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WORTH NOTING: Rival school's 'nay' is fodder for April Fool's Day

Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell (R) wants to know what's wrong with Rocky Top. On April Fool's Day she dispatched her state's aggressive attorney general, Democrat Richard Blumenthal, to find out why the University of Tennessee backed away from an annual showdown between its vaunted women's basketball squad and their archrivals at the University of Connecticut. Her missive ribbed both the Tennessee Lady Volunteers and the attorney general. Rell suggested the Lady Vols "were tired of losing to our Huskies." And, in a release, she said Blumenthal shouldn't shy away from another investigation because he "has investigated virtually everything under the sun - and in fact, may have at one time or another actually investigated the sun."

The land of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan may soon make it easier to be a member of the Communist Party again. California state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D) is pushing to repeal laws from the Cold War, many of them already struck down by courts, aimed at outlawing the Communist Party and its activities, the Sacramento bureau of The Associated Press reports.

It's a case of too much information. A candidate in a Republican run-off for a Texas House seat turned to police after his opponent gave away his Social Security number to 5,000 households, the Houston Chronicle notes. An attack piece mailed last week blasted Fred Roberts for not paying federal taxes and showed copies of related records that included Roberts' Social Security number. Roberts' opponent, Ken Legler, apologized to Roberts in person, but, Roberts wasn't satisfied. "This was careless politics, and I'm the one who's going to be affected for a long time," he said.

The tribulations of Florida's and Michigan's Democratic delegates continue. Even if they gain acceptance to the Democratic convention in Denver, the delegates may not have anywhere to stay, The Hill reports. The squabble continues over how to punish the states for holding their presidential primaries earlier than allowed under party rules, and now the delegations lost their hotel reservations too.

Loud-mouthed lawyers will have to tone it down when talking to children witnesses in court, under a bill passed by the Missouri House this week. Opponents say the measure goes too far, and would prohibit tough questioning of teenage murder suspects on the stand, according to the Columbia bureau of The Associated Press . Courts would have to consider nap time when scheduling children's testimony, and lawyers couldn't point their fingers either.