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How's this for a double dog dare? Bridgeport, Conn., Mayor John Fabrizi, who not long ago confessed to a coke habit, declares that he's now so clean that he's willing to be tested "any time, any place, anywhere."
The Connecticut Post decided to take Fabrizi up on his offer. A few days ago, editor Michael Daly invited hizzoner down to the paper's offices. Fabrizi cleared his schedule, drove with Daly down to a testing center, and provided the necessary ingredient for a urinalysis right on the spot.
"He came down to the paper and I made the offer and he said, `Let's go right now,'" Daly said. "It took me back a little bit, but I wasn't going to interrupt the flow of things."
Um, well said. The mayor, by the way, passed the test.
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