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Recent crimes upset sense of safety on campuses

(10/28/09 7:16pm)

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Tuition might not be the most troubling concern for parents sending sons and daughters off to college. A disturbing pattern of violent crime has erupted across the nation’s campuses – from Yale University, where a female graduate student was strangled, to the University of California at Los Angeles, where a chemistry student was stabbed repeatedly in a lab. While saying campuses almost always are safer than their surrounding communities, Jonathan Kassa of Security On Campus Inc. acknowledged the headlines can create the opposite impression. “This has been a very uniquely deadly and brutal first semester, so there is concern,” said Kassa, the executive director of the nonprofit organization, which seeks to reduce campus crime. This month at Sacramento State University in California, a student was beaten to death in his dormitory by a bat-wielding roommate.

Sheriff's Summary

(11/01/09 9:36pm)

*Child pornography* A 41-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident was arrested Thursday for possessing child pornography. Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant in the 4700 block of Munger Road at 7 p.m., where it was discovered the resident was in possession of “child pornography materials.” Police said the suspect was arrested and transported to the Washtenaw County Jail, where he was arraigned Friday.

Two teens arrested in shoe theft

(11/01/09 9:39pm)

Two Ypsilanti teenagers were arrested by Ypsilanti police Sunday, after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a downtown business. According to a report released by the Ypsilanti Police Department, officers from the Michigan State Police, Eastern Michigan University Police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office responded to help arrest the suspects, who had fled from Puffer Reds with shoes and clothing after triggering the store’s alarm system. The report said three officers were on foot patrol in the area when they heard the alarm sound from the closed clothing store at 9:30 p.m. “The suspects ran on foot and tried to hide in a wooded area near the Huron River,” the report said.

House race will be battleground for GOP identity

(11/01/09 9:45pm)

WASHINGTON – The future of the Republican Party will be tested Tuesday in upstate New York. A special election for an open seat in the U.S House of Representatives has turned into a high-profile proxy war over how the party should come back from the stinging losses of both the House and Senate in 2006 and the White House in 2008. Will the GOP employ the same tactics the Democrats used in 2006 to win back power in both houses of Congress and pick centrist candidates to fit moderate districts?

Seattle predicted as key market for electric cars

(11/01/09 9:47pm)

SEATTLE — After years of hype, it looks as though the mass-produced, all-electric car is really on its way. The Seattle area is poised to become one of the key markets for the initial wave of electric cars, in part because of plans to begin building a network of more than 2,000 charging stations throughout the region next year. Funded by part of a $100 million federal Department of Energy economic-stimulus grant, the charging stations are to the electric car what the cellphone-tower network was to the cellphone.