Home movies of Hillary's childhood surface, reflecting ties to Pennsylvania

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SCRANTON, Pa. — She is about 3 1/2 years old, a prim little blonde in a light dress, road-testing her white anklets and Mary Janes. Her mother, slim and stylish in a 1940s fitted suit, hat and strapped white heels, clutches her hand and guides her down some outdoor steps.

Then the daughter breaks free and rushes exuberantly toward the camera, an uninhibited assertion by little Hillary Rodham that she is ready for her close-up.

The scene unspools in a grainy black-and-white home movie, circa 1951. Hazel Price, 82, who used to live next door to the Rodhams here on Diamond Street, recently dug it up, providing fresh evidence of the Rodham roots in Northeast Pennsylvania. It is destined, no doubt, for wider distribution in advance of next month’s Pennsylvania Democratic presidential primary between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

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