Mayor Herenton as Emily Litella? He Won't Resign Without the Superintendent's Job in Hand.

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How many clichés come to mind? Like the one about "shooting first and asking questions later." It turns out, according to Amos Maki of The Commercial Appeal, who ran into Mayor Willie Herenton Monday morning at a photo op in the Hall of Mayors at City Hall, that the mayor won’t resign, after all, if he doesn't get the school superintendent's job.

It reminds us of Emily Litella, the old Saturday Night Live character, played by the late Gilda Radner. "Emily" would go on in high dudgeon about something or other, then realize she was off track or had the subject wrong or was speaking prematurely, and finish by saying, "Never mind!"

The School Board has a self-imposed deadline of July to find a permanent superintendent, and Herenton's announced (and highly provisional) "resignation" date is July 31.

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