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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Commander of the Midwest

Navy admiral on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and women in the military

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 11 — The man overseeing about 40,000 U.S. Navy personnel throughout the Midwest was in town today to discuss the status and the future of the world’s largest naval fleet, while addressing more contentious issues surrounding the U.S. military.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Keeping young people here

Bernero plans to outline city’s need to retain young talent in Monday’s State of the City speech

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 25 — At his State of the City address Monday night, Mayor Virg Bernero will continue his campaign for a stronger metropolitan region — creating one would help solve the problem of young talent leaving the area, he said.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

State of the City: A more diplomatic approach to regionalism and curbing gun violence

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 28 — If critics oppose Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s vision of regionalism because they say he’s too antagonistic in his approach, particularly consolidating local units of government, the mayor took a decidedly more diplomatic angle tonight in his eighth State of the City speech.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Financial Health Team: Cities are screwed, now let’s fix it

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 4 — Two members of the mostly mayoral-appointed Financial Health Team briefed the Lansing City Council tonight with a simple message on the team’s progress: Lansing, along with every other urban area in Michigan, is part of a broken municipal funding system.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

'Witch hunt'

Dunbar alleges ‘politically motivated witch hunt’ against her, directed by Council member Brian Jeffries. Jeffries denies

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 5 — Lansing City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar claims she is the target of a politically motivated attack in which “several” Council members, particularly Brian Jeffries, are using a personal family matter to “impugn my character.”
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Yorko doesn’t think Council should have met in closed session over computer usage; marketing Waverly Golf Course; and bid transparency ordinance stalls

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Feb. 11 — What started out as a discussion in closed session — then on to a four-member City Council committee — has now emerged before the full Council dais.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

With grant, housing maintenance assistance expands

Greater Lansing Housing Coalition lands $80,000 grant for home repair program for low-income seniors

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 13 — The Greater Lansing Housing Coalition will ramp up its free home maintenance assistance for low-income seniors thanks to an $80,000 grant it received recently from AARP.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Kids in the Hall

Mayor’s call for vicious dog ordinance, revised snow removal ordinance has Council support. Setting a date with Niowave. The computer thing.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 25 — Mayor Virg Bernero says the city needs to address its “vicious dog” problem and the “bureaucratic nightmare” of a snow removal ordinance. And it looks like the City Council agrees.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Journal looking to sell downtown office building

Lansing’s daily announces it's looking for a new building

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Feb. 28 — Update: The Lansing State Journal has announced that it’s looking to sell its downtown office building.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Bernero nominates first black and woman as city attorney

Foster Swift staffer tapped to head the city’s law department

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, March 4 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s pick to replace former City Attorney Brig Smith would be the city’s first woman and first African American to hold the job. Bernero announced at a press conference today that he plans to nominate Lansing native Janene McIntyre, 42, to the job. The appointment is subject to City Council approval.
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