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Clinton picks third black

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WASHINGTON - President-elect Bill Clinton yesterday filled two more top positions, choosing a black woman as Energy Secretary and a former state governor as Education Secretary, writes David Usborne. In selecting Hazel O'Leary, who is an executive for a Minnesota power company, for the energy post, Mr Clinton brings to three the number of blacks in his future cabinet, the highest of any president in history.

Education policy has been entrusted to Richard Riley, who became governor of South Carolina in 1978. Mr Clinton is also expected to name Representative Mike Espy, also black, as Agriculture Secretary.