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TAMALES AND FRENCH FRIES

Hm. Well, maybe it could include a trek to Doe’s Eat Place, that iconic eatery that was a favorite with a certain Arkansas governor before he traveled North? One can still get hot tamales with chili and french fries here for $6.75.

“Make a contribution by April 7 and you’ll be automatically entered to win a chance to spend a day with President Clinton in Little Rock this fall,” notes Bruce Lindsey, CEO of the William J. Clinton Foundation, in a fundraising message.

SPITTIN’ IMAGE

They want a “chaw”-free zone. When baseball comes calling to America on opening day Thursday, smokeless tobacco is not welcome on the field, say city health officials in 15 Major League Baseball cities, including Washington, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York.

“Baseball is important to civic life and ballplayers are local heroes. They should provide positive role models and not associate themselves with a product that causes disease and death,” the officials told MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

POLL DU JOUR

• 50 percent of U.S. voters are concerned that budget disputes will lead to a government shutdown.

• 31 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats agree.

• 43 percent overall say a shutdown is “good” because it would force decreases in government spending.

• 73 percent of Republicans and 13 percent of Democrats agree.

• 36 percent overall would blame Republicans for a shutdown, 37 percent Democrats, 25 percent both.

• 31 percent overall say Congress should raise the debt ceiling.

• 55 percent of Democrats and 8 percent of Republicans agree.

Source: A Zogby Interactive survey of 1,930 likely voters conducted March 25 to 28.

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