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E.L. events coordinator to start U alumni job

After six years working for the city of East Lansing, the coordinator of the National Folk Festival will be starting her new job for the MSU Alumni Association today.Sharon Radtke’s duties will be similar to her previous job as East Lansing’s community events coordinator, but on a much larger scale.

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School vouchers lack voter support

Dave Houston is looking forward to voting no on Proposal 1.Houston, a father of two children in the East Lansing School District, said the Michigan voucher proposal is too radical to pass, and he believes it will inevitably take money away from public school districts and hurt education in Michigan.“The proponents’ ads have been misleading,” Houston said.

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Skatefest raises funds for local skate parks

LANSING - Skateboarders, in-line skaters, heavy metal bands and community members gathered Saturday and Sunday to help raise money for a Lansing area skate park.The event, Skatefest 2000, was held in a city parking lot on the corners of Kalamazoo and Cedar streets in Lansing.All the money was raised through the sale of food, T-shirts and other merchandise at the event.

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Debate skims affirmative action issue

As far as disagreements between presidential candidates go, students feel the discussion about affirmative action during Tuesday night’s presidential debate could have been louder and longer.Instead, it showed a difference in the candidates’ views without answering many questions.Republican Texas Gov.

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Police arrest 5 U-M vandals

Several University of Michigan students were arrested early Thursday morning for trespassing on campus and defacing property with trademark blue block M’s.An MSU greencoat security member on watch-duty at Sparty on Wednesday night noticed a blue block M painted on the side of Spartan Stadium as well as five suspicious-looking males walking through campus, and reported it to the police desk, MSU police Detective Tony Willis said.At about 4 a.m.

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Couple awarded for aid to international studies

The East Lansing City Council discussed more than just plans for the city Tuesday, presenting the Citizens of the Year Award to Paul and Linda Roberts.The East Lansing couple was recommended as worthy recipients of the award by Stanley Wronski, president of the Greater Lansing United Nations Association.The award is given to the person or people every year who have contributed an outstanding accomplishment toward world peace and freedom.The Roberts have been avidly involved in international studies programs for MSU as well as cultural understanding and communication skills with other countries.Paul Roberts, who serves as the associate dean for international programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has been with MSU and the MSU study abroad program since 1979.“Even though I am really honored to be presented with this award, I think there are many others who have done just as much if not more for the international program than I have,” Roberts said.Study abroad opportunities have expanded from one to more than 30 programs in the last 10 years since Paul Roberts started working in the program.

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EPA awards Lansing grant to redevelop polluted areas

Lansing’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority received a $200,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to identify contaminated properties in the city.The money will help the agency find contaminated sites within the city that can be developed with some environmental improvements, said Tracy Carney-Miller, a development specialist with the Economic Development Corporation.

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U hosts environmental conference

The Society of Environmental Journalists hold their 10th annual conference in East Lansing this weekend, offering speakers and live tours of environmental landscapes and centers around the state. The conference, hosted by MSU, begins today at 7 a.m.

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Police crack down on campus traffic violations

Crossing the street on campus may be getting a little safer.In response to concerns of students and other MSU community members about crosswalk and bicycle traffic safety, the MSU police department has stepped up enforcement on campus.“If the community is saying they’re concerned for their safety and that we need more enforcement at the crosswalks and intersections, we’re going to do that,” said MSU police Sgt.

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Prices drop to clear out E. L. store

Jacobson’s department store is holding a storewide liquidation sale where everything must go. One week ago the new Jacobson’s opened in the Meridian Mall in Okemos, leaving behind a large surplus of office equipment and store fixtures at the old location, 333 E.

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Father boosts reward in sons death investigation

It has been 17 days since Brandon D’Annunzio, a 24-year-old Livonia resident, was assaulted outside an East Lansing bar, and seven since he died at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital. During a press conference at the East Lansing police station Tuesday, Brandon’s father, Dennis D’Annunzio, said the reward in the case has soared from the original $500 to $10,000, including a $500 donation from BW-3, 220 M.A.C.

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Children return violent toys to promote safe schools

LANSING - As part of the statewide celebration of Safe Communities-Safe Schools Day, the Lansing Police Department and the Michigan Education Association collected more than 300 toys during Tuesday’s Violent Toy Buyback. Children were encouraged to bring in their violent toys in exchange for $10 gift certificates to be used toward the purchase of a new nonviolent toy. Items brought in ranged from action figures and violent movies to toy swords, squirt guns and archery sets. “We know we won’t be able to get every violent toy off the shelf, but we want to make people talk about what these toys mean,” said Lansing police Lt.