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Mayor's Name Too Funny For City Bldg.

Mayor's Name Too Funny For City Bldg.


A former mayor of Fort Wayne, Ind. is making a comeback in popularity among local residents, but it's not necessarily for the right reasons.

The city opened up a vote to name a new building after a prestigious person who has had an impact on the history of Fort Wayne. However, when Mayor Harry Baals (pronounced "Balls") became a runaway hit in the online vote, city officials deemed his name too easy to target for jokes and have removed him from the running.

"We realize that while Harry Baals was a respected mayor, not everyone outside of Fort Wayne will know that," Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy said Tuesday in a statement to the Associated Press. "We wanted to pick something that would reflect our pride in our community beyond the boundaries of Fort Wayne."

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