California attorney general seeks to end 'sodomite suppression' ballot initiative

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has asked a state court for permission to reject a propose...

Kenosha team lauded after standing up for bullied cheerleader

Kenosha’s Common Council on March 16 honored several middle-school basketball players for coming to ...

U.S. bill would deal with bullying on college campuses

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., recently reintroduced legislation to a...

Utah lawmakers: Legalizing death by firing squad is pragmatic approach

Utah lawmakers say they took a pragmatic approach in approving the firing squad as a form of executi...

‘Fairness Doctrine’ a thing of the past

My mother asked me recently why “bullies” are allowed to broadcast on radio and TV. “Why are they al...

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Community Bulletins
March 26, 2015

Candidates announce for state Democratic Party chair Martha Laning earlier this month announced her...

Natalie Portman embraces Paris, motherhood and the chance to sit in the director’s chair

The past year has been an interesting adventure for Natalie Portman. Following her marriage to long-...

Green Bay’s orchestra says farewell after a century of symphonies

The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra is one of Wisconsin’s longest standing regional orchestras, founded...

Nearly 40 years strong, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus sings its own tune

Since 1976, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus has been a valued partner to its orchestra, perf...

‘Crossroads of Civilization’: Ancient artifacts get a modern presentation at Milwaukee Public Museum

There is no doubt that the Middle East is a pivotal, mutable place. We hear about current events in ...

‘Justified Art!’ strikes an all-too-relevant chord

The "Justified Art!" exhibit now on display at Madison’s Overture Center is perhaps too timely. One ...

Bill to ban microbeads advances

The Wisconsin Senate advanced legislation aimed at protecting the Great Lakes by scrubbing out perso...

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Slippery slope: Budget imperils natural resources
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Devil’s Lake State Park. — PHOTO: Travel Wisconsin

Despite Wisconsin’s deep partisan divide, there’s one area of policy on which the state’s Republicans and Democrats emphatically agree: conservation.

Maintaining the state’s pristine, spectacular natural resources is that rare goal that rises above political wrangling. A bipartisan statewide poll released on March 18 by the Nature Conservancy, an environmental protection group, showed that Wisconsinites of both parties overwhelmingly support continuing state funding for land, water and wildlife conservation. Seventy-six percent of Republicans, 88 percent of independents and 97 percent of Democrats said the state should continue making such investments.

Voter ID law stands, but on hold for spring election

UPDATED: The U.S. Supreme Court on March 23 said it will not hear a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law advanced by the Republican leadership.

Panel upholds firing of Milwaukee officer who killed unarmed man

Christopher Manney, a former Milwaukee police officer.
— PHOTO: File

UPDATED: The former Milwaukee police officer fired after killing an unarmed man last April will not get his job back. That’s the ruling from a panel of three Milwaukee fire and police commissioners who heard an appeal from ex-officer Christopher Manney.

At 50, Milwaukee Rep's internship has evolved into one of the nation’s best
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Alumni from prior years of the Rep internship program gather at the company’s 2014 gala. Interns are a vital element of each season — and increasingly, regional theaters nationwide.
— PHOTO: Courtesy Milwaukee Rep

There’s a saying around the Milwaukee Rep that “the company is built on the backs of interns.” That sentiment might come off as a joke if the people saying it weren’t so appreciative, or acutely aware that it’s true. 

Madison’s reluctant chef Jonny Hunter captures the culinary spotlight with Underground Food Collective

Chef Jonny Hunter got his start running Catacombs, a communal restaurant kitchen, and has since built Underground Food Collective into an unexpectedly successful venture.
— PHOTO: Courtesy

Jonny Hunter moved to Madison 18 years ago in search of intellectual freedom and an environment that embraced a love of learning. After he found all that, he found something else: an opportunity to establish an alternative model for fine dining that has propelled him into the culinary spotlight.

Music Reviews: Madonna, Van Morrison, Twin Shadow, more

The cover of Van Morrison's latest. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Van Morrison :: Duets: Reworking the Catalogue

Out on the town

‘Low Down Dirty Blues’

March 22 to May 24

‘Ten Dollar House’

March 20 to April 15

‘Avenue A’

Through March 29

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

March 20 to March 29

‘Beauty and the Beast’

March 17 to March 22

'Stop Kiss'

March 13 to March 28

‘MKECarries’

March 13 to March 28

‘Polka Heartland’

Jan. 31 to March 29

‘Inspiring Beauty’

Feb. 5 to May 3

Walker budget wastes $250,000 on attempt to hold up wind energy

There’s a proposed item in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget that would waste $250,000 to have the Public Service Commission, which is dominated by his appointees, study the health effects of wind turbines. His transparent intention is to continue stalling on development of this renewable energy source, which is opposed by the real-estate sector and producers of dirty energy, including Koch Industries and Exxon Mobil. Those industries have bestowed Walker with beaucoup bucks and, as he’s proven time and again, he’s not about to let the state do anything counter to their interests on his watch — not even for the best interests of Wisconsinites.

WiGWAG: News with a twist
March 26, 2015

POO-POOING ARREST

A Pennsylvania man in Wilkes-Barre thought he could ward off an arrest for public drunkenness by making himself untouchable. As police approached the apparently intoxicated man, he dropped to the ground and rolled around in dog waste. He then told police they couldn’t arrest him covered in feces. But they did.

Wisconsinites sue over rail expansion for crude oil

A train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in Illinois.
— PHOTO: AP

Days after the fiery derailment of an oil train near Galena, Illinois, nine Wisconsin citizens went to court to challenge an expansion of a rail system for oil trains in their community.

Wisconsin may sell naming rights for state parks

The secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says she's considering selling naming rights to state parks.

The sales could take place in the next two years, according to DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, who testified recently at a legislative budget hearing. She told the Legislature's budget committee that she's looking ways to raise money for state parks.

Environmentalists seek permanent protection of Penokee

UPDATED: The company that sought to open a massive iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin is instead packing up its office. The Gogebic Taconite mining company announced the closure of its office in Hurley and said further investment in the venture is unfeasible.

The decision, announced in a press statement by Gogebic president Bill Williams, brings to a halt the effort to transform land in the Penokee Hills in the Iron/Ashland county border into an iron mine. The proposal, brought forward in 2011 and advanced by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators, drew strong opposition from environmentalists and Native American tribal members in the region. The development was planned for the Bad River Watershed, where many streams flow to Lake Superior and through the wild rice beds of the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation.