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Wednesday, August 10,2011

Second time around

With Council approval or not, the county drain commissioner will clean the Red Cedar River

by Andy Balaskovitz
Pat Lindemann is referring to the Bernero administration’s proposal to ask voters to sell off nearly 13 acres of the 61-acre former Red Cedar Golf Course for private development. Lindemann is in charge of the other 48 acres.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

Liquor theatrics

What is the American Theatre Corp. and why did the Meridian Township Board of Trustees recommend it for a free liquor license above four local businesses?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Andrew Manuel has plans to expand and remodel his breakfast and lunch restaurant in Haslett. He wants to expand Blondie’s Barn, which he co-owns with his wife, Dawn, at 5640 Marsh Road, to offer dinner, a full-service bar and more staff. Standing in his way is a $50,000 liquor license.
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Thursday, July 28,2011

Pot for votes?

Lansing City Clerk says Lansing dispensary could have violated state election law

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, July 28 — Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said a Lansing medical marijuana dispensary may have violated the Michigan Election Law by encouraging newly registered voters how to vote in the upcoming Lansing City Council election.
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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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