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Last week, an Italian mayor surprised his southern town of Villaricca with a creative approach to preventing corruption. The mayor, Nicola Campanile, apparently knew the Camorra, the Naples-based Mafia, would try to meddle with the assignment of six new street-cleaning positions. So where did the mayor turn? To a live drawing on prime-time TV. With unemployment hitting 20 percent nationwide, there were plenty of candidates for the jobs - and more than 170 cards in the hopper.

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Receipts for spare change

It's a shame one of the positions couldn't have gone to Evio Botta - out of work and panhandling in Rome. Italy's fiscal laws require receipts for transactions and services, so you might expect Botta, in his current occupation, to beg the question, so to speak. Not so. He prides himself on giving the required paperwork to benefactors. Botta's tax code number is all that remains of a former restaurant business.

Report tracks destinations of people leaving New York

A new study of transplanted New Yorkers indicates some of them range far from home, although Florida and New Jersey are the most-popular destinations. The report, compiled by the Empire Foundation for Policy Research of the conservative antitax group Change-New York, is largely based on an analysis of US Census and Internal Revenue Service data. The researchers discovered that from 1992 to 1997 more than three-quarters of a million people left for other states. Only California's out- migration of just over 2 million people was larger than New York's over the same period. The study's Top 10 destinations of former New Yorkers:

1. Florida

2. New Jersey

3. North Carolina

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4. Georgia

5. Pennsylvania

6. Virginia

7. Connecticut

8. Texas

9. South Carolina

10. Arizona

- Associated Press

(c) Copyright 1999. The Christian Science Publishing Society

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