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ridicule by opponents for her admitted devotion to the online game World of Warcraft. “Certainly,” said an opposingparty official, “the fact that she spends so much time on a video game says something about her work ethic and . . . immaturity.” Her WoW character is Santiaga, an “orc (Level 85) assassination rogue” with green skin, fangs, a Mohawk and pointy ears. ; In several high-profile races across the country in November, voters rejected candidates

who had been accused of wrongdoing and corruption, but Brian Banks survived. He was elected as a Michigan state representative from Detroit, with 68 percent of the vote, even though his rap sheet includes eight felony convictions for bad checks and credit card fraud. (Campaign slogan: “You Can Bank on Banks.”) Also, Michigan’s 11th Congressional District elected reindeer farmer Kerry Bentivolio, whose brother had described him as “mentally unbalanced.”

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