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Gates will sit out festivities as safeguard

GOING TO THE BALL - Emily Miller, who lives in transitional housing, tried on a complimentary ball gown at the J.W. Marriot Hotel in Washington. Businessman Earl W. Stafford paid for some of the less fortunate to attend the inauguration. GOING TO THE BALL - Emily Miller, who lives in transitional housing, tried on a complimentary ball gown at the J.W. Marriot Hotel in Washington. Businessman Earl W. Stafford paid for some of the less fortunate to attend the inauguration. (Jacqueline Martin/ Associated Press)
January 20, 2009

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the lone Cabinet holdover from the Bush to Obama administrations, will be the designated no-show at today's inauguration. (Full article: 793 words)

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