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Wednesday, January 19,2011

2011: A lean year for Lansing schools

‘We’re at a point where we’ve run out of options’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Jan. 19 — Lansing School District Superintendent T.C. Wallace says 2011 could be one of the toughest years yet for the district, citing staff layoffs, budget cuts and facility closings.
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

Cheryl Fritze is back — loaded for news

After a month back in the local news biz, she is packing heat

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Jan. 19 — Broadcaster Cheryl Fritze has only been back on the air in Lansing for a month, but already she’s embroiled in enough controversy that she went out and got a permit for a concealed weapon.
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Monday, January 17,2011

Where does Jack Davis live?

‘I want to be a resident of Lansing — this isn’t phony’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 17 — Lansing Board of Education member Jack Davis is clear: He is a bona fide Lansing resident, despite what some people are saying online.
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Friday, January 14,2011

Dispensaries for E.L.?

The East Lansing Planning Commission recommends approval of an ordinance to allow medical marijuana dispensaries

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 14 — The East Lansing Planning Commission has recommended liberalizing a proposed ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.
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Thursday, January 13,2011

A cautious approach

State Sen. Rebekah Warren says tighter gun control policies are needed

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 13 — State Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, said Wednesday on “City Pulse on the Air” that the state could benefit from less liberal gun control policies in light of the Tucson shooting.
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

Colonial revival

Neighbors rally around resurrecting the Colonial Village Shopping Center. But is another supermarket in the cards?

by Andy Balaskovitz
When the L&L Food Center closed at the Colonial Village Shopping Center Nov. 27, Margaret Kingsbury wasted little time rounding up input from neighbors. She wanted to know how the neighborhood would recover from losing the staple of its old-fashioned shopping center.
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

When a sidewalk is more than a sidewalk

Race, politics come to the fore of the proposed Waverly Road sidewalk project

by Andy Balaskovitz
I prepared my black Palomar GT mountain bike Sunday morning to travel the path that has been called both treacherous and unused in the past 10 days.Is it so dangerous along Waverly Road in Lansing Township that a sidewalk is necessary or so senseless because it would be underused?
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

Pot PAC

A new group of lobbyists seek to defend medical cannabis

by Andy Balaskovitz
Sensible Michigan, a political action committee formed by a group of six people from Detroit, is drumming up support to defend the state’s medical marijuana law. They believe it’s a law on the brink of destruction by concerned politicians with lifelong qualms with cannabis.
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

To market, to market

Inside Lansing’s medical marijuana farmers markets

by Andy Balaskovitz
Your Healthy Choice Clinic at 628 E. Michigan Ave. on Sunday afternoons turns into a shoulder-to-shoulder shopping center for qualified medical marijuana patients and caregivers. At any given time between noon and 5 p.m., as many as 50 shoppers browse the narrow office space downtown.
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

DEA: records, please

A rally at the Capitol against the DEA’s request for medical marijuana patients’ records

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Jan. 12 — About 30 people gathered on the east-facing steps of the Capitol today to protest the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s request for seven Lansing-area medical marijuana patients’ records.
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