March 28, 2013
NEVADA
Assembly expels
embattled lawmaker

A Nevada Democratic assemblyman whose erratic behavior dominated headlines for weeks will go down in history as the first lawmaker ever expelled from the state Legislature by his peers.

The Nevada Assembly voted Thursday in a somber, emotional hearing to oust Assemblyman Steven Brooks, 41. Several members were heard crying, and Majority Leader William Horne said people did not feel safe with Brooks in the legislative building.

Brooks, who won reelection in November, has been arrested twice since January and is accused of making threats toward his colleagues, including Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

Brooks was denied the purchase of a gun last month after he was banished from the chambers. His attorney, Mitchell Posin, says Brooks does not pose any real threat to anyone.

— Associated Press

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston’s mayor won’t seek sixth term

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection to an unprecedented sixth term after nearly two decades in office.

Menino, 70, told well-wishers gathered at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall: “I will leave the job that I love.” He spoke for about 12 minutes and received a three-minute standing ovation.

Menino’s announcement came in the wake of persistent health problems, including a six-week hospital stay last year to treat a respiratory infection and a compression fracture in his spine. He also has Type 2 diabetes.

— Associated Press

MILITARY
Ex-soldier convicted
in ‘don’t ask’ protest

The gay former Army lieutenant who handcuffed himself to the White House fence in November 2010 to protest the military’s now-repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was found guilty in the District’s federal court on Thursday and fined $100.

Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola said his finding was consistent with the First Amendment because of the “radically different” approach of Daniel Choi and 12 others who refused to follow orders to leave the area in front of the White House.

Choi, a West Point graduate, was discharged from the military for violating its ban on gays and became one of the leading activists against the policy that President Obama formally repealed the month after his arrest.

— Ann E. Marimow

NEW YORK
Deal reached on paid
sick leave in N.Y.C.

New York City legislators, labor advocates and business leaders have struck a deal on the hotly contested issue of paid sick leave, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced Thursday night.

The bill proposed Thursday would require businesses with 20 or more employees to provide five paid sick days to their workers beginning April 1, 2014, and to businesses with 15 or more employees by Oct. 1, 2015. Businesses of any size must provide unpaid sick leave to employees beginning April 1, 2014.

All employees would have to be employed for at least four months to be eligible, including part-time workers. Seasonal workers and work-study students would not be eligible.

— Associated Press

Dentist’s patients tested for HIV: Health officials said Thursday that 7,000 patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon should undergo testing for HIV and hepatitis after officials looking into the source of a patient’s viruses discovered that the dentist’s instruments were not being cleaned properly. W. Scott Harrington voluntarily closed his practices in Tulsa and suburban Owasso and is cooperating with investigators, a spokeswoman for the state Health Department said.

— From news services

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