- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014
Milwaukee officials call protest ‘breach of trust’

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee authorities say a protest that blocked traffic on Interstate 43 was a breach of trust.

More than 70 people were arrested Friday after marching onto the highway as part of a demonstration protesting the death of a black man who was shot by Milwaukee police in April.

On Saturday, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn called the highway disruption “a clear breach of trust that had a direct, dramatic and negative impact on the lives of literally hundreds of thousands of Milwaukeeans.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1xze1rg) that Flynn said protesters will be arrested if they break the law.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says the protest was “mob rule” and it was important for authorities to get participants off the highway.

Dozens were still in custody Saturday afternoon.



Scientists from UW-Madison win ‘Amazing Race’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A team of “Sweet Scientists” from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has become the latest winner of “The Amazing Race.”

Amy DeJong and Maya Warren won $1 million and beat out three other teams in the last leg of the race from Manila in the Philippines to Los Angeles.

The finale of the CBS show’s 25th season was broadcast Friday night. In the show, Warren jumped from a window like a stunt actor, and DeJong competed in a grueling memorization challenge.

Warren told the Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/1zIMu57https://bit.ly/1zIMu57 ) she wanted to inspire people and show others that she and DeJong were “much more than lab coats and goggles.”

The “Sweet Scientists” team is named for DeJong and Warren’s research topics of candy and ice cream.


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsjhttps://www.madison.com/wsj


Off-duty bouncer severely beaten in Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An off-duty bouncer at a Madison bar has severe injuries after he was beaten by two customers.

Police say the 21-year-old bouncer at The City Bar was entering the men’s restroom early Saturday when he saw two men with a white powdery substance. Police say one of the men ingested the substance.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1wOY5j0https://bit.ly/1wOY5j0 ) the bouncer told the men he was going to notify a manager, and he was attacked. The men left with three other males.

Police say the bouncer was taken to a hospital where he was treated for a broken nose, a fractured orbital socket and a facial laceration that required stitches.


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsjhttps://www.madison.com/wsj


2014 brings legal gay marriage to Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wisconsin’s top story in 2014 was a historic one, as the state joined the ranks of those that allow gay marriage. But plenty of other headlines are worth remembering from the year that was, including Gov. Scott Walker demonstrating his resilience by winning his third election in four years, the theft of a 300-year-old violin and the disturbing case of the Slender Man stabbing.


A federal judge in Madison uncorked same-sex marriage in June when she struck down the state’s ban. Gay couples across the state rushed to wed over several days before opponents stopped it temporarily. Four months later, the U.S. Supreme Court re-started it when it rejected appeals from gay marriage opponents in five states including Wisconsin, and hundreds of couples rushed to courthouse to exercise their right to marry.


Much of Wisconsin heard of the spooky character “Slender Man” for the first time when he was evoked as an explanation for a horrific attack on a 12-year-old girl. Two of the girl’s 12-year-old classmates were accused of stabbing her 19 times in a wooded area in Waukesha in what they said was an attempt to curry favor with the fictional Slender Man. The victim survived her wounds, and the girls were charged with first-degree attempted homicide.

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