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Monday, March 18,2013

Pot and glaucoma

State Sen. Rick Jones wants to end medical marijuana as a treatment for the eye disease

by Sam Inglot
A recently proposed bill would take glaucoma, which is nestled right between cancer and HIV, off the list of Michigan medical marijuana-approved diseases because, as Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, put it, “marijuana doesn’t work.” Jones said he supports the use of medical marijuana for those suffering from chronic pain or undergoing cancer treatments but was recently approached by doctors who wanted him to axe glaucoma from the list.
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Monday, March 18,2013

LGBT health

Former Spartan doctor pushing for health equality

by Sam Inglot
“Not being straight, not being white, I have experienced my ‘otherness’ repeatedly in my life. And I think that’s always made me more sensitive to the fears of otherness in my patients. So I thought, ‘You know, it might not be a bad idea to share my experience and my understanding through my lens to my colleagues about LGBT health.’” This is how Dr. Henry Ng described how he became involved in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender health advocacy following his final medical residency lecture.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Let's stay together

Caamal Canul to stay on board as Lansing schools superintendent for another year

by Sam Inglot
Friday, April 13 —The Lansing School Board voted 6-2 Thursday night to suspend the search for a new superintendent and work out a one-year contract to move Interim Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul to the full-fledged position.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Obama backs same-sex marriage

'Wow'

by Sam Inglot
WEDNESDAY, May 9 — “Wow” was Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope’s reaction. Swope hadn’t yet heard the news of President Barack Obama’s interview on ABC News in which he said he now supports same-sex marriage.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Keeping college affordable in Michigan

An Obama administration official visits Lansing to make the case for higher education funding

by Sam Inglot
Monday, May 14 — A federal education official appeared at Eastern High School Friday to highlight the importance of higher education, financial aid opportunities and a push for federal programs that could help keep college costs down in Michigan.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Multimedia: Occupy Lansing holds ‘Laugh Riot’

Members of Occupy Lansing sing protest songs at the Capitol

by Sam Inglot
“Ha! Ha! Ha! Hee! Hee! Hee! Hee! Wallstreet shows terminal greed. Hee! Hee! Hee! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Courts are owned by CEOs.”
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Grass to gas?

Legislation decried by environmental groups may soon legalize methane production via grass clippings

by Sam Inglot
MONDAY, May 21 — Michigan banned throwing away yard waste in neighborhood trash bins 17 years ago because of concerns about landfill space. Now, though, both Democrats and Republicans are trying to limit the ban to allow for the creation of alternative energy.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Allen Street Farmers Market opens

Vendors and community members had blue skies and sunshine for the opening day of the local market

by Sam Inglot
THURSDAY, May 24 — Farmers, food vendors and craft makers from Lansing and other areas of the state arrived Wednesday at 1619 East Kalamazoo St. to partake in the annual Allen Street Farmers Market.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Equality Action Day

Nearly 80 activists mobilize in Lansing to call on state legislators for protection against LGBT discrimination

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, May 24 — In Michigan, someone can be fired from their job or denied housing because they're gay.vDriving that fact home to legislators was a key point in Equality Action Day, a lobbying day at the Capitol organized by Equality Michigan.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Occupy the Council

Occupy Lansing members allege cost projections for last year’s overnight camping in Reutter Park were overblown; Council will look into the matter at their request

by Sam Inglot
Thursday, May 31 — Four members of Occupy Lansing sought answers from the Lansing City Council at its afternoon meeting today about the supposed costs of last year’s occupation in Reutter Park. The group also pleaded for another waiver that would allow them to stay overnight this season.
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