New music:Kacey Musgraves, Neil Young, Leon Bridges, Miguel

Kacey Musgraves’ unexpected Grammys last year for best country album and best country song were no f...

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Does Milwaukee need the ‘biggest outdoor sports bar’?

Wes Edens’ vision for Brew City goes beyond a tricked-out new downtown sports arena and a winning NB...

First Church of Cannabis holds inaugural service in Indianapolis to test 'religious freedom' law

More than 100 people packed a pot-smoking Indianapolis church for a music-filled service without the...

Obama touts federal overtime rule in Wisconsin

President Barack Obama put a political edge on his push for more overtime pay for U.S. workers on Ju...

Oklahoma Supreme Court says citizens can sue for injuries from fracking-related earthquakes

Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has ruled that citizens injured by earthquakes that were possibly triggered...

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Rickie Lee Jones examines 'Desire' on new album

After a decade without writing a song, beat icon Rickie Lee Jones has returned with The Other Side o...

GOP presidential candidates and Confederate flags

When the Third Reich fell, Allied Forces immediately banned the swastika from public display. They k...

Milwaukee, Portland artists unite at Inova

There’s a museum inside UW-Milwaukee’s Inova museum, temporarily. The “Milwaukee, Milwaukie Museum” ...

Eaux Claires an ‘artist-driven’ festival

Why does the Eaux Claires Festival exist? It’s a fitting question from the outside, in an environme...

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Not your mascot
Student-led push leads Madison to ban Native American sports team imagery

Students returning to class for the 2015-16 term in Madison K-12 schools won’t be sporting Chicago Blackhawks jerseys or Atlanta Braves T-shirts. And not because they lack interest in the fastest game on Earth or they rally behind the Brewers, though that’s likely.

The Madison School Board has enacted a prohibition on clothing and other items tagged with sports team names, logos or mascots portraying a “negative stereotype” of Native Americans. The policy does not prohibit all Native American imagery on attire and other possessions — just sports team items.

The decision apparently is a first for a K-12 school district in the United States.

Students proposed the prohibition and, over the summer, expect to work with school officials on the details of administering the policy, including creating a list of outlawed imagery and names. 

GOP presidential candidates and Confederate flags

Dylann Roof and his Confederate flag. — PHOTO: Courtesy

When the Third Reich fell, Allied Forces immediately banned the swastika from public display. They knew that letting it remain would give Nazi sympathizers a rallying symbol and provide a measure of acceptance to the subhuman atrocities committed under Adolf Hitler.

That’s exactly the effect that the flag of the Confederate States of America had on the South. One hundred and fifty years after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Union, his flag continues to fly over public buildings and monuments throughout the Bible Belt. The long-dead Confederate leaders who ripped the nation apart in their quest to continue enslaving an entire race of people continue to be honored with plaques, honorary highway signs and local holidays. 

Walker to announce the week of July 13
The GOP hopefuls — who’s in, about to act

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker campaigns in Iowa, though he hasn't announced his candidacy yet.{break}— PHOTO: Reuters

There are only a few serious declared candidates for the Democratic nomination for president — Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Lincoln Chafee and Martin O’Malley. 

Wisconsin to phase out microplastics to protect Great Lakes

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed the legislation aimed at phasing out the sale and manufacture of personal care products containing microplastics that pollute the state's water, including the Great Lakes.

“We’re elated to finally have the microbeads bill signed into law,” said Amber Meyer Smith, director of government relations of Clean Wisconsin, the largest state-based environmental organization in Wisconsin.

UPDATED: Court upholds tax credits in Obamacare

The Supreme Court on June 25 rejected a conservative effort to sever a major lifeline in the Affordable Care Act — the tax subsidies that help millions of Americans buy health care insurance on the federal exchange.

“The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” President Barack Obama said in a White House news conference after learning of the court’s 6-3 decision.

Lakefront goes organic with Growing Power

Business partnerships are nothing new, but some grow more “organically” than others.

Out on the town

Blitzen Trapper

9:30 p.m. July 4

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

8 p.m. July 9 to 19

Bastille Days 2015

July 9 to 12

Summerfest 2015

June 24 to July 5

Midsummer’s Music Festival

7 p.m. June 12, additional concerts through July 14

Jazz in the Park

5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays June 4 to Sept. 3

How do you find a mountain that disappears?
Tracking the elusive Denali

Seeing Denali. — PHOTO: Michael Muckian

A mountain shouldn’t be able to disappear. Yet the Alaskan peak Denali, the highest mountain in North America, does so quite often, blinking into existence only for a lucky few visitors. You can’t plan for it. It’s simply an atmospheric game of chance.

Eaux Claires an ‘artist-driven’ festival

Eaux Claires co-founders Aaron Dessner (left) of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver want to build a whole new kind of festival in western Wisconsin.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

Why does the Eaux Claires Festival exist?

Milwaukee, Portland artists unite at Inova

Pacific Midwest 2.0 showcases works by photographers from Portland and Milwaukee, including locals Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman’s “Processed Views” series.
— PHOTO: INOVA

There’s a museum inside UW-Milwaukee’s Inova museum, temporarily. The “Milwaukee, Milwaukie Museum” celebrates both the largest city in Wisconsin and a suburb of Portland, Oregon, which share similar names. The space, organized by the photographic collective Milwaukee Comma, achieved mini-fame even before the main exhibition opened, with Mayor Tom Barrett issuing a proclamation marking June 26 as “Milwaukee, Milwaukie Museum Day.”

ONE UNION: Marriage for all in 50 states

People celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling during the 46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade on June 28.
— PHOTO: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

“No union is more profound than marriage,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy in the Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states.

Series aims to counter ‘Black Dog Syndrome’

An image from Black Dogs Project: Extraordinary Black Dogs and Why We Can't Forget Them.
PHOTO: Fred Levy

It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn’t shake off.

Cycling Door County: Good for the heart — and soul

There’s no better way to get a feel for the terrain of a place than by cycling it.

With generations of family ensconced in Sturgeon Bay and a lifetime of visits behind me, I thought I knew almost everything about Door County. But I came to learn that I’d never paid close enough attention to the hills.

UPDATED: Walker weakens gun laws in Wisconsin;
Congress still unlikely to act on gun control

The slaughter of nine people in a South Carolina church left prospects that Congress will curb guns right where they’ve been for years — remote.

And, as if to illustrate that, Gov. Scott Walker signed GOP legislation weakening the state’s gun laws on June 24.