Sentence for Anna

It took Anna Marie Lederer Rosenberg, Manhattan's famed labor and public-relations expert and political insider, a week to make up her mind to accept her biggest job yet: chief assistant to Brigadier General Frank T. Hines, 64, the new director of Retraining and Reemployment. This week she stipulated that her acceptance was only for a very limited period—not more, she hopes, than two months. Even so short a Washington assignment she regards as "the longest sentence of my life."

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