Appeals court strikes down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on July 28 affirmed a federal district court's ruli...

Scientists, public health advocates urge 'added sugar' line on food labels

In a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some 280 scientists, physicians and public hea...

Wisconsin police chief pleads no contest in tea party flap

A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest last week to a charge that he signed a local tea part...

Sarah Palin launches subscription-based online 'channel'

Right-wing commentator Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network. The Sarah...

WiG Words: Harkness completes All Souls trilogy

Deborah Harkness has spun the final thread in the "All Souls" trilogy. The intricately crafted, epic...

Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country vot...

Sailing adventure: Learning to harness the wind

In sailing, the wind is both friend and foe. Its absence can leave you adrift in the doldrums, while...

Jason Rae awarded for leadership diversity

Jason Rae, executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, was honored earlier this mo...

UWM’s LGBT Film/Video Festival returns with 11-day lineup

Festival director Carl Bogner announced the return of UWM’s annual LGBT film/video festival Oct. 16-...

Going solar with Sierra

The Wisconsin Sierra Club/John Muir Chapter is promoting a new “Go Solar” campaign and inviting home...

Mile of Music brings Americana artists back to Appleton

Appleton becomes Americana Central during the weekend of Aug. 7–10, when the Wisconsin city hosts th...

‘Downton Abbey’ back on Jan. 4 for season 5

“Downton Abbey” will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS...

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Over the barrel: Activists champion 
efforts to divest from fossil-fuel industry

Meet Planet Enemy No. 1: The fossil-fuel industry. - IMAGE: Courtesy

Meet Planet Enemy No. 1: The fossil-fuel industry.

And meet the new sheriff in town: The growing movement to divest ownership of fossil-fuel stock.

The divestment concept is not without precedent. In the 1980s, people around the world withdrew support from companies — and more than a few artists — who did business with South Africa. The campaign spread from college campuses and eventually 155 campuses, 80 municipalities, 25 states and 19 nations took economic action against the apartheid regime. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said the end of apartheid would not have come without international pressure, specifically “the divestment movement of the 1980s.”

Today, the Nobel Peace-Prize winner has called for an “anti-apartheid style boycott of the fossil fuel industry.” 

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also endorsed the movement in a speech in May at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Developer Barry Mandel says building Milwaukee takes more than concrete

Milwaukee’s Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group. — PHOTO: Eric Gay/The Associated Press

Donald Trump fancies himself the archetype of a successful real estate mogul, but fortunately Milwaukee’s Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group, possesses nothing like the bombastic, attention-seeking missile of an ego that defines Trump. Quietly reflective and a “political agnostic,” in his words, Mandel has a vision of development that includes building a stronger and more prosperous community. His company has core values that include focusing on environmental impact and historic preservation, whenever possible.

But Mandel can be competitive, too. Consider the way in which he settled a $25,000 dispute with a construction contractor.

House Republicans undermine Obama’s environmental plans

Determined to protect their fossil-fuel backers from the financial consequences of the environmental policies put forward under President Barack Obama’s green energy agenda, House Republicans on July 11 attached a bevy of amendments to the fiscal 2015 energy and water spending bill. 

New 'Phantom' more than just shiny new tech

Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine. -PHOTO: Matthew Murphy

Much of the marketing for the new tour of The Phantom of the Opera has heavily promoted its technologically advanced staging. But to justify the ticket price, Phantom needs more than a new way of breaking the chandelier. It needs a cast with the vocal power and acting chops to live up to the gorgeous world they’re performing in. And boy, do they have that. The show, which arrived in Milwaukee this week for a 12-night engagement ending Aug. 3, is at once both opulent and gritty, with sets sliding in and out o seamlessly that you hardly notice. Increased pyrotechnics and lighting trickery add an extra level of danger.

‘Master Class’ is a master work about the ultimate opera legend

The role of Calla is played by Angela Iannone. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Terrence McNally’s Master Class imagines a lesson that three fictitious students might have received from 20th-century operatic legend Maria Callas at New York’s The Juilliard School in the 1970s. Although the play has some basis in fact, it uses the characters and the teaching concept to present lessons that McNally wants his audiences to learn.

Phox blends different genres with harmonious results

Phox. — Photo: Partisan Records

Bands generally work best when their members share a unity of vision.

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Tiny Bayfield has thriving restaurant scene

Greunke’s Restaurant. — Photo: travelwisconsin.com

With just 487 permanent residents, Bayfield is one of Wisconsin’s smaller quaint towns, with a steeply sloping main street that ends at Lake Superior. But it’s also the gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, consisting of 21 islands and 69,372 acres of shoreline, which makes Bayfield a year-around magnet for tourists throughout the Midwest.

Michigan city sued after rejecting 'reason station' at city hall

A coalition of civil liberties groups has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on an atheist booth in the atrium of city hall in Warren, Michigan. The city has allowed a prayer station in the atrium.

Obama signs executive order against LGBT discrimination

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Applause after the president signed the executive order July 21.

New ‘Phantom’ amps up the beloved musical

Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine in the new touring production of Phantom of the Opera. — Photo: Matthew Murphy

In this production, the Paris opera house is more realistic and less dramatically lit. The phantom is more man than myth — and with a personality that lies somewhere on the autism spectrum. At the end of Act 1, the chandelier does more than just jingle and sway.

Class-action suit seeks lawyers for minors facing deportation

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Immigrants stand in line for tickets at a bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas. — PHOTO: Eric Gay/The Associated Press

Three children who witnessed the killing of their father in El Salvador left the violence seeking refuge in the United States. They now face deportation hearings, and expect to go to court without a lawyer.

WiGWag: Potty training, doubling back on Trek and more news with a twist

Potty Training

Only a faucet company would think to put a spigot on its workers’ bladders. The five dozen factory workers at WaterSaver Faucet company in Chicago are up in arms over the disciplining of 19 workers in June for “excessive use” of restrooms — an amount their human resources department determines is 60 minutes or more over 10 work days, or just 6 minutes a day. The company implemented a toilet-tracking system earlier this year that requires employees to swipe a keycard to use the bathroom, allowing management to track time spent within.