Close allies of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being “magicians” and invoking djinns (spirits).
The rest at Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery, at The Guardian.
William Donald Schaefer, governor and mayor, dies Championed Harborplace, Camden Yards, the National Aquarium and other projects that changed the face of Baltimore
BREAKING THE BANK in Maryland has been a bipartisan, multilateral pursuit for years, backed by both parties at the state and local levels alike. When state lawmakers enacted a big increase in teachers’ pensions four years ago — an increase that freighted Annapolis with huge obligations to cover benefits negotiated by local school systems — the move was pushed by Democrats, signed by a Republican governor, cheered by localities and hailed by then-Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, now the national GOP party chairman.
So what if no one knew how the pensions would be paid. It was an election year, the teachers are a potent constituency, and the economy would keep on booming forever, right?
Maryland awakes from its bender on teachers’ pensions