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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Political rehabilitation

How a Lansing Community College student leader is coping with a criminal past

by Andy Balaskovitz
After serving 5 1/2 years in Ingham County jails, Manning was released on parole. Two of the conditions were that he was not to use any device with Internet capabilities and he was not to look at sexually suggestive material.
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Tuesday, August 17,2010

Kids in the Hall

To CoW, or not to CoW?

by Andy Balaskovitz
An ongoing divide between the Lansing City Council was on full display at Monday night’s meeting, as the Council President A’Lynne Robinson sought to refer all items of business to the Committee of the Whole. There was no legislative action scheduled for Monday’s meeting.
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Sunday, August 15,2010

Driving while black?

Three Lansing City Council members find themselves in an “appalling” situation en route to Detroit

by Andy Balaskovitz
It was about 7 p.m. on a warm, sunny Tuesday evening and three Lansing City Council members were en route to celebrate Mayor Virg Bernero’s nomination to be the state’s next governor.
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Thursday, August 12,2010

Virg Watch

On board: a campaign veteran and a former staffer

by Andy Balaskovitz
Virg Bernero has hired Lt. Gov. John Cherry's former chief of staff to run his campaign for governor.
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Tuesday, August 10,2010

911 services

Approval expected on transferring city employees to the county

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing City Council is expected to approve an employment agreement with Ingham County at Monday’s meeting as part of consolidating 911 dispatch services.
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Tuesday, August 10,2010

Kids in the Hall

Is the city paying too much for a parking lot?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The lone contentious vote at Monday’s Lansing City Council meeting was over the purchase of a parcel of land at 229 S. Cedar St. to be converted into a parking lot.
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Thursday, August 5,2010

Same-sex marriage ruling

Lansing couples a step closer to being legally wed

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope had to go to Canada in 2004 to legally marry his partner Brad Rakowski. After a federal judge’s ruling Wednesday overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban, Swope is one step closer to having his marriage recognized by his own country.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Moving right along

Campaign frenzy in the Motor City at Bernero's victory party

by Andy Balaskovitz
DETROIT — It was 10:15 p.m. on election night, and throughout the crowded lobby of the Atheneum Suite Hotel in Detroit’s Greektown rang those familiar phrases...
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Tuesday, August 3,2010

Kids in the Hall

City developments, public comment dominate City Council meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
The majority of Tuesday’s Lansing City Council meeting didn’t feature the Council at all, but rather input from the public on today’s elections and local goings-on.
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Friday, July 30,2010

Another feather for REO Town

Land Bank sells old Ramon’s Restaurant to developer

by Andy Balaskovitz
New developments in REO Town keep pouring in. The latest is an agreement between the Ingham County Land Bank and a local environmental consultant to transform the old Ramon’s Mexican restaurant at 1146 S. Washington Ave. from asbestos-filled blight with natural skylights (holes in the roof) to a multi-use retail center.
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