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Council votes to waive noise ordinance

LANSING - The Lansing City Council unanimously voted Monday night to suspend the city’s noise ordinance for the upcoming construction on Interstate 496. The waiver allows the Michigan Department of Transportation to allow a construction company to do demolition and construction between 6 a.m.

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Fraternity participates in food drive

For some needy families, a little food can go a long way. The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity’s North American Food Drive philanthropy is accepting monetary and food donations this week to benefit underprivileged families in the area. Paul Mitchell, fraternity member and Interfraternity Council President, said every dollar raised will equal 8 pounds of food for the people who need it most. “We have gone to local businesses, fraternities, sororities, the dorms and residences in East Lansing, Lansing and Okemos to ask if they’d like to donate,” Mitchell said.

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Celebrities show election involvement

Stars of television, film and stage may not have enough political knowledge to run the government, but they do know where to put their famous faces - and their money - to help impact elections. “They’re pretty busy with their show business careers, but politics are so important to them,” said Charles Atkin, an MSU communication professor who teaches a course dealing with media coverage of campaigns.

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Greeks host broomball

On Wednesday evening the cool surface of Munn Ice Arena will feature brooms and tennis shoes instead of hockey sticks and ice skates.The Pi Beta Phi sorority will host its annual broomball philanthropy event from midnight to 2 a.m., in which eight fraternities and eight sororities will compete in a single-elimination tournament until a winner is crowned.

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New store offers city a slice of the pie

People who have a sweet tooth can get their own piece of the pie - and choose their flavor.The Grand Traverse Pie Co., 3536 Meridian Crossing Drive in Okemos, opened its third location Saturday, bringing a taste of Traverse City to the Lansing area.“Lansing has a really good market, there really aren’t (any pie-type stores),” said Mike Busley, the stores’ founder and owner.

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CATA offers free rides to the polls

Those using a lack of transportation as an excuse to not vote are going to have to come up with a different reason.Capital Area Transportation Authority will offer free rides to and from the polls today.“Anyone that has a valid voter registration card (can) show that to the driver of any route and will then get a ride free to the polls,” said Sandy Draggoo, CATA executive director.

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Man in jail after driving stolen van

A 21-year-old man is being held in the Ingham County Jail on bond following a Saturday afternoon car chase.At 12:35 p.m., an MSU police officer noticed a man driving a stolen minivan on campus near Harrison Avenue and Trowbridge Road, MSU police Lt.

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ACLU hosts summit for activist students at Capitol

LANSING - Michigan college students involved with activism and advocacy attended a summit at the state Capitol on Saturday.About 50 students attended the American Civil Liberties Union’s second annual Michigan summit - a gathering to inform students of the ACLU’s purpose and establish networks between members.“Much more important than the quantity of students there was the broad contacts made,” said Aaron Allen, president of the MSU ACLU chapter.

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Lansing Web site offers updated information

LANSING - With election day coming, Lansing City Clerk Marilynn Slade is anticipating a slew of phone calls from residents who don’t know where to vote.But that could change.Along with other changes to the city of Lansing’s Web site, the page for the city clerk has added a feature where residents can find their precinct location.“Anybody that’s registered to vote in the city of Lansing can put their street address and find where to vote,” Slade said.

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New café supplies healthy foods

LANSING - Students who like to eat roasted garlic greens can relish their taste buds at a new restaurant opening in the Frandor Shopping Center. The Better Health Café, located within The Better Health Store, 305 N.

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APASO power rally kicks off conference

A rally and march from the rock on Farm Lane will highlight a weekend full of activities for Asian and Pacific American students today at 4 p.m. This is the ninth year the Asian Pacific American Student Organization will host its fall conference.

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Polls expect more voters

State officials are predicting about 63 percent of registered Michigan voters will cast their votes in this year’s presidential election Tuesday. The 63 percent expected to turn out is a significant increase from the 1996 presidential election voter turnout, said Julie Pierce, spokeswoman for the secretary of state.

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Delta Tau Delta reinstated

Members of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity have good reason to celebrate this weekend - three years after losing their national charter they will have it reinstated Saturday. The fraternity had their charter revoked three years ago by the national chapter because of lack of members and finances.

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APASO power rally kicks off conference

A rally and march from the rock on Farm Lane will highlight a weekend full of activities for Asian and Pacific American students today at 4 p.m.This is the ninth year the Asian Pacific American Student Organization will host its fall conference.

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Students get hands-on government experience

LANSING - Although state and federal government are frequent topics in high school government classes, topics closest to the students are often not discussed. City government issues like how city councils work aren’t covered in government classes, so it’s up to the Student Government Days program to fill the void. The program was started four years ago by Lansing Councilmember Sandy Allen as a way to teach high school students about the inner workings of city government. “City government impacts people so directly,” Allen said.

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Spartans help classes, community with Junior Achievement program

MSU students and area volunteers are doing their part to better the community in school classrooms as part of the Junior Achievement program. In operation since 1919, the program reaches more than 2.7 million elementary, middle and high school students all over the country and almost 100 countries worldwide. Yen Pham, Junior Achievement program manager and an MSU alumna, said she got involved in order to have a bigger impact on the community and the children. “It’s a really great nonprofit organization that does a lot as far as teaching kids about businesses and free enterprise,” Pham said.