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Wednesday, March 16,2011

Playin' the Pedway

Can a street musician play on the pedestrian walkway downtown? Some local authorities say no

by Andy Balaskovitz
As snowy rain came down in 35-degree weather Thursday, a local street performer played folk music in a short-sleeved shirt to downtown passersby — in the covered pedestrian walkway connecting the Lansing Center, the Radisson Hotel and the parking ramp over the Grand River.
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Wednesday, March 16,2011

Where's the food?

In the suburbs, as research and a new map by MSU faculty suggests

by Andy Balaskovitz
For those who wonder if Lansing really is a “food desert,” two Michigan State University professors have something to show you.
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Wednesday, March 9,2011

Rich Michaels: '2010 sucked'

The out-of-work radio personality discusses life on unemployment and the bad blood with his former employer

by Andy Balaskovitz
Rich Michaels, the ex-host of “Michaels in the Morning” on WMMQ 94.9 FM, says his former employer is unfairly preventing him from getting another job and is forcing him into a circumstance he’s not proud of: taking unemployment compensation.
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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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