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Nation Briefs


services, From news, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Salt Lake City elects its first gay mayor

Former Utah lawmaker Jackie Biskupski has become the first openly gay mayor of Salt Lake City. Official election results released Tuesday show that Biskupski, 49, defeated two-term incumbent Ralph Becker. Her win marks a milestone for the LGBT community in the conservative state, even as the Mormon church has toughened its stance toward gays and their children.

Fire at chemical warehouse injures 3 * Workers at a warehouse in Leetsdale, Pa., were pouring hydraulic fracturing chemicals into a tank Tuesday when a fire started, forcing residents out of nearby homes for several hours, emergency and company officials said. The fire was at Lubrizol Corp.'s Oilfield Chemistry site about 15 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. The company and Allegheny County Emergency Services Chief Alvin Henderson said three employees had minor injuries.

19 sue Boy Scouts, allege abuse * Seventeen men and two women are suing the Boy Scouts of America and local chapters in Connecticut, saying a now-dead scoutmaster sexually abused them when they were children in the 1960s and 1970s. The suit claims Boy Scout leaders knew or should have known that Ridgefield Scoutmaster Donald Dennis was a danger to the Scouts in his troops. …

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