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Wednesday, July 27,2011

Hewitt's out, who's in?

A strong field of five 1st Ward candidates will be narrowed to two

by Andy Balaskovitz
Since the aftermath of the Council’s vote in October on the downtown Market Place project, the 1st Ward Council race filled up with a strong field of both newcomers and political veterans. The field is: Philip Damico, Harold Leeman, Joe Manzella, Lynne Martinez and Jody Washington.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

Five to four

Incumbents in the At-Large race are likely to survive the primary, but who will fall?

by Andy Balaskovitz
In her 12 years as Councilwoman, Wood has made herself known as the accessible Council member ' she also works the job virtually full time, even though it pays part time ' who is often at odds with the Bernero administration on big projects. Though she tends to find.
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Friday, July 22,2011

Let’s talk bike parking

A public hearing on proposed bicycle parking regulations scheduled for Monday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, July 22 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday on proposed citywide bicycle parking regulations.
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

Bash Back! resolved

A case involving a 2008 protest by ‘radical queer’ activists at a Delta Township church comes to an end

by Andy Balaskovitz
The agreement also blocks the 13 protesters from conducting similar demonstrations at any other church. One of the defendants said the agreement is “not terrible” and that he’s “feeling OK” about it because of the relatively inexpensive damages and the agreement’s First Amendment protections.
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

Real or perceived?

Lansing City Council candidates on whether the current Council has image problems. Incumbents say it doesn’t; challengers say that’s not the public perception.

by Andy Balaskovitz
At a candidate forum Saturday sponsored by the Lansing branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, all 12 people contending for 1st Ward, 3rd Ward and At-Large Council seats were specifically asked about the issue. And at times, it surfaced in responses to unrelated questions.
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

Unsettling start

Was a medical marijuana dispensary opponent’s business the target of a July 3 shooting on Lansing’s east side? Meanwhile, license applications start pouring in.

by Andy Balaskovitz
It’s merely speculation at this point, but could it be that one of the leading opponents of the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries ' Jim Herbert, chairman and CEO of Neogen ' had his business targeted by angry medical marijuana...
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

Fracking the Future

Natural gas becomes a popular energy source in Lansing amid concerns about the unnatural methods for extracting it

by Andy Balaskovitz
BWL’s new cogeneration power and steam plant to be based in the heart of REO Town is a nod to the future, Snyder and BWL officials said, because it’ll run on natural gas. Snyder said the BWL’s plant would be a model for innovation, efficiency and the environment.
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Wednesday, July 6,2011

Gannett makes cuts

The Lansing State Journal lays off 15 employees or more amid corporate plans to cut costs. One former employee speaks out on the paper’s “atrophy.” One MSU professor talks the future of journalism.

by Andy Balaskovitz
On June 21, Bob Dickey, Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing division president, sent out a memo to employees that the U.S. publishing division would be shrinking by about 700 employees, or roughly 2 percent of Gannett’s work force. The decision was all economics.
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Wednesday, July 6,2011

Cannabis or custody?

A medical marijuana patient in Lansing is sentenced to jail after failing to comply with a court order to not use marijuana as he seeks to maintain custody of his daughter

by Andy Balaskovitz
In a case that could have implications for medical marijuana patients who are parents, a Lansing man was sentenced Tuesday to three days in county jail because he refuses to stop using medical marijuana and may lose custody of his child because of it.
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Wednesday, July 6,2011

Millage no-shows

Why two Lansing City Council candidates didn’t make it out to vote on May 3

by Andy Balaskovitz
“There was a bit of confusion,” said the 36-year-old Damico, who is a full-time laboratory technician at Sparrow Hospital, referring to how the millage money would actually have been spent. He said his “work schedule” also played a role in his not voting ' “that was my fault.
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