• Advocates meet to raise support for Hawaii ivory ban

    Wildlife advocates met at the Hawaii Capitol last week to discuss the state’s illegal ivory trade, which they say could become the largest in the U.S. if left unregulated. Kristin Bauer van Straten, an actress from the HBO series “True Blood,” joined Pearl Jam’s Boom Gaspar and Hawaii musician Henry Kapono to support bills to ban selling ivory in the state. They were joined by several w.... Read More
  • Nancy Reagan dies at age 94

    UPDATED: Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died of congestive heart failure at age 94. Reagan died at her home in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air, which adjoins Beverly Hills. Once a screen actress, she met Ronald Reagan when he was president of the Screen Actors Guild. Reagan will be buried next to her husband overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the Ronald Reagan Presidentia.... Read More
  • NY mayor to march in St. Pat’s parade after LGBT ban dropped

    Mayor Bill de Blasio is ending a two-year boycott of the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade now that it has fully dropped its longstanding ban on allowing LGBT groups to march under their own banners. De Blasio, a first-term Democrat, told The Associated Press that for the first time he will take part in the parade along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. H.... Read More
  • Bradley ducked out of Supreme Court arguments to make speech for right-wing group

    Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley ducked out of oral arguments early last week so she could give a speech to the state’s largest business group, which has spent heavily on judicial candidates who will support their business interests on the bench. Her behavior drew strong criticism Friday from her opponent in next month’s election. Appointed to the state’s highest court las.... Read More
  • Obama considers first Indian American for Supreme Court

    Sri Srinivasan, a federal appeals judge who was born in India and grew up in Kansas, would be the first foreign-born justice to serve on the Supreme Court in more than 50 years. The 49-year-old Srinivasan is one of several people being mentioned prominently as a potential replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last month. A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columb.... Read More
  • Hazards that enabled the Weyauwega train disaster 20 years ago still exist

    A ferocious explosion and fireball followed a Wisconsin Central train wreck in the frigid predawn hours of March 4, 1996, in Weyauwega, Wisconsin. Two thousand citizens, many fleeing without their pets or medications, evacuated for 18 days as the fires burned. Authorities feared additional explosions that would catapult shrapnel a mile or  more from the derailed propane tank cars. Gas lines .... Read More
  • Scott Walker helped create Donald Trump

    Donald Trump’s rise to the front of the GOP field may seem like an overnight phenomenon, but you can directly trace his appeal back to events in Wisconsin in 2011. Shortly after taking office, Scott Walker caused a political earthquake in Wisconsin. Using union-busting legislation as his vehicle to national prominence in GOP circles, he introduced something into Wisconsin’s culture that did.... Read More
  • Milwaukee Rep’s ‘Invisible Hand’ questions the morality of capitalism

    Last year, the Milwaukee Rep announced a singular partnership with playwright Ayad Akhtar, a Milwaukee native who’d since made it big both on stage and in other written media. The four-year collaboration will see the Rep producing three of Akhtar’s plays, including his Pulitzer Prize-winner Disgraced, followed by a world premiere commission in the final year. If the first of these plays, Th.... Read More
  • NY pushes Exxon Mobil on effects of global warming limits

    [caption id="attachment_32376" align="alignnone" width="1024"] New York’s comptroller and some other investors have asked federal regulators to require a vote on a shareholder proposal that would force Exxon Mobil to disclose how its business will be affected by a 2-degree target limit on global warming.[/caption] New York’s comptroller and some other investors have asked federal regulators.... Read More
  • Eyes in the sky: Drone growth elevates fun, raises privacy concerns

    As many as a million kids and kids-at-heart had their wishes take flight when they unwrapped a drone during the holidays. Consumer technology took a turn in 2015 and propelled domestic drones to new heights in popularity in late 2015 and early 2016. But policymakers and privacy advocates see gray areas as more and more pilots send their small unmanned aircraft into blue skies. More drone pilots t.... Read More