Mayor vows 3-day fast for unity

June 21, 2011 8:15:37 AM PDT
The mayor of Pennsylvania's capital is vowing to go on a three-day fast she hopes will unite citizens and leaders in the face of a financial crisis. Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson says she'll begin fasting Wednesday with city religious leaders and is inviting residents to join.

The city was admitted into a state-run program for distressed municipalities in December as it struggles with nearly $300 million in debts related to a problem-plagued incinerator project. A state panel has warned the city could run out of money for payroll and other obligations if it doesn't reduce personnel costs and sell assets.

Thompson tells WHTM-TV she relies on "spiritual guidance" from God for things that are beyond her control.

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