President issues World AIDS Day statement

Written by WiG Saturday, 01 December 2012 11:39

President Barack Obama has issued a statement in observance of World AIDS Day, which takes place annually on Dec. 1.

Sundance books record slate of female filmmakers

Written by AP Friday, 30 November 2012 19:52

The Sundance Film Festival has an apparent record lineup of female directors competing for its top honor this January.

Eight of the 16 films announced this week in the festival’s U.S. dramatic competition were directed by women.

The president of the University of Georgia says he would like to begin offering health benefits to domestic partners. 

The Athens Banner-Herald ( ) reports Michael Adams wrote a letter this week to the chancellor of the University System of Georgia asking whether benefits could be extended to domestic partners.

Judge: John Doe/ex-Walker aides investigation continues

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 29 November 2012 18:32

The judge overseeing the investigation into people who worked for Republican Gov. Scott Walker when he was the Milwaukee County executive said on Nov. 28 that the probe is not complete and remains open.

Walker had said on Nov. 27 that he hoped the so-called “John Doe” investigation would end as early as this week. He made the comments in response to a question at a meeting of the Dairy Business Association and said afterward that he was basing his hope on media accounts and a general feeling that the investigation was winding down.

Obama’s Jan. 21 inauguration date 7th in history

Written by AP Saturday, 01 December 2012 04:26

President Barack Obama is adding an asterisk to his name in the history books.

His inauguration will be only the seventh time that the constitutionally mandated date for a president’s swearing-in – Jan. 20 – has fallen on a Sunday. So, following tradition, the inauguration will be on Monday, Jan. 21.

Justices to decide how to handle marriage cases

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 30 November 2012 08:48

Supreme Court justices meet privately Nov. 30 to decide how to handle a series of lawsuits on a federal and a state law barring gays and lesbians from accessing marriage rights and benefits available to heterosexual couples.

Proponents and opponents of gay marriage have delivered the High Court seven petitions – one involves a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman; the others involve constitutional challenges to the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal government from recognizing gay marriages now legal in nine states and the District of Columbia.

Augustana College to allow same-sex ceremonies

Written by AP Friday, 30 November 2012 07:31

Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., will now allow same-sex ceremonies on campus.

College president Steven Bahls has sent out an email announcing his decision to allow same-sex ceremonies after a recommendation from campus chaplain Richard Priggie.

Ohio Senate puts end to ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 29 November 2012 17:50

The leader of the Ohio Senate put a stop this week to a bill that would have imposed the most stringent restriction on abortions in the nation.

The chamber doesn’t plan to vote on the so-called “heartbeat bill” before the end of the legislative session next month, Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus said, citing concerns the resulting law might have been found to be unconstitutional.

Michigan teacher suspended for playing song that promotes tolerance

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 30 November 2012 20:30

A Detroit-area middle school teacher says she’s been suspended for playing a song about being gay during class.

According to Susan Johnson, the principal and assistant superintendent delivered the news to her last week after a student complained that she’d played the song "Same Love" in support of same-sex marriage, to her eighth-grade performing arts class at Centennial Middle School in South Lyon.

A look at who else has been duped by The Onion

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 30 November 2012 08:36

The online edition of China’s Communist Party mouthpiece and other state media that picked up a satirical article about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and reported it as straight news are not the first to be duped by The Onion.

INFLUENCE GAME: Tax them, not us, groups say

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 30 November 2012 04:39

A big coalition of business groups says there must be give-and-take in the negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff” of massive tax increases and spending cuts. But raising tax rates – a White House priority – is out of the question, the group adds.

The homebuilding industry says it won’t tolerate even a nick in the mortgage interest deduction. It doesn’t matter, industry leaders say, if it’s part of a broad, spread-the-pain package designed to tame the soaring debt.

Rep. will wait on medical marijuana vote in Illinois

Written by AP Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:05

Illinois State Rep. Lou Lang has decided not to call his medical marijuana legislation until next week.

The Skokie Democrat told The Associated Press he’s still not certain he has the 60 votes he needs for passage.