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PENNSYLVANIA

Man says he found snake head in beans

PHILADELPHIA — Earl Hartman was a little rattled by something he says he found in a can of green beans: a snake head.

The Philadelphia man said he found the inch-long head on his plate Wednesday night, right between a chicken breast and buttered noodles. He said it came out of the green-bean can.

Mr. Hartman said he called the Pathmark store where he bought the beans and got a call back from Seneca Foods in upstate New York, where the vegetables were canned.

Rich Savner, a spokesman for Carteret, N.J.-based Pathmark Stores Inc., confirmed that a customer reported finding a “foreign substance” in a can of green beans but said officials had not determined what it was.

The store conducted spot checks of other cans, but nothing out of the ordinary turned up, Mr. Savner said. Similar cans were removed from the shelves as a precaution.

TEXAS

Gay councilman loses mayor’s vote

DALLAS — Choosing a wealthy retired businessman over an openly homosexual city councilman, voters elected Tom Leppert as Dallas mayor Saturday by a wide margin.

Capping a swift rise from political unknown to the top office of the nation’s ninth-largest city, Mr. Leppert won the most expensive mayoral race in Dallas history. He received about 58 percent of the vote in the final but still unofficial results of the runoff, beating Ed Oakley by more than 13,000 votes.

Mr. Leppert, the former chief executive officer of construction giant Turner Corp., had never run for elected office before. He had scant name recognition when he decided late last year to enter the race to replace outgoing Mayor Laura Miller, who was not seeking re-election.

Mr. Oakley and Mr. Leppert were the top fundraisers before the May 12 election, in which they beat nine other candidates to reach the runoff.

Mr. Leppert spent about $1.1 million on the campaign from early May to early June, compared with about $833,000 for Mr. Oakley.

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