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Devils Night antics hit local business, residents

Tuesday morning, Adam Eisele and his roommates awoke to find a dead squirrel cooking in the small propane grill they keep on the front porch of their Evergreen Avenue home. One of the four cars in their driveway had also been toilet papered. The engineering junior, his roommates and neighbors were a small sect of people who experienced Devil’s Night in East Lansing firsthand this year. “It wasn’t really a big deal,” he said.

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Abraham accuses Stabenow campaign of tax-dollar misuse

As election day approaches and polls tighten, allegations by Republican U.S. Sen. Spence Abraham’s campaign against Democratic candidate Debbie Stabenow report she used taxpayer dollars to purchase voter files.Abraham’s campaign alleges Stabenow spent $1,500 of taxpayer money on voter files from Practical Political Consulting, a firm run by Ingham County Commissioner Mark Grebner.

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Housing assistance deadline approaches

The federal government is looking to make your rent payments a little easier to swallow, but the deadline is coming up for those who wish to apply. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Rental Assistance Program will be giving out applications for those who qualify for rental assistance in Ingham County.

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Fraternity hosts Fire Safety Day

The sounds of fire engines, sirens and gleeful children filled the air at Fire Safety Day on Sunday at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house.The East Lansing Fire Department teamed up with the Phi Delta Thetas and the Kappa Delta sorority to put on the event for the community.Bob Pratt, East Lansing fireman and co-coordinator of the event, said the day went fabulously.“It was a great day and we had a great turnout, not only from the community but the Phi Delta Thetas and the Kappa Deltas as well,” Pratt said.“There have been a lot of activities, the kids got to tour the fire truck and the ambulance and they all got a chance to spray a little water out of the fire hose.”Along with numerous activities for children, the firemen got a chance to pass along some key fire-safety knowledge, he said.“A working smoke detector doubles your chances of surviving a fire,” Pratt said.

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Protesters demand end to racial profiling, brutality

Lansing - A small but energetic crowd gathered on the steps of the state Capitol and east lawn Saturday afternoon to protest racial profiling and police brutality.Demonstrators listened to representatives from the black, Latino, lesbian-bi-gay-transgendered and religious communities for three hours as they demanded change and cited specific cases of brutality.The demands included the passage of legislation to outlaw racial profiling in Michigan, which would allow officers who commit these acts to be prosecuted, the creation of a council for community control of the police and a call for the immediate end to police brutality and racial profiling.Demonstrators of various races and social classes came from across the state to participate in the rally.

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Jacobsons, Izzo rally for kids

The re-opening gala at Jacobson’s brought 300 people - including Tom Izzo - together Sunday night to raise money for Coaches for Kids.The gala, celebrating the store’s new location at the Meridian Mall, 1982 W.

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E.L. holds pumpkin walk

Cows, Winnie the Poohs, angels and devils filled the streets of East Lansing on Thursday for the 11th annual Great Pumpkin Walk.Hundreds of parents and children in costumes gathered on Grand River Avenue from 5 p.m.

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Web offers alternative to car lot

Three years ago it seemed odd to buy a car in pajamas and slippers at 3 a.m.But now that the e-commerce boom has hit the automobile industry and consumers’ garages, it isn’t even necessary to leave the house when shopping for a car.“It’s really about customer convenience,” said Leigh Morehouse, the Internet manager for Spartan Motor Mall, 5701 S.

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Officials ask for sign ordinance compliance

East Lansing officials are asking political candidates and homeowners to abide by a sign ordinance that limits where signs can be placed and how many are allowed in one yard.Lawn signs are a popular way for candidates to display their name and face to persuade voters.

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Grant helps state police install cameras in patrol cars

The Michigan State Police is installing 58 new video camera systems in patrol cars across the state thanks to a large federal grant.The $247,892 grant was given to the department as part of a $12 million effort to help install cameras in police cruisers in 41 states.Michigan already has 122 cameras deployed across the state, including four in the Lansing area.

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States to stiffen DUI penalties

President Bill Clinton signed a bill Monday to set tougher standards for drunken driving. The new law requires states to impose a .08 percent blood alcohol content standard as the legal level for drunken driving by the year 2004.

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Greeks have fun preparing kids for Halloween

Students from Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity volunteered Tuesday to carve pumpkins with local elementary school students.The event at Red Cedar Elementary School, 1110 Narcissus St., was one of several activities local greek chapters plan to do with area children.“It’s important to go out in the community and spend time with kids,” said Genevieve Webb, philanthropy chair for Kappa Alpha Theta.

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Forum to discuss MIP, drunken driving laws

LANSING - The Lansing City Council will hold public hearings on proposed changes to its drunken driving and minor in possession ordinances Monday. The changes would increase penalties for each of the offenses, bringing them in line with new state laws. “Basically, we’re doing this because the state law, which has been changed within the last year or so, made some changes to the penalties,” said Councilmember Joan Bauer, chairwoman of the Public Safety Committee.