LANSING, Mich. - Dr. Jack Kevorkian walked out of a southern Michigan prison Friday morning after serving just over eight years of a 10- to 25-year sentence for his second-degree murder conviction in the death of a man with Lou Gehrig's disease.

While some relatives of people who died with Dr. Jack Kevorkian's help are upset over his release, local morticians, florists and limousine services are preparing an enthusiastic welcome. "We want Jack to know that we support him," said local mortician Felix Plantim. "When Jack was on the street, those were good times -- good times."

Kevorkian, 79, says he's had a lot of time to reflect on his actions and doesn't plan to get back into the suicide business. "I'm going into dogfighting, it's my way to give something back to the community."