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Hillary Clinton victory celebration in troubled hotel

April 22, 2008 |  7:01 pm

Hey, let's have a party where dozens feel deathly ill.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, the winner of today's Pennsylvania Democratic primary, is expected to speak to a joyous throng of supporters in a few minutes in an ornate ballroom of the Park Hyatt Hotel in downtown Philadelphia. (You can tell when she thinks she's going to win a state -- she stays in that state for the evening. Otherwise, she's outta there.)

Formerly known as the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, the hostelry was the notorious scene of a mysterious illness in 1976 during an American Legion convention, later dubbed Legionnaires' disease. Thirty-four deaths were eventually traced to the Legionella pneumophila bacteria.

--Andrew Malcolm