Looking back to April 1981: Probable cause of AIDS found

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 24 April 2014 06:58

EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun.

Over the next three years, the CDC formally named the condition and announced that sexual contact and infected blood were the major ways the disease spread.

12 states still ban sodomy a decade after ruling

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 23 April 2014 05:41

A dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are unconstitutional.

One such state is Louisiana, where gay rights groups contend police have used anti-sodomy laws to target gay men. But state lawmakers sided with religious and conservative groups in refusing to repeal the law last week.

Big Bang a big question for many Americans

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:54

While scientists believe the universe began with a Big Bang, most Americans put a big question mark on the concept, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.

Yet when it comes to smoking causing cancer or that a genetic code determines who we are, the doubts disappear.

Study finds Chicago is America's funniest city

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 21 April 2014 11:36

Chicago is America's funniest city, according to a study from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Milwaukee ranked 34th of 50 cities, according to Peter McGraw of the Humor Research Lab — HuRL — at the Rocky Mountain high university. The lab is part of the Leeds School of Business.

Colorado police: Student who died in fall ate more pot than recommended

Written by SADIE GURMAN,
AP writer
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:15

A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show — a finding that comes amid increased concern about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Levy Thamba Pongi, 19, consumed more than one cookie purchased by a friend — even though a store clerk told the friend to cut each cookie into six pieces and to eat just one piece at a time, said the reports obtained late last week.

Texas voters divided on marriage equality

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 22 April 2014 14:43

A new poll shows Texas voters are about evenly divided on the issue of marriage equality.

The poll from Texas Tech found that 48 percent think gay marriage should be legalized in the state while 47 percent think not.

World Wrestling says NOH8 in equality campaign

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:43

When professional wrestler Darren Young came out as gay in 2013, World Wrestling Entertainment or WWE executives and stars rallied to support him.

Now the NOH8 Campaign announces the participation of WWE in its photographic silent protest — created by celebrity photographer Alan Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley.

Apartheid abuse cases against Ford, IBM go ahead

Written by The AP Monday, 21 April 2014 11:25

A federal judge in New York has given new life to lawsuits that seek to hold IBM and Ford liable for apartheid abuses carried out by South Africa's government.

Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan declined to toss out three decade-old lawsuits brought against the IBM Corp. and the Ford Motor Co. that accuse them of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.

Dairy group wants to defend Idaho 'ag gag' law against filming animal abuse

AP writer
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:05

The Idaho Dairymen’s Association is asking a federal judge to allow the industry group to intervene in a lawsuit against a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

The dairymen’s association filed a motion to join Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Same-sex couples, widow sue for marriage equality in Georgia

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:37

A widow and three same-sex couples represented by Lambda Legal are challenging Georgia’s marriage ban in U.S. District Court.  The case, announced on April 22, was filed on behalf of Christopher Inniss and Shelton Stroman of Snellville, Rayshawn Chandler and Avery Chandler of Jonesboro, Michael Bishop and Shane Thomas of Atlanta and also Jennifer Sisson of Decatur.

"Georgia is our home. Our family is here, our business is here, and our community here is a great support for us,” said Christopher Inniss, a veterinarian and pet resort owner. “Shelton and I have been together for 13 years. We own a home together, we own a business together, and we are raising our son, Jonathan, together. We have done everything we can to protect and take responsibility for our family but marriage is the only way to ensure that we are treated as the family that we are. We need the protection that marriage affords.”

Boy Scouts revoke agreement with church supporting gay troop leader

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 21 April 2014 14:15

The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its agreement with a Seattle area church that refused to remove a gay man from the post of troop leader.

The church, the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church, refused to oust Geoff McGrath as the leader of its troop after the Boy Scouts revoked McGrath's membership because he is openly gay.

Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects in 2016

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 21 April 2014 11:13

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But with eight months left on the job and a decision to make about the 2016 presidential race, the long-serving governor known for his Texas swagger is now the focus of a grand jury investigation that could cause more difficulty than any adversary has.