Italy Government Puts Scandal-Hit Rome on Tight Leash

Italy's government said on Thursday it would put Rome city hall under close supervision following allegations it had fallen under the sway of organized crime, but allowed the beleaguered mayor to stay in office. A scandal dubbed "Mafia Capital" has rocked Rome this year, laying bare suspicions of rampant corruption that helped explain the shabby state of city streets and the dire state of municipal accounts.