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CAPTION ONLY: NEW GOVERNOR TAKES HELM IN VIRGINIA

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Virginia Gov. George Allen hugs his wife, Susan, after being sworn in Saturday in Richmond. The conservative Republican, who used his trademark cowboy boots to craft a folksy image, promised to lift "the heavy, grimy boot of excessive taxation and spending and regulation." Allen, 41, succeeded L. Douglas Wilder, the nation's only elected black governor.