Election 2014: PFAW endorses Kelly Westlund over Sean Duffy

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:46

The national People for the American Way has endorsed Kelly Westlund, the Democrat challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.

Westlund, in a news release, said, "I am honored to receive the endorsement of People for the American Way, they are dedicated to the promise of equality, freedom of speech, justice under the law, and making sure everyone can achieve the American dream."

Audubon: Glassy new Vikings stadium poses serious threat to birds

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:56

The National Audubon Society says the new Minnesota Vikings stadium poses a serious threat to migratory birds and calls for quick action by the team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to protect animal welfare.

State guidelines require bond-funded buildings to protect birds from window collisions, but the Vikings and the MSFA have rejected calls to use safer types of glass that could help prevent birds from colliding with the stadium’s huge glass windows.

News of police KKK ties stuns residents of Florida town

AP writer
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 19:41

Residents of the small town of Fruitland Park, Florida have been stunned by an investigative report linking two city police officers with the Ku Klux Klan, the secret hate society that once was violently active in the area.

The violence against African-Americans that permeated the area was more than 60 years ago, when the place was more rural and the main industry was citrus. These days, the community of less than 5,000 residents northwest of Orlando has been infused by the thousands of wealthier, more cosmopolitan retirees in the area. Those who live in the bedroom community, which is less than 10 percent black, have reacted not only with shock, but disgust that officers could be involved with the Klan, the mayor said.

NHL: Climate change poses threats to the winter sport

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:08

In a first of its kind report, the NHL this week says that climate change threatens hockey, a sport that many pros began playing on the frozen ponds and lakes of North America.

“The NHL represents the highest level of hockey in the world,” said Commissioner Gary Bettman. “But before many of our players ever took their first stride on NHL ice, they honed their skills on the frozen lakes and ponds of North America and Europe. Our sport can trace its roots to frozen freshwater ponds, to cold climates. Major environmental challenges, such as climate change and freshwater scarcity, affect opportunities for hockey players of all ages to learn and play the game outdoors.”

Milwaukee Common Council votes to increase minimum wage for city, contract workers

Written by Wisconsin Gazette
and AP reports
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:24

The Milwaukee Common Council on July 22 adopted an ordinance raising the minimum wage for city employees and city contract employees to $10.10 per hour.

The rate will increase to $10.80 per hour on March 1, 2015.

Too darn hot: Ben & Jerry’s, Climate Reality partner on environmental campaign

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:07

Nothing says summer heat like a melting ice cream cone. That’s why The Climate Reality Project is teaming up with Ben & Jerry’s to turn the celebrated symbol of the season — the ice cream truck — into a rallying point for action against climate disruption.

Climate Reality and Ben & Jerry’s have partnered in the I’m Too Hot Campaign and are bringing ice cream trucks to the four cities hosting Environmental Protection Agency hearings on the Obama administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

AP writer
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:08

In “Jaws,” the fictional mayor tried to protect the summer tourism season by keeping a lid on reports of the man-eater lurking offshore.

As sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod in real life, however, businesses in the Massachusetts town of Chatham are embracing the frenzy.

Judge tosses Ron Johnson's anti-Affordable Care suit

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 22 July 2014 03:53

A federal judge on July 21 dismissed a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging a requirement that congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges, saying the senator had no grounds to sue.

Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, filed the lawsuit in January after the Office of Personnel Management decided months earlier that lawmakers and their staffs should continue to receive health care benefits covering about 75 percent of their premium costs after leaving the health insurance program for federal workers.

Dungy clarifies remarks about drafting Michael Sam

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:29

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has issued a statement clarifying his remark about drafting Michael Sam to emphasize his concern was for a planned reality show featuring the player, not the player's sexual orientation.

Dungy had been quoted as saying in a report that he would not have drafted Sam because it would have been too difficult, a distraction.

Wisconsin urged to reject application for ‘green’ status from frac sand mining company

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:55

Conservation voters across Wisconsin are calling on the state Department of Natural Resources to reject the Green Tier application submitted by Smart Sand Inc., an out-of-state frac sand mining company.

Environmentalists say the company has a history of environmental violations.

Baltimore City Police are investigating the killing of Mia Henderson, a transgender woman and sister of NBA player Reggie Bullock.

The slaying is the latest in a string of Baltimore area homicides this year in which transgender women of color have been killed. 

Gay couple asks Florida judge to lift stay, allow them to marry

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 21 July 2014 10:31

Attorneys for a gay couple in the Florida Keys filed a motion on July 21 asking Circuit Judge Luis Garcia to lift the automatic stay triggered by the appeal filed by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Garcia, on July 17, ruled that the state amendment against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and he ordered the Monroe County clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples but he placed a stay on the order until July 22.