UN introduces six postage stamps promoting LGBT equality

On Feb. 4, The United Nations Postal Administration on released six new postage stamps promoting equ...

Planned Parenthood video maker refuses probation, wants to use trial as public platform

An anti-abortion activist’s plan to reject a plea deal offering probation for charges related to mis...

Right-wing money starts pouring in for Rebecca Bradley’s Supreme Court bid

Outside groups have started pumping money into Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race. The conservative Wis...

Lady Gaga to sing anthem at Super Bowl

Lady Gaga is set to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. Tony-winning actress and ...

More sex abuse by UN troops reported in C. African Republic

A human rights group said this week that at least eight women and girls were raped or sexually explo...

Senate committee backs bill limiting local photo IDs

Wisconsin’s Senate elections committee backed a bill on Feb. 3 that would hinder efforts in Milwauke...

Romantic getaways for a winter weekend in Wisconsin

Use GPS to find “romance” and the map leads to Romance, Wisconsin, off Route 56 near South Creek Roa...

Bomb threat at sheriff’s office over ‘getting justice for Steven’ Avery

A caller who phoned in a bomb threat to a Wisconsin county sheriff’s office made an apparent referen...

ASPCA seized near-record 600 animals from no-kill shelter

One of the largest rescues of companion animals in the history of the ASPCA was being carried out in...

Bradley footage winds up in an outside group’s political ad

An outside group posted an online campaign ad this week using footage prepared by Wisconsin Supreme ...

Clinton defends progressive record against Sanders' attack

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders opened up a new line of attack in the Democratic presidential primary on Fe...

Run-DMC, Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform pre-Super Bowl show

Run-DMC will open up for the Red Hot Chili Peppers at a pre-Super Bowl concert in San Francisco. Th...

  • UN introduces six postage stamps promoting LGBT equality

    Saturday, 06 February 2016 08:30
    Published In: World
  • Planned Parenthood video maker refuses probation, wants to use trial as public platform

    Saturday, 06 February 2016 07:27
    Published In: National
  • Right-wing money starts pouring in for Rebecca Bradley’s Supreme Court bid

    Friday, 05 February 2016 20:29
    Published In: Wisconsin
  • Lady Gaga to sing anthem at Super Bowl

    Friday, 05 February 2016 11:29
    Published In: Music
  • More sex abuse by UN troops reported in C. African Republic

    Friday, 05 February 2016 11:08
    Published In: World
  • Senate committee backs bill limiting local photo IDs

    Friday, 05 February 2016 11:00
    Published In: Wisconsin
  • Romantic getaways for a winter weekend in Wisconsin

    Friday, 05 February 2016 10:14
    Published In: Travel
  • Bomb threat at sheriff’s office over ‘getting justice for Steven’ Avery

    Friday, 05 February 2016 06:28
    Published In: Wisconsin
  • ASPCA seized near-record 600 animals from no-kill shelter

    Thursday, 04 February 2016 08:35
    Published In: Pets
  • Bradley footage winds up in an outside group’s political ad

    Thursday, 04 February 2016 08:25
    Published In: Wisconsin
  • Clinton defends progressive record against Sanders' attack

    Thursday, 04 February 2016 08:17
    Published In: Political
  • Run-DMC, Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform pre-Super Bowl show

    Thursday, 04 February 2016 08:10
    Published In: Music

Nearly 4,000 children in Wisconsin were diagnosed with elevated lead in blood

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Lead in drinking water, which has ignited a public health crisis in Flint, Michigan, is largely ignored as a potential contributor to elevated blood lead levels in thousands of Wisconsin children, records and interviews show.

Nearly 4,000 children in Wisconsin were diagnosed with elevated levels of lead in their blood in 2014, though the number has fallen over the years thanks in part to bans on lead in paint and gasoline. Unlike in Flint, however, it is not known to what extent lead in the drinking water contributes to elevated blood lead levels in Wisconsin.

Lead pipes, antiquated law threaten Wisconsin’s drinking water quality

Experts, and even some regulators, say existing laws are failing to protect Wisconsin and the nation from harmful exposure to lead in drinking water that leaches from aging plumbing — a danger illustrated by the public health crisis in Flint, Michigan.

At least 176,000 so-called lead service lines connect older Wisconsin homes to the iron water mains that deliver municipal water, according to an estimate by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Milwaukee alone, where 60 percent of the state’s known lead-poisoned children live, has 70,000 lead service lines.

No love lost in county exec race

It’s safe to say that Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele won’t get a Valentine’s Day card from state Sen. Chris Larson.

Proposed hog farm prompts Bayfield County to tighten regs

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With a proposed factory farm threatening to foul Wisconsin’s “Crown Jewel,” the citizens of Bayfield County are not turning away from the stink or running from the fight.

WiGWag: Of beauty queens, billionaires and doughnut trails

The Butler County Visitors Bureau in Ohio rolled out the Donut Trail earlier in January, announcing the county boasted a doughnut shop for every 20,000 residents — one of the highest numbers of shops per capita in the Midwest, according to someone who’s counting. BCVB director Mark Hecquet said the trail is a “great way to explore Butler County.” 

Out on the town

Bronzeville Arts Ensemble grapples with loss in ‘The Mojo and the Sayso’

A husband and wife (Gavin Lawrence and Marvette Knight) struggle with the loss of their 10-year-old son to a police shooting in The Mojo and the Sayso.
—Photo: Ross Zentner

An African-American family mourns the death of their 10-year-old son at the hands of a police officer, searching for a talisman of faith and the inner strength of family ties to keep them from being torn apart by the grief.

‘Powder Her Face’ considers the fate of women of celebrity

Consider Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, the Kim Kardashian of yesteryear. 

Adamo’s landmark ‘Little Women’ comes to Madison Opera

When Mark Adamo sits down to write an opera, his methods are clear, concise and deliberate. But never for a moment think that the process is either swift or simple for the 53-year-old artist.

Maximum stints in solitary cut, but Waupun inmates left in dark

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Waupun Correctional Institution inmate Markell K. Simon says he was tricked into voluntarily accepting 180 days in solitary confinement in July.
—PHOTO: Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Waupun Correctional Institution officials failed to notify inmates for months that Wisconsin had dramatically lowered the maximum time in solitary confinement for rule violations, Department of Corrections records and interviews show.

Making a phenomenon: Netflix series shines spotlight on Steve Avery murder case

“Did he just reference the O.J. Simpson case?” the armchair juror asked, looking sideways at her co-juror, sunk deep into the couch after hours of binge-watching Making a Murderer, the Netflix series about Wisconsin’s prosecution of Steven Avery for a rape he did not commit and the murder of a woman for which he is serving a life sentence.

'Agnes of God' is a glorious triumph for Renaissance Theaterworks

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The setup of Agnes of God looks like your typical “angel on one shoulder, devil on the other” story. The play opens with a Mother Superior introducing herself to a psychiatrist. Each is prepared to wrestle for the soul of a young nun accused of murdering the baby she secretly carried and gave birth to, and each seems primed to unveil the other as an enemy in disguise.