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Officers continue efforts to target drunken drivers

Ingham County law enforcement agencies will continue teaming up this year to target drunken drivers.Officers from the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office and the East Lansing, Lansing and Meridian Township police departments will work overtime on selected nights for “Operation Nightcap.” The program aims to saturate specific areas with patrols to find drunken drivers.The agencies tend to target holidays and weekends.

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Hudsons announces name change

For 120 years Hudson’s has been a household name throughout Michigan. But Friday Hudson’s announced it will change its name.Department store officials say all 21 Hudson’s will take on the name of Marshall Field’s, a company that the Dayton Hudson Corporation purchased in 1990.

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Family donates piece of land for peace of mind

With the help of MSU and East Lansing communities, the corner of Grand River Avenue and Hagadorn Road will have a place for people to relax and enjoy Zen-like surroundings.A group of MSU students worked with city officials to design the East Lansing Welcome Park, a $30,000 park that officials hope will welcome motorists into the city.Tom Smith, president of Grass Roots Inc., 16262 Chandler Rd., said his company, which donated labor and equipment to do the site preparation and planting, would like to get started as early as April.The half acre of land was donated to East Lansing in February by the Musselman/Ledebuhr family to be used as a “Welcome to East Lansing” site.“Sure we thought about it for a little while,” said Rolly Ledebuhr, a broker with Musselman Realty Co., 322 Abbott Rd.

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Stabenow assigned to committees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow will serve on four committees, including the powerful Budget Committee, as she begins her first term as a senator, the Lansing Democrat said Thursday. Senate Democrats voted to appoint Stabenow to the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and the Special Committee on Aging, besides the Budget Committee. Stabenow served two terms in the U.S.

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Holiday driving fatalities at 17-year low

The Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays were the safest on Michigan roads since 1983, the Michigan State Police reported Thursday.Police reported 27 people died in traffic accidents during those three holiday weekends last year, compared to 56 fatalities during those periods in 1999.State police Sgt.

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U-M president on list for top spot at Harvard University

MSU could lose an ally in bringing attention to higher education issues in the state.University of Michigan President Lee Bollinger is on a list of 30 to 40 candidates being considered to head Harvard University, the student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, reported.Harvard is searching for a chief executive to replace President Neil Rudenstine, 63, who is retiring in June.

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Special elections set

Gov. John Engler announced Wednesday special elections to fill three available seats in the Michigan House and Senate.The seats were left empty after U.S.

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City project relocates long-standing merchants

For 30 years Gina’s Hallmark has sold gift paper, ribbons and bows at 301 E. Grand River Ave.But now, Pam Coughlin has packaged her store in boxes in an effort to make room for The City Center Project - a redevelopment city officials will use to help revitalize the downtown.Coughlin began to hear rumors three years ago that her store may be relocated, and a week and a half ago Hallmark employees began to move boxes to a new location at 539 E.

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Council appoints top seats

Louis Adado and Larry Meyer will lead the Lansing City Council in the new year after they were recently chosen to serve as president and vice president of Lansing’s city council.

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Settlement forces Ford apology for faulty tires

By ED RONCO The State News When manufacturing engineering senior Jennifer Cody graduates in May she will be going to work for Ford Motor Co., but she doesn’t know if she would buy its product. A settlement involving both money and public disclosure of information was reached Monday in the case of Donna Bailey, a paralyzed woman seeking $100 million from Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and Ford Motor Co. for injuries sustained in March. It would have been the first lawsuit of its kind to go to trial since Bridgestone/Firestone tires were first recalled last August. The settlement was announced by lawyers for Bailey and the two companies. Financial terms were not disclosed but according to attorneys for Bailey, the settlement calls for an acceptance of responsibility and an apology by Ford, and requires both Ford and Firestone to publicly disclose any additional information from the tire recall investigation. Ford representatives visited Bailey in her hospital room Sunday night and delivered the apology she had sought. “(The settlement) is enough to take care of her for the rest of her life,” said Mikal C.

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Miller files suit to protect personal privacy

By ED RONCO The State News A new law requiring Michigan residents to submit their Social Security numbers when they renew their driver’s licenses is being challenged in a lawsuit filed Thursday by Secretary of State Candice Miller. States are required under the federal Welfare Reform Act approved by Congress in 1997 to collect Social Security numbers from licensed drivers to help track parents who fail to pay child support. Miller said the requirement, which took effect in October, violates the privacy of Michigan’s 6.9 million licensed drivers. “I will not sit idly by while residents’ privacy is invaded by an intrusive, ineffective and unfunded mandate,” Miller said. Michigan is the only state not complying with the requirement that took effect in October, said Pam Carte,r of the U.S.