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Monday, March 7, 2005; Page A20

Arkansas, Iowa Governors Finish Marathon

LITTLE ROCK -- Nearly two years after he embarked on a diet and fitness regimen that left him 110 pounds lighter and free of diabetes symptoms, Gov. Mike Huckabee finished the Little Rock Marathon on Sunday ahead of his new running mate -- Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa.

The crowd cheered as Huckabee turned the corner toward the finish line and started the last stretch of the 26.2-mile race. Huckabee finished in just over 4 1/2 hours and hugged his two sons and daughter.

"What do you say? Is that not cool?" the Republican governor said, holding up his medal.

Vilsack, a Democrat, finished about 40 minutes after Huckabee, who waited at the finish line and hugged his friend as he crossed, giving him his finisher's medal.

Huckabee has championed healthy living in public talks nationwide and media interviews after losing more than 100 pounds through diet and exercise.

Schwarzenegger Seeks Curb On Schools' Junk-Food Sales

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- At the bodybuilding event named for him, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) said he wants to ban all sales of junk food in his state's schools and fill vending machines with fresh fruits, vegetables and milk.

Schwarzenegger's comments came during a question-and-answer session with fans, when a questioner asked how he plans to combat youth obesity. "First of all, we in California this year are introducing legislation that would ban all the sale of junk food in the schools," the governor said.

Aides said later that Schwarzenegger supports a bill by Democratic state Sen. Martha Escutia that would ban soft drinks at public schools, and that the administration hopes to develop a more comprehensive legislative package dealing with snack foods.

"I wouldn't say we're going to ban all" junk food, said Chief of Staff Patricia Clarey. "We just are looking at additional bills that will deal with snack food at high schools. . . . We're looking for healthy snacks."

At the men's bodybuilding finals the night before, Schwarzenegger had called on bodybuilding to get rid of steroids.

• WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Moses Joseph, 2, was fatally injured when he ran into the path of an ice cream truck in the parking lot of his apartment complex, and the driver allegedly left the scene, authorities said. Angela Rodriguez, 27, later turned herself in and was charged with leaving the scene of a fatality, which carries a possible 15-year prison sentence.

SANTA FE, N.M. -- About 300 people attended a candlelight vigil Saturday night to show support for James Maestas, 21, a gay man who was beaten unconscious a week ago outside a hotel. "What happened to James Maestas should never happen anywhere, on any planet," said Gov. Bill Richardson (D). "We as a society have got to find ways to end hatred."

-- From News Services


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