Convention finalists named
Ohio’s three largest cities — Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus — have been named finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus named the three among the party’s eight finalists in a Twitter post Thursday. They join Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Las Vegas is widely considered the front-runner. Representatives from the cities will make presentations at the site selection meeting in Washington on Monday. RNC spokesman Ryan Mahoney said the panel will announce by mid-March the sites it will visit and name a narrowed list of finalists in late spring after making the visits. The full Republican National Committee will cast ballots for the host city in late summer or early fall.
Mayors plan parade boycotts
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is threatening to boycott the St. Patrick’s Day parade unless organizers allow a group of gay military veterans to march, joining New York’s mayor in protesting parade policies on gay groups. Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, said Thursday he’s been trying to broker a deal with the city’s parade organizers to allow a gay veterans group sponsored by MassEquality to march in this year’s parade. He said allowing gay groups to participate is long overdue. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will skip the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan because participants are not allowed to carry signs or banners identifying themselves as gay.
Indictment names 6 officers
Federal grand juries have indicted six current and former San Francisco police officers, charging three with stealing money, drugs, electronics and gift cards seized during investigations, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. According to the indictment, the three took items they seized during an arrest in 2009, including a $500 Apple gift card. Two days later, one of them used the gift card to buy an iPhone and iPod Nano, prosecutors said.
Compiled from wire reports.