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Thursday, August 27,2015

Interview: Bernero on Lansing's heroin problem

Lansing Mayor weighs in on the city's heroin surge

by Todd A. Heywood
City Pulse reporter Todd Heywood talks with Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero about the city's approach to the heroin problem.
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Thursday, August 27,2015

Interview: Yankowski on Lansing's heroin problem

Lansing Police Chief talks about the department's new approach

by Todd A. Heywood
City Pulse reporter Todd Heywood talks to Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski about the department's new approach to Lansing's heroin surge.
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

Help, not arrests

Lansing police get creative in addressing heroin ‘surge’

by Todd A. Heywood
The idea is similar to an initiative started in May by the Gloucester, Mass., Police Department. By August, The Washington Post reported recently, 109 addicts had been helped into treatment programs through the Glouchester Initiative. That program is funded by a partnership between public and private agencies.
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

Unpaid bills?

City Council, city attorney at odds over internal auditor report

by Todd A. Heywood
    The Lansing city attorney and Mayor Virg Bernero are challenging a report by the City Council’s internal auditor that alleges the law department is four months behind on paying close to $160,000 in bills for outside legal counsel. The solution to this squabble ...
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

First clerk

Barb Byrum makes her mark in same-sex marriage battle

by Todd A. Heywood
  Minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage was legal for same-gender couples in the entire United States, Barb Byrum had a couple before her who wanted to be married. The 37-year-old clerk of Ingham County hadn’t even finished reading the ruling, but she was ga...
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Wednesday, August 19,2015

The 'stroll' goes on

Federal indictment renews attention to Kzoo hustlers

by Todd A. Heywood
    Theresa Moore has lived near one of the Lansing’s busiest sex–for-sale corridors, a stretch of Kalamazoo Street, for 17 years. While she is wary of the women who work the stroll — they are “obviously strung out on something” — she is ...
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Wednesday, August 12,2015

DeWeese defends record

Challenges FBI, takes on medical community over opioid concerns

by Todd A. Heywood
    “Pathetic.” That’s how embattled physician Paul DeWeese characterized an FBI affidavit filed in federal court alleging a variety of abuses in his Lansing-based pain management and drug addiction medical practice. DeWeese, a former state representat...
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Wednesday, August 12,2015

Wood apologizes

Councilwoman begins reimbursing city for ads

by Todd A. Heywood
    Lansing City Councilwoman Carol Wood has reimbursed the city of Lansing for some of the ads she placed with taxpayer funds that included her campaign web address. Wood said Thursday she has repaid the city $125 for an advertisement that ran in the monthly newsletter ...
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Wednesday, August 12,2015

Sex trafficking

by Todd A. Heywood
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12 — A Lansing man has been arrested on federal charges of sex trafficking for allegedly taking four women, including a minor, across state lines. Tyrone Smith, 45, Tyrone Smith was the only defendant named in an indictment filed in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Michigan that was unsealed today. Smith was in custody. He has a detention hearing in Grand Rapids Monday.
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Monday, August 10,2015

Folk festival flap

Root beer vendor draws protests over Confederate flag display

by Todd A. Heywood
MONDAY, Aug. 10 — Christopher Zemer has been flying the Confederate flag on his antique root beer stand for the past 12 years, including at the Great Lakes Folk Festival. But this year the flag was not hoisted on a pole along with an American flag. Rather, a smaller one was used over a window on his stand. A “Romney Ryan” sticker was next to it.
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