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At 11th Hour, 'Son of Baltimore' Joins Race for Mayor

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson makes for Democratic field of 13

(Newser) - A civil rights activist who has gained prominence in the Black Lives Matter movement is now throwing his hat in the ring for the mayorship of Baltimore. DeRay Mckesson, 30, the 13th and last candidate in the Democratic primary, filed right before the deadline in what the Baltimore Sun labels... More »

Rahm Emanuel: I'm Not Resigning

Chicago mayor fends off question in wake of police video

(Newser) - If Rahm Emanuel thought firing his police chief would relieve the pressure on him in Chicago over a police shooting, he learned otherwise Wednesday at a testy breakfast in which he was hit with questions about whether he would resign, reports Politico . "No," was the answer to journalists.... More »

Police Closer to Figuring Out How Juneau Mayor Died

He suffered undisclosed injuries, possibly related to a fall

(Newser) - Juneau police aren't saying how newly elected Mayor Greg Fisk died , but they have ruled out suicide. Authorities add there was no evidence of drug use and Fisk, 70, suffered no gunshot wounds. However, Juneau's police chief says Fisk's body—found by his adult son at his... More »

Juneau's New Mayor Found Dead

Cops say there are rumors of assault

(Newser) - The mayor of Juneau has been found dead in his home less than two months after he was elected. The body of Greg Fisk, 70, was found by his adult son on Monday afternoon and police, who have not released a cause of death, have been searching the area and... More »

Mayor Thinks People on Welfare 'Flaunt It,' Has Plan

Maine mayor wants their names, addresses listed online

(Newser) - "The days of being quiet are gone," Robert Macdonald writes in a column in the Twin City Times . And what does the Republican mayor of Lewiston, Maine, want to break the silence on? People on welfare are "gaming the system," he tells the Portland Press Herald ... More »

MIA Mayor Accused of Running Town via WhatsApp

And of stealing $4M from school fund in one of Brazil's poorest states

(Newser) - While people in the Brazilian town of Bom Jardim were facing daily economic struggles and teachers stopped getting their paychecks, prosecutors say Mayor Lidiane Leite was partying it up in the Maranhao state capital—and running the town under her charge from 170 miles away via WhatsApp, the BBC reports.... More »

Tourist Dies Trying to Save Drowning Mayor

Michigan mayor survives, is rescued by 2nd man

(Newser) - A crazy story equal parts tragic and heroic out of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands: A Danish tourist died trying to save a Michigan mayor who was being swept away by a riptide, but the mayor then got saved by a second Good Samaritan. The rescued man is South... More »

After Resident Calls Him a Jerk, Mayor Bans Questions

Evesham's Randy Brown won't allow them at council meetings

(Newser) - A little too thin-skinned? A New Jersey mayor has banned the public from asking questions at township council meetings. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Evesham Mayor Randy Brown began the policy this year after a tense meeting in December in which a resident asked about a tax abatement. Brown spoke... More »

Cleveland Mayor: Sorry for Blaming Tamir Rice

Documents will be re-worded soon, Frank Jackson says

(Newser) - Cleveland's mayor apologized today after the city's lawyers suggested in court documents that a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by police died as a result of his own actions. Mayor Frank Jackson says the city's response to a federal lawsuit filed... More »

Jerusalem Mayor Sees Stabbing, Tackles Attacker

Palestinian 18-year-old stabbed Jewish man

(Newser) - A Palestinian man with a knife stabbed a Jewish man in Jerusalem yesterday, only to be tackled by the mayor of the city, Reuters reports. After the attacker stabbed the victim—who wasn't badly hurt—he tried to attack other bystanders, but they fled. Mayor Nir Barkat and his... More »

NY Mayor: No Protests Until After Funerals

Mayor de Blasio urges people to 'step back'

(Newser) - New York's mayor today called for protests and political debate to pause until after funerals are held for two officers shot and killed inside their patrol car this weekend by a man vowing retaliation for the deaths of black men at the hands of white police. "I think... More »

Marion Barry Dies at 78

Former DC mayor collapsed outside his home

(Newser) - Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the DC Council. Instead, Barry will be... More »

Chicago's Only Female Mayor Dead at 80

You can thank Jane Byrne for 'Blues Brothers'

(Newser) - Jane Byrne, Chicago's first and only female mayor, died today at the age of 80. Byrne capitalized on Chicago's slow reaction to a snowstorm to score one of the biggest election upsets in the city's history. She famously beat Mayor Michael Bilandic in 1979 after his administration... More »

Rob Ford: I Have 50/50 Chance of Surviving Cancer

Hardest thing is telling the kids, Toronto mayor says

(Newser) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer , but he says he's trying to stay optimistic, even though doctors have given him a 50/50 chance of survival. "Some nights I just cry myself to sleep, but what can you do, there's only... More »

Mayor's Wife: I Killed Him to Save Son's Life

19-year-old backs up his mother's claim

(Newser) - The woman who shot to death the mayor of California's Bell Gardens —her husband—has told police that she did so in order to save her son from a fatal beating, reports the Los Angeles Times . And in a move that could make a conviction on criminal charges... More »

Rob Ford Has Rare, Aggressive Cancer

Toronto mayor will start chemotherapy

(Newser) - Doctors spelled out the health troubles of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford today, and the news isn't good. The 45-year-old has a malignant abdominal tumor that the mayor's lead physician called "rare," "difficult," and "fairly aggressive," reports the Globe and Mail . Ford will... More »

Rob Ford Withdraws; Brother to Replace Him

Rob Ford to run for city council seat in Toronto instead

(Newser) - Toronto won't have Rob Ford to kick around anymore, at least as mayor, but it might get him as a city councillor instead—and brother Doug as mayor. Today's filing deadline was a busy one for the Ford family: Rob withdrew his name from the mayor's race,... More »

Rob Ford Hospitalized With Tumor

Future of Toronto mayor's campaign uncertain

(Newser) - Rob Ford's re-election campaign is in jeopardy again, and this time it's because of his health instead of his scandals. The Toronto mayor has been admitted to a local hospital with a tumor in his abdomen. A hospital spokesman says the tumor is "not small," but... More »

Poll: Rob Ford Could Actually Get Re-Elected

Even though he made football players roll in goose poop

(Newser) - The good people of Toronto appear to be quite a forgiving bunch: The latest poll suggests Rob Ford, whose crack cocaine use and other antics have drawn worldwide media attention, has a pretty good shot at being re-elected as mayor in October, the Washington Post reports. The poll released yesterday... More »

Kid Mayor Out of a Job

Bobby Tufts, 5, loses bid for 3rd term in tiny Minn. town

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy's run as mayor is over in a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota. Robert "Bobby" Tufts lost his bid for a third consecutive term as mayor of Dorset on Sunday. Eric Mueller, a 16-year-old from Mendota Heights, Minn., won when his name was drawn from... More »

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