Review: Woody Allen's sweet, sugary 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Woody Allen’s late period has been defined by a quality you wouldn’t have expected from the man who ...

Miami-Dade judge rules against ban on gay marriage

A state trial court in Miami on July 25 struck down Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples a...

Pollution = death

Pollution is the largest factor in disease and death in the developing world, killing more than 8.4 ...

Get paid for posts? A new twist in social networking

Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should b...

Still the elephant in the room

Thirty-five years ago, as editor of Amazon: Milwaukee’s Feminist Press, I reported on the murders of...

World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record i...

Oral arguments in Wisconsin, Indiana marriage cases set for Aug. 26

UPDATED: The Aug. 13 hearing set for the oral argument in the Wisconsin marriage equality case was c...

Regional briefs: Pride march, gun violence, political debate

Hundreds turn out for Kenosha’s 2nd Gay Pride March Hundreds of people turned out for Kenosha’s sec...

Real estate deals: No. 1, Bon Jovi's penthouse

If a person’s home is the mirror of the person themselves, Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea seem to do...

LGBT group seeks guidance under Title IX after Education Dept. grants religious exemptions to schools

LGBT civil rights advocates and educators are seeking guidance after learning that the U.S. Departme...

Florida hospital threatens to force pregnant patient to undergo cesarean surgery

A Florida hospital has threatened to force a pregnant patient to undergo cesarean surgery against he...

States where immigrant children are released

States with established Central American immigrant communities have received the most unaccompanied ...

  • Review: Woody Allen's sweet, sugary 'Magic in the Moonlight'

    Friday, 25 July 2014 22:51
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  • Miami-Dade judge rules against ban on gay marriage

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  • Pollution = death

    Friday, 25 July 2014 19:33
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  • Get paid for posts? A new twist in social networking

    Friday, 25 July 2014 19:12
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  • Still the elephant in the room

    Friday, 25 July 2014 13:25
    Published In: Opinion
  • World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

    Friday, 25 July 2014 13:10
    Published In: International Gaze
  • Oral arguments in Wisconsin, Indiana marriage cases set for Aug. 26

    Friday, 25 July 2014 13:08
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  • Regional briefs: Pride march, gun violence, political debate

    Friday, 25 July 2014 12:39
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  • Real estate deals: No. 1, Bon Jovi's penthouse

    Friday, 25 July 2014 10:07
    Published In: Lifestyle
  • LGBT group seeks guidance under Title IX after Education Dept. grants religious exemptions to schools

    Friday, 25 July 2014 09:58
    Published In: Trending News
  • Florida hospital threatens to force pregnant patient to undergo cesarean surgery

    Friday, 25 July 2014 09:46
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  • States where immigrant children are released

    Friday, 25 July 2014 09:35
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Over the barrel: Activists champion 
efforts to divest from fossil-fuel industry

Meet Planet Enemy No. 1: The fossil-fuel industry. - IMAGE: Courtesy

Meet Planet Enemy No. 1: The fossil-fuel industry.

And meet the new sheriff in town: The growing movement to divest ownership of fossil-fuel stock.

The divestment concept is not without precedent. In the 1980s, people around the world withdrew support from companies — and more than a few artists — who did business with South Africa. The campaign spread from college campuses and eventually 155 campuses, 80 municipalities, 25 states and 19 nations took economic action against the apartheid regime. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said the end of apartheid would not have come without international pressure, specifically “the divestment movement of the 1980s.”

Today, the Nobel Peace-Prize winner has called for an “anti-apartheid style boycott of the fossil fuel industry.” 

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also endorsed the movement in a speech in May at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Developer Barry Mandel says building Milwaukee takes more than concrete

Milwaukee’s Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group. — PHOTO: Eric Gay/The Associated Press

Donald Trump fancies himself the archetype of a successful real estate mogul, but fortunately Milwaukee’s Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group, possesses nothing like the bombastic, attention-seeking missile of an ego that defines Trump. Quietly reflective and a “political agnostic,” in his words, Mandel has a vision of development that includes building a stronger and more prosperous community. His company has core values that include focusing on environmental impact and historic preservation, whenever possible.

But Mandel can be competitive, too. Consider the way in which he settled a $25,000 dispute with a construction contractor.

House Republicans undermine Obama’s environmental plans

Determined to protect their fossil-fuel backers from the financial consequences of the environmental policies put forward under President Barack Obama’s green energy agenda, House Republicans on July 11 attached a bevy of amendments to the fiscal 2015 energy and water spending bill. 

‘Master Class’ is a master work about the ultimate opera legend

The role of Calla is played by Angela Iannone. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Terrence McNally’s Master Class imagines a lesson that three fictitious students might have received from 20th-century operatic legend Maria Callas at New York’s The Juilliard School in the 1970s. Although the play has some basis in fact, it uses the characters and the teaching concept to present lessons that McNally wants his audiences to learn.

Phox blends different genres with harmonious results

Phox. — Photo: Partisan Records

Bands generally work best when their members share a unity of vision.

Tiny Bayfield has thriving restaurant scene

Greunke’s Restaurant. — Photo: travelwisconsin.com

With just 487 permanent residents, Bayfield is one of Wisconsin’s smaller quaint towns, with a steeply sloping main street that ends at Lake Superior. But it’s also the gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, consisting of 21 islands and 69,372 acres of shoreline, which makes Bayfield a year-around magnet for tourists throughout the Midwest.

Out on the town

German Fest

Friday, July 25, to Sunday, July 27

‘Legally Blonde’

7:30 p.m. from July 24 to Aug. 2 (2 p.m. matinee on Jul...

Baraboo Circus Celebration Days

Thursday, July 24, to Sunday, July 27

Dancemakers 2014

7:30 p.m. on July 24 and 25, 4 and 7:30 p.m. on July 26...

‘Gypsy’

July 17– Aug. 10

‘Rope’

July 17–27

East Town Market

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 4

Bayfield in Bloom

May 16 through June 15

Michigan city sued after rejecting 'reason station' at city hall

A coalition of civil liberties groups has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on an atheist booth in the atrium of city hall in Warren, Michigan. The city has allowed a prayer station in the atrium.

Obama signs executive order against LGBT discrimination

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Applause after the president signed the executive order July 21.

New ‘Phantom’ amps up the beloved musical

Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine in the new touring production of Phantom of the Opera. — Photo: Matthew Murphy

In this production, the Paris opera house is more realistic and less dramatically lit. The phantom is more man than myth — and with a personality that lies somewhere on the autism spectrum. At the end of Act 1, the chandelier does more than just jingle and sway.

Class-action suit seeks lawyers for minors facing deportation

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Immigrants stand in line for tickets at a bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas. — PHOTO: Eric Gay/The Associated Press

Three children who witnessed the killing of their father in El Salvador left the violence seeking refuge in the United States. They now face deportation hearings, and expect to go to court without a lawyer.

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

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.

Hobby Lobby ruling fuels drive for stronger LGBT rights bill

President Barack Obama on July 21 signed an executive order aimed at protecting LGBT workers employed by the federal government and by federal contractors. The order did not contain broad religious exemptions such as those in the version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act pending in the House. — Photo: White House

Support for an LGBT civil rights bill that contains broad religious exemptions is dwindling following the Supreme Court ruling that corporations have religious beliefs and can impose them on their employees.