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St. Louis Elects New Mayor Today

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ST. LOUIS (AllPolitics, April 1) -- St. Louis voters go to the polls today to elect a new mayor. Former Police Chief Clarence Harmon, who beat incumbent Freeman Bosley in the Democratic primary March 4, is considered the prohibitive favorite; a Republican has not held the post in more than 50 years. Republican Jay Dearing and independent Marit Clark are also on today's ballot. The Democratic primary was racially polarized though both Bosley and Harmon are African-American, with Bosley winning a majority of the black vote and Harmon winning a majority of the white vote. Voter turnout today is expected to be low.

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Paulsen Has Inoperable Brain Cancer

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AllPolitics, April 1) -- Perennial presidential candidate Pat Paulsen has inoperable brain cancer and is receiving treatments from a Mexican doctor, says his family. The comedian, 69, first ran for president in 1968, announcing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour that he would take up the mantle of the Straight Talkin' American Government party. "I think I'd make a pretty good president, and they have a great pension plan," Paulsen once said. "I say the things that all politicians say. I just use shorter sentences."

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Bradley Lands Job With CBS

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NEW YORK (AllPolitics, April 1) -- Former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) has landed a job with CBS, where he'll contribute weekend pieces about American life. Bradley retired after the last Congress. "I want to focus on our changing circumstances in our country -- economically, socially, ethnically and politically," he said, "and then also focus on what brings out the best in us, people who are really doing extraordinary things out there." CBS officials say he'll have to quit if he pursues the presidency in 2000. Bradley, who also played professional basketball, did radio reports for CBS' station in St. Louis after he got out of college.

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Ellis Island, New Jersey?

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NEW YORK (AllPolitics, April 1) -- For more than a century and a half it has been officially known as Ellis Island, New York. But on Tuesday, a U.S. Supreme Court-appointed special master recommended that most of Ellis Island be given to the state of New Jersey. The two states signed an 1834 agreement when Ellis Island was only three acres. New York was given those three acres, and New Jersey was given all the underwater land to the west. Since 1834, more than 24 acres of landfill have been added to Ellis Island. New Jersey has contended the 24 acres should be part of the Garden State, but New York has said no way. But Special Master Paul Verkuil has ruled in favor of New Jersey. His recommendation is that 22 1/2-acres of the famous immigration island become part of Hudson County, N.J. In interest of practicality, he says five acres should be part of New York because it includes the entire main immigration building and the land immediately surrounding it. New Jersey has never claimed it owns the section where the main building sits. The Supreme Court will make the final decision on Verkuil's recommendation during its next term.

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Clinton: McCurry Is April Fool, Gets Replaced

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WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, April 1) -- President Bill Clinton took to the White House briefing room's podium today to personally announce "some truly disturbing things" to the assembled press corps. For one, "Mike McCurry has just made a fool of himself by taking an unfortunate fall on dimly lit steps here at the White House," Clinton said. To the cheers of the corps, Clinton announced that 25-year-old Arkansan Kris Engskov, a popular aide in the press office, would assume the press secretary's duties. Asked if Engskov's accent would get in the way, Clinton replied, "I thought we should have a press secretary that did not have an accent for the first time in four years." McCurry later appeared on unnecessary crutches and thanked CNN for carrying Clinton's April Fool's statement live, which, for the record, it did not. Honest.

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