Publishing exec to run N.Y. schools
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg named a top publishing executive with no background in education to head the nation's largest school system after announcing Tuesday that the city's longtime chancellor was stepping down.
Bloomberg said Hearst Magazines chairwoman Cathie Black would replace Joel Klein, who has overseen the city's 1.1 million-student school system since 2002. Klein is leaving to become an executive vice president at News Corp.
Bloomberg praised Black, a Chicago native who spent eight years at USA Today as president, publisher, board member and Gannett Co. executive vice president, as "a world-class manager." Asked about choosing someone who is not an educator, Bloomberg said: "In the end, it is the mayor who picks the chancellor."
She will be the first woman to lead the New York City school system. At Hearst, she oversees titles including Esquire, Good Housekeeping, O, the Oprah Magazine and Popular Mechanics.
Straight couple seek 'gay' union
Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle of London are in love and want to tie the knot — but they don't want to get married. The 26-year-olds think they should be allowed to have a civil partnership, a form of legal union available in Britain only to same-sex couples. Gay rights activists are backing the couple's bid in an attempt to legalize gay marriage.
Marriage and civil partnership are virtually identical in law, and activists think both should be open to all couples. Doyle and Freeman applied for a permit on Tuesday.