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The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy

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The Mayor of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: December 31, 1885

Publisher: Public Domain

Seller: Public Domain


It is set in the fictional town of Casterbridge (based on the town of Dorchester in Dorset). The book is one of Hardy's Wessex novels, all set in a fictional rustic England. A poor, disgruntled, drunken young man sells his wife and child to the highest bidder. When he awakens, sober, the next day he regrets his rash act and vows to give up drink and find his family and bring them home. Eventually he is forced to give up the search and move on with his life. He does this quite successfully until, nearly 20 years later, his past comes back to haunt him.

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The Mayor: Episode 1

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Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) needs his big break. For years, he’s toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity to knock, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century – running for mayor of his California hometown, Fort Grey, to generate buzz for his music career. But his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: an election victory.
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Salt Lake City Is Electing Its First Openly Gay Mayor. Here’s Why That’s A Big Deal.

Salt Lake City is poised to announce its first openly gay mayor next week, reflecting changing social tides in conservative Utah.

Jackie Biskupski (D), who nabbed 52 percent of votes in Tuesday’s election but can’t declare victory until incumbent Mayor Ralph Becker (D) concedes, served as the first openly gay legislator in the Utah state House from 1999 to 2011. She will make history again as the first openly gay mayor of the state capital city, joining only a few openly gay mayors in the U.S.

Biskupski’s apparent victory in the home state of the Mormon church and its long-held opposition to gay rights reflects a shift toward wider LGBT acceptance, experts said. 

Pamela Perlich, director of demographic research at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, explained that being openly gay is less controversial in Utah than it used to be, especially since a federal judge in 2013 made Utah the first state to rule against a gay marriage ban after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. More people being open about their sexual orientation fosters more inclusion, Perlich told HuffPost.

“It’s easy to exclude somebody you don’t know or establish stereotypes about someone you’re not in proximity with, but not once people found out, ‘My friend is gay or my daughter or my son,'” Perlich said. “That whole thing we see playing out all across nation — that’s playing out in Utah too … You reach these tipping points where it’s just not a big deal anymore.”

The leader of Equality Utah, an LGBT rights group, said he hopes Biskupski’s election galvanizes more people from the gay community to seek public office. 

“It is extremely significant to have a lesbian mayor in Salt Lake City,” Troy Williams, Equality Utah executive director, told HuffPost. ”The election of Ms. Biskupski sends a clear signal to Utahans that the LGBT community is ready to give back with public service.”

Biskupski’s sexual orientation was largely a non-issue in the mayor’s race. A UtahPolicy poll found last month that three-fourths of likely Salt Lake City mayoral voters said the fact that she would be the city’s first gay mayor would have no bearing on their vote. If anything, being gay gave Biskupski a slight edge: 12 percent polled said Biskupski’s sexual orientation made them more likely to vote for her, while only 10 percent said the opposite. 

Biskupski is already planning to make LGBT rights a priority, she told The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday. One of her first orders of business will be to meet with the leaders of the Mormon church and discuss its recent policy categorizing same-sex couples as apostates, or religious dissenters, and excluding their children from Mormon rites, such as blessings.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to rethink this a bit and move in a different direction somewhere down the road,” Biskupski told the Tribune.

Ellen Koester, a volunteer at Affirmation, a Utah-based group supporting LGBT Mormons, said the voted for Biskupski and has been amazed by residents’ growing acceptance of gay rights in the last decade.

“I think it says everything about Utah’s changing attitudes,” Koester said. ”The citizens of Salt Lake City have realized that Jackie is an excellent candidate for mayor, regardless of her sexuality.” 

It’s especially exciting to her that Salt Lake City would vote Biskupski into office just days after the World Congress of Families, deemed an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, held its conference in the city.

“If that doesn’t say anything about the changing attitudes of Utahns, then I don’t know what will,” Koester said.

This article has been updated to include Koester’s comments.

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American Voices: Mayor Calls For Crackdown On Topless Women In Times Square

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio spoke out this week against Times Square’s desnudas, topless women covered in body paint who charge money for photos, saying they should be regulated the same way other street solicitors are. What do you think?




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Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts FIRED By Mayor

The aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death has led to Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts finding himself on the wrong side of the unemployment line as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake felt like he wasn’t getting the job done.

Reports The Baltimore Sun:

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she has replaced Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, citing “utmost urgency” to stop a recent surge in violence.

“We cannot grow Baltimore without making our city a safer place to live,” Rawlings-Blake said at a press conference at City Hall. “We need a change. This was not an easy decision, but it is one that is in the best interest of the people of Baltimore. The people of Baltimore deserve better.”

Rawlings-Blake named Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis interim commissioner, effective immediately.

Rawlings-Blake’s decision came hours after she lashed out at the city’s police union for for its highly critical report of the Police Department leadership during last month’s rioting. She did not respond to a call for Batts’ resignation from faith coalition Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development.

She said the Fraternal Order of Police report did not play a role in her decision and that her motivation was instead the spate of murders that has erupted in the city over the past month.

Rawlings-Blake commended Batts for his service, citing improvements in transparency and accountability.

“Over the past three years, Commissioner Batts has served our city with distinction,” she said.

