A defiant Mayor Mary C. Moran of Bridgeport, Conn., yesterday appealed a federal bankruptcy judge's ruling that the city was not insolvent and therefore did not qualify for the court's protection.

As she filed a notice of appeal in the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Mayor Moran said the city's finances are caught in a legal Catch-22: The city has $27 million of cash on hand, a fact that hindered attempts to show its insolvency to the bankruptcy court.

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