Sarah Palin launches subscription-based online 'channel'

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 28 July 2014 10:41

Right-wing commentator Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.

The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on July 27, bills itself as a "direct connection" between the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate and her supporters, with "no need to please the powers-that-be," Palin says in a video mission statement on her channel's home page.

UWM’s LGBT Film/Video Festival returns with 11-day lineup

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:49

Festival director Carl Bogner announced the return of UWM’s annual LGBT film/video festival Oct. 16-Oct. 26. 

The two-weekend schedule, a change from last year’s four-day lineup, is a return to the festival’s original format. Bogner said returning to the longer format would prowvide “greater temporal elbow room” for patrons.

Pollution = death

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 25 July 2014 19:33

Pollution is the largest factor in disease and death in the developing world, killing more than 8.4 million people each year, according to the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution.

The new analysis, based on new data from the World Health Organization, indicates that 7.4 million deaths in a single year were due to pollution sources from air, water, sanitation and hygiene.

Oral arguments in Wisconsin, Indiana marriage cases set for Aug. 26

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 25 July 2014 13:08

UPDATED: The Aug. 13 hearing set for the oral argument in the Wisconsin marriage equality case was canceled.

The new hearing date is Aug. 26.

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Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 27 July 2014 17:42


Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience.

Going solar with Sierra

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:47

The Wisconsin Sierra Club/John Muir Chapter is promoting a new “Go Solar” campaign and inviting homeowners to complete an online form for a free home evaluation.

The Solar Home campaign, combined with federal and state incentives and historically low solar costs, “makes residential solar affordable to almost everyone today,” according to the club, which is partnering with H&H Solar and working to offer discounted systems to property owners.

Get paid for posts? A new twist in social networking

Written by The AP Friday, 25 July 2014 19:12

Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared — except the money those posts produce.

At least two services are trying to change that. Bubblews, a social network that came out of out of an extended test phase last week, pays users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers. Another company, Bonzo Me, has been doing something similar since early July.

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.

Jason Rae awarded for leadership diversity

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:50

Jason Rae, executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, was honored earlier this month with a scholarship from the American Chamber of Commerce, under its new program to encourage leadership diversity among its members. 

The national organization established its leadership diversity program to help provide information, training and resources to enhance the leadership skills of women, members of racial/ethnic minorities, LGBT-identifying individuals or those with disabilities.

Miami-Dade judge rules against ban on gay marriage

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 25 July 2014 20:43

A state trial court in Miami on July 25 struck down Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples and ordered Miami-Dade County to allow same-sex couples to marry. However, the judge stayed the order pending appeal.

The case, one of several freedom to marry cases in Florida, was brought by the Equality Florida Institute and same-sex couples — Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price, Vanessa and Melanie Alenier, Todd and Jeff Delmay, Summer Greene and Pamela Faerber, and Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz.

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.

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.