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Cadillac ELR joins luxury electric niche

Cadillac ELR joins luxury electric niche

Tesla has proved some people are willing to pay more than $100,000 for an electric car.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer

Convict executed for 1990 murder, rape

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, April 10 (UPI) -- Inmate Ricky Lynn Lewis was executed in Texas for killing a man and raping the man's fiancee in 1990, the state's second execution of 2013.

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Tom Harkin announces he is leaving Senate

Tom Harkin announces he is leaving Senate

CUMMING, Iowa, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, announced Saturday he will not run for a sixth term in 2014.
Poll: Netanyahu's Likud party to lose seat

Poll: Netanyahu's Likud party to lose seat

JERUSALEM, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The party of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was projected to lose one seat in Parliament to Bayit Yehudi, a poll indicated Friday.

Why Johnny can’t pay his student loans

COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 1 (UPI) -- Many college graduates are trapped in positions that don't earn them enough money to repay their college loans -- the blame for that belongs in several laps.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

Thompson Files: Biz execs at Defense Dept.

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- It is getting harder to find qualified people who are willing to serve in top Pentagon jobs.
LOREN B. THOMPSON

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LIDIA WASOWICZ, UPI Senior Science Writer

Analysis: Democrats 2004, an early line

Although President Bush soared to approval rating approaching 70 percent after the military victory in Iraq, there is no shortage of Democrats who would love to
PATRICK REDDY

Review: The New Democratic Majority

The hottest book of the last political season was "The Emerging Democratic Majority" by John Judis and Ruy Teixeira. Using political, economic and especially de
PATRICK REDDY

Analysis: Dems 2002 -- Southern disaster

SACRAMENTO, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The conventional wisdom about the 2002 midterm election was that it went badly for the Democrats who boldly predicted -- along with this writer-- that they woul
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Allen, Walker among Hall of Fame nominees

CANTON, Ohio, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Newcomers Marcus Allen and Herschel Walker and returnees Bill Parcells and Bob Kuechenberg head the list of 74 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame releas

Rudy and Mike -- Waiting for the Break

NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) -- One of the oldest rules of politics is that it's very hard to keep a gap from opening between executives and their successors, even when the successor in questi
JAMES B. CHAPIN, National Political Analyst

White Sox star Al Smith dead at 73

CHICAGO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Al Smith, a two-time All-Star whose home run helped clinch the 1959 American League pennant for the Chicago White Sox, died Thursday after a brief illness. He w
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(L-R) Al Smith introduces U.S. presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), sitting next to Archbishop of New York Edward Cardinal Egan and U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) at the Alfred E. Smith dinner in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, New York on October 16, 2008. (UPI Photo/Yana Paskova/Pool)
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Alfred Emanuel Smith, Jr. (December 30, 1873–October 4, 1944), known in private and public life as Al Smith, was an American politician who was elected Governor of New York four times, and was the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate in 1928. He was the first Roman Catholic and Irish-American to run for President as a major party nominee. He lost the election to Herbert Hoover. He then became president of the Empire State, Inc. and was instrumental in getting the Empire State Building built at the onset of the Great Depression.

Smith was born to Alfred Emanuel Smith and Catherine Mulvihill, and initially grew up in the multiethnic Lower East Side of Manhattan, on Oliver Street, within sight of the Brooklyn Bridge, then under construction. His four grandparents were Irish, German, Italian and English, but Smith identified with the Irish American community and became its leading spokesman in the 1920s.

He was thirteen when his father, who was a Civil War veteran and who owned a small trucking firm, died. At fourteen he had to drop out of parochial school, St. James School in Manhattan located at 37 James Street, to help support the rest of his family. He never attended high school or college, and claimed that he learned about people by studying them at the Fulton Fish Market, a job for which he was paid $12 per week. An accomplished amateur actor, he became a notable speaker. On May 6, 1900, Alfred Smith married Catherine A. Dunn, with whom he had five children.

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