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November 02, 2004


The conversation at Aladdin's Bakery, the oldest Middle Eastern bakery in Cleveland, on the fringes of the central business district, may be an apt illustration of what's going on here. Side-by-side tending the cash register are two immigrants.

Alice Jarrous, 34, a Lakewood resident, said she came here nine years ago from Palestine (she corrected herself a few minutes later calling it Haifa, Israel). She's casting her first vote in a presidential election. She's voting for Kerry.

"I want some changes," she says. "My husband lost his job at a steel company eighteen months ago. His company closed. He's still looking for a job. We have three children, ages 7, 5 and 18 months. I just got the job here two weeks ago. I'm supporting the family."

Theresa Karim, 54, standing next to her, who emigrated from Lebanon twenty-five years ago, is voting for Bush. She's an independent voter. In 2000, she voted for Bush. She voted for Clinton both times.

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