TV actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but a Wisconsin jury cleared the former Saved by the Bell actor of the most serious felony charge.

Illinois House approves statewide rules for police body cameras

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 29 May 2015 11:06

Illinois could soon establish statewide rules for the use of police body cameras, but the proposed legislation would not require officers to have the devices.

A package of police reforms passed the Illinois House on May 28 with a 107-3 vote and was headed back to a Senate committee.

Lawmakers changing California initiative process in response to kill-gays campaign

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 28 May 2015 05:59

The California Assembly has approved changing the process for qualifying ballot initiatives in response to a proposal advocating the slayings of gay and lesbian people.

A pair of bills advanced this week to make it tougher for Californians to propose clearly unconstitutional ballot measures.

Indianapolis mayor to be Pride grand marshal

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 27 May 2015 05:54

The mayor of Indianapolis who backed the LGBT community amid the uproar over Indiana's anti-gay religious objections law has been named grand marshal of the city's Pride parade.

Indy Pride announced last week it selected Mayor Greg Ballard to be the grand marshal of the Indiana Pride Parade on June 13 as part of Circle City Pride Week.

Anti-gay former Republican House Speaker allegedly paid hush money to boy he molested

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and WiG reports
Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:44

Dennis Hastert

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually a boy decades ago when he was a high school wrestling coach, according to a person familiar with the allegations.

Molestation claim against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed

Written by By Anthony McCartney,
AP Entertainment writer
Friday, 29 May 2015 08:23

A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer’s estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff wrote in his ruling that Wade Robson’s claim is untimely and should be dismissed.

Sanders officially launches his presidential bid in Vermont, and to Clinton's left

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 27 May 2015 06:38

Challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid on May 26 with a pitch to liberals to join him in a "political revolution" to transform the nation's economy and politics.

Iconic filmmaker John Waters to receive honorary degree

Written by The AP Tuesday, 26 May 2015 07:46

When the Rhode Island School of Design offered iconic filmmaker John Waters an honorary degree, he was surprised. After all, he got thrown out of every school he ever went to.

Known for quirky films that push the boundaries of good taste, including 1972’s outrageous cult classic “Pink Flamingos,” Waters is the keynote speaker at the prestigious art school’s commencement this next weekend.

Illinois lawmakers send bill banning ex-gay therapy to governor

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 30 May 2015 03:51

The Illinois State Senate on May 29 voted 34-19 to pass House Bill 217, the Illinois Youth Mental Health Protection Act that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth from the discredited practice of conversion therapy.

The bill was approved 68-43 by the House in May.

State of Indiana paid $1.4 million in fees to fight gay marriage

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and WiG reports
Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:12

The Indiana attorney general’s office says the state had to pay more than $1.4 million in fees to plaintiffs’ attorneys in its unsuccessful attempt to maintain its ban on same-sex marriages.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Indiana in October, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided to let stand two federal court rulings that said the state’s ban and refusal to recognize such marriages performed elsewhere was unconstitutional.

Appeals court: Hold remains on Obama's executive actions on immigration

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and WiG reports
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 06:08

Immigrant rights advocates pressed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to withdraw from a lawsuit after a federal appeals court refused to lift a hold against the president's executive actions on immigration.

“Unfortunately, we expected this delay, but we know that it is a delay, not a defeat,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera in Wisconsin. “Scott Walker and the other anti-immigrant politicians behind this lawsuit chose where to file very carefully, where they knew they would get anti-immigrant judges who would help them delay the relief our communities have won. We are confident that the courts will ultimately uphold these programs, as they have every executive action any other president has ever taken on immigration. We are continuing to help people prepare to apply for these programs when they are implemented, and we are continuing to organize to stop police and ICE collaboration and close deportation cases.”

After officer’s acquittal, 2 more cases loom for Cleveland

Associated Press
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 07:20

Cleveland emerged unscathed and intact after protests following the acquittal of a white patrolman who had been on trial in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.

Officers arrested 71 people the night after the verdict, though there was nothing close to the violence other cities have experienced over the treatment of black suspects.