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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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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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