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Murder suspect dubbed 'Michelangelo of buttocks injections'

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 20 February 2015 09:15

A Gothic hip-hop artist who did illegal cosmetic surgery on the side boasted at her murder trial on Feb. 19 that her body sculpting work was so popular she was dubbed "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections."

Padge Victoria Windslowe, who performed under the name "Black Madam," is accused of killing a 20-year-old dancer from London during a procedure at an airport hotel that involved industrial-grade silicone and Krazy Glue.

Vaccine opposition ebbs and flows over centuries

Written by The AP Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:29

They're considered one of mankind's greatest medical achievements, yet people have balked at vaccines almost since the time of the first vaccination — in 1796, when an English country doctor named Edward Jenner inoculated an 8-year-old boy against smallpox.

In the mid-1800s, people protested in the streets of Victorian England after the British government began requiring citizens to get the vaccination. Many opponents mistrusted doctors and were wary of a medical treatment they didn't understand. In the early days, the closely related cowpox virus was used to immunize people against smallpox.

Marijuana munchies driven by neurons involved in appetite suppression

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:01

A study from the Yale School of Medicine shows that marijuana munchies appear to be driven by neurons in the brain that are normally involved in suppressing appetite.

The research was published in the Feb. 18 issue of the journal Nature.

Immigrants disappointed but not deterred by judge's order

Written by The AP Wednesday, 18 February 2015 07:37

Immigrants expressed disappointment on Feb. 17, after a federal judge put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation. But many said they haven't lost hope.

A look at immigrant views of Obama's programs:

Texas AG says court-allowed lesbian marriage is invalid

Written by The AP Friday, 20 February 2015 09:01

As a newlywed lesbian couple in Texas celebrate defying a statewide ban on gay marriage, the state's Republican attorney general is preparing to tell a court today why it should rule their nuptials invalid.

The marriage license given to two Austin women — who succeeded by seizing on a ruling this week in an unrelated estate squabble — thrust Texas back into the national spotlight over gay marriage but didn't send same-sex couples rushing to courthouses.

A federal agency says Wal-Mart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered the retail giant to work with Jacqueline Cote of New Bedford, Massachusetts, who hopes the determination will help her pay off $100,000 in medical bills.

Study: Potent new drug candidate blocks HIV strains

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 18 February 2015 08:45

U.S. scientists say they have created a novel drug candidate that is so potent and universally effective, it might work as part of an unconventional vaccine and could be used in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The research, which involved scientists from more than a dozen research institutions, was published February 18 online ahead of print by the prestigious journal Nature.

Superstition times 3: 3 Friday the 13ths in 2015

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 17 February 2015 08:54

Perhaps you were too busy planning for Valentine’s Day, but Friday was the first of three Friday the 13ths this year.

Each year has at least one Friday the 13th, but there can be as many as three. 2012 was the last year with three Friday the 13ths; the next will be 2026.

Texas issues 1st marriage license to same-sex couple

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:19

Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant became the first same-sex couple to successfully obtain a marriage license in Texas.

The wedding took place in Travis County, Texas, after state Judge David Wahlberg issued an order requiring the local clerk to issue a license to Bryant and Goodfriend, who is sick. The order said, “Plaintiffs have no adequate remedy at law for the damage and the continuing harm that this course of action is causing them and will continue to cause them, and thus the only remedy available to Plaintiffs is the issuance of a temporary restraining order to prevent that ongoing unconstitutional denial of Plaintiff’s constitutional rights.” 

Scott Walker opens campaign office in New Hampshire

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:54

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the American Action Forum in Washington on Jan. 29, 2015. Shifting his focus to Washington, Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects. The American Action Forum is a center-right policy institute. —PHOTO: Photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The Associated Press is reporting that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has expanded his political team to New Hampshire, where he’s hired adviser to lead his efforts in that state as he gears up for a likely 2016 presidential run.

Massachusetts most Democratic state, Wyoming most Republican
And Wisconsin?

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 08:02
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Gallup's red, blue and gray map. — IMAGE: Gallup

The new red, blue and gray map is out. Gallup, in its annual State of the States review, identifies the most Republican states as Wyoming and Utah and the most Democratic states as Massachusetts and Maryland.

White House to appeal ruling blocking immigration order

Written by The AP Tuesday, 17 February 2015 05:33

The White House says the Justice Department will appeal a federal judge's ruling which temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

On Feb. 16, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas issued a temporary injunction, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.