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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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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Held up

The owner of a local medical marijuana dispensary responds to being robbed at gunpoint Saturday

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Nov. 17 — The owner of Turtle’s medical marijuana dispensary, 2121 E. Michigan Ave., said the store “didn’t skip a beat” after being robbed at gunpoint by three men Saturday night.
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Monday, November 15,2010

Colonial Village leader

A local neighborhood association leader to be recognized; Committee of the Whole to talk snow removal standards, consolidated service garage

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Nov. 15 — The only scheduled business for tonight’s Lansing City Council meeting is a resolution recognizing Anita Beavers for her 10 years of service on the Colonial Village Neighborhood Association board.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Winds of change

The future of wind energy in Michigan looks good — but what’s standing in its way?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Nov. 5 — Michigan is poised to be a top-tier wind energy producer in the United States. But standing in its way is a “vocal minority” who are concerned about how commercial wind farms look, sound and affect wildlife.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

'Safe harbor'

Lansing is working to regulate medical marijuana businesses amid dispensary crackdowns in southeast Michigan

by Andy Balaskovitz
On Aug. 25, the Oakland County drug enforcement team raided Clinical Relief in Ferndale. Nine people were arrested and await a potential trial on felony drug manufacturing charges. An undercover officer used a fake medical marijuana card to make purchases at Clinical Relief.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Pot and the Lord

The owner of a cannibis “club” finds his inspiration in his faith.

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Wednesday, Mar. 10) The Rev. Wayne Dagit is wading through 439 new e-mails when I visit him in his small, sparse office at the Green Leaf Smokers Club in Williamstown Township. It is 7 on a Wednesday night. There is a table barely big enough for his small Dell Notebook computer, a black leather planner and a folder of documents.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Blown up

Details of a confidential informant, 228 pounds of marijuana and a wrestling superstar emerge from the arrest of a local medical marijuana spiritual leader

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Wednesday, June 2) At an arraignment in 55th District Court in Mason Friday morning, Judge Donald Allen Jr. led the handful of people in the courtroom through the criminal past of the Rev. Fredrick Wayne Dagit.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Telecannabis

Talk of bombings surround canceled Lansing medical marijuana

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Wednesday, June 30) Last February in Kalispell, Mont., the Montana Caregivers Network signed up between 900 and 1,000 Montanans for the state’s medical cannabis program in a single day. Spokesman Chris Arneson said it was a coordinated effort with five doctors writing recommendations.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Politics and pot

Williamston pot club owner the victim of politics, lawyer says

by Andy Balaskovitz
(Friday, July 30) The attorney for the owner of Green Leaf Smokers Club in Williamston said in court today the charges against his client are “politically motivated” and result from a “classic case of entrapment.”
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