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A Bright Light During Dark News: Bloomberg’s Sign Language Star

Fans like her style: Mayor Michael Bloomberg (at right) briefing New Yorkers about Hurricane Sandy on Monday. At left is his sign language interpreter, who the mayor identified as Lydia Calas.

Above: Fans like her style: Mayor Michael Bloomberg (at right) briefing New Yorkers about Hurricane Sandy on Monday. At left is his sign language interpreter, who the mayor identified as Lydia Calas.

Since we noted Monday that the sign language interpreter for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) was becoming an Internet sensation, her fan base seems to have kept on growing.

Identified by the mayor as Lydia Calas, her expressive style has fascinated many and provided a bit of a bright light amid all the dark news about Superstorm Sandy. As New York magazine says, she's given "New Yorkers a legitimate reason to smile" during some very hard times.

Now, as happens these days, there's a Tumblr page -- Lydia Calas's Face For NYC Mayor -- and the discussion about her continues on Twitter.

If you haven't seen what folks are finding fascinating, there's a video here.

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