By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston's first new mayor in 20 years, former state representative Martin Walsh, vowed on Monday to focus on cutting the city's violent-crime rates and improving its school system. The former teacher addressed the challenges of two big appointments that he will make after being sworn in as Boston's 54th mayor - the city's next police commissioner and school superintendent. "No parent should worry that a bullet will stop a daughter or son from coming home," said Walsh, who succeeds Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston's long history. "We must find a way to provide our families and our communities with the help they need when they need it." Boston's last police commissioner, Ed Davis, who rose to national prominence for his calm leadership following the April 15 bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, stepped aside last year to make room for Menino's successor to pick a new leader.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson planned to file a lawsuit on Monday challenging "special treatment" for members of the U.S. Congress in the application of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Johnson, of Wisconsin, wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the Obama administration exceeded its legal authority by arranging federal subsidies for members of Congress and their staff under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. "In truth, many members of Congress feel entitled to an exemption from the harsh realities of the law they helped jam down Americans' throats in 2010." Unlike millions of Americans, he wrote, lawmakers and their staffs can receive employer contributions to help pay for their health insurance.
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, 47, who is still in office, and his brother, Ralphiel Mack, have denied charges related to a 2010 bribery scheme in which $119,000 was offered in exchange for Mayor Mack's help in the development of an automated parking garage on city-owned land. About $54,000 was actually paid, the indictment said, with the rest to be paid later. It was not immediately known if the trial will include testimony from a co-conspirator who pleaded guilty in the scheme - restaurant owner Joseph Giorgianni, also known as "The Fat Man" and JoJo, the name of his steak house, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Trenton. Mayor Mack has maintained his innocence and his lawyer has said he has no plans to step down despite a call to do so by Governor Chris Christie.
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Paul Gregoline lies in bed, awaiting the helper who will get him up, bathed and groomed. He is 92 years old, has Alzheimer's disease and needs a hand with nearly every task the day brings. When the aide arrives, though, he doesn't look so different from the client himself — bald and bespectacled.