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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Convent down

A Church of the Resurrection building on the East Side comes down as a cost-cutting move for the Catholic Diocese of Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
There will be no resurrecting a convent that stood for over 50 years on the campus of a historic church on the East Side. An official with the Catholic Diocese of Lansing confirmed Monday that the old convent, which was one of six buildings at the Church of the Resurrection in the Eastfield Neighborhood, was demolished because it was rarely used and too expensive to maintain.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

Father and son Jerome

"Not your normal developers" put all their eggs in the Red Cedar Renaissance basket

by Andy Balaskovitz
With a host of outsized personalities involved with the redevelopment of Red Cedar Golf Course, who are the two guys who paired up with well-known developer Joel Ferguson on this ambitious, 61-acre plan to bridge Lansing and Michigan State University?
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

One year later

Few dispensaries remain, leaving little doubt that medical marijuana activity has gone back underground. Now, all eyes are on the state Supreme Court.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Once the neon flashes of an open sign and maybe a cannabis leaf showed plainly in the windows of 41 storefronts across greater Lansing. A half-dozen or so remain. Where once 11 medical marijuana dispensaries operated on the 1.6-mile stretch of Michigan Avenue between Cedar Street and U.S. 127, one remains.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

The Master Plan

by Andy Balaskovitz
If City Council approves putting a new Red Cedar Golf Course proposal on November ballots, what will we get out of it? Nobody really knows.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Enclosing a front porch to gain extra living space, as seen here at 1915 Harding Ave., is a common practice in cold-climate states. It’s easy to underestimate the value of a front porch, especially in Michigan.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Death and foreclosure

The tense final days of Steven Rigby and the posthumous fight over his possessions

by Andy Balaskovitz
We’ll never know how Steven Rigby would have wanted this to go down. We do know the Ingham County treasurer and his relatives disagree on how it should.
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Saturday, August 4,2012

Narrowing the Circuit field

Two of five candidates for an open 30th Circuit Court judgeship will advance to the November election

by Andy Balaskovitz
The speed and the cost of going to court, explaining the process to voters and generally "doing more with less" are concerns of all five judicial candidates looking to fill a vacant seat on Ingham County’s 30th Circuit Court.
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Friday, August 3,2012

Dems dominate Commission primaries

In redrawn county Commission districts, young and old Democrats looking to fill vacancies, unseat incumbents in primary

by Andy Balaskovitz
The latest Census figures mean the Ingham County Board of Commissioners will look different next year with redrawn district boundaries and two fewer members, from 16 to 14.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Selling land and maintaining services

A look at ballot proposals from across the county

by Andy Balaskovitz
They don't have the amount of public attention as a public safety millage approved in November, but city of Lansing voters face a half-dozen ballot questions on Tuesday, including selling off parkland and lowering the minimum requirement of City Council meetings.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

The Niowave fix

Experts say the possibilities are endless for redesigning the exterior of a pole barn

by Andy Balaskovitz
A public hearing before the City Council was initially scheduled for Monday night, but was canceled after Niowave pulled its request. The Council’s Development and Planning Committee will discuss the matter at a noon meeting today on the 10th floor of City Hall.
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