- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Lacy, Packers hold off Falcons for 43-37 win

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Eddie Lacy and Aaron Rodgers powered the Green Bay Packers to another big first half in a home victory.

But the Atlanta Falcons’ furious late rally provided the Packers’ potential playoff foes some hope.

Maybe Lambeau Field won’t be that impenetrable after all in the postseason.

Lacy ran for a touchdown and caught one of Rodgers’ three TD passes, and Green Bay built a 24-point halftime lead before holding on for a 43-37 victory Monday night.

The Packers (10-3) earned their fifth consecutive victory to stay a game up on Detroit in the NFC North. They remained tied with Arizona for the NFC’s best record.

“There’s been some ups and downs on both sides of the ball all season,” Rodgers said. “But we’re really getting this home-field advantage thing going, with the crowd noise, with the footing, with the way we’re playing being really balanced on offense.”

Rodgers acknowledged there may have been a “slight relaxation” at halftime up 24.


Wolf quota exceeded by 4 kills in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wolf hunters exceeded Wisconsin’s statewide kill limit by four animals, according to the state Department of Natural Resources’ final tally.

The agency decided to end the wolf season midday Friday after tallies the day before showed hunters were one wolf over the 150-animal statewide limit. State law allows the hunt to run from Oct. 15 through the last day of February or until hunters reach the limit.

The final kill total was 154 animals, according to the department’s website, making it the third straight year hunters have exceeded the limit. In 2013, 257 wolves were killed, six more than the limit. Hunters took 116 wolves, one more than the limit, in 2012, the first year of the organized hunt.

DNR officials haven’t offered an explanation for why they didn’t announce the season would close sooner to avoid going over the quota.

The wolf hunt has been one of the most contentious outdoor issues Wisconsin has seen in years. Opponents say the state’s wolf population is too fragile to support hunting; farmers contend something must be done to curtail attacks on their livestock.

A band of about 10 protesters affiliated with the Wolf and Wildlife Action Group held a short demonstration outside the state Capitol on Monday, lining up posters of injured wolves against the base of the building.

They accused the DNR of mismanaging the hunt by allowing hunters to exceed the kill limit. They also maintained that provisions in state law allowing hunters to trap wolves and chase them with dogs are inhumane and violate the United Nations’ nature charter.


Review finds 24 deaths at Wisconsin nursing homes

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - At least 24 assisted-living residents in Wisconsin’s 15 largest counties died and dozens more were injured following mistakes or mistreatment by caregivers in 2012 and 2013, according to a Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team review.

The report found at least 94 other residents were hospitalized or received emergency room care for broken bones, bed sores and other injuries or illnesses due to mistakes or mistreatment within the same period. Advocates say the findings show the assisted living industry isn’t prepared to handle an influx of older and sicker residents.

Catherine Hawes, the director of Texas A&M;’s program on aging and long-term care policy, told Press-Gazette Media (https://post.cr/1zFIp0zhttps://post.cr/1zFIp0z ) that a “ticking time bomb” has been created at stressed facilities due to a shift in the industry and low standards of care.

“It’s the potential for disaster. It’s a miracle when disaster doesn’t happen,” said Hawes, who co-authored a national study on assisted living care for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

But those in charge of assisted living facilities say accidental deaths and injuries are uncommon and that the incidents don’t reflect the quality of care provided by the industry as a whole.

A report conducted by the state Department of Health Services determined 9 percent of the 3,484 facilities were penalized last year.

“Taking an infinitesimal number of events and presumably holding these up as representative of the provider community is not only a disservice … but needlessly causes fear and anxiety,” Wisconsin Center of Assisted Living Executive Director Brian Purtell said.


Man sentenced for beating that cost woman an eye

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a beating last summer that cost a Madison woman her left eye.

Twenty-seven-year-old Vernon Womble continues to maintain that the woman fell and struck her head after he pushed her, and that he did not beat and kick her.

But Judge Stephen Ehlke said that regardless of how it happened, Womble caused a “great harm.”

The Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/1z0MgG3https://bit.ly/1z0MgG3 ) reports Womble also got five years of extended supervision.

The woman told police that she had told Womble to leave, and that he started punching and kicking her. In court, the woman said she has tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Womble apologized to the woman, saying he “never meant for what happened to happen.”


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