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Wednesday, June 8,2011

Eyesore of the week

J.W. Sexton High School, east entrance

by Andy Balaskovitz
Beyond the broken steps is a strange mow-job that Lansing District Schools spokesman Steve Serkaian said is due to heavy rain from a few weeks back, causing the maintenance staff to be “stretched thin” on such jobs.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

Casino falters

A petition drive to encourage bringing a casino to Lansing fails. Next stop: City Council

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing Jobs Coalition, which announced in December a petition drive that would have gauged Lansing residents’ support for selling or entrusting city land to a Native American tribe for the purpose of opening a casino, came up well short by Sunday’s deadline of the necessary 4,101 signatures to place it on the Aug.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

Brownfield giving

The feds announce $1 million for cleaning Lansing’s dirty properties. The elephant in the room? Michigan’s restructured brownfield program

by Andy Balaskovitz
Behind U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero was a compliment to brownfield redevelopment grants and tax incentives: the former Ottawa Power Station.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

Temperature change

With added security, one entrepreneur is set to revive an infamous nightclub spot as — another nightclub

by Andy Balaskovitz
Assaults, shootings, destruction of property, underage drinking.That’s part of the illustrative history of 6810 S. Cedar St. on Lansing’s south side, the site of a 15,000 square-foot, two-story nightclub riddled with crime and party-fueled violence.
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Wednesday, June 1,2011

Cannabis sausage-making

Council members buck Carol Wood on her plan to confine new medical marijuana dispensaries to industrial areas.

by Andy Balaskovitz
A’Lynne Robinson and Tina Houghton said they don’t agree with a provision in the draft ordinance that would limit new businesses to industrially zoned properties. They are two of the three members of the Public Safety Committee, which is crafting the ordinance.
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Wednesday, May 25,2011

Two pastors, one church

The divide at Friendship Baptist Church is as apparent as ever

by Andy Balaskovitz
Stone was pastor of Friendship Baptist for 27 years. He led a “march for justice” in Lansing protesting the 1996 death of Edward Swans while in custody of the Lansing Police Department. Stone opposed the movement within Friendship Baptist that split away from the majority.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Got votes?

With time running out for the August primary, the administration is still shy of the Council support it needs to put part of the Red Cedar Golf Course up for sale

by Andy Balaskovitz
The administration’s plan to sell more than 12 acres along Michigan Avenue in the Frandor area is tied directly to financing a major effort proposed by Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann to clean up the polluted Red Cedar River. The U.S.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

The mayor on dispensaries

How Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero envisions commercial medical marijuana activity

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who spoke out last week against a proposed ordinance that would make most of Lansing’s medical marijuana dispensaries move, has offered an ordinance of his own that would allow dispensaries to open in various commercially and industrially zoned areas of the city as long as they are at least 500 feet apart.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

The shape they're in

An audit of Lansing sidewalks to provide extensive data for city, be a catalyst for grants

by Andy Balaskovitz
James, a 32-year-old auditor for Jackson National Life, and Lavigne, a 27-yearold University of Michigan urban planning student, were walking the Genesee Neighborhood just north of downtown Lansing Saturday. A “heave with a tree” means a portion of sidewalk is distorted likely because of the roots underneath.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

A dispensary shuffle?

What will happen to the 41 operating medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing? A draft regulation ordinance that would force most of them to move surfaces, raising questions

by Andy Balaskovitz
The draft ordinance, written by City Attorney Brig Smith with input from Lansing City Councilwoman Carol Wood, has raised the eyebrows of some dispensary owners and local attorneys because it would restrict new dispensaries to industrially zoned areas of the city and force those not in those zones to move if they want to stay open.
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