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City of 20M People Will Likely Be Run From Behind Bars

Waseem Akhtar set to become Karachi's next mayor

(Newser) - Career criminals often keep their outside "ventures" going while they're incarcerated, but Waseem Akhtar may soon be running Pakistan's largest city—20 million residents and counting—from behind bars. It's likely Akhtar, representing the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, will become mayor of Karachi on Wednesday, the Guardian ... More »

Mayor Doing Mammogram PSA Finds Out She Has Cancer

'It saved my life,' Oklahoma's Gina Noble says of new 3D technology

(Newser) - A news conference in Stillwater, Okla., on Wednesday was meant to announce new 3D mammography equipment at a local medical facility. Mayor Gina Noble had another surprise announcement to offer, the Tulsa World reports. As part of a PSA spot for the new machinery, Noble agreed to go on camera... More »

Mayor in Drug-Ridden Mexican Town Shot to Death

He's the 2nd mayor in the country killed in as many days

(Newser) - The mayor of a town in one of Mexico's most violent drug corridors was shot to death, the second mayor killed in Mexico in two days, the AP reports. Ambrosio Soto was mayor of a township that includes Ciudad Altamirano, a known haven for drug traffickers in southern Guerrero... More »

Sadiq Khan Becomes London's 1st Muslim Mayor

He won with 57% of the vote

(Newser) - Labour Party politician Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan, was elected mayor of London with 1.3 million votes—57% of the total—the AP reports. The final result came after midnight Saturday, more than 24 hours after the polls closed. He defeated Conservative rival Zac... More »

Cops: NY Mayor Stole 111 Road Signs

Suspect accused of lifting state signs to use in his own town

(Newser) - The mayor of an upstate New York town has been busted for pilfering 111 road signs from the New York State DOT and using them in his own town, and the AP report. Frank Moracco, 60, who serves as the mayor of the village of Frankfort, was arrested... More »

Fla. Mayor to Float on DIY Raft From Cuba to US

'I want to know what the men, women, and children go through to get here'

(Newser) - The mayor of a Florida town who loves "living outside the box" will soon be living it up on the high seas when he makes what one friend is calling a "very risky" trip, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Clint Johnson, mayor of DeBary, plans on cobbling together... More »

Mayor's Facebook Post Reveals His Porn Browsing

Besides, the Internet connection was too slow to actually watch any of it

(Newser) - It was only research. So says a German mayor who, via a post on his town's official Facebook page, inadvertently busted himself for checking out online porn. Thomas Koppl of Quickborn, in the course of a political debate, posted a screenshot of the German constitution to Facebook. He neglected... More »

At Public Meeting, Mayor Accused of Sleeping With Man's Wife

'I saw him in my house for Thanksgiving with the food inside'

(Newser) - The mayor of a village in New York was accused of sleeping with a village worker's wife during a raucous public meeting on Tuesday, the Journal News reports. "Mr. Delhomme is trying to use his power to get into my house," 48-year-old maintenance worker Reginald Alfred said... More »

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 »

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