news

Texas voter ID law goes on trial

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 02 September 2014 09:01

A U.S. District Court will hear oral arguments starting Sept. 2 on Texas’s photo ID law.

The trial will include arguments from the Texas State Conference of the NAACP and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, who will present evidence that the state’s ID requirement erects discriminatory barriers to voting.

Future of Frank Lloyd Wright School divides leaders

Written by The AP Monday, 01 September 2014 12:15

The future of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has divided the institution named for the iconic designer. The quest to keep its accreditation status has some school board members concerned the degree program will end, while its foundation denied the school is in danger of closing.

The Scottsdale-based Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which operates the school, announced last week that it would not independently incorporate the school as a way to stay accredited. The Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission, which accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states, changed its bylaws two years ago to prohibit accreditation for schools that operate as divisions of a larger organization.

5 things to know about Wisconsin's mid-term elections

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Monday, 01 September 2014 05:55

If Scott Walker loses in November, he can kiss his presidential aspirations good-bye.

 Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke are running neck-and-neck in recent polls, but close contests are nothing new for Walker, who survived a recall election just two years ago.

United Nations condemns U.S. racism as reverberations over Ferguson continue

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff reporter
Sunday, 31 August 2014 07:38

Ralliers showing solidarity with Michael Brown and the black community of Ferguson, Missouri, march down West State Street in Milwaukee on Aug. 18. –Photo: Dave Lauersdorf

Even as Ferguson grows calmer, recent indictments in the St. Louis suburb continue to provoke outrage around the world.

Clinton, Perry bound for Iowa in September…

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 02 September 2014 04:08

One set of elections ends in early November as another begins when presidential hopefuls cross the unofficial starting line in the 2016 race for the White House.

With control of the Senate at stake, the months leading up to the mid-term elections offer a clearer window on a crowd of potential presidential candidates already jockeying for position from Nevada to New Hampshire. Their cross-country touring will intensify this fall under the gaze of voters who will pick their parties' nominees. Look for the would-be contenders to road-test rhetoric, expand coalitions, and consider their own political flaws-while keeping close watch on each other.

Federal court blocks enforcement of Louisiana anti-abortion law

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 01 September 2014 08:13

A Louisiana state law intended to close abortion clinics across the state will not be enforced on Sept. 1, according to a federal district court ruling issued over the weekend.

Louisiana health care providers filed a suit in federal district court in Baton Rouge last week seeking an immediate injunction against House Bill 388, which requires a doctor who provides abortion care to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital. With the federal decision, physicians providing abortion services will not be forced to comply with the law if they are in the process of applying for hospital admitting privileges.

UN report: Global warming is here and dangerous

Written by AP exclusive Monday, 01 September 2014 03:37

Global warming is here, human-caused and dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this week sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report that wasn't in the other more-detailed versions, but the language is more stark and the report attempts to connect the different scientific disciplines studying problems caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas.

Rams cut gay defensive lineman Michael Sam

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Saturday, 30 August 2014 18:29

Out football player Michael Sam was one of 21 players who were cut by the St. Louis Rams today, but coach Jeff Fisher said the decision had nothing to do with Sam’s sexual orientation.

College students have always had a taste for beer, and archaeologists have uncovered new evidence at the College of William and Mary to prove it.

The remains of what is likely an 18th century on-campus brewery were discovered just outside of the nation's oldest college building when campus officials were looking to widen a sidewalk.

Jamaican activist ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 01 September 2014 07:25

A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said over the weekend.

Last year, Javed Jaghai made headlines after initiating a constitutional court challenge to Jamaica's 1864 law that bans consensual sex between men. He argued that the anti-sodomy law fuels homophobia and violates a charter of human rights adopted in 2011 that guarantees people the right to privacy.

Gay Georgia teen posts video of family throwing him out, raises $93,000 in donations

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Sunday, 31 August 2014 14:31

Daniel Ashley Pierce, right

Online donations for a gay 19-year-old youth from Kennesaw, Georgia, exceeded $93,000 in three days after he posted a video online of his family beating him and throwing him out of his home after he came out to them as gay.

Swedish city plays 'Schindler's List' to Nazis

Written by The AP Friday, 29 August 2014 13:24

Neo-Nazis rallying in the Swedish city of Norrkoping have been greeted by the theme song from "Schindler's List" ringing from the bells of city hall.

Local government spokesman Ulf Mossberg said city officials decided the tune from Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning Holocaust drama was an appropriate way to demonstrate the city's belief in "the equal value of all people."