The night Mother Emanuel opened its door to evil

Written by ALLEN G. BREED
Associated Press
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 04:43

When Angela Brown saw the Facebook post about a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, her mind immediately leapt to her aunt. Whenever the doors to Emanuel were open to its flock, Ethel Lance was there. 

"This was her home," said her niece, standing in the shadow of its soaring spire, tears streaming down her face. 

An appearance by Kim Kardashian on the National Public Radio show “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” has angered among some listeners.

Walker forms 'testing the waters' committee to raise more money for presidential bid

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Monday, 22 June 2015 09:10

Stepping closer to an all-but-inevitable White House bid, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has created a "testing the waters" committee that allows him to raise money for a presidential campaign.

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana comes out as gay in editorial

Written by The AP Sunday, 21 June 2015 17:25

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg came out as gay earlier this week, declaring in a lengthy and personal newspaper editorial that it took him years to accept that his sexuality is just "part of who I am.''

Buttigieg, the first-term Democratic mayor of Indiana's fourth-largest city, said in the essay published in the South Bend Tribune that it wasn't easy for him to divulge his sexuality, in part because Midwesterners "are instinctively private to begin with.''

Politicians returning donations from white supremacist

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 22 June 2015 14:16

Republican presidential candidates, GOP lawmakers and the lone black Republican in the U.S. House are returning donations from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof or giving the money to charity.

U.S. Rep. Mia Love of Utah, an African-American Republican woman who was elected to the House last year, said through a spokesman that she had returned $1,000 in donations from Earl Holt, leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens.

Anti-gay outcry over storytime pushes North Carolina teacher to resign

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 22 June 2015 09:54

After a third-grader tearfully recounted how another boy had called him "gay'' during gym class, teacher Omar Currie chose to raise the issue during story time by reading his students a fable about a prince who falls in love with another prince, ending with a happily-ever-after royal wedding.

That decision in April ignited a public outcry from some parents in the rural hamlet of Efland, North Carolina, resulting in Currie's resignation this week from a job he loved. The assistant principal who loaned Currie her copy of "King & King'' has also resigned, and outraged parents are pressuring administrators at the Orange County Schools to ban the book.

Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage: any day now

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 22 June 2015 06:48

With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected any day now, gay couples in states with bans are making wedding plans, courthouse officials are getting ready for different scenarios and steadfast foes are working on their strategies to keep up the opposition.

As same-sex marriage spreads, ranks of gay dads increase

Written by David Crary,
AP National writer
Sunday, 21 June 2015 07:28

Fatherhood has been exhilarating for Weston Clark, who put aside a teaching career to be a stay-at-home dad for a 4-year-old son and 17-month-old daughter adopted by him and his husband.

Yet Clark acknowledged some unease as he looks ahead to late August, when his son starts kindergarten in Salt Lake City.

Survey: only 50 vaquita porpoises remain on Earth

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 22 June 2015 13:34

A new scientific report finds that vaquita porpoises declined by more than 40 percent in a single year and consequently only around 50 individuals of the species likely remain on Earth.

The vaquita is the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise, found only in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California.

Walker to donors: Still praying over presidential run

Written by The AP Monday, 22 June 2015 09:44

Scott Walker told donors on June 19 that that he's still praying over whether to run for president in 2016.

He also said he believes he is "uniquely qualified to lead this country."

Clinton calls for ‘common-sense’ gun control, decries racism

Written by LISA LERER,
Associated Press writer
Sunday, 21 June 2015 18:01

Issuing an emotional plea following the South Carolina church shooting, Hillary Rodham Clinton called for “common-sense” gun reforms and a national reckoning with the persistent problem of “institutional racism.”

Days after nine black church members were gunned down in Charleston, Clinton said the country must take steps to keep guns from criminals and the mentally ill.

Delaware decriminalizes marijuana

Written by Randall Chase,
AP writer
Sunday, 21 June 2015 06:44

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has signed legislation decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Markell signed the bill earlier this week, shortly after it passed the Democrat-controlled Senate on a straight party-line vote.