Minneapolis school board calls Utah-made books offensive

Written by The AP Monday, 14 September 2015 08:28

Minneapolis school board members are demanding an apology and a refund from a Utah-based publisher of educational books after a community backlash against what some called racial and cultural stereotypes in the material.

The books from Reading Horizons include a story about a black girl called “Lazy Lucy” and a stereotyped illustration of an American Indian girl in a book called “Nieko the Hunting Girl,” The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports

Cecil the lion's killer to return to dentistry on Sept. 8

Written by The AP Tuesday, 08 September 2015 06:13

The Minnesota dentist whose killing of Cecil the lion fueled a global backlash emerged on Sept. 6 for an interview in which he disputed some accounts of the hunt, expressed agitation at the animosity directed at those close to him and said he would be back at work within days.

Walter Palmer, who has spent more than a month out of sight after becoming the target of protests and threats, intends to return to his suburban Minneapolis dental practice on Sept. 8. In an evening interview conducted jointly by The Associated Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune that advisers said would be the only one granted, Palmer said again that he believes he acted legally and that he was stunned to find out his hunting party had killed one of Zimbabwe's treasured animals.

With clerk in jail, gay couples get marriage licenses in Kentucky county

Written by AP reports Friday, 04 September 2015 09:11

A gay couple emerged from a Kentucky county clerk's office with a marriage license in hand early on Sept. 4, embracing and crying as the defiant clerk who runs the office remained jailed for her refusal to issue the licenses because she opposed same-sex marriage.

William Smith Jr. and James Yates, a couple for nearly a decade, were the first to receive a marriage license in Rowan County on Sept. 4. Deputy clerk Brian Mason issued the license, congratulating the couple and shaking their hands as he smiled. After they paid the license fee of $35.50, James Yates rushed across the steps of the courthouse to hug his mom as both cried.

Pope Francis says priests can absolve women of 'sin of abortion'

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 09:49

Pope Francis. — PHOTO: Pixabay

Pope Francis declared on Sept. 1 that he is allowing all priests in the church's upcoming Year of Mercy to absolve women of the "sin of abortion" if they repent with a "contrite heart. Francis said he is aware some feel they have no choice but to abort.

Kentucky clerk returns to work, will not block licenses to gay couples

Written by The AP Monday, 14 September 2015 08:03

Kim Davis will not interfere with the issuance of marriage licenses.

Clerk Kim Davis returned to work on Sept. 14 for the first time since being jailed for disobeying a federal judge and said she was faced with a "seemingly impossible choice" between following her conscience and losing her freedom over denying marriage licenses to gay couples.

Obama observes Labor Day, denounces GOP for 'constant attack on working Americans'

Written by From AP reports Monday, 07 September 2015 10:47

President Barack Obama, at a Labor Day observance, denounced Republicans for a "constant attack on working Americans."

The president said he was using his executive power to force federal contractors to give paid sick leave to their employees.

Anti-gay Kentucky clerk found in contempt, taken into custody

Written by From Reuters
and WiG reports
Thursday, 03 September 2015 11:29

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. — PHOTO: Reuters/Media Express

A county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds was found in contempt of court by a U.S. federal judge on Sept. 3 and taken into custody.

Immigrant rights group: Racism among Republican presidential candidates dooms GOP

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 01 September 2015 06:11

Voces de la Frontera, Wisconsin's leading immigrant rights group, is calling on its supporters to help "defeat GOP racism in the streets and at the ballot box."

The Milwaukee-based nonprofit said the Republican presidential candidates are following Donald Trump "down the rabbit hole of open white supremacy" in a news release issued on Aug. 31.

Judge orders release of anti-gay clerk Kim Davis from jail

Written by WiG reports Tuesday, 08 September 2015 12:19

U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Sept. 8 ordered the release of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis from federal custody and ordered her not to “interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.”

House to hold Planned Parenthood hearing Sept. 9

Written by The AP Friday, 04 September 2015 09:27

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled Congress' first hearing on the Planned Parenthood videos for next week. And the title they're using leaves little doubt about where Republicans who run Congress stand.

Some say ‘McKinley,’ we say ‘Denali’
Questions and answers about naming the Alaskan peak

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 02 September 2015 07:15

North America's tallest mountain is returning to its previous name, Mount Denali, more than a century after the Alaskan peak was named to honor President William McKinley, who never set foot in Alaska.

The White House announced the change earlier this week in a symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives. But some politicians in McKinley's native Ohio are looking for ways to block the move. Some answers to common questions about Mount Denali and its name:

Supreme Court denies stay request, same-sex couples to marry in Kentucky county

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 01 September 2015 04:45

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refuses to issue a marriage license.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied, without dissent, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis her request for a stay of an order from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that required her to issue marriage licenses immediately to couples in the case Miller v. Davis.