Can I use real names of towns and radio/newspapers in a fictional book
I'm ready to publish a fictional book. The book's site is my home town. Final editing/writing will be done now. May I use the name of my home town and some of the public official's names, such as Mayor XYZ of St. Louis etc? Will I be libel for defamation of character even though all events that happen in the book are a novelist fictional creation? I have changed all character names and used only fictional names but everyone will know who I am referring too when I mention first name only. Example Mayor Jim or Solicitor Jim. I also have used real newspaper/radio personalities/restaurant names in the book. Do I need their permission to put their names in print? Example (The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Radio station WKYT, Burger King).