Nation: What a Time

Taking over a state that has been declared a depressed area in 56 of its 67 counties, William Warren Scranton, 45, attempted to bring some austerity to Pennsylvania's traditionally gaudy inauguration ceremonies. He showed up wearing a business suit rather than the usual cutaway, held the inaugural parade down to a mere three hours, gave the shortest inaugural address oldtimers could remember. But after eight years on the outside, Pennsylvania Republicans could not resist turning Bill Scranton's inauguration into a proper wingding.

Ten thousand of them packed the State Farm Show arena to hear Scranton take the oath of office and promise...

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