Michael Jackson's hometown to name school for him

Written by The AP Thursday, 24 July 2014 16:06

Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star's Midwestern hometown.

The Gary Community School Board approved Tuesday a memorandum of understanding with Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson. The agreement that Jackson signed last month says the district "seeks to honor Michael Jackson and to inspire children to excel in the arts and education."

Ku Klux Klan hands out candy in South Carolina

Written by The AP Friday, 18 July 2014 06:56

Some residents in northwestern South Carolina say they found bags of candy on their street containing a piece of paper asking them to join the Ku Klux Klan.

Residents in an Oconee County subdivision found the bags last weekend.

Comic book icon Archie to die saving gay friend

Written by The Associated Press
and Wigazette
Monday, 14 July 2014 12:46

The comic book icon Archie Andrews dies saving the life of his gay friend in this week's installment of "Life with Archie."

The freckle-faced Archie will be shot when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, the series'' first openly gay character. Andrews' death, which was announced in April, will mark the conclusion of the series about the grown-ups who once attended Riverdale High.

Walker: Son witnessing same-sex wedding isn't a policy statement

Written by The AP Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:12

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his 19-year-old son's decision to be a witness at a relative's same-sex marriage isn't a policy statement.

The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and an incumbent candidate in the governor's race this fall was asked on July 8 about his son Alex's decision to be a witness to the June 9 wedding in Waukesha County. The marriage was between the first cousin of Walker's wife Tonette and her female partner.

WiGWag: Potty training, doubling back on Trek and more news with a twist

Written by Lisa Neff
and Louis Weisberg,
Staff writers
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:29

Potty Training

Only a faucet company would think to put a spigot on its workers’ bladders. The five dozen factory workers at WaterSaver Faucet company in Chicago are up in arms over the disciplining of 19 workers in June for “excessive use” of restrooms — an amount their human resources department determines is 60 minutes or more over 10 work days, or just 6 minutes a day. The company implemented a toilet-tracking system earlier this year that requires employees to swipe a keycard to use the bathroom, allowing management to track time spent within.

Millions watch Bollywood style video on LGBT equality

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 18 July 2014 05:07

A Bollywood-inspired United Nations music video promoting equal rights for LGBT people has been watched by more than a million people online and millions more on television since its release on April 30, according to the UN.

Charles Radcliffe of the UN Human Rights Office said this week that the novel approach to promoting equality around the world has "paid off."

On the record: Ann Coulter said what?

Written by Compiled by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 10 July 2014 21:45

“This is a personal matter between him and his pollster. It is none of the public’s business what Walker decides in the privacy of his own governor’s mansion.”

— STEPHEN COLBERT mocking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for refusing to articulate his views on same-sex marriage.

New Hampshire changing vanity plate rules after 'CopsLie' request

Written by The AP Tuesday, 08 July 2014 10:30

The New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles is not issuing new vanity license plates while it reviews the wording of proposed rules governing what those plates can say.

The temporary ban comes in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling in May that the agency's refusal to issue a plate to a man who wanted to display "CopsLie" on his vehicle violated free speech rights. The court concluded the agency's rules on plate messages were too vague to enforce.

Pit bull saves deaf boy's life

Written by AP Saturday, 19 July 2014 17:16

Skylar and Sabrina (above) apparently never got the memo about pit bulls being ferocious. -Photo: mnn.com

A pit bull named Ace is being hailed as a hero for licking the face of a sleeping, deaf 13-year-old Indianapolis boy to alert him that the house was on fire.

Akin says he should never have apologized for 'legitimate rape' remark

Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:14

A former Missouri Republican congressman whose “legitimate rape” comments during the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign were roundly criticized now says he was wrong to apologize.

Todd Akin writes in a new political memoir that his remarks on whether abortion should be legal in cases of rape were taken out of context and led to his “political assassination” and betrayal by GOP allies. The 67-year-old Akin, who spent 12 years in Congress and another dozen as a state lawmaker, lost to Democrat Claire McCaskill.

WiGWAG: News with a twist: bees, burgers and Amy Adams

Written by Lisa Neff
and Louis Weisberg,
Staff writers
Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:55

Idina Menzel to perform National Anthem at All-Star game

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 08 July 2014 09:31

Idina Menzel will sing the National Anthem at the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game on July 15 in Minneapolis.

A little Broadway before the batter is up. Tony-winning performer Idina Menzel will sing the National Anthem at the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game on July 15 in Minneapolis.