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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Finally

The U.S. Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage equality — and it could have major implications for Michigan's prohibitive laws against the LGBT community

by Andy Balaskovitz
Depending on how a case before the U.S. Supreme Court turns out, Amy Hunter may change her birth certificate. Hunter, who was born a male but now identifies as female, has not changed the gender listed on her birth certificate since she married her partner, Cindy Hunter, in 2006, before her transition.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

Cannabis movement

A District Court ruling and a statewide decriminalization/legalization effort are welcome news for Lansing-area cannabis advocates

by Andy Balaskovitz
If District Judge Hugh Clarke Jr.'s ruling last month dismissing criminal charges against four local dispensary employees provided anything, it was a little piece of mind.
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Thursday, November 29,2012

Can we park here?

Michigan Retailers Association wants to build a surface parking lot on a downtown parcel, despite the wishes of neighbors

by Andy Balaskovitz
From his third floor balcony downtown, 28-year-old Stephan Moje has a clear view of a vacant, weedy eyesore below. A park might suit the .36-acre lot down there, he wondered last week. Maybe even a garden.
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

Despite hurdles, consolidating Lansing, East Lansing and Lansing Township makes sense

by Andy Balaskovitz
It was a bold statement: Merge Lansing, East Lansing and Lansing Township and I'll be gone. Speaking on the "City Pulse on the Air" radio show Nov. 7, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's attention turned to Michigan cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas.
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

'Very complicated puzzle'

Still no price tag on remaining Red Cedar Golf Course land; officials forge ahead

by Andy Balaskovitz
Once a week, about two dozen people with a stake in how the Capital Gateway project unfolds meet in Lansing to talk shop.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

Paywall: 6 months later

Circulation's down for the LSJ since it unveiled a paywall six months ago, though corporate is confident

by Andy Balaskovitz
Diane Gracia-Wing, an East Lansing resident who subscribed to the Lansing State Journal for over 30 years, says her hometown daily is useless to her. For Gracia-Wing, the quality of content has declined so much over the past several years, she couldn't justify a seven-day home delivery subscription to content she could get for free elsewhere.
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Wednesday, October 31,2012

Circuit seat

Last-minute ad spices up judicial race

by Andy Balaskovitz
A field of five candidates in August's primary election for a vacant 30th Circuit Court judge seat was narrowed to two — and things between those two have gone sour.
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Wednesday, October 31,2012

Countywide stronghold

Meet the candidates for countywide seats in Ingham County

by Andy Balaskovitz
Will 2012 be the first year in over a decade that a Republican is elected to a countywide position in Ingham County? No. But we'll give our due deference to Republican challengers trying to make races out of it.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Mixed up

The American Family Association is paranoid about a one-day event in schools that promotes tolerance. One local principal says AFA couldn't more misguided.

by Andy Balaskovitz
For the past 11 years, Oct. 30 has been a day for promoting tolerance in schools across the country. It's called Mix It Up at Lunch Day, and the goal is to have K-12 students eat with peers whom they likely wouldn’t do so with any other day of the year.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Show us your bids

Council opens discussion on an ordinance that would require more transparency by developers

by Andy Balaskovitz
Another politically charged battle between organized labor and the chamber of commerce could be brewing in the Lansing City Council chambers. Look no further than a proposed ordinance that aims to increase transparency in the bidding for projects that receive certain tax incentives.
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