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Wednesday, May 16,2012

Theological conflict

Two prominent black ministers say same-sex marriage is a "civil right" but one that doesn't square with the Bible

by Andy Balaskovitz
“I think the president is to be commended. He did not allow his own Christian philosophy or theology to dominate his presidential responsibility,” said Bishop David Maxwell, head of Mayor Virg Bernero’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Penny pinching

City Councilwoman Jody Washington promises to continue her no-votes on spending office-holder account funds, citing tough economic times.

by Andy Balaskovitz
But 1st Ward Councilwoman Jody Washington is changing that. Washington vows to “always vote no” whenever Council funding for local events, advertisements and the like come up — even in cases where the funding would cost less than $13 per member to sponsor.
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This diminutive commercial building on the north fringe of Old Town is easy to dismiss as insignificant. But small commercial buildings, like this one, are one of the most endangered building types in our communities today.
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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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