Atlantic City's Mayor Still Nowhere to Be Found

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The scandal-plagued mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, called in sick to work nearly two weeks ago and hasn't been seen since.

And now, City Councilman Bruce Ward wants the mayor's seat officially declared vacant so the council can name a replacement. He's set to make his arguments in front of a judge today.

Ward calls Mayor Robert Levy's disappearance "a national embarrassment."

A spokesman for the mayor says he is at a hospital. And Levy's lawyer says the mayor may have an announcement about the situation soon.

Levy is under federal investigation for embellishing his Army service in Vietnam. Investigators want to know if he was trying to get higher benefits. Opponents have criticized him for sporadic attendance at city council meetings and for ties with a former city council member who pleaded guilty in a corruption case.

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