The Nation

Entertainer Harry Belafonte announced he would not challenge Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.), saying his commitments to fight South African apartheid and other causes precluded running for the Senate. Belafonte, who turned 59 on Saturday, became the latest in a line of prominent public figures, including former vice presidential candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro, to turn down Democratic Party entreaties to run against the state's junior senator in November.

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