World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

AP Science Writer
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:10

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 61.2 degrees (16.2 Celsius), which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010’s old record by one-twentieth of a degree.

Florida hospital threatens to force pregnant patient to undergo cesarean surgery

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 25 July 2014 09:46

A Florida hospital has threatened to force a pregnant patient to undergo cesarean surgery against her will and to report her to child welfare authorities for exercising her right to medical decision-making.

The threat was made in a letter from the chief financial officer of Bayfront Health in Port Charlotte to Jennifer Goodall, a Cape Coral, Florida, mother of three who at the time was nearly 39 weeks pregnant.

Aug. 13 hearing on marriage equality arguments canceled

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 25 July 2014 03:49

The Aug. 13 hearing set for the oral arguments in the Wisconsin marriage equality case has been canceled and no new date set.

Same-sex couples challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriages are objecting to the state's request that the full 7th Circuit Court of Appeals hear arguments in the case.

Designers seek to catalyze city against racism

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 July 2014 22:35

The roll-out of the Greater Together Challenge, a contest that aims to address ongoing problems of segregation and economic inequality in Milwaukee, was announced to dozens of people at a City Hall press conference on July 15. — Photo: David Szymanski

Regional briefs: Pride march, gun violence, political debate

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 25 July 2014 12:39

Hundreds turn out for Kenosha’s 2nd Gay Pride March

Hundreds of people turned out for Kenosha’s second annual Gay Pride March on July 12, beginning at the Simmons library in downtown Kenosha and continuing down Library Park, Sheridan Road and Seventh Avenue. There were no protestors at the event, which opened with speeches from local leaders and included representatives from the animal rights organization Compassion Over Killing and supporters of Amar Kaleka, a Democratic candidate for the congressional seat held by Republican Paul Ryan.

States where immigrant children are released

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 25 July 2014 09:35

States with established Central American immigrant communities have received the most unaccompanied children released to sponsors this year after they were arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Radler makes major donation to UWM Libraries, hosts Cream City fundraiser

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 25 July 2014 02:43

Local philanthropist Will Radler has donated $65,000 to the UWM Libraries’ LGBT Collection in honor of fellow philanthropist Joe Pabst, already a significant contributor to the collection. In 2008, Pabst established the Libraries’ LGBT Outreach History Endowment, as well as provided a planned gift. 

According to assistant director Michael Doylen, the gift will help the libraries’ Archives and Special Collections Department do more with their substantial holdings, which mostly date from the period following the Stonewall Riots in 1969.

Michael Jackson's hometown to name school for him

Written by The AP Thursday, 24 July 2014 16:06

Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star's Midwestern hometown.

The Gary Community School Board approved Tuesday a memorandum of understanding with Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson. The agreement that Jackson signed last month says the district "seeks to honor Michael Jackson and to inspire children to excel in the arts and education."

LGBT civil rights advocates and educators are seeking guidance after learning that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has granted religious exemptions under Title IX to Simpson University in California and Spring Arbor University in Michigan that allow the colleges to discriminate against transgender students.

The news from the Education Department comes just weeks after an exemption to George Fox University was made public.

More support required under oil pipelines in Great Lakes waterway

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 25 July 2014 05:52

Two oil pipelines at the bottom of the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan will get additional support structures to help prevent potentially devastating spills, officials said this week.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Dan Wyant, director of the Department of Environmental Quality, said they had put Enbridge Energy Partners LP on notice following the company's acknowledgement it was partly out of compliance with an agreement dating to 1953, when the pipelines were laid in the Straits of Mackinac.

On the record: John Oliver said what?

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 24 July 2014 23:17

“Our main story tonight, is income inequality. A good way to figure out which side of it you’re on, is whether you are currently paying for HBO, or stealing it.”

— JOHN OLIVER, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, addressing income inequality on his show. He went on to say that most Americans overwhelmingly believe that the system favors the rich, but they accept it because they think that they too will somehow be rich someday.

Developer Barry Mandel says building Milwaukee takes more than concrete

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 July 2014 14:13

Milwaukee’s Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group. — PHOTO: Eric Gay/The Associated Press

Donald Trump fancies himself the archetype of a successful real estate mogul, but fortunately Milwaukee’s Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group, possesses nothing like the bombastic, attention-seeking missile of an ego that defines Trump. Quietly reflective and a “political agnostic,” in his words, Mandel has a vision of development that includes building a stronger and more prosperous community. His company has core values that include focusing on environmental impact and historic preservation, whenever possible.