Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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PRESIDENTIAL RACE Gramm Sets Fund-raising Record

On the eve of his formal declaration of candidacy, Texas Sen. Phil Gramm set a single-event record in Dallas Thursday by raising more than $4.1 million for his 1996 Republican presidential campaign.

Gramm, 52, is scheduled to make a formal campaign announcement this morning in College Station, Texas, where he taught economics before being elected to Congress in 1978.

Gramm will be the first GOP candidate to make a formal declaration. Former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander has scheduled his announcement for Feb. 28, and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is to enter the race formally on April 10.

Gramm broke his own record for an individual campaign fund-raising event. The previous record was the $2.1 million he raised in December 1989 for his 1990 Senate re-election run. AP

***** STUDENT DEMONSTRATION 200 Protest Shooting Of Classmate

Scuffles, rock throwing and scattered looting erupted Thursday after about 200 high school students gathered in front of City Hall in Paterson, N.J., to protest the shooting of a classmate by police.

One student was critically injured after being struck by a police cruiser as he ran across a street; no other injuries were reported.

The disturbance in downtown Paterson, about 12 miles west of New York City, began shortly after the students walked out of classes on their lunch hour to protest the shooting Tuesday night of a 16-year-old boy. Authorities said the boy was unarmed and was shot by a rookie police officer during a drug bust.

Protesters demanded that Mayor William Pascrell Jr. meet with their representatives, which he did at a closed door meeting. Later, Pascrell addressed the crowd, promising a grand jury investigation into the shooting. AP

***** U.S. HOUSE New Ethics Charge Against Gingrich

Democrats filed a new ethics charge Thursday against House Speaker Newt Gingrich, accusing him of taking an illegal gift of free cable television time worth up to $200,000. …

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