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SC town fights firing of lesbian police chief by mayor who says gays are worse than drunks

City Council members demanded answers from a South Carolina mayor who fired a veteran police chief because she’s a lesbian. Latta Mayor Earl Bullard fired Police Chief Crystal Moore on Tuesday, saying the 20-year veteran had drawn seven reprimands — but a city councilwoman said the mayor issued all of…

Militants take hostages after seizing Iraq city council HQ

Militants seized the city council headquarters in the Iraqi city of Samarra and took employees hostage on Tuesday, officials said, the second such attack in recent months. The attack illustrates the impunity with which militants in Iraq can strike even targets that should be highly secure. Two militants, possibly wearing…

Hey, Denver: It’s OK to smoke weed in your front yard or on a balcony

Denver residents will be permitted to smoke pot in their front yard or on a balcony, even if they can be seen from a street or sidewalk. The City Council voted 10-3 on Monday to allow the use of marijuana in the open, as long as it’s on private property,…

‘Pastafarian’ gives invocation: ‘God, you’re an agenda item on our government meeting’

An agnostic led his town’s City Council in a prayer Monday to protest the regular practice before government functions. Steve Vincent said he was surprised to learn that each City Council meeting begins with a prayer, and he became particularly irritated during an online discussion with neighbors about a “Celebration…

San Diego Republican accused of openly masturbating in men’s restroom

A possible Republican candidate for ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s office must first explain why multiple people report seeing him masturbating at urinals in the City Council’s men’s room. According to the San Diego Reader, Republican Carl DeMaio was accused of the lascivious acts in 2009 and never answered the…

Lesbian candidate struggles to win women’s vote in New York mayor’s race

By Francesca Trianni NEW YORK (Reuters) – At Cubbyhole, a popular New York lesbian bar, for every two revelers who praised City Council speaker, Christine Quinn, in her race to become the city’s first woman and first openly gay mayor, one complained about her style and political policies. “Just because…

Bloomberg vetoes bills to limit stop-and-frisk policy

By Noreen O’Donnell NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday vetoed two measures meant to curb the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy, setting up a likely showdown with the City Council. Bloomberg called the bills dangerous and irresponsible and said they would make the city less…

Bloomberg vetoes bill to halt New York’s stop-and-frisk policy

By Noreen O’Donnell NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday vetoed two measures meant to curb the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy, setting up a likely showdown with the City Council. Bloomberg called the bills dangerous and irresponsible and said they would make the city less…

KKK rallying ‘thousands’ after Memphis parks drop Confederate names

A Ku Klux Klan leader named Edward, who goes by the title “KKK Exalted Cyclops,” is promising the “largest” rally in Memphis history after the city decided to remove Confederate names from three parks. In an 9-0 vote on Tuesday night, the Memphis City Council approved temporary names for three…

‘Occupy Chicago’ protesters ‘mic check’ city alderman

Protesters “mic checked” Chicago Aldermann Joe Moore, one of the most progressive members of the City Council, on Monday for joining his colleagues in a unanimous vote for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget. “We are here because you and the City Council unanimously chose to support Rahm Emanuel’s budget,” the protesters…

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