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Tuesday, January 11,2011

Kids in the Hall

A new Council staffer and recognizing MLK

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Jan. 11 — The Lansing City Council unanimously approved Monday appointing Karen Hulett as legislative office manager to eventually replace 23-year veteran Terese Horn.
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Monday, January 10,2011

New personnel

A new City Council staffer and four public hearings on tonight’s agenda

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 10 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on replacing legislative office manager Terese Horn.
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Friday, January 7,2011

Race and sidewalks

Clergy, Mayor Bernero want an apology from Bill Ballenger for his comments in the Waverly Road sidewalk flap

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 7 — The Clergy Forum of Greater Lansing, a group of black pastors, called today for a boycott of political analyst Bill Ballenger’s services over his “elitist, sexist and racist statements made in City Pulse” regarding a proposed sidewalk along Waverly Road.
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Friday, January 7,2011

Clarke in, Clarke out?

The state attorney general looks to challenge the length of Judge Hugh Clarke Jr.’s appointment to the 54-A District Court

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Jan. 7 — The state attorney general filed a motion today with the Michigan Court of Appeals that seeks to remove recently appointed Judge Hugh Clarke Jr. from the 54-A District Court.
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Thursday, January 6,2011

A complete street or a sidewalk to nowhere?

Public safety funding amid tight economic times is stirring the pot on a sidewalk project in Lansing and Lansing Township

by Andy Balaskovitz
Veteran political analyst Bill Ballenger sits in the living room of his Waverly Road house, the first house north of the bridge over the Grand River in Lansing Township.Outside of his living room window, there is controversy brewing about whether the city and Lansing Township should undergo a $1.3 million sidewalk project.
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Thursday, January 6,2011

Supporting animals

PETA recognizes two Lansing area businesses that it says won’t sponsor the circus

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 6 — At least one Lansing-area business that supports animal rights has vowed not to sponsor the annual Caravan Circus.
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Thursday, January 6,2011

Kids in the Hall

Lansing City Council discusses the controversial Waverly Road sidewalk project

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 6 — Shortly after the Lansing City Council unanimously re-elected Council President A’Lynne Robinson and Vice President Kathie Dunbar to their respective positions, a few members touched on the first controversy of the new year: a proposed sidewalk project along Waverly Road.
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Open carry

The Capital Area District Library is reviewing its no-weapons policy after two people with guns were asked to leave in the past month

by Andy Balaskovitz
On Dec. 11, an unidentified man walked through the downtown Capital Area District Library with a shotgun strapped to his shoulder. After an alarmed patron called the police, the man was asked to leave and he did.
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Casino Lansing?

Drumming up support for a ‘gaming facility’ in Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
O’Dell estimates 1,000 jobs could result in a downtown gaming facility. He is quick to point out that his aim is a “gaming facility” (casinos have a negative stigma, he said) without a hotel, restaurants and entertainment ' that will come later if necessary, he said.
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Monday, January 3,2011

Where the sidewalk ends

A state senator takes jabs at a $1.3 million infrastructure project trumpeted by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 3 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero defended a proposed $1.3 million sidewalk project along Waverly Road in the city and Lansing Township today against an attack by state Sen. Rick Jones, who called it a “sidewalk to nowhere.”
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