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N.H. senator to be 1st to file for '00

Republican Sen. Bob Smith said Saturday he planned to officially file his candidacy for president Monday.

Smith, a conservative who has made the rounds in Iowa and New Hampshire to gauge support, said he would be the first to file with the Federal Election Commission, though several others have established exploratory committees.

Smith said the reception he got in the 20 or so states he has visited in the past 1{ years persuaded him to run.

Smith, a former teacher who also was in the real estate business, served three terms in the House of Representatives before winning a Senate seat in 1990, and winning re-election in 1996.

Arizona' "Fab Five' women

set to take state's reins

PHOENIX _ Arizona will become the first state in the nation where women hold the five top elected positions when the so-called "Fab Five" take office Monday.

Republican Gov. Jane Hull will be sworn in at the copper-domed state Capitol. Administering the oath will be another pioneering Arizona woman _ U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female.

Republicans Betsey Bayless, secretary of state, Carol Springer, treasurer, Lisa Graham Keegan, superintendent of public instruction, and Democrat Janet Napolitano, attorney general, are scheduled to be sworn in moments before Hull places her hand on the Bible.

"We all know that a lot of people will be watching us, not just here but across the country," Bayless said. "I think we all want to prove that we really do belong where we are (and) that we're all qualified to do the job."

Despite the state's historic conservatism, Arizona voters did not seem to blink an eye at the prospect of putting them into office in November's election. Political pundits dubbed them the "Fab Five."

Washington swears in Mayor Williams

WASHINGTON _ The District of Columbia swore in a new mayor Saturday, ending two decades of zany politics under the leadership of Marion Barry, who earned worldwide headlines when he was caught smoking crack cocaine.

On his first day on the job, Anthony Williams, a self-described "big-eared bean counter" with Ivy League credentials and a penchant for bow ties, called for an efficient, innovative government with a "real sense of community" in the nation's capital.

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