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Texas threatens to arrest international voting monitors

Written by WiG Thursday, 25 October 2012 07:40

The Texas attorney general has threatened to arrest international voting monitors who come within 100 feet of polling places in his state on Nov. 6.

The global human rights watchdog Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe observes elections around the world to report irregularities and voter suppression. But Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott warned that observers in his state are subject to Texas state law, not federal law or international agreements. In the past, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has said he’d like for Texas to secede from the United States.

State-sanctioned hunters kill 20 Wisconsin wolves

Written by AP,
Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:39

Wisconsin wildlife officials say hunters have reported killing 20 wolves since the state's first organized hunt began last week.

As of Tuesday, hunters reported taking six wolves in far northwestern Wisconsin's management zone; six wolves in the far northeastern zone; two wolves in the mid-northwestern zone; two wolves in the mid-northeast; three in the mid-central; and one in the south.

A Day With HIV in photographs

Written by WiG Wednesday, 24 October 2012 11:11

A month ago images of a life with HIV came into focus on a single day.

On Sept. 21, more than 170 people from around the world took a photograph that, taken together, tells the collective story of the trials and triumphs of living with HIV. A record of that day is now captured in an online photo essay, A Day with HIV, released on Oct. 24 and soon to be published in Positively Aware.

KKK goes to court to join Georgia’s Adopt-a-Highway litter program

Written by AP Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:43

A judge should dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Ku Klux Klan group that was turned down for participation in a highway cleanup program, the state of Georgia argued this week.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued last month on behalf of the International Keystone Knights of the KKK in Union County, saying the state violated the group's right to free speech. The state this week filed its response and supporting brief in Fulton County Superior Court.

Senate candidate's God and rape comment gets reactions

Written by AP,
Thursday, 25 October 2012 06:04

Top Republicans were slow to embrace tea party-backed Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock after he ousted a longtime GOP senator from office. Though he eventually won their support – and money – Mourdock is seeing both fade after telling a live television audience that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, “that’s something God intended.”

Mourdock, who’s been locked in one of the country’s most expensive and closely watched Senate races, was asked during the final minutes of a debate Tuesday night whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.

Minnesota anti-gay group apologizes for Hitler remarks

Written by AP Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:35

The Minnesota campaign group trying to pass the constitutional gay marriage ban is apologizing after one of its officials told several small groups that supporters of gay marriage were using techniques similar to Adolf Hitler.

The Star Tribune reported this week that the rival campaign recorded a recent Brainerd event where the Rev. Brad Brandon said that Hitler suppressed religious freedom, and that religious freedom is at stake in Minnesota's campaign to define marriage (

University of Illinois wins Trojan sexual health contest

Written by WiG Wednesday, 24 October 2012 08:06

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign overthrew the reigning champion, Columbia University, to take the top spot in the seventh annual Trojan Sexual Health Report Card.

The contest is an annual ranking of campuses based on best-practices promoting sexual health, including student access to resources and information.

N.Y. wedding venue bans lesbian couple

Written by AP Wednesday, 24 October 2012 04:19

Two upstate New York women turned away from a potential wedding site because they are gay have filed a discrimination complaint, setting up a possible precedent-setting battle involving the state’s new same-sex marriage law.

The complaint filed with the New York Division of Human Rights appears to be a first involving a wedding venue since same-sex marriage became legal in New York in July 2011, according to advocates on both sides of the issue. One prominent gay marriage opponent said the case could test the breadth of the law’s religious freedom language.

Alleged Family Research Council shooter charged with terrorism

Written by AP Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:50

A grand jury has returned an indictment charging a  Virginia man accused of shooting a security guard inside the Washington, D.C., headquarters of a far-right Christian lobbying group with terrorism.

The AP reported that this is the first time in a decade that a person has been prosecuted under the statute.

The East Aurora School District in suburban Chicago has rescinded a policy put in place just days earlier to protect transgender students.

The Chicago Tribune reported that following a special meeting of the district school board, proponents of the protection policy called out “shame” and “coward.”

France delays debate on gay marriage

Written by AP Wednesday, 24 October 2012 06:50

France is delaying debate on a draft law authorizing gay marriage, as the government grapples with increasingly vocal opposition to the idea.

The legalization of same-sex marriages and adoption was one of the most contentious points in Socialist President Francois Hollande's election manifesto earlier this year.

A coalition of fair housing groups – The National Fair Housing Alliance, the HOPE Fair Housing Center, the South Suburban Housing Center, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana – filed a federal discrimination complaint against Bank of America.

This complaint is the result of an undercover investigation of Bank of America that found the financial giant maintains and markets foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods in a much better manner than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods in Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.