mayor found--"red headed"

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    Mayor Safe After Brothel Drinking Spree
    Fri Feb 7, 9:58 AM ET

    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (Reuters) - A mayor from Brazil's ruling Workers' Party, whose disappearance had alarmed the government, was found in a hotel after a three-day drinking binge which started at a brothel.

    Fearing mayor Chico Ferramenta could be the latest victim of a series of attacks on local Workers' Party officials, senior party officials had asked local police in the state of Minas Gerais to launch a thorough search.

    As it turned out, Ferramenta -- mayor of a town called Ipatinga -- had left home on Monday morning with $500 in his pocket and headed to a brothel, where he started drinking and contracted for the services of two prostitutes.

    After the brothel, Ferramenta headed to a hotel where he was found on Wednesday after a waiter recognized him and called the police. At the hotel, Ferramenta had ordered drinks in his room and only came out to go to the sauna or swim in the pool.

    Police called his wife, who went to the hotel to collect him. Ferramenta said in a statement on Thursday that he will take temporary leave from his job on medical grounds.

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