Nation: On the Verge

Cleveland's troubles grow

Two brief police strikes, a wildcat walkout by municipal mechanics, 23 vetoes of city council legislation, continual scrambles to meet employee payrolls —it's been a tough nine months for Cleveland and Dennis Kucinich, 31, the nation's youngest big-city mayor. Last week it got tougher yet.

Cleveland had to decide whether or not to retain the mayor with the face of a clever schoolboy and the bite of a barracuda. The recall election was forced by Kucinich's enemies, who issued their challenge after he had fired popular Police Chief Richard Hongisto. Battling for his job, Kucinich claimed he was being hounded...

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