Thursday, April 2, 2020

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E.L. sees weekend violence, car chase

A 24-year-old man from Livonia is in stable but critical condition at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital after being assaulted early Sunday outside an East Lansing establishment.Brandon D’Annunzio is suffering from severe head trauma with a fractured skull and has a blood clot in his brain, said friend Jennifer Martino, an MSU alumna.He is being treated for his injuries in Sparrow’s Neurological Intensive Care Unit.D’Annunzio is not an MSU student, but Martino said he had been in East Lansing for a friend’s bachelor party at BW-3, 220 M.A.C.

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E.L. may fund park upgrades

East Lansing City Council members may approve a $175,470 contract for new development of a park near Harrison Avenue. The Harrison Meadows Park is primarily a wooded area with trails for walking, jogging and cross country skiing. A small portion of the park will be developed if the contract agreement is approved by the council. Tim McCaffrey, East Lansing parks and recreation facilities director, said the park will have many improvements made after the development. “This development is primarily to serve the people of the small, surrounding neighborhood,” he said.

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Shelter pursues greater domestic violence awareness

October may be Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but even MSU Safe Place director Holly Rosen admits the month could be better publicized.Rosen said Safe Place, a shelter for targets of domestic violence, has not been doing as much advertising for the month as usual, causing many off-campus students to be unaware of the month.“I’m not surprised by it,” Rosen said.

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Students to petition for return of law fraternity

Students interested in studying law might have their own fraternity if the efforts of one of their own pay off.Vanessa Madrazo, an interdisciplinary studies in social science senior, is heading up the charge to reactivate the MSU chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, a coed pre-law fraternity which has been dormant since 1997.“This fraternity is for anyone who is interested in attending law school,” Madrazo said.

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Online tool lets youth be heard

Young voters will be able to do more than just watch the upcoming presidential debates, thanks to a new online poll to be launched Tuesday.SpeakOut.com and Youth Vote 2000 are sponsoring the “National Youth Meter,” a second-by-second poll that will allow voters to express their opinions about presidential candidates George W.

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New plates show Spartans spirit

Spartan supporters will have a new way to show their school pride Monday.MSU, along with 14 other Michigan universities, is featured on the newest design for Michigan license plates, which were unveiled Tuesday night.The plates go on sale at 9 a.m.

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Lansing delegation travels to Africa to further understanding of sister city

Lansing Mayor David Hollister will be traveling to Akuapim, Ghana, today as part of Lansing’s sister cities program with the African city. Hollister and a delegation of Lansing educators, health care providers, civil engineers and other citizens will travel to Ghana to dedicate two libraries created with books donated from Lansing residents and to formally initiate an ambulance donated and equipped by Lansing to be used as a traveling health clinic. There will also be a formally signed agreement making Lansing and Akuapim sister cities. Ghana is a country with more than 17 million people.

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Police offer Lansing academy

When Lansing resident Patty Farhat Reed heard about the Citizens Police Academy Program, she jumped at the opportunity to become involved.She was a member of her neighborhood watch and thought she knew a lot about the Lansing Police Department already, but this could only improve the quality of her community involvement.Five years later she couldn’t be happier to have taken part in the inaugural program.“It was probably the best thing I ever did for myself,” Reed said.

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Mayor designates funds to shape up downtown

In an attempt to further revitalize the downtown area, Lansing Mayor David Hollister is pouring money into businesses in the Washington Avenue area.Hollister has designated $75,000 for grants to area businesses and property owners as a motivation for facade improvement and loft construction.

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Media wins riot photo rights

The March 27-28, 1999, East Lansing riot left fires burning long after the smoke from that fateful evening had cleared - the battle for possession of unpublished riot photos is finally over more than a year and a half after it started.In an attempt to single out participants in the riot, Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III issued subpoenas to all state media outlets for copies of unpublished photographs and film taken during the disturbance.An eight-month long court battle ensued between 11 Michigan media outlets that were under subpoena, including The State News.The state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the media Tuesday.

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Fire kills Lansing man

Lansing police and fire crews are investigating a suspicious death in connection with a fire that occuring early Tuesday. The Lansing Fire Department received a call at 4:25 a.m.