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Flashback 2014: The year the world learned it’s lethal to be black in America

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:11

Eric Upchurch of Madison’s Young Gifted and Black Coalition marches with his hands raised. — Photo: AP/John Hart

“Hands up, don’t shoot,” “I can’t breathe” and “black lives matter” will go down in history books as the defining phrases of 2014. Those words were chanted during rallies, vigils and demonstrations throughout the nation during the year’s final months.

'Millions March' set for NYC this weekend

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 11 December 2014 08:53

-Photo: communitytable.com

New York City organizers are hosting a "Millions March" to continue the momentum that has been building across the country in a sustained effort to call attention to the scourge of police violence in black communities.

Westboro Baptist Church protests across Wisconsin

Written by Larry Zamba,
contributing writer
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:51
Shirley Roper-Phelps protests outside Bradford High School. Photo by Larry Zamba.

The Westboro Baptist Church, one of the most rabid hate groups in America, will be spreading their own version of holiday cheer throughout Wisconsin this month. The group has already protested at Bradford High School in Kenosha, Horlick High School in Racine and at a variety of locations in Milwaukee including St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Church of the Gesu on Marquette’s campus.

Fuel exports soar under Obama

Written by Dina Cappiello,
AP writer
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:49

Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on the crowded island of Gardi Sugdup, one of the largest in a remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change.

They have helped the island's Guna people reduce what was already a minuscule carbon footprint. The Guna cook with clean-burning gas. They use a small amount of diesel fuel to power fishing boats and a generator that lights bare bulbs dangling above dirt floors after sunset. They own one of the most pristine stretches of tropical rainforest in Panama, cleansing the atmosphere of carbon dioxide naturally.

Flash Forward: Fast-tracked ‘right-to-work bill’ presents political conundrum for Walker

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 11 December 2014 10:22

Supporters rally for Scott Walker on Election Night 2014. — PHOTO: AP

Gov. Scott Walker won re-election with 52 percent of the vote in a race that drew 55 percent of registered Wisconsin voters to the polls. That means only 28.6 percent of the state’s voters handed him a second term, which is far from the mandate he claims to have received.

Today in history: Dec. 11

Written by The AP Thursday, 11 December 2014 05:12

Today is Thursday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2014. There are 20 days left in the year. 

Highlights in history on this date: 

Museum working to preserve plywood art in Ferguson

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 10 December 2014 12:32

The Missouri History Museum and the Regional Art Commission are working to preserve art that has been added to plywood meant to protect storefronts or cover damage from protesting in Ferguson and St. Louis.

The wood has been enhanced with drawings, bright colors and positive sayings, such as “listen with love” and “heal the world,” since a grand jury last month declined to indict white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old.

Wisconsin group exposes factory-farms and mislabeled ‘organic’ foods

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:22

A Wisconsin-based farm policy and research group is pursuing formal complaints against 14 industrial livestock operations that are producing dairy, eggs and meat being wrongfully marketed as “organic.”

The group, the Cornucopia Institute, said it took action after years of inaction by the USDA and contracted for aerial photography over factory farms in nine states over eight months.

2 Wisconsin AIDS groups to merge

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 11 December 2014 09:33

Wisconsin's AIDS Network and AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin announced on Dec. 11 plans to merge effective Feb. 1, 2015.

Palin to appear at conservative event in Iowa

Written by The AP Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:29

Sarah Palin will appear at a conservative event in Iowa in January.

Congressman Steve King and Citizens United President David Bossie announced this week that the 2008 vice presidential candidate will participate in the “Iowa Freedom Summit.” The event will be held in Des Moines on Jan. 24.

Today in history: Dec. 10

Written by The AP Wednesday, 10 December 2014 12:00

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2014. There are 21 days left in the year. 

Highlights in history on this date: 

Poll: Sharp divisions in reaction to Brown, Garner decisions

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 10 December 2014 06:21

A new poll from the Pew Research Center and USA Today shows 50 percent of Americans believe the grand jury made the right decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

About 37 percent say the grand jury made the wrong decision, and 13 percent don't know.