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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Renaissance fair?

Jeromes allege their plans for Red Cedar Renaissance were stolen by Ferguson and team, seek $1M in damages. Ferguson: ‘How can I steal something I’m not using?’ Bernero: ‘It’s a shame things devolved the way they did.’

by Andy Balaskovitz
The phone calls and emails stopped being returned to Leo and Chris Jerome in May 2013. The father/son team had been working for years on a grand vision to redevelop the former Red Cedar Golf Course on Lansing’s East Side. But after bringing local power-broker developer Joel Ferguson on board, the Jeromes say Ferguson and Columbus, Ohio-based developer Frank Kass stole their plans and cut them entirely out of the plan for Red Cedar Renaissance, formerly called the Capital Gateway.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Proposal surfaces to expand BWL board representation

East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett offers proposal to include East Lansing and Meridian and Delta township representation on BWL Board of Commissioners. Any changes subject to Lansing City Council, voter approval.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 12 — East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett has proposed a new structure for the Lansing Board of Water and Light Board of Commissioners that would include representatives from East Lansing and Meridian and Delta townships.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Goodrich’s replacement: Fresh Thyme

A Phoenix-based grocer, and Whole Foods competitor, has signed a lease to replace Goodrich’s Shop-Rite in Trowbridge Plaza

by Andy Balaskovitz
A fledgling Phoenix, Ariz.-based grocer with ties to Meijer Inc. will replace Goodrich’s Shop-Rite in East Lansing’s Trowbridge Plaza, an official with Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has confirmed.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

They give; he spends

A look at Mayor Virg Bernero’s shopping habits, as shown through recent filings of his 527 account

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s choice spot for Thai food is Thai Village on Washington Square downtown. If he’s hungry for meat and potatoes fare, that’d be Restaurant Mediterran, across the street.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Heroin is here

Greater Lansing, fitting with national trends, is not immune to the heroin epidemic. Will combating it take aggressive law enforcement or a rethinking of drug laws?

by Andy Balaskovitz
If after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s deadly overdose in New York and a governor’s assertion of a statewide “crisis” in Vermont you still feel far removed from heroin abuse, think again.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Who is this woman?

After outcry over the Lansing Police Department’s not disclosing why it needed help identifying a woman, the LPD says she’s suspected of shoplifting

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 12 — The Lansing Police Department generated a flurry of negative comments on Facebook today when it released security camera images of a woman it needed help identifying — without saying why or what the alleged crime was.
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Monday, February 10,2014

Kids in the Hall

Council unanimously approves $2.2 million technology plan; more seating arrangement drama

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 10 — The Lansing City Council unanimously approved plans tonight for going forward with a $2.2 million overhaul of the city’s technology infrastructure.
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

Cold cases now hot for Lansing police

Lansing Police Department opens homicide cold-case information to public, as veteran detective eases into a new role. But over 70 cases are unsolved.

by Andy Balaskovitz
It will no longer take hundreds of dollars and hours of work for the public to access basic information about unsolved homicides being investigated by the Lansing Police Department.
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Tuesday, February 4,2014

CRT requests extensive documents from BWL

Independent panel reviewing BWL storm response requests documents on preparedness, communications and more

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 4 — An independent panel has formally requested documents from the Lansing Board of Water and Light on its emergency preparedness, media and public communications, resource levels and capabilities and “recovery and mitigation” as part of its investigation of the December ice storm.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

Washington: ‘This butt chart is an incredible new low for us’

First Ward Lansing City Councilwoman says rift over new seating chart at dais makes the body look like the Three Stooges; says city attorney has no authority to determine where people sit

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Jan. 29 — An internal struggle among Lansing City Council members, the city attorney and the city clerk over a new seating arrangement at meetings has left one Councilwoman “disgusted” and at odds with the city attorney’s reading of the City Charter.
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