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Wednesday, March 2,2011

Still preaching

Despite facing felony drug charges, Fredrick Wayne Dagit helped his son set up a medical marijuana delivery service

by Andy Balaskovitz
Nine weeks in jail and pending felony drug charges aren’t keeping Fredrick Wayne Dagit from doing what he believes is his mission: medical marijuana.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

The Snyder budget

Whitmer: Governor’s plans don’t match rhetoric

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 23 — State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, says Gov. Rick Snyder was all about reinventing Michigan through shared sacrifices in his State of the State speech and on the campaign trail, but his proposed budget says otherwise.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Who makes the rules?

The attorney for the Capital Area District Library says the library has a case to back its weapons policy

by Andy Balaskovitz
CADL was granted a temporary restraining order last week against members of the gun rights advocacy group Michigan Open Carry, whose members have repeatedly challenged the library’s weapons policy by openly carrying pistols and even a shotgun into the downtown branch.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Hanging up the clippers

Lou’s Barber Shop in Old Town to close after 74 years

by Andy Balaskovitz
Norman Rockwell prints on the wall. A 1950s black rotary dial telephone. Two 1955 Paidar chairs with ashtrays built into the armrests. Military memorabilia. No answering machine.The inside of Lou’s Barber Shop, 521 E. Grand River Ave. in Old Town, hasn’t changed much in its 74-year history.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

A tale of two ordinances

East Lansing is on the home stretch of regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, while Lansing is struggling to do so. Why?

by Andy Balaskovitz
“Lansing has the distinction of being in both Ingham and Eaton counties,” Smith said, adding that he was part of a medical marijuana panel discussion with Dunnings and Sauter hosted by the Michigan Municipal League on Feb. 10. He is crafting language.
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Thursday, February 17,2011

The most dangerous library in the world?

Open gun carriers feel the need to protect themselves at the downtown Capital Area District Library, which the library director calls

by Andy Balaskovitz
I recognized Tyler — who did not want to give his last name for his “personal safety” — from a Lansing City Council meeting one week before. He joined a group of about five others to protest the city’s firearms ordinance and also CADL’s no-weapons policy — which the group believes is illegal — at Council.
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Thursday, February 17,2011

Court blocks guns temporarily

The Capital Area District Library is granted a temporary restraining order against open gun carriers

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Feb. 17 — An Ingham County Circuit Court judge granted the Capital Area District Library a temporary restraining order Wednesday against people who openly carry firearms in any of CADL’s 13 libraries.
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

Fund raising

Are city residents ready for a tax increase to help balance Lansing's budget deficit?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Dunbar is proposing a special May 3 election in which city voters could elect to increase property tax rates by $4 for every $1,000 of taxable property. The estimated $8.5 million in new revenue would go toward maintaining police, fire and road services.
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

E.L. dispensary regulations on hold

The East Lansing City Council punts on regulating medical marijuana dispensaries … sort of

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Feb. 16 — The East Lansing City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to take another month to discuss possible medical marijuana dispensary regulations in the city, thus extending a moratorium on the businesses for another 90 days.
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Tuesday, February 15,2011

Kids in the Hall

A May election looks inevitable

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Feb. 15 — The Lansing City Council is expected to vote next week on whether to hold a special May election in which city voters could decide on a 4-mill property tax increase. But the results may be in. An election looks inevitable.
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