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Wednesday, August 22,2012

That's 'provisioning centers'

A House Republican introduces medical marijuana legislation that seeks to survive the "Grandma Test" and allow for locally controlled dispensaries, er, provisioning centers

by Sam Inglot
Although it probably won't make it into the final language of the bill, state Rep. Mike Callton said any proposed medical marijuana "provisioning center" should pass the all-important "Grandma Test."
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Friday, August 3,2012

Dems, Repubs seek Meridian Township clerk post

Two Democrats and Two Republicans will square off to fill a position long held by conservatives

by Sam Inglot
The township clerk is responsible for administering elections and handling requests for township records and is also a voting member of the Township Board of Trustees. Republican Mary Helmbrecht has served in the position since 1997.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

It's hot in Delhi

Raising taxes and fiscal conservatives in little old Delhi Township

by Sam Inglot
Goodrich says his opponent is accusing him of pushing a fictional "rain tax" that Goodrich says isn’t being planned. The alleged tax would charge residents based on the size of the hard surface areas of their households, like driveways and roofs.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

The students' court

Who will fill Judge Jordon's seat in East Lansing?

by Sam Inglot
Clement, 35, is a 2002 graduate of the Michigan State University Law School. He is a former Eaton County assistant prosecuting attorney and went into private practice six years ago. He is an adjunct professor at Cooley Law School, where he teaches classes on criminal law and evidence.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Last stop

The "current culture" of CATA drives international traffic expert from board position

by Sam Inglot
With a Ph.D in transportation from Michigan State University and nearly 50 years of experience in the field, Thomas Maleck is resigning from the local public transportation authority's board in disgust.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

He said, she said, they said

Automated phone calls hit on name-calling claims; Jody Washington calls them a "public nuisance" and wants them to stop

by Sam Inglot
Recently, when asked to identify the gossiper, Washington said she could not reveal who had supposedly leaked the mayor’s comments to her.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Sam Inglot
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Good economy, bad economy: vacant buildings happen. Blight isn’t vacancy, but it begins with poorly kept properties that are all too often the result of vacancy. Unoccupied properties can avoid blight if owners attend to the vital maintenance, like the roof and grounds. Buildings experience vacancy: It is the steps taken to maintain the property in the interim that matters.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Lansing's 'Tour de Coop'

Urban chicken coop tour draws enthusiasts and the curious

by Sam Inglot
Eager bicyclists filled the Foster Community Center parking lot Saturday afternoon for the aptly titled "Tour de Coup": This caravan was on a tour of urban chicken coops throughout Lansing.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

A life they don't want

Kalamazoo sex workers tell their stories

by Sam Inglot
Somewhere in the night along the dimly lit Kalamazoo Street corridor a woman walks with no destination in mind. She’s looking for a ride, a round trip that will bring her back to the same street, hopefully with a few dollars in her pocket.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

'Monstrosity'

Niowave expansion wows public officials, ticks off neighbors

by Sam Inglot
Hahn said the addition of a threestory, 14,000-square-foot pole barn to the Niowave, Inc., facilities on the northwest corner of Seymour Avenue and West Kilborn Street has completely blocked out sunshine to his adjacent home to the north of 17 years. A fence, a few trees and about 10 feet of space separate his property from the new expansion.
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