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Tuesday, January 25,2011

Kids in the Hall

A pep talk, tributes and a public hearing

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Jan. 25 — The scene on the first floor of the chilly, well-lit Knapp’s building Monday night was so optimistic, you might think the city faces a $15 million budget surplus and state revenue sharing would be plentiful in 2011.
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Monday, January 24,2011

Tributes before the speech

The City Council will meet for a quick session before the mayor’s State of the City speech

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Jan. 24 — The Lansing City Council will hold a brief meeting at 5 p.m. today before heading to Mayor Virg Bernero’s annual State of the City address.
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Thursday, January 20,2011

Kids in the Hall

Marshall Street Armory: It’s ‘historic’ now

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Jan. 20 — The Lansing City Council voted unanimously today to give the Marshall Street Armory “historic district” status.
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

One or the other

Will Joel Ferguson have to choose between MSU and a casino?

by Andy Balaskovitz
When Joel Ferguson was chosen to serve on the Greektown Casino board of directors in June, he says he was selected from a field of 30 to 40 people. Ferguson was re-elected as chairman of the MSU Board of Trustees last week and is serving a term that expires Jan. 2013
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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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