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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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Wednesday, July 28,2010

Virg Watch

Tracking the money

by Andy Balaskovitz
With less than a week until the gubernatorial primary election, the big news out of the races this week is the campaign contributions for each of the seven candidates. Democratic candidate Virg Bernero’s spending budget is roughly half of his opponent, Andy Dillon.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

Ingham commission races

by Andy Balaskovitz
Of the five county commission primary races, four are between Republicans, yet the Demcratic race may be the most heated.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

Millages all around

by Andy Balaskovitz
Millage proposals on local ballots for the Aug. 3 primary range from straight renewals to sharp increases, controversial to clear-cut and maintenance-driven to expansion-oriented.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

Saturday with Virg

Truckin’ through Dillon turf with his confident opponent

by Andy Balaskovitz
Saturday began with a UAW rally in blue-collar Taylor, in the Downriver area of Metropolitan Detroit. It drew a couple of hundred people. Unpredictable weather shuffled supporters inside and outside until the last minute before speeches were made. UAW Region 1A Director Rory Gamble introduced Bernero to a standing ovation.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Malcolm St.?

A proposed street name change before the Lansing City Council brings to the fore controversial black-rights activist and former Lansing resident Malcolm X

by Andy Balaskovitz
Michigan State University sociology Professor Carl Taylor was 15 years old on Feb. 14, 1965, the day he met Malcolm X. X was giving a speech at the Ford Auditorium in Dearborn on the same day his home was firebombed in New York City. Taylor said X’s presence was powerful, ominous and uptight, his clothes still smelling of smoke.
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