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Fri April 3, 2009
East Lansing ready for Final Four
By Gretchen Millich, WKAR Radio News
East Lansing, MI – Gretchen Millich, WKAR Radio News
East Lansing residents and the police department are hoping for the best this weekend.
Michigan State University is heading into the NCAA Final Four, and the city wants to put an end to its history of riots.
Riots broke out after the M-S-U Spartans appeared in the final four in 1999 and in 2005.
And the memory of last year's Cedarfest - where 56 people were arrested - is still fresh.
Nancy Kurdziel of Prime Housing Group rents to students, including at one apartment building near Cedar Village on the city's east side.
She's expecting students there to celebrate responsibly.
East Lansing police are prepared, too.
They've lined up reinforcements from Lansing, Ingham County, the state police and other departments.
Police will again be using video cameras to record any illegal activity.