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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Yes, we're open

Several medical marijuana dispensaries are still operating in Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Further, Schuette has often said in the media that voters never intended for medical marijuana dispensaries when a 2008 ballot initiative passed allowing the use of cannabis for medical reasons. And Schuette has an August state Court of Appeals ruling 'euro;” commonly referred to as the McQueen case 'euro;” on his side.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Hewitt says goodbye

Disillusioned by politics and no amends with Virg Bernero: An exit interview with 1st Ward Councilman Eric Hewitt

by Andy Balaskovitz
For nearly an hour and a half Saturday afternoon, outgoing 1st Ward representative Eric Hewitt recounted the past four years on City Council, from an expletiveand name-calling-filled history with Mayor Virg Bernero to his decided alliance with Carol Wood 'euro;” and how the whole process left him one jaded politician.
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Two-headed chief

Lansing, meet your next fire chief, Randy Talifarro, whom the city will share with East Lansing, where he is already in charge. An experiment in regionalism.

by Andy Balaskovitz
For the man who is about to take the unprecedented job of leading both the Lansing and East Lansing Fire departments in what could be described as an experiment in regionalism one question looms: Do the similarities outweigh the differences of the two communities?.
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Doctor ordered

Shannon Wiggins pleads no contest to neglect and incompetence charges, keeps her license with fine and probation

by Andy Balaskovitz
A Lansing doctor has received a $5,000 fine and two years probation but will keep her osteopathic medicine license following a complaint by the state Attorney General s Office that she overprescribed pharmaceuticals.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

Clearing out

Occupy Lansing calls it a season and plans to clear Reutter Park, vowing to be back in the spring. Mayor’s Office coordinates with protesters in last week.

by Andy Balaskovitz
The decision was made Monday night at the downtown Capital Area District Library across the street from Reutter Park during the group s General Assembly meeting. The decision goes beyond a deal reached last week with Mayor Virg Bernero that would have ended overnight camping.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

All in or patchwork?

LCC Board of Trustees decision on college’s pool looms; President Knight recommends “a substantial expenditure” to upgrade it or close it

by Andy Balaskovitz
The job of president for any college is to think about the long-term issues and long-term needs of the college, Knight said last week in an interview. And so I continue not to think well of a patchwork (fix) because all I m doing then as they often say is kicking the can down the road.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

Coincidence, pattern or attack?

For LGBT advocates, a series of unfortunate legislation

by Andy Balaskovitz
When Jones, a Republican state senator from Grand Ledge, gives his side of the antibullying saga that took place at the Capitol four weeks ago, he blames Democrats namely Whitmer , the Democrats Senate leader for staging what turned out to be a national media frenzy.
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Wednesday, November 23,2011

Going forth with a plan

Lansing announces its non-motorized transportation plan

by Andy Balaskovitz
A familiar cast of bicycling advocates, Public Service Department representatives, 4th Ward City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko and about 15 Lansing-area residents attended the announcement.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

The non-issue

Why downplaying the fact that three candidates in last week’s election are gay is a good thing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Amid the public discourse and allegations about photo darkening, supporting drug dealers in neighborhoods and questionable consulting contracts in last week s City Council election, one issue that rarely surfaced was the fact that two candidates are openly gay.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

Wood’s support steady; who will court Washington?

Where the chips fell and what’s to come with a new member on City Council

by Andy Balaskovitz
City Clerk Chris Swope s analysis of the election showed that more females voted than males (55 percent to 45 percent) and those aged 60 years and older had the highest turnout of any age group.
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