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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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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Taking stock

What will Virg sell next? Inventorying city-owned properties and dedicated parkland for potential budget help

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero wants to know: "How often do you use a City park?" "Daily?" "Weekly?" "Monthly?" "Almost never?" In preparation for his next "City Hall on the Road" event Thursday night, the Mayor's Office is asking residents this question as part of a short survey related to city services.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Enthusiastic and hapless

What killed the Republican Party in Ingham County?

by Andy Balaskovitz
As of Friday morning, Jake Davison didn't even know who Eugene Wanger was. This was evident when Davison responded to an email in which I was trying to organize the two for a photo shoot to represent the old and the new guard of the Ingham County Republican Party.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Of watchdogs and gadflies

A devoted group in East Lansing, unsuccessful in seeking a City Council appointment, frustrates its target

by Andy Balaskovitz
They're like the Lansing City Council regulars but better versed in legal issues and more litigious. A trio of East Lansing City Council candidates who each unsuccessfully sought the appointment to one vacant seat earlier this month — Jeffrey Hank, Hans Larsen and Phil Bellfy — could be described as a major pain in City Attorney Tom Yeadon's neck.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Signs go up

Walnut Neighborhood residents, fed up with another Niowave no-show, display their frustration

by Andy Balaskovitz
Three or four weeks ago, Walnut Neighborhood resident Dale Schrader had 100 lawn signs made urging neighborhood company Niowave to "fix the facade!" of its new 14,000-square-foot pole barn in the residential neighborhood west of Old Town.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Development digest

Where are they now? The greater Lansing area's major development projects and where they stand, revisited.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Of seven major development projects waiting to rise in Lansing in 2009, four — Capitol Club Tower, City Center Studios, Lansing Gateway and SOBI Square — never got off the ground. The other three — Pat Gillespie's Market Place and Ball Park North projects and the Lawton Group's The Lenawee (now called Reutter Park Place) — are still waiting to be built.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Stoned troubadour

East Nashville's Todd Snider brings 'agnostic hymns and stoner fables' to Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
I genuinely believed Todd Snider when he said he was unsure if Saturday night will be his first time playing in Lansing.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

A venue cometh

A performing arts center is coming to Lansing Township — what's that mean for downtown Lansing?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Whoooooosh. That's the sound of Lansing Township leaving the city of Lansing in the dust on the goal of creating a performing arts center. On Oct. 1, construction is set to start on a 12,000-square-foot, 1,500-capacity performing arts venue at Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing Township.
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