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November 30, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Got a complaint about taxi service? Tell the driver - he could be someone with clout.

Jack Lusk, new chairman of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, plans to see how things look from behind the wheel. He says he will be driving a Yellow cab on a ″regular basis″ - even on weekends.

″I think it gives you a continuing sense of what is going on in the street,″ Lusk said.

The 37-year-old Lusk, who began his new job three weeks ago, heads for his final day of taxi school on Saturday, after which a cab fleet will provide his rig at no charge. He plans to donate his profits to charity.

A commission spokeswoman, Ellen Weiman, says Lusk is the first chairman she’s heard of to take the wheel while in the driver’s seat of the commission.

″This is the way that 40,000 guys make an income. There’s nothing wrong with the chairman going out and seeing how they do it,″ Lusk said.

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Graduating from college near the top of the class is a heady experience, especially for a woman whose professional experience included a stint as a headless woman.

Mary Ann Beauregard, 26, of Greenwich will be among the nearly 600 degree candidates at the first fall undergraduate commencement at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday.

Beauregard, who once worked as ″Headless Helga″ in a carnival sideshow in Denver, Colo., will receive a bachelor’s degree in a self-designed major, peace studies.

She enrolled at Central Connecticut in 1982, ending up in the honors program.

To prove she has a good head on her shoulders these days, Beauregard is graduating summa cum laude, with a 3.9 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

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