Bye-Bye, Barry

Washington's embattled mayor calls it quits

Until federal agents and local police enticed him into smoking crack cocaine with a former girlfriend in a hotel room last January, Marion Barry had a grip on Washington's city hall that seemed so secure that he was referred to as "mayor for life." But last week, in the midst of jury selection for his trial on drug-possession and perjury charges, Barry called it quits. To remove the "shadow" of his legal difficulties from the election of his successor, he declared that he would not seek a fourth term. "Many of my supporters and political polls have indicated that if I...

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