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The Obama administration attempted to dismiss the conflict a year ago by releasing his long-form birth certificate showing that he was born in Hawaii.

But skeptics maintained their stance, and eventually Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett announced he would seek further verification, even saying he was prepared to leave Mr. Obama’s name off the state’s ballot in November.

Mr. Bennett said Wednesday that Hawaii officially has confirmed the information on a copy of Mr. Obama’s birth certificate as accurate.


Frisco official consults Ouija board for Milk vote

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco supervisor says he consulted a Ouija board before city leaders voted on whether to recommend naming a Navy ship after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

Supervisor John Avalos tells the San Francisco Chronicle that he thinks he made contact with Milk’s spirit and that Milk spelled out letters indicating: “Good riddance to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ “

The Board of Supervisors approved the nonbinding resolution Tuesday on a 9-2 vote.

Milk was a city supervisor and former naval officer. He was fatally shot in 1978 by Dan White.

Supporters say the naming would honor the repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ law barring open homosexuality in the military.

Opponents say Milk opposed war, and it would be inappropriate to name a warship after him.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports