Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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Parade marks start of holiday season

To mark the beginning of the holiday season, Lansing will be hosting Silver Bells in the City tonight, a holiday event that includes an electric light parade, free entertainment and the lighting of the capital’s Christmas tree.The event began in 1985 with just a few luminaries and a community sing led by the Lansing mayor but has now grown to provide entertainment for an expected 40,000 to 50,000 people.“At the beginning of the event it was started as a way to promote downtown,” said Sue Mills, executive director of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, which coordinates the event.

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Grant makes cleaner cars

A grant awarded to the city of Lansing will aid in lowering air pollution and increasing the amount of alternative-fuel vehicles on the road.The $20,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services was given to offer incentives to fleet owners for buying vehicles that use the alternative fuels.The city of Lansing’s Management Services Department applied for the grant.“We applied in the spring and they notified us in October we had received the grant,” said Liza Estlund Olson, chair of the Greater Lansing Clean Cities Coalition.

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Top designer agrees to create new skate parks

Two skate parks near East Lansing will be designed by one of the top designers in the field, despite the facilities not receiving funding from the city.Ranney Park and Benjamin Davis Park in Lansing were picked for the projects - the parks border several East Lansing neighborhoods, and Ranney Park borders the Frandor Shopping Center.The clear visibility, bathroom facilities and space were some of the deciding factors in determining the location of the skate parks, said Tim McCaffrey, director of East Lansing Parks and Recreation Facilities.“There is a great interest among the youth in East Lansing and Lansing,” McCaffrey said.

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Hunters fire up for opening day

It’s not just the thrill of the hunt that lures Luke Gabbard into the fields every November.“Just being outdoors, being out in the woods, seeing animals, that’s half the enjoyment of it,” said Gabbard, an agriculture business management junior.

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Police warn U of man impersonating officer

East Lansing police Capt. Juli Liebler wants to make sure residents know the difference between real police uniforms and vehicles and those of a man posing as a police officer in the area.A female MSU student was stopped near Albert and M.A.C.

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Police release composites of suspects in Gunson Street stabbing

East Lansing police officials released composites of two male suspects Monday that are wanted in the stabbing of a 22-year-old student.Eric Miller, a criminal justice and psychology senior, was stabbed twice in the back while attending a house party on the 100 block of Gunson Street at about 1:15 a.m.

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Stamp prices to rise by one cent

By JOHN HEILPRIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON - For the second time in as many years, Americans are being asked to spend a penny more to mail a letter. First-class stamps will cost 34 cents and other postal service rates will increase, but 20-cent postcards will remain unchanged.

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Greek elections to take place

Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., the Union will host the greek system’s annual Interfraternity and Panhellenic Council elections.Fraternity elections will take place in the Union Gold Rooms A and B and sorority elections will be held in the Union Parlors B and C.Panhellenic president Tiffany Finlan said it’s a responsibility not to be taken lightly.“It’s important to select a strong individual who will be able to carry on the responsibility of such a large organization,” Finlan said.

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Housing, skate parks top council agenda

East Lansing City Council members will discuss a downtown housing study and the possible construction of skate parks in the Lansing area at their city council work session tonight. The Downtown Housing Market Study will be a 60-day project that begins Dec.

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Byrum may want recount

As the entire nation waits anxiously for the final tally in the presidential race, some Michigan voters may find themselves waiting to find out who is going to represent them in Congress for the upcoming term.State Sens.

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Legal fraternity initiates new members, resumes activity

Friday evening in the Moot Courtroom of the MSU-Detroit College of Law Building, 43 MSU students were initiated into the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta. The fraternity, open to students of all majors who are considering law school, had been dormant on campus for the past three years. Natalie Gonder, a Spanish and journalism sophomore, was among the students initiated into the organization. “The ceremony went really well,” Gonder said.

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Police, experts work to identify remains

An autopsy will be performed tomorrow on the human remains uncovered in a wooded area on Lansing’s west side early Saturday morning.MSU experts have played a crucial part in the investigation by aiding police in excavating the body, and will help with the autopsy if needed.The body was found around 9:30 a.m.

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GOP retains majority in Michigan House

Things weren’t looking good for the state House Republicans vying to keep their 58-52 majority over the Democrats.But after Tuesday’s election, the GOP prevailed - the Republicans still have 58 representatives in the House and none of the party’s incumbents, who weren’t term-limited, lost.Kendall Wingrove, press secretary for House Republican Communications, said winning the House majority has not been easy.“We worked extremely hard for two years in preparation for this election,” Wingrove said.

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Greeks to choose delegates

At 6 p.m. on Nov. 15, the greek system will hold elections for representatives of the Interfraternity Council, in the Union Gold Room and Panhellenic Council, in the Union Parlors B and C.Tiffany Finlan, Panhellenic president, said it’s important to select a strong individual who will be able to carry on responsibilities of such a large organization.“I hope that whomever is elected will take the traditions that we have established and work to build on them,” she said.The Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils are looking for presidents and vice presidents for many greek areas and activities.There are three candidates running for Panhellenic president.Emily Crandell, a general management senior, said she is running because the greek system has given so much to her, she’d like to give something back.“I have a million ideas,” Crandell said.