.
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Wednesday, March 26,2014

The losing side of love

After religion, little grounds left for opponents of same-sex marriage

by Andy Balaskovitz
On Saturday afternoon, Penny Gardner and her partner, Marilyn Bowen, went to a celebratory lunch with their newlywed friends Jody Valley and Elaine Thomason at Beggar’s Banquet in East Lansing. Earlier that day, Valley and Thomason were one of 57 same-sex couples to receive a marriage license from Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and one of at least 30 who got married.
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Monday, March 24,2014

Kids in the Hall

Mayor Bernero proposes bolstering reserves with surplus in next year’s budget. ‘We have finally emerged from the financial devastation of the Great Recession.’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, March 24 — For the first time in nine years, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has proposed a balanced budget to the Lansing City Council that anticipates a $500,000 surplus to bolster the city’s sagging reserves.
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Saturday, March 22,2014

A day of marriage

Ingham County clerk issued 57 marriage licenses to same-sex couples Saturday, but she won’t be able to issue any more until at least Wednesday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Saturday, March 22 — Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum issued marriage licenses to 57 same-sex couples today, hours before a federal appeals court put a halt to her ability to do so.
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Friday, March 21,2014

BREAKING: Officials responding to mercury spill

A November mercury spill at the East Lansing wastewater treatment plant went unreported for roughly four months. EL, county officials finishing clean up.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, March 21 — The Ingham County Health Department is in the process of clearing a mercury spill at the East Lansing wastewater treatment plant that occurred in November and should have been reported to authorities.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Red Cedar growing

Red Cedar Renaissance project could surpass $200M, still no final sale price negotiated for former golf course land

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Red Cedar Renaissance project on Lansing’s East Side just keeps getting bigger and denser. Developers and economic development officials say it could surpass $200 million in private investment — $75 million more than what has been planned thus far.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Council is open to ballpark plan

Lansing City Council president going to “fight the fight” in support of new ballpark plans; other members seeking more financial information and answers for eliminating green space in ballpark

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing City Council President A’Lynne Boles is ready to “fight the fight” alongside the Bernero administration to sell the Council on a roughly $22 million, public/private redevelopment plan for Cooley Law School Stadium.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Zeineh wins one against city

East Side attorney and property owner Edwar Zeineh wins judgment against city, prepares for appeal

by Andy Balaskovitz
District Judge Hugh Clarke Jr. has ordered Lansing to pay East Side property owner Edwar Zeineh $7,200 in attorney fees after the city wrongfully towed two vehicles from Zeineh’s property that blocked passage through an alley on the 2000 block of Michigan Avenue.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

Budget skies clearing

In run-up to budget season, Lansing’s finances looking good — for now

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing may have turned a corner on its annual budget woes — at least in the short term. For the first time in a decade, the administration will propose a budget for the next fiscal year that doesn’t involve cuts to resolve a deficit.
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