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Wednesday, December 15,2010

Happy Bill of Rights Day

The Lansing ACLU chapter and Everybody Reads bookstore is hosting an event tonight to celebrate the first 10 Amendments of the Constitution

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Dec. 15 — Do you have a favorite constitutional amendment in the Bill of Rights? Need a soapbox to share your thoughts on issues like freedom of speech, right to bear arms and unlawful search and seizure? If so, then join the Lansing chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil rights enthusiasts tonight from 7 to 9 at Everybody Reads Books and Stuff, 2019 E. Michigan Ave.
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

Guns at the library

Fear strikes patrons at the downtown Capital Area District Library Saturday when a man strolled through with a gun over his shoulder

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Dec. 15 — A man carrying what appeared to be a rifle or shotgun over his shoulder walked through the downtown Capital Area District Library Saturday afternoon, alarming patrons and staff.
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Tuesday, December 14,2010

Kids in the Hall

Carol Wood gives her colleagues an early Christmas present by streamlining Monday’s Lansing City Council meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Dec. 14 — With 28 resolutions on Monday’s Lansing City Council agenda, the meeting was shaping up to be a long one. However, a motion by Council Vice President Kathie Dunbar, without a challenge by At-Large Councilwoman Carol Wood, sped up the approval process.
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Monday, December 13,2010

Parks and breaks

The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a parks maintenance agreement with Ingham County, tax breaks for Foresight

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Dec. 13 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a five-year agreement with Ingham County that formalizes maintenance duties of city-owned park property in south Lansing.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

The DEA is in town

More questions than answers remain after a federal bust of medical-marijuana growing facilities in Okemos

by Andy Balaskovitz
Five properties and at least 400 plants. That was the target and the take of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency on Nov. 30 at various addresses in Okemos used for growing medical marijuana.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

A plan for the future

What is a master plan? What does it do? And why is Lansing’s 52 years old?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Planning Director Bob Johnson’s downtown office is modestly sized ' a computer desk, a small table and some bookshelves. Aerial views of Lansing dot the walls. One bookshelf is loaded with three-ring binders, and there are files upon files that explain why Lansing looks the way it does.
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Tuesday, December 7,2010

Kids in the Hall

The Lansing City Council approves a moratorium on new medical marijuana businesses — but not before 46 new ones sneak in at the last minute

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Dec. 7 — A flood of new medical marijuana businesses came forward literally minutes before the Lansing City Council unanimously approved a moratorium against them.
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Monday, December 6,2010

Enough votes?

The opposition to a medical marijuana ordinance needs to find one more vote before tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Dec. 6 — Opponents to a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses in Lansing need to secure one more vote in order to block it at tonight’s City Council meeting.
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Friday, December 3,2010

Market Place and Mackinac

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy takes jabs at project labor agreements by way of downtown’s Market Place

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Dec. 3 — Local developer Pat Gillespie appeared in an interview with the conservative think tank Mackinac Center for Public Policy in November to chat about his experiences with the Lansing City Council, tax incentives and downtown development.
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Thursday, December 2,2010

Here come the Feds

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency cleans out a medical marijuana growing facility in Okemos

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Dec. 2 — The federal Drug Enforcement Agency has raided a medical marijuana grow facility in Okemos. The man leasing space at the facility says the plant numbers were within the state’s medical marijuana law.
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