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Wednesday, February 5,2014

Cold cases now hot for Lansing police

Lansing Police Department opens homicide cold-case information to public, as veteran detective eases into a new role. But over 70 cases are unsolved.

by Andy Balaskovitz
It will no longer take hundreds of dollars and hours of work for the public to access basic information about unsolved homicides being investigated by the Lansing Police Department.
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Tuesday, February 4,2014

CRT requests extensive documents from BWL

Independent panel reviewing BWL storm response requests documents on preparedness, communications and more

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 4 — An independent panel has formally requested documents from the Lansing Board of Water and Light on its emergency preparedness, media and public communications, resource levels and capabilities and “recovery and mitigation” as part of its investigation of the December ice storm.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

Washington: ‘This butt chart is an incredible new low for us’

First Ward Lansing City Councilwoman says rift over new seating chart at dais makes the body look like the Three Stooges; says city attorney has no authority to determine where people sit

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Jan. 29 — An internal struggle among Lansing City Council members, the city attorney and the city clerk over a new seating arrangement at meetings has left one Councilwoman “disgusted” and at odds with the city attorney’s reading of the City Charter.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

Dais shuffle

Breaking practice, City Council President A’Lynne Boles shuffles the city clerk and city attorney to the end of the dais. They object.

by Andy Balaskovitz
For as long as anyone can remember, Lansing’s city clerk and city attorney have sat on either side of the president during City Council meetings.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

Safe access

How Republican lawmakers went from reluctant to clamoring for a medical marijuana dispensary bill

by Andy Balaskovitz
Less than two years ago, state Rep.Mike Callton, R-Nashville, struggled just to get his conservative colleagues to discuss medical marijuana dispensaries.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

BWL Watch

Keeping an eye on Lansing’s publicly owned utility

by Andy Balaskovitz
This story was updated on Jan. 29 to include finalized dates and locations for the Community Review Team's public hearings. About that rate increase … In Monday’s Lansing State Journal, Lindsay VanHulle reports that while the BWL will be able to make its $20 million payment...
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Thursday, January 23,2014

Singh: BWL needs new communication leadership

“When I see the mayor of East Lansing Facebooking and Tweeting more on this issue than the Board of Water and Light, that’s a concern to me.”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 23 — While he is “pleased to see changes underway” as the Board of Water and Light improves its contact with customers following last month’s ice storm, state Rep. Sam Singh said today the utility’s communication team needs new leadership.
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Thursday, January 23,2014

Outside review team plans next steps

Will juggle dealing with issues in public and in private

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 23 — It appears an independent panel reviewing the Board of Water and Light’s response to last month’s ice storm will play a balancing act for the next two months as it shares its work with the public but also shields sensitive information that may surface.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Colorful, candid Collette

Ingham County circuit judge, gearing up for trial with Enbridge protesters, is tired of publicity seekers

by Andy Balaskovitz
At a Jan. 15 hearing, Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette was getting antsy with the defendants and their lawyers before him.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

‘The end of of an era’

Steppin’ In It comes of age during more than a decade of Monday nights at the Green Door

by Andy Balaskovitz
Steppin’ In It was never really a band, but rather, a couple of them. It’s traveled the country as a swinging, Cajun string quartet, something straight out of the French Quarter. It manifested itself as a harder hitting electric six-piece, beefing up originals or succinctly clanging through Tom Waits covers. Sometimes within the same week.
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