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April 03, 2000

Writing in the March 29 Washington Post, Columnist David S. Broder called attention to a four-day march scheduled over the past weekend to urge resolution to the flying of the Confederate flag over the South Carolina State Capitol.

Organizers of the protest march are lead by Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. He is joined in that effort by Columbia Mayor Bob Coble. The march is designed to spur the state legislature to pass legislation to resolve the divisive issue. Due to other boycotts urging tourists not to visit the state, South Carolina has lost millions of dollars in convention revenue.

As Broder concluded: “Joe Riley and his friends have lots of people rooting for them.” Mayor Riley is a Past President of The U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Fort Worth Mayor Kenneth Barr made several appearances on national television following heavy tornado damage to his city March 28. Mayor Barr has been busy since then overseeing the city’s massive cleanup efforts.

Most press reports credit the city with mitigating the effects of tornado damage which closed the downtown area. A casualty of the damage to the nine-story Cash America building was the district office of Texas Representative Kay Granger. Her office was ripped apart by the tornado. Granger was Mayor of Fort Worth before being elected to Congress.

U.S. MAYOR Wants Your Local Stories

In an effort to highlight the extraordinary work performed by our Nation’s mayors, The Conference of Mayors is requesting that you submit your local breaking news stories and press releases for publication in The U.S. Mayor section of the paper “About the Mayor.”

This is a unique opportunity to continually promote the role mayors play in making our cities better places to live, work and play.

Please submit your stories/press releases to Monica Adams, by email at or by mail to The U.S. Conference of Mayors, 1620 “EYE” Street, N.W., 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20006.

Newark Mayor Sharpe James and City of Newark Kick-off Census 2000: Stand Up and Be Counted! Recently, Newark Mayor Sharpe James, United States Census Bureau representatives, city and elected officials, local agency representatives and Malcom X Shabazz High School Marching Band, Back to the Future Stompers, march through downtown Newark during the city’s kick-off of Census 2000.


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