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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007.
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Broadway actress Ellen Hanley dies

NORWALK, Conn., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Ellen Hanley, a Broadway actress in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, died of a stroke in Norwalk, Conn., at the age of 80.

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UPI almanac for Monday, Dec. 11, 2006.
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Today is Sunday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2005 with 20 to follow.
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Today is Saturday, Dec. 11, the 346th day of 2004 with 20 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2003 with 20 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2002 with 20 to follow.
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New York's 'Little Flower'

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- When you think of a feisty Republican, Italian-American mayor of New York City who made crime Public Enemy No. 1, helped lead his city out of a serious crisis with the assistance of the president of the United States, and had a penchant for headline grabb
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Tammany's Town: Type B(loomberg)

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Michael Bloomberg was elected mayor of New York by virtue of his own vast spending and splits in his opposition, and it's safe to say that no previous mayor has
JAMES CHAPIN, National Political Analyst

UPI's Capital Comment for Dec. 21, 2001

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- News notes, political rumors, and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press Intern
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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2001 with 20 to follow.
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Fiorello Henry LaGuardia (pronounced /fiəˈrɛloʊ ləˈɡwɑrdiə/; born Fiorello Enrico La Guardia; December 11, 1882 – September 20, 1947; he himself wrote his name as a single word with no space between the first "a" and the capitalized "G" which follows) was Mayor of New York for three terms from 1934 to 1945 as a liberal Republican. Previously he was elected to Congress in 1916 and 1918, and again from 1922 through 1930. Irascible, energetic and charismatic, he craved publicity and is acclaimed as one of the three or four greatest mayors in American history. Only five feet tall, he was called "the Little Flower" (Fiorello is Italian for "little flower").

LaGuardia, a nominal Republican who appealed across party lines, was very popular in New York during the 1930s. As a New Dealer, he supported President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, and in turn Roosevelt heavily funded the city and cut off patronage from LaGuardia's foes. La Guardia revitalized New York City and restored public faith in City Hall. He unified the transit system; directed the building of low-cost public housing, public playgrounds, and parks; constructed airports; reorganized the police force; defeated the powerful Tammany Hall political machine; and reestablished merit employment in place of patronage jobs.

LaGuardia was a domineering leader who verged on authoritarianism but whose reform politics were carefully tailored to reflect and exploit the sensibilities of his kaleidoscopic constituency. He defeated a corrupt Democratic machine, presided during a depression and a world war, made the city the model for New Deal welfare and public works programs, and championed immigrants and ethnic minorities. He succeeded with the support of a sympathetic president. He secured his place in history as a tough-minded reform mayor who helped clean out corruption, bring in gifted experts, and fix upon the city a broad sense of responsibility for its own citizens. His administration engaged new groups that had been kept out of the political system, gave New York its modern infrastructure, and raised expectations of new levels of urban possibility. He synthesized the human sympathy of Tammany ward heelers with the honesty and efficiency of the good government reformers.

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