Sunday, July 23rd


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The Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Inc. clinic in Milwaukee.(Photo: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON - A Republican bill that would block University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty from training resident physicians in abortions would worsen a shortage of obstetrics/gynecological providers in the state, school officials say.

UW-Madison must provide abortion training to maintain its national accreditation for OB-GYN training, Robert Golden, dean of the university’s medical school, said. Without that accreditation, would-be OB-GYNs would find residencies in other states, he said. Twenty of Wisconsin’s 72 counties already lack an OB-GYN, according to the American Medical Society.

“This simple act will clearly lead to the loss of accreditation but the damage will go far beyond the residency program,” Golden said.

The measure’s author, Rep. Andre Jacque of De Pere, says UW-Madison’s fears are overblown. He said he doubts they would lose accreditation.

“I’m trying to get UW out of the abortion business,” he said.

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The airplane sits in a slight rolling gully at the north end landing strip of the Washington Island Airport on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the 63rd annual Washington Island Lions Club Fly-In. There were no injuries. The airport was shut down for about 30 minutes while many planes in the area were circling. About 150 planes were expected at the Fly-In.(Photo: Tina M. Gohr/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)Buy Photo


WASHINGTON ISLAND - A single-engine plane crashed at 11:35 a.m. Saturday during the 64th Annual Washington Island Lions Club Fly-in Fish Boil. 

There were no injuries but the plane "is a total loss" after it clipped a tree as the pilot was approaching the runway to land at the Washington Island Airport, said Fire Chief Paul Swanson