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The Today File

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December 12, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Vandals strike Seattle's Candy Cane Lane

In this Times photo from 2010, Candy Cane Lane resident Shaine Gross sets up the inflatable Grinch in his yard with the help of Alex, at right, and Megan

Our news partners at RavennaBlog.com are reporting on some “real life Grinches” who vandalized displays at Seattle’s Candy Cane Lane over the weekend. In fact, one of the targets was the Grinch himself.

Decorations outside at least two homes were destroyed sometime early Sunday morning, including an inflatable Grinch set up by the Gross family at the entrance to the annual neighborhood holiday display.

Candy Cane Lane resident Tracey Sconyers tells the blog her decorated home has been the targets of some “late night redecorating,” but never theft and destruction.

“This was a very different level of vandalism that happened,” she tells RavennaBlog.com. “They were out to destroy things.”

The inflatable Grinch was featured in this Times story last year on Candy Cane Lane. As the story noted, the tradition originally grew out of a contest sponsored by The Times around about 1950. The challenge? Create a display that shows the most Christmas cheer. Candy Cane Lane took the top prize, and the tradition stuck.

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