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Sanders, Pocan introduce Workplace Democracy Act to make it easier for workers to join unions

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 07 October 2015 13:30

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, and Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin, on Oct. 7 introduced legislation that would make it easier for workers to join unions and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.

Artist shot, killed while painting anti-violence mural

Written by lisa neff Friday, 02 October 2015 06:38

An artist was shot and killed in Oakland, California, while he was helping to paint a street-side mural for a group that works to spread peace and stop violence, authorities said.

Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said earlier this week that officers were searching for the shooter as friends mourned Antonio Ramos, 27, during a vigil at the mural site.

Some Mormons and extremist Christians believe tonight's 'blood moon' heralds the world's end

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 27 September 2015 06:55

A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen tonight has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.

The pope and the president: Remarks at the White House

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:03

The following is a transcript of the White House remarks by President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, delivered at about 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23 on the South Lawn at the White House…

The last gun store in San Francisco is closing doors for good

Written by PAUL ELIAS
Associated Press
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 05:53

The only gun store in San Francisco is shuttering for good, saying it can no longer operate in the city’s political climate of increased gun control regulations and vocal opposition to its business.

“It’s with tremendous sadness and regret that I have to announce we are closing our shop,” High Bridge Arms manager Steve Alcairo announced in a Facebook post on Sept. 11. “It has been a long and difficult ride, but a great pleasure to be your last San Francisco gun shop.”

Titanic’s last lunch menu sells for $88,000

Written by The AP Friday, 02 October 2015 06:00

The Titanic’s last lunch menu, saved by a first-class passenger who climbed aboard a lifeboat whose crew was said to have been bribed to row away instead of rescue more people, sold at auction for $88,000 this week.

The online New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs offered the menu and two other previously unknown artifacts from Lifeboat 1.

Bones of Mona Lisa model in Florence? Experts can't say

Written by The AP Friday, 25 September 2015 07:29

Italian experts say they can't say with certainty whethr bones dug up in a Florence church are those of a Renaissance-era noblewoman some believe was the model for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

Researchers told journalists at a news conference in Florence this week that testing found one of three pieces of remains compatible with the period in which Lisa Gherardini died and that historical documents indicate she was buried in a Florence convent in 1542.

Anti-gay Kentucky clerk in hot water again for possibly defying judge's orders

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 19 September 2015 08:17

Kim Davis

A Kentucky county clerk may have again defied a federal judge's order regarding gay-marriage licenses by altering license forms to remove her name, an attorney who represents one of the clerk's employees told the judge Friday in a court filing.

Oregon marijuana shops begin sales to recreational users

Written by The AP Friday, 02 October 2015 06:47

Oregon marijuana shops began selling marijuana on Oct. 1 for the first time to recreational users, marking a big day for the budding pot industry.

Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer medical marijuana in Oregon opened their doors soon after midnight— just moments after it became legal to sell to anyone who is at least 21.

Marquette and Fordham universities rescind honorary doctorates given to Bill Cosby

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Sunday, 27 September 2015 10:04

Marquette and Fordham universities last week rescinded honorary degrees they’d given to Bill Cosby.

Lawmakers brewing up reform to help craft beer industry

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 September 2015 11:13

Raise your mugs, craft beer drinkers and give a hearty “here-here” to the members of the congressional small brewers caucuses, which are not groups of lawmakers who gather for Capitol Hill happy hours.

Pope to highlight contributions of Hispanics at mass in D.C.

Written by The AP Friday, 18 September 2015 06:22

The first pope from the Americas will canonize a Spanish friar who brought the Catholic faith to California in front of the largest Catholic church in North America.

There will be plenty of symbolism in Pope Francis' visit to Washington next week, and the city's archbishop said Thursday that while the pope will be speaking as a pastor, not a politician, he could address an issue that bitterly divides the nation's leaders: immigration.