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Local decision kills hopes for Florida revote

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-As the quest for the presidency ended its grueling second post-election week with no end in sight, a Florida circuit judge ruled yesterday that Palm Beach County voters are not entitled to another chance to cast their ballots. Citing federal law dictating that presidential elections must take place only on one day, Judge Jorge Labarga dismissed several lawsuits filed on behalf of Palm Beach County voters who said they were disenfranchised by the county's much-publicized "butterfly" ballot. The plaintiffs, who filed an appeal of Labarga's decision late yesterday, alleged the county's ballot violated several state statutes and caused them to vote inadvertently for Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan instead of Vice President Al Gore (D). While Labarga's ruling greatly diminished the chances of another vote in Palm Beach County, election officials in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade continued the painstaking task of hand counting the region's almost two million ballots. Not including the partially completed hand recounts, Texas Gov.

Court to hear arguments in case against Florida recount

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today to determine whether the ongoing by-hand ballot counts in the predominately Democratic counties of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade will be included in the state's final vote tabulations. Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris (R), co-chairwoman of Texas Gov.

Floridians tense over ballot issue

BOCA RATON, Fla.-In an area known much more for its oceanfront resorts and pastel-colored buildings than its political activism, Palm Beach County residents have found themselves thrust front and center on the world's stage and divided over the validity and fairness of last Tuesday's presidential election. With the presidency of the United States hanging in the balance, and the whole world watching, protestors took to the streets across the county over the weekend as the community buzzed with talk of election controversy. In West Palm Beach Saturday, demonstrators toting signs such as "Read my lips: trust the people" and "Bush: 'But daddy you promised me,'" called for a countywide revote, insisting the much-publicized Palm Beach County "butterfly" ballot was confusing and unfair. &nbsp More Coverage Florida hand recount shrinks Bush lead Professors address escalating election crisis Some voters have alleged the county's ballot was unclear and caused them to vote inadvertently for Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan instead of Vice President Al Gore (D). While Gore was the second candidate listed on the ballot, voters needed to punch the third hole to register a vote for the vice president. "They should have a right to vote again," West Palm Beach protestor Joe Oquenivo, 52, said Saturday.

Preventing poor college choices...

IF I ONLY had read one review of "Showgirls" before I saw it in the theater during my senior year of high school, I would have saved myself two hours of sheer disappointment and $7.

California adjusts after Prop. 209

DAVIS, Calif.-Richard Black, vice chancellor for admissions and enrollment at the University of California-Berkeley, has done more than just witness firsthand the far-reaching consequences the end of affirmative action has had on his school.

Gore, Bradley battle tomorrow in 15 vital Democratic elections

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.-For lifelong Democrat and boat captain Dominic Papetti, a rugged native Californian who has been fishing the waters off San Francisco for 27 years, his daily catch is his livelihood. As he stood on Pier 45 repairing his 65-fathom herring net and trying to ignore the seagulls squawking overhead and the bay seals frolicking next to his boat, Papetti expressed deep concerns for the future of his profession and about Vice President Al Gore. "I'm afraid of Gore because he wants to make the whole Pacific coast a sanctuary.

Layin' the smack down

Every good beginning comes from some other beginning's end. Now that the bell has tolled on my collegiate journalism career, I stand out of breath, but wiser, knowing that when 160 people come together and try their best, great things can and will happen, even when no money changes hands.

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