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More than 1,000 attend tearful funeral for Tony Robinson in Madison

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Sunday, 15 March 2015 17:16

Tony Robinson

At least 1,000 people attended the funeral of Tony Robinson in Madison yesterday, where friends and family remembered him as a friendly, funny person who liked to play basketball. Many said they hoped his death would bring change that might prevent other young men of color from suffering the same fate.

Group wants probe of whether Fla. banned climate-change talk

Written by JASON DEAREN,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 13 March 2015 16:07

Did Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration ban state environmental scientists from using the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in their work?

Scott says no, but some former employees say supervisors forbade them from using the terms — a striking charge in a U.S. state considered by climate scientists to be one of the most at risk of damage due to sea rise and stronger storms in a warming climate.

Secretary of State John Kerry said on March 12 that elected officials who ban the words "climate change" are unwilling to face the facts, a perceived dig at Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration.

Kerry, a longtime champion of combatting climate change, said the officials were ignoring the scientific facts.

Right-wing CPAC reels in presidential hopefuls

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 March 2015 19:15

At the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Adam Gabbatt holds images of Republican presidential hopefuls.{break_—PHOTO: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

April Fool’s arrived a month early, with the staging of the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference, the tea-party-infused gathering best known as CPAC.

GOP rivals slam Scott Walker over flip-flopping

Written by By Steve Peoples
and Scott Bauer,
AP writers
Sunday, 15 March 2015 06:40

Scott Walker’s rivals see him as an up-and-comer in the Republican race for president, so they are focusing on the Wisconsin governor’s changing positions on a number of issues.

Judge dismisses suit over Oklahoma Ten Commandments monument

Written by The AP Friday, 13 March 2015 15:19

A federal judge earlier this week dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol.

The lawsuit filed by a New Jersey-based nonprofit group, American Atheists Inc., and two of its members in January 2014 alleged the monument violated the First Amendment’s prohibition of government sanctioning of a specific religion, as well as other constitutional rights. U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron ruled that the group lacked legal standing to file the lawsuit.

Gay rights law signed in Utah

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 13 March 2015 09:49

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on March 12 signed into law an anti-discrimination measure that earned the support of the Mormon church.

Hundreds of people packed the capitol rotunda and the staircase behind the governor to witness the public signing ceremony. The crowd roared when Herbert held up a freshly inked copy of the bill.

WiGWAG: News with a twist, March 12, 2015

Written by Lisa Neff, Louis Weisberg,
Matthew Reddin
Thursday, 12 March 2015 19:03

Who would you expect to see at CannaCon? — PHOTO: Courtesy

Hollywood harvest

Library curator disputes Scott Walker's story about handling Reagan's family Bible

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Saturday, 14 March 2015 15:52

Gov. Scott Walker’s tale of how he came to hold the family Bible that President Ronald Reagan used when taking the oath of office doesn’t match the memory of the presidential library curator charged with caring for the book.

De Blasio to keynote Wisconsin Democrats’ gathering in April

Written by The AP Friday, 13 March 2015 11:14

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to rally Wisconsin Democrats as they look ahead to the 2016 elections.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced that de Blasio is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the party’s Founders Day gala. It will be in Milwaukee on April 25.

Student scientists study living dead

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:27

In the event of a zombie outbreak, don’t muddle around watching Atlanta burn or New York City fall. Run for the Rockies.

Cyclists riding out winter, gearing up for funding fights

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:17

One recent morning while motorists were scrapping ice off their windshields, Bill Hartz hopped on his Schwinn hybrid and rode the scenic route to work. “I took the long way and went down by the lake to watch the sun rise,” said Hartz, who lives in Riverwest and works at Marquette University.