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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Just say no

The mayor calls a moratorium on new medical marijuana businesses ‘absolute nonsense’ and ‘Nixonian.’ Meanwhile, businesses scramble to get grandfathered in

by Andy Balaskovitz
The proposed ordinance would ban any new medical marijuana establishments for up to a year while the City Council and the city attorney draft an ordinance that includes licensing through the city clerk’s office.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Revitalization HQ

The former School for the Blind library and museum comes back to life as a ‘neighborhood empowerment center’

by Andy Balaskovitz
When walking through the former School for the Blind library and museum on Pine Street with Gene Townsend, the construction manager who organized its redevelopment, one of the first things he said was, “It’s amazing what you can get done in a few weeks.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Road trippin' to recovery

A look about mid-Michigan on the road to economic recovery

by Andy Balaskovitz
My journey went south, literally and figuratively, when I reached the unemployment office on Cedar Street. Little surprise, the drab, gray office in south Lansing kept a steady flow of 15 out-of-work employees either filing for or extending their unemployment benefits.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

New leadership at the market

Joe Lesausky replaces John Hooper as Lansing City Market manager

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Dec. 1 — Joe Lesausky, the new manager for the Lansing City Market, comes from a healthy background of farming and public administration.
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Tuesday, November 30,2010

Kids in the Hall

Not all Lansing City Council members on board with a medical marijuana moratorium

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Nov. 30 — It sure took a long discussion to set a date for a discussion at Monday’s Lansing City Council meeting. That’s because Council Vice President Kathie Dunbar and Fourth Ward Councilwoman Jessica Yorko expressed their opposition to the proposed medical marijuana moratorium.
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Monday, November 29,2010

A hold on pot shops?

The Lansing City Council will introduce an ordinance tonight that places a moratorium on “medical marihuana establishments”

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Nov. 29 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to introduce an ordinance to place a moratorium on medical marijuana businesses at tonight’s meeting before a planned public hearing Dec. 6.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

10th floor discontent

Two Lansing City Council employees look to join a union amid what the mayor calls a ‘longstanding pattern of problems’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Two Lansing City Council employees have filed requests for representation through the Teamsters Local 580 union.One employee said she wants job security after speaking out against a temporary contract for a retired coworker who worked for the city for 23 years. She said she has received “some flak” from some City Council members who thought she should have kept mum about the contract.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Hold back the ash

Breached fences, soil samples indicate coal ash laden with arsenic and mercury entered the Grand River from Lansing Board of Water and Light property

by Andy Balaskovitz
“We don’t believe any ash from our excavation got into the river, and we’re very convinced of that,” said George Stojic, BWL planning director. “However, I do believe we probably are more sensitive now to weather events and we’d like to get out there as soon as possible to make sure nothing happens.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

An 'institution' moves on

Perrelli's Barber and Style Shop closes after 54 years downtown

by Andy Balaskovitz
Most people know Alfredo “Fred” Perrelli as an ambassador to his community. He’s the guy who could talk straight with governors and attorneys general, serve charity meals to the needy and whip somebody good on the golf course..
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Heightened protection

A retired Lansing Police Department detective turns entrepreneur with new upper body shields for officers

by Andy Balaskovitz
Uniformed patrol officers can unexpectedly find themselves in the most dangerous of situations yet have no bodily protection beyond a bulletproof vest.
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