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Democrats clinch governor races NEWS IN BRIEF L


New York's Republican
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
wins re-election handily
(AP) - Democrats swept both gov-
ernors' races yesterday, with Sen. Jon
Corzine easily winning New Jersey
and Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine taking Virgin-
ia despite a last-minute campaign push
for his opponent from President Bush.
Elsewhere, Texas voters overwhelm-
ingly approved a constitutional ban on
gay marriage, GOP Mayor Michael
Bloomberg easily clinched a second
term in heavily Democratic New York,
and Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
was trailing in his re-election bid.
In California, ballot measures that
would cap spending and take redis-
tricting away from lawmakers were
trailing while two others targeting
public service unions were ahead. All
four were strongly backed by GOP
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in his
power struggle with the Democratic-
controlled Legislature.
Kaine had 1,006,887 votes, or 51.6
percent, to Kilgore's 902,264 votes, or
46.2 percent, with 99 percent of pre-
cincts reporting.
In New Jersey, Corzine trounced
Doug Forrester, with 1,124,945 votes,
or 53.4 percent, to 912,130 votes, or
43.3 percent, for the Republican, with
95 percent of precincts reporting.
In a jubilant speech, Corzine
pledged that his administration would
put New Jersey's citizens first. "As
your governor, together we can change
the way the public business is done in
New Jersey."
In Virginia, Kaine said his victory
proved that voters prefer centrist gov-
ernment. "Tonight, the people of Vir-
ginia have sent a message loud and clear

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a thumbs-up after voting at a polling place at a home in Los Angeles' Brentwood district.

that they like the path we are on."
Bush appeared at a Monday night
rally with Kilgore - the first public
campaign appearance with the president
in a state that twice voted for Bush.
"There's no way to spin this than
anything other than a major defeat
for Republicans and for President
Bush," said University of Virginia
political scientist Larry Sabato.
"This is a red state, he came in on
Election Eve and he had no discern-
ible effect. ... If anything, he may

have cost Kilgore some votes."
Both governors' races were marked
by record-breaking spending and nasty
personal attacks.
In Virginia, at least $42 million was
spent in the contest between Kaine
and Kilgore, the former state attorney
general. Democratic Gov. Mark War-
ner, who cannot seek a second term,
campaigned hard for his lieutenant
governor, and Kaine's victory was
likely to boost Warner's profile as a
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didate in 2008.
Corzine and Forrester, both multimil-
lionaires, spent upward of $70 million
to succeed acting Gov. Richard Codey,
who assumed the office last year when
Gov. Jim McGreevey, a Democrat,
resigned over a homosexual affair.
Corzine, as governor, will have the
power to choose a successor to fill his
unexpired Senate term. The seat will
be up for election in a year, but who-
ever Corzine appoints will likely have
a big advantage in that election.
Fr a ne
down on
PARIS (AP) - President Jacques
Chirac declared a state of emergency
yesterday, paving the way for curfews to
be imposed on riot-hit cities and towns in
an extraordinary measure to halt France's
worst civil unrest in decades after 12
nights of violence.
Police said overnight unrest
Monday-Tuesday, was still widespread
and destructive but not as violent as
previous nights.
"The intensity of this violence is on
the way down," National Police Chief
Michel Gaudin said, citing fewer attacks
on public buildings and fewer direct
clashes between youths and police. He
said rioting was reported in 226 towns
across France, compared with nearly
300 the night before.
The state-of-emergency decree allows
curfews where needed and will become
effective at midnight yesterday, with an
initial 12-day limit. Police who have been
massively reinforced as the violence has
fanned out from its initial flash point in
Paris' northeastern suburbs were expected
to enforce the curfews. The army has not
been called in.
The mayhem sweeping the neglected
and impoverished neighborhoods with
large African and Arab communities
is forcing France to confront anger
building for decades among residents
who complain of discrimination and
unemployment. Although many of the
French-born children of Arab and black
African immigrants are Muslim, police
say the violence is not being driven by
Islamic groups.
Vandals burned 1,173 cars overnight,
compared with 1,408 vehicles Sunday-
Monday, police said. A total of 330
people were arrested, down from 395
the night before.
Local officials "will be able to
impose curfews on the areas where
this decision applies," Chirac said at
a Cabinet meeting. "It is necessary to
accelerate the return to calm."
The recourse to a 1955 state-of-
emergency law that dates back to France's
war in Algeria was a measure both of
the gravity of mayhem that has spread to
hundreds of French towns and cities and
of the determination of Chirac's sorely
tested government to quash it.
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin
said curfew violators could be sentenced
to up to two months imprisonment, adding
that restoring order "will take time."
"We are facing determined individuals,
structured gangs," Villepin told parliament
yesterday. He vowed that France will
"guarantee public order to all of our

Lawyer in Saddam trial shot dead
Gunmen in a speeding car killed a defense lawyer in the Saddam Hussein trial
and wounded another yesterday, raising doubts about whether the prosecution of
the ousted leader can proceed amid the insurgency and domestic turmoil.
The assassination of Adel al-Zubeidi, who was representing former Vice Presi-
dent Taha Yassin Ramadan, in a predominantly Sunni Arab neighborhood in
Baghdad was the second attack targeting the defense team since the trial began
less than a month ago.
Laith Kubba, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, con-
demned the attack and said Saddam's followers could be behind the killings
to sabotage the case.
Saddam's main lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi, blamed the Shiite-dominated gov-
ernment for the attack, telling Al-Jazeera TV the shooting was carried out by "an
armed group using government vehicles."
"The aim of these organized attacks is to scare Arab and foreign lawyers," al-
Dulaimi said. "We call upon the international community, especially the secre-
tary-general of the United Nations, to send an investigative committee because the
situation is unbearable."
Alito says Roe decision deserves 'respect'
Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito said the court's landmark Roe v.
Wade decision deserves "great respect" but did not commit to upholding it in
the future, senators said yesterday.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) said Alito told him the 1973 Roe v.
Wade decision establishing abortion rights "was precedent on which people,
a lot of people, relied, and had been precedent now for decades and therefore
deserved great respect."
Lieberman called that "encouraging," but also said the federal judge had not
assured him that he would not overturn Roe.
Abortion will be a key question Alito will face at his Supreme Court
confirmation hearings in January.
White House staffers attend ethics classes
White House workers, from presidential advisers to low-ranking aides,
began attending mandatory lectures on ethical behavior and the handling
of classified documents yesterday after the recent indictment of a high-level
official in the CIA leak case.
More than 3,000 employees from agencies and offices under the Executive Office
of the President are required to attend the hour-long briefings over the next two weeks.
The sessions this week are reserved for staff with security clearances.
Andy Card, the president's chief of staff, and Harriet Miers, the White House
counsel, attended the first lecture, given by Richard Painter, the White House attorney
who handles ethics issues. Otherwise, people are to attend by alphabetical order.
The briefings were an outgrowth of the indictment of I. Lewis Libby;
TOPEKA, Kansas
Kansas approves teaching 'intelligent design'
Revisiting a topic that exposed Kansas to nationwide ridicule six years ago, the
state Board of Education approved science standards for public schools yesterday
that cast doubt on the theory of evolution.
The board's 6-4 vote, expected for months, was a victory for intelligent design
advocates who helped draft the standards. Intelligent design holds that the
universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power.
Critics of the proposed language charged that it was an attempt to inject
creationism into public schools in violation of the separation between
church and state.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports
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sales) incorrectly reported that there were nine men's basketball home games last
year and eight home games this year. It should have said that those numbers are
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