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On the Light Side

June 20, 1986

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) _ The United States Conference of Mayors picked Charleston, S.C., as the nation’s ″most livable″ city, but set out to spread the news in Charleston, W.Va.

A press release from the mayors’ conference arrived in the West Virginia capital Thursday praising Charleston for its city-supported Spoleto Festival and Mayor Joe Riley’s ″personal involvement in the arts.″

But Charleston, W.Va., has the Sternwheel Regatta summer festival and its mayor is Mike Roark.

Charleston, S.C., has the Spoleto Festival and the mayor named Riley.

″Oh, well. Mistakes happen,″ said Jeannine Dowling, a spokeswoman for the Philip Morris Cos., which co-sponsors the City Livability Awards competition. The statement from the mayors made no mention that the winning Charleston is in South Carolina.

Baltimore finished second in the competition and Columbus, Ohio, placed third.

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CLEVELAND (AP) - What happens when a knuckleball pitcher splits a nail while warming up for a ball game?

″I cut my workout short, ran in here, cut the nail off and put some hardener on it,″ Tom Candiotti of the Cleveland Indians said Thursday night. Candiotti treated the nail with a solution known as ″Hard As Nails.″ He also has been treating his nails with a substance generally not used on humans.

″Right now I’m using something that they use on horses’ hooves called ‘Hoofmaker.’ It’s supposed to make them harder,″ Candiotti said. ″I’ll try anything.″

The cracked nail forced him to use the tip of his index finger, rather than the nail, to grip the ball.

″Maybe it’s not a fingernail ball after all. It seemed to work,″ said the pitcher, who notched a five-hit, 8-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

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