Throughout this year's mayoral campaign, Republican candidate Karen Brown has been listed as 49 years old. She will celebrate her birthday a week from Thursday, June 9, and the city's voter-registration records suggest it will be a big one, her 50th.

Except she's already 50, about to turn 51, she says.

"The voter registration has it wrong," Brown said last week. "They list the year as 1961. It should be 1960. I just never got it fixed. People make mistakes when they type things up. . . . I've got a birth certificate somewhere, but it never seemed important."

With an unusual attempt at delicacy, a reporter asked Brown if she possibly had gone along with the error, wanting to appear younger than she is.

"No," she said. "I just didn't care. If I'm going to try to be younger, I'd say I was born in 1971. A year doesn't make any difference."

- Bob Warner

Reform, at a price

Attention, scalpers: City commissioners candidate Stephanie Singer on Tuesday night will offer fans an "Inside the Campaign" workshop at her Chestnut Street headquarters in which she will dissect her successful Democratic primary campaign for the low, low price of $50.

Now there's a fund-raising idea. Give good-government fans a close-up look at how she bucked the establishment to dethrone longtime Commissioners Chairwoman Marge Tartaglione, a legend of the Democratic City Committee.

"We will review never-released early polling data, the structure of the campaign, a day in a life of our candidate, and voter targeting," reads an e-mail sent out by the Singer campaign.

- Jeff Shields