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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Virg Bernero

Reflections on the gubernatorial campaign, a budget hole, fish and pencils.

by Andy Balaskovitz
The wonderful experience of seeing the state and meeting people from all over the state. I had incredible grassroots support and the support of my family, of course. It was an unbelievable, incomparable experience that can only come from actually running for statewide office.
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Shekina Pena

The owner of Your Healthy Choice Clinc, 628 E. Michigan Ave., talks about opening a medical marijuana shop downtown, legalization and hemp farming

by Andy Balaskovitz
How has medical marijuana, in your perspective, changed Lansing over the past year? It has definitely been a rocket for businesses and employment. I truly believe it has helped the community. I am excited for the moratorium because it’s going to help us revamp and get some leadershi...
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Lorie Klein

The economy was a pervasive news story in 2010. Here is one local perspective from a woman who spent the whole year unemployed and spared a few minutes of her time while job-hunting at the local Michigan Works! Association office on Cedar Street.

by Andy Balaskovitz
How have you been impacted by the recession? I live in Leslie and have been unemployed for about a year. How was the transition from working to being unemployed? The transition didn’t go real well. I do office-type, management work. I was really sick, and they let me go at the tim...
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Amy Krause

Lansing Judge Amy Krause was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals in December after serving on the 54-A District Court in Lansing since 2003. She will serve through 2012.

by Andy Balaskovitz
How would you describe your judicial philosophy? In terms of judicial philosophy, I try not to label myself. My philosophy, if you want to call it a philosophy, is that judges need to apply the law to the facts of the case in as fair and just manner as possible. What are you taking away ...
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Pat Gillespie

The local developer’s Market Place project stalled in City Council before an Ingham County Circuit Court judge intervened — how will he top that in 2011?

by Andy Balaskovitz
What did you take away from the City Council and Market Place experience this fall? Basically, the out-crying of positive support saying, “Yes, we want to see the riverfront revitalized. Yes, we want to see progress and change.” That was a positive experience. And then just to...
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Robert Selig

The executive director of the Capitol Region International Airport talks about attracting Sun Country Airlines, the airline business and going international

by Andy Balaskovitz
How does your background in law enforcement tie into your job as an airport director? Law enforcement or public safety is an integral part to the whole airport business. The emphasis on it has been growing throughout my whole career. Since 1974 when we first started having hijackings and ...
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Birders, rejoice

A new MSU database of bird sounds meant for scholars, enthusiasts

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Dec. 29 — Michigan State University’s Avian Vocalizations Center, or AVoCet, has launched a free, public and online database of more than 10,000 bird sounds from throughout the world.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

Up to code?

One Lansing resident’s struggle to keep his house from being demolished; he wins a round in court

by Andy Balaskovitz
When Dave Glenn bought the small, one-story home at 4613 Donald St. in the Old Everett Neighborhood in south Lansing 20 years ago, the house was nothing but an eyesore. He had “big plans” for a two-stall garage and a two-story addition that could hold his girlfriend’s art studio.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

For the people, by the people

New and improved programming for Lansing’s public access cable TV channel 16 takes shape; programming due back by March

by Andy Balaskovitz
The past 10 years of public access television in Lansing have included obscure shows about Batman, neo-Nazi rallies, diatribes against the City Council. More recently, mind-numbing scrolls of community event announcements have been largely the only programming.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

The tracks come alive

Train tracks through Old Town to be activated for transporting recycled materials

by Andy Balaskovitz
The tracks, which run north and south through Old Town near the Chrome Cat, will support a three-car train transferring recycled material to processors throughout Michigan and the U.S., Bass said. The cars will run at about 2 miles per hour as they connect to the main railroad line four blocks north.
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