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March 11, 1987

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ State Sen. Joe Yates has a reputation as a shrewd country-talkin’ lawmaker. And now he can add to that the bragging rights as the last known hillbilly in Arkansas.

Yates was so named on Tuesday in a resolution by the state Senate.

After the vote, he said: ″Thank y’all. ’Preciate your vote of confidence in me. ... I’ll teach you all how to talk. It may take me a few years, but you’ll learn eventually.″

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A protest against a no-shorts rule at Santa Fe High School was short-lived.

Several boys donned skirts because they were upset that girls could wear miniskirts but boys were not allowed to wear shorts.

When the boys showed up for class, they were sent to Principal Rose Fidel’s office. She told them to change. They did.

″They say shorts distract from learning, but when I’m hot and uncomfortable, I can’t learn,″ said Caleb Kullman, 15, one of the four or five boys who wore the skirts last week.

Jeff Guyer, 16, said he and his friends protested ″to show the no-shorts rule is kind of dumb. We talked about it for a while the other day, and we said let’s just do it Friday.″

Ms. Fidel said she didn’t know how many students were ordered to change clothing. But she said she would continue to enforce the policy because teachers voted in January to keep the shorts ban.

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