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Wednesday, April 25,2012

'We need help. It's every day'

A grim season for a neighborhood of refugees in south Lansing who are the targets of ongoing vandalism, theft and physical intimidation. LPD: 'This is big as far as attention-wise right now.'

by Andy Balaskovitz
But since November, Bo and his family haven’t been sleeping due to a combination of fear and duty — they take turns staying up all night to keep intruders away. Several other neighbors in Summer Place report similar situations.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

What's in a study?

Beneath the politics of consolidating Lansing police operations, a web of studies and planning

by Andy Balaskovitz
The study, which began in 2010, cost $175,000, Chad Gamble, the city’s chief operating officer, said. The administration has been sitting on preliminary data since at least December, before former Finance Director Jerry Ambrose left the city to work on the emergency manager team in Flint, said Kevin Feuka, business development manager at C2AE, the firm that conducted the study.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
The city stopped mowing certain areas of 14 parks throughout the city last year as part of that plan. The goal was to save money. But City Council members and concerned citizens warned the administration about unintended consequences. One was trash build-up in the long grass.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Financially 'prudent'

Bernero's plan to spend a portion of police millage money lacks Council support. He says consolidating police headquarters at the South Washington Office Complex won’t happen without it.

by Andy Balaskovitz
At issue is a relatively small piece of Mayor Virg Bernero’s fiscal year 2013 budget recommendation. He’s asking to use $193,900 in new millage revenue on renovations to a former armory on Washington Avenue that the administration plans to use as a new police headquarters.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

That's the sound of the men …

Who come from state prison clearing brush along the River Trail

by Andy Balaskovitz
“My boss, the director of the department, lives in Lansing and runs the River Trail. He loves it,” said Russ Marlan, Corrections Department spokesman. “He noticed during his runs, parts of it are very overgrown. It’s tough to run in some spots. So he contacted Mayor Bernero and offered to bring a work crew up here.”
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

As Gannett announces a paywall foronline content, MLive moves in

Is there room for both models?

by Andy Balaskovitz
As a young reporter in college, he remembers the typing, gluing, lead slugs, lead pages and other Linotype components for putting a newspaper together. Now he’s overseeing the LSJ’s transition to a more digital-savvy, online-connected newsroom where access to that information is about to undergo a major transition.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Ifs, ands and butts

If a casino comes to Lansing and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians owns it, smoking will be permitted inside the facility

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians would have felt singled out and at a disadvantage with the only smoke-free casino in Michigan, those close to the negotiations said.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Ottawa Butler is back … again

The other Gillespie says rentals, not owner-occupied, is key to success in developing a prime city block near downtown and across the street from the Capitol Complex

by Andy Balaskovitz
Development plans were being floated for the mostly green space one block south from this living room, which was packed with about 20 neighbors. It’s the second major development announcement in four years (and the third in eight years) for the 5.3 acres bounded by Ottawa, Sycamore and Ionia streets and Butler Boulevard. And it’s the second Gillespie brother who’s announcing plans for it.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Will a music venue follow a casino?

To compete for acts with other cities, promoters say, concerts should be part of proposed Kewadin Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
With the prospect of such a casino in Lansing working its way through the legislative process, could it also set the stage for a mid-size entertainment venue downtown? For those steadfastly opposed to gambling on its face, could the possibility of a...
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Does #lovelansing #hatecasino?

Will the young, "creative class" build opposition to the downtown Lansing casino proposal? It already is.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Turns out the people behind some organized opposition to Lansing’s downtown casino proposal are young, up-and-coming entrepreneurs who think a casino does nothing to bring more people like themselves to Lansing.
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