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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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Wednesday, June 29,2011

Kicked out

The Lansing City Council has legislated medical marijuana dispensaries off of Michigan Avenue

by Andy Balaskovitz
Michigan Avenue will be off limits to medical marijuana dispensaries in a year, including the 11 that operate there now.That’s because of buffering requirements adopted in the city’s new medical marijuana ordinance that requires them to be 1,000 feet from each other, schools, playgrounds, churches, licensed child care facilities and substance abuse treatment centers.
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Wednesday, June 29,2011

Let It Grow

’Naturalization,’ maintenance tension, smaller budgets and Lansing’s recreational assets

by Andy Balaskovitz
Parks break up the monotony of cities and make the city more beautiful'a better place in which to live. They preserve natural features such as rivers, lakes, etc., for the enjoyment of future generations. ' In brief, recreational areas improve the health and general welfare of the citizens and are an investment, not a luxury.
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Wednesday, June 22,2011

NOISE quiets down

Gannett weekly ceases print publication after nine years

by Andy Balaskovitz
In 2002, Lansing and Boise, Idaho, were guinea pig markets for media giant Gannett’s plans to launch weekly tabloids ' which the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies dubbed “faux alt-weekly” publications ' that targeted a young and hip news consumer.
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Wednesday, June 22,2011

Dispensary opposition

Last-minute opposition to Lansing’s proposed dispensary regulations is led by a major PR firm with an employee that is recusing himself from an advisory board vote on the ordinance

by Andy Balaskovitz
With less than a week to go until the Lansing City Council votes on regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, opposition to the proposed ordinance is getting a boost from the well known Lansing-based public relations firm Truscott Rossman.
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Wednesday, June 22,2011

Looking up patients, caregivers

Proposed legislation would allow law enforcement to search medical marijuana patients and caregivers by name and address

by Andy Balaskovitz
That question has surfaced over proposed legislation in the state Senate that would require the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, which processes medical marijuana program applications, to give the Michigan State Police the names and addresses of registered patients and caregivers.
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Wednesday, June 22,2011

California cannabis advocate Michael Malott returns home

’Michigan Medical Marijuana Handbook’ covers health benefits, logistics and interacting with police

by Andy Balaskovitz
’Michigan Medical Marijuana Handbook’ covers health benefits, logistics and interacting with police.
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Wednesday, June 15,2011

Shortfall

The Bernero administration needs $1 million in reserves to pay for increased health care, insurance and overtime costs, and the May 3 election as the fiscal year wraps up

by Andy Balaskovitz
“Sometimes those projections are right on the mark, sometimes they come in above or below (what we anticipated),” Bernero said to the Council. “The FY11 budget will come up short by as much as $1 million. To remedy this shortfall, I am required to use the Budget Stabilization Fund.
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