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Tuesday, July 20,2010

Kids in the Hall

Tax exemption for GM expansion dominates Council meeting

by Andy Balaskovitz
After swiftly placing more than a dozen letters and resolutions on file or moving them to various committees, Monday night’s Lansing City Council meeting welcomed General Motors Inc. representative Brian O’Connell to an informal discussion on a possible Lansing expansion. GM is...
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Monday, July 19,2010

LGBT support

Bernero looks to undecided progressive voters with new endorsements

by Andy Balaskovitz
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero picked up endorsements today by prominent LGBT-rights groups, which he believes will connect him to undecided Democrats in the Aug. 3 primary.
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Saturday, July 17,2010

Virg Watch

Unions spend on Virg

by Andy Balaskovitz
Sunday is the close of books for the primary reporting period and Virg Bernero’s union endorsers have been picking up any slack.
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Wednesday, July 14,2010

A new PSD?

Two years after hiring a new executive director and as the City Council contemplates changing its name, how is the Principal Shopping District doing?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Rick Preuss, owner of Preuss Pets in Old Town, recently got his annual bill from the Lansing Principal Shopping District for about $1,000 that goes toward beautifying, maintaining and promoting the business corridor from I-496 to Old Town between Larch Street and Capitol Avenue.
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Tuesday, July 13,2010

Kids in the Hall

Council clears way for tax incentives for new MSUFCU branch downtown

by Andy Balaskovitz
Does a big bank need tax incentives to locate in downtown Lansing? Most members of the City Council think it does.Lansing City Council approved Monday night three tax incentives worth $297,000 over 12 years for Michigan State University Federal Credit Union to remodel the old Dimitri&rsquo...
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Thursday, July 8,2010

KIDS IN THE HALL

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Lansing City Council held a brief meeting today due to the July 4 holiday. A Committee of the Whole meeting was scheduled immediately after the Council meeting, but Council members Brian Jeffries, Carol Wood and Eric Hewitt voted against moving to CoW for the same reasons they have ...
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Wednesday, July 7,2010

Virg Watch

Virg running for money

by Andy Balaskovitz
With less than a month left until the Democratic gubernatorial primary, appeals from theVirg Bernero camp for money are coming harder than ever. On Tuesday, an e-mail was sent out from the Bernero campasking that each supporter give $100 by July 1 so that it can be matched by...
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Wednesday, July 7,2010

Drugs of choice

The good news: Heroin abusers no longer dominate local rehab clinics. The bad news: They are being overtaken by prescription drug abusers. Methadone is the cheap new culprit.

by Andy Balaskovitz
A true opiate addict claims to "feel normal" the first time he does opiates. David Blankenship, program director for Victory Clinical Services, which operates an addiction recovery center on South Cedar Street in Lansing, calls these people “lifers.”.
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Tuesday, June 29,2010

KIDS IN THE HALL

Budget end times, stop signs and new City Hall ... hours of operation

by Andy Balaskovitz
Talks of using $3.4 million of the city’s reserve funds to fix an unbalanced 2010 fiscal year budget livened up Monday’s Lansing City Council meeting. At-Large Councilman Brian Jeffries said he was left in the dark about using reserve funds to cover a deficit and wanted a more ...
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Ondol the floor

Bronze-age Korean architecture hits Ingham County

by Andy Balaskovitz
Twenty-six people formed a U on Friday around Korean architect and philosopher Jai Soon Ko in room 201 of the Michigan State University International Center. Air and heat vents dotted the ceiling, while covering the cement floor was a plain blue carpet ' not exactly Ko’s style.
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