Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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CONNECTICUT Court Declares Result Of Nov. 8 Election

Connecticut's highest court Friday declared Democratic Rep. Sam Gejdenson the winner of a congressional race by a scant 21 votes.

After a review of 73 disputed ballots, the state Supreme Court ruled that Gejdenson had 79,188 votes to Republican Ed Munster's 79,167. Both Munster and Gejdenson, who is serving his seventh term, had asked the court to review the Nov. 8 election and the recount by the state secretary of state that showed Gejdenson holding a four-vote advantage.

While Gejdenson had said he would abide by the court's decision, Munster said he expected the GOP-controlled House to review the election. Under the U.S. Constitution, the House has the authority to determine its membership. AP WASHINGTON Blacks Demand NAACP Chairman Quit

A group of the nation's most prominent black leaders demanded on Friday the immediate resignation of the board chairman of the National Association of Colored People.

The chairman, William Gibson, has been under increasing pressure for months amid allegations he used hundreds of thousands of dollars in NAACP funds for trips, rental cars and other personal items as the organization was sliding into financial crisis. His critics on the board said Friday they had recently learned of secret bank accounts and other abuses that have drained the organization's funds.

Those calling for Gibson's ouster included a host of current and former NAACP national board members and such notable black leaders as former Secretary of the Army Clifford Alexander, former New York Mayor David Dinkins, former NAACP President Hazel Dukes, civil rights activist Julian Bond and Roger Wilkins, nephew of the late Roy Wilkins, longtime NAACP executive director. Gibson, who has led the NAACP since 1985, rejected the demand for his resignation. Knight-Ridder CALIFORNIA Simpson Trial Judge Delays Key Ruling

Superior Court Judge Lance Ito put off deciding Friday whether prosecutors have a right to hear a deputy sheriff's account of what O. …

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