Batts served as Police Commissioner since October 2012 with a $ 200K-a-year salary.

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South Bend Mayor: Why Coming Out Matters

This post originally appeared on the South Bend Tribune

Any day now, the Supreme Court will issue a decision on same-sex marriage that will directly affect millions of Americans. It comes at a time of growing public acceptance and support for equal rights. But no matter what the Court does, issues of equality are hardly settled across the country. Today, it remains legal in most parts of Indiana (though not South Bend) to fire someone simply for being gay, and bullying still contributes to tragically high suicide rates among LGBT teens.

Still, our country is headed in a clear overall direction, and swiftly. Today, 57 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage; just 15 years ago, the reverse was true. Experiences with friends or family members coming out have helped millions of Americans to see past stereotypes and better understand what being gay is — and is not. Being gay isn’t something you choose, but you do face choices about whether and how to discuss it. For most of our history, most Americans had no idea how many people they knew and cared about were gay.

My high school in South Bend had nearly a thousand students. Statistically, that means that several dozen were gay or lesbian. Yet, when I graduated in 2000, I had yet to encounter a single openly LGBT student there. That’s far less likely to be the case now, as more students come to feel that their families and community will support and care for them no matter what. This is a tremendously positive development: young people who feel support and acceptance will be less likely to harm themselves, and more likely to step into adulthood with mature self-knowledge.

I was well into adulthood before I was prepared to acknowledge the simple fact that I am gay. It took years of struggle and growth for me to recognize that it’s just a fact of life, like having brown hair, and part of who I am.

Putting something this personal on the pages of a newspaper does not come easy. We Midwesterners are instinctively private to begin with, and I’m not used to viewing this as anyone else’s business.

But it’s clear to me that at a moment like this, being more open about it could do some good. For a local student struggling with her sexuality, it might be helpful for an openly gay mayor to send the message that her community will always have a place for her. And for a conservative resident from a different generation, whose unease with social change is partly rooted in the impression that he doesn’t know anyone gay, perhaps a familiar face can be a reminder that we’re all in this together as a community.

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NY Mayor Vows To Give 7,000 Homeless Families Permanent Shelter

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new budget allocates $ 100 million toward fighting homelessness in America’s most populous city, The New York Times reported.

Officials announced the commitment — which includes rental assistance that’ll move more than 7,000 homeless New York families into stable housing, according to WNYC News — on Wednesday.

Funding will also go toward anti-eviction legal services, expansion of shelter beds for homeless youth and boosting resources for mental health services.

The commitment is part of a fiscal year 2016 budget totaling $ 78.3 billion.

Curbing the crisis has become a priority for de Blasio, as the Big Apple grapples with record-high levels of homelessness. According to city records, there were 59,068 people living in shelters in December, the New York Daily News reported.

De Blasio has made efforts to provide affordable housing to more New Yorkers, including a move to create 200,000 such units throughout the five boroughs in the next decade.

“Affordable housing is part of the bedrock of what makes New York City work,” the mayor points out in his plan of action. “It’s what underpins the economically diverse neighborhoods New Yorkers want to live in. It’s critical to providing financial stability for working families, helping them get ahead and build a better life.”

To his credit, de Blasio inherited a dire situation, advocates have pointed out: Homelessness grew by 71 percent under his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, according to the Coalition for the Homeless. But the problem has worsened on de Blasio’s watch, too.

New figures released on Thursday by the city’s Department of Homeless Services, however, provide an optimistic take on the situation.

The city’s latest annual count of unsheltered individuals — those outside the shelter system who stay in public spaces — found an overall 5 percent reduction in such residents, including a 92 percent drop in the borough of Queens alone.

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NYC Mayor: ‘Reconcile Yourselves With Your God, For All Will Perish In The Tempest’

NEW YORK—As a major winter storm continued its advance toward New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio advised residents Monday to make peace with whatever higher power they call God, for all shall meet their death in the coming tempest.




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Hundreds Of Police Turn Back As NYC Mayor Speaks At Officer’s Funeral

Although the brutal deaths of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were carried out by mentally ill Baltimore resident Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsle, current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has come under scrutiny as many local authorities have turned their back on the man they claim is responsible for the increasing divide between the public and the police.

As thousands have taken to the streets in response to the deaths of  Michael Brown and Eric Garner, some police have accused the Mayor of fueling the anti-cop sentiment currently washing across the country. De Blasio, who is married to a Black woman, has spoken openly about the dangers his own son faces, prompting others to accuse him of showing favoritism to protesters.

Over the weekend many authorities made their feelings felt, turning their backs as the Mayor delivered a speech at the funeral for Officer Ramos, a move that prompted outrage from former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and more.

Also displeased was Police Commissioner Bill Bratton who expressed, “I certainly don’t support that action yesterday. I think it was very inappropriate at that event. That funeral was held to honor Officer Ramos. And to bring politics, to bring issues into that event I think was very inappropriate and I do not support it.”

The funeral for Officer Liu has been scheduled for January 4, 2015.

[Also Read: Russell Simmons To NYPD Union’s Pat Lynch: “You Will Not Wage War On Our Communities”]


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