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Mr. Greene, 32, won a surprise victory in the June 8 Democratic primary. Mr. Greene handily defeated Vic Rawl, a former lawmaker and judge who had been considered an easy win by the party establishment.

Up to that point, Mr. Greene had done no visible campaigning and had no website, fundraising or staff.


Dell pays $100 million to settle charges

Computer maker Dell Inc. is paying $100 million to settle civil charges that it used fraudulent accounting to meet Wall Street earnings targets, the government announced Thursday.

Under the settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, company Chairman and CEO Michael Dell also agreed to pay a separate $4 million civil penalty.

While the fine was far from the largest penalty levied by the SEC, the decision to charge a sitting chief executive of a major company and reach a seven-figure settlement with him is rare. Mr. Dell is one of the most prominent figures in the technology industry, credited for revolutionizing the PC market by making the computers cheap and accessible.


First granny says first pup’s ‘precious’

First grandmother Marian Robinson didn’t have a dog growing up. Neither did her daughter, first lady Michelle Obama.

But since Bo moved into the White House and become part of the first family, Mrs. Robinson says she loves him “almost like a person.”

Mrs. Robinson told about 100 pre-kindergarten through third-grade pupils Thursday that Bo is “precious.” She answered the kids’ questions after reading to them during an Education Department-sponsored story hour.

Mrs. Robinson lives at the White House with her son-in-law, President Obama, her daughter and granddaughters Malia and Sasha, and the nearly 2-year-old Bo.

She turns 73 on July 29.

  • From wire dispatches and staff reports