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September 30, 1988

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ John Sweezy’s had enough of 1988. When 1989 comes, he says, maybe strangers will stop calling.

His office telephone number’s last four digits are 1-9-8-8.

″I’ve had this number for years, and all of the sudden the year is in and I get calls,″ said Sweezy, chairman of the Marion County Republican Party.

His phone number is close to the number of the campaign offices of Democrats Evan Bayh and Frank O’Bannon, the Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively.

It also is similar to the phone numbers for the campaign headquarters of Republican gubernatorial candidate John Mutz. And the re-election campaign of Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., also has a telephone number ending with 1988.

The Republican chairman simply tells the callers they have the wrong number.

But Robert Meyne, president of Hoosier Celebration ’88, a group that celebrates the state’s history and promotes its future, has another reply. His phone number is similar to the political campaigns’.

″I just tell them to send the money to Rob Meyne,″ he said.

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ENID, Okla. (AP) - Students were sent outside. An office was barricaded. And officials throughout the Eisenhower Elementary School walked with a light step.

The emergency?

A sleeping skunk.

When school counselor Noama Barnard arrived at her office Thursday, she encountered the skunk, which was curled up for a quiet nap.

″I heard some rustling in some papers and saw it move,″ Ms. Barnard said. ″I decided I’d get out of there - very slowly.″

Next door to the counselor’s office is the school lunchroom, and officials led students outside.

Folding chairs were used to barricade the counselor’s office until Enid animal control officers arrived and removed the animal.

School Principal Mary Butler said the skunk may have entered when the custodian left the door open during evening cleaning.

The doors will be shut at night from now on, she added.