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Monday, December 2,2013

Kids in the Hall

Council approves plans for five different redevelopment projects, including SLU for a church on South MLK

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Dec. 2 — Despite objections from the city’s Planning Department and citizen-advisory Planning Board, the Lansing City Council unanimously approved a special land use request tonight for a church to open on South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
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Wednesday, November 27,2013

David vs. Lansing

South-side resident takes on city over house demolition and loses

by Andy Balaskovitz
In 1989, David Glenn paid $10,000 for a “shabby” 1,500-square-foot single-family home near West Cavanaugh Road and South Cedar Street. Since then, he’s spent over $50,000 on the house, which has included taxes, renovations and fees associated with a nearly decade-long fight with the city to keep it standing.
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Tuesday, November 26,2013

Kids in the Hall

Internal auditor calls city’s relationship with Dewpoint ‘cozy’ and work invoices ‘disturbing’

by Andy Balaskovitz
Monday, Nov. 25 — A month after Internal Auditor Jim DeLine called on the Bernero administration to provide details on the city’s relationship with local tech company Dewpoint Inc., he still doesn’t have all the information he’s looking for.
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Thursday, November 21,2013

Niowave to invest $202M in new Lansing facility

But still isn’t paying full price to fix pole barn

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Nov. 21 — Niowave Inc. is investing $202 million in a new Lansing facility at the Capital Region International Airport, but it’s not paying the full $244,100 it’ll cost to fix its unsightly pole barn in the Walnut Neighborhood.
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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Puritan Michigan

Local senator fears Lansing gay club’s fully nude dancing could be beginning of end of tourism industry. City officials play catch-up with court decision.

by Andy Balaskovitz
State Sen. Rick Jones isn’t exactly getting a warm reception locally to his claim that fully nude bars that serve alcohol would tarnish the state’s tourism industry.
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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Buddhist association request moves forward

Committee approves plans for Buddhist church relocation, parking lot for Chamber of Commerce and two brownfields. Plans head to full Council.

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Nov. 20 — A Lansing City Council committee today approved plans for four separate redevelopment projects, including a special land use request by a religious organization that the city’s Planning Department recommended denying.
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Tuesday, November 19,2013

E.L. ranks high statewide in LGBT rights

Human Rights Campaign gives East Lansing high marks for LGBT policies

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Nov. 19 — Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, has ranked the city of East Lansing near the top in Michigan when it comes to offering LGBT protections.
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Wednesday, November 13,2013

What master plan?

Churches migrate to commercial zones. But what’s the point of a master plan when City Council votes to ignore it?

by Andy Balaskovitz
For the second month in a row, the Lansing City Council is considering whether to allow a church to move into one of the city’s commercial corridors.
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Wednesday, November 13,2013

The year ahead

Picking a president and the strong representation of women on Council

by Andy Balaskovitz
At the outset of 2014, the eight-member Lansing City Council will huddle together — in open doors and behind closed ones — to negotiate electing a new president for the year.
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Friday, November 8,2013

Spiral goes nude

Spiral Video and Dance Bar celebrates 15 years with first fully nude dancers following federal court decision

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Nov. 8 — Spiral Video and Dance Bar in Old Town celebrates 15 years in business Saturday with an all-new kind of show: Fully nude dancers. It’s a party that couldn’t have happened for the 14-year anniversary.
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