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-The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, May 11, 1994
Fire chars State Street building, no alarm warns residents.

By Michelle Lee Thompson
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
A sleeping resident of a burning State Street
apartment got out of her apartment unharmed
Monday afternoon, no thanks to a fire alarm.
Residents said no alarm sounded Monday in
the Forum building, located at 726 State St.
between Monroe and Hill, despite flames in#7 of
the building.A femaleoccupant apparently awoke
to smoke, and ran out of her apartment.

Nobody was injured in the fire, and the
building'sresidents,most barefoot and one carry-
ing aremote control, got out within a few minutes
of the fire's start.
AndreaDean, an Artjunior and neighbor, said
she called the fire department and then ran around
the building, knocking on doors and telling resi-
dents to evacuate the building. "People didn't
believe me. I said, 'There's really a-fire - we have
to get out of the building,"' Dean said.

Engineering senior Lee Machen, who was
alerted by Dean,lives two floors above the charred
apartment. He said there was no smoke in the
upstairs.
Ann Arbor Fire Department Batallion Chief
Dean Kapp said the kitchen was burned severely,
as were other rooms in the apartment. "It won't be
inhabitable for a while," Kapp said.
Fire Chief James Breslin said the blaze was
caused by a buildup of heat near the stove ignited

by a small electrical spark.
Residents were angry that no alarm sounded.
"I could have been sleeping ... No fire alarm?
I thought all buildings have fire alarms! I should
have asked when I moved in," said disgruntled
building resident Kyla Byas, an LSA sophomore.
Building residents remarked that one of the
girls said she left the stove on.
None of the apartment's four femaleresidei
would identify themselves or comment.

August primary deadlines weed out weak candidates in state races

By Andrew Taylor
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Voters will see more candidates in
primary elections this year than they
have in the past 50 years.
Four Democrats are vying for their
party's nomination to run against
Republican incumbent Gov. John
Engler this fall.
State Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-
Lansing) had taken a step ahead of the
pack with her lead in early polling,

but during the past few days two of her
opponents havereceivedendorsements
from the state's largest labor groups.
Over the weekend, attorney Larry
Owen (D-Lansing) was endorsed by
the Michigan Education Association
(MEA) to take on Engler. Owen, a
former East Lansing mayor, also re-
ceived the endorsement of the Michi-
gan Teamsters last week, but was
seen as a distant third in the race
according to election polls.

Last week the AFL-CIO gave its
endorsement to former U.S. Rep.
Howard Wolpe (D-Lansing). Wolpe
has also been endorsed by six of the
ninemembersoftheDetroit City Coun-
cil, giving him a power base in the city.
State Rep. Lynn Jondahl (D-
Okemos) held a press conference yes-
terday to say that he is still in the race
and that he turned in 29,000 nominat-
ing signatures.
The candidates may have found

trouble gaining state-wide support in-
part because they all hail from Ingham
County, which includes Lansing.
However, the endorsements could tilt
momentum to someone.
U.S. Senate candidates are waiting
for the dust to settle from yesterday's
election petition deadline, to see which
opponents are still standing.
The deadline traditionally weeds
out some weak candidates from ob-
taining a spot on the primary ballot.
The race for the U.S. Senate is
wide open due to Democrat Donald
Riegle's retirement. At least 10 can-
didates have announced they intend
to seek the office.
There are six Democratic hopefuls.
William Brodhead (D-Bingham
Farms) - a former U.S. representa-
tive - was given support, but not an
endorsement from the MEA.
His opponents include state Sen.
John Kelly (D-Gross Pointe Woods),
CarlMarlinga,aMacombCounty pros-

ecutor, and Joel Fergueson, a Lansing
entrepreneur and Michigan State Uni-
versity board chair.
State Sen. Lana Pollack (D-Ann
Arbor), has fared well in early polls.
Another candidate, U.S. Rep. B
Carr (D-East Lansing) is also in
race, and has come under fire from
Libertarian opponent Jon Coon for
supporting President Clinton's assault
weapons ban. Coon supports gun
owners' rights and other Second
Amendment liberties.
The early favorite for the GOP
nomination is Spencer Abraham, the
former chair of the Michigan Repub
can Party. After he spent years helpii
fellow Republicans get elected, he has
found the full support of many in the
party's ranks.
Former talk show host Ronna
Romney, a Republican candidate, ex-
pressedconcernthatparty officialshave
not taken her seriously as a contender,
a Romney spokesperson said.

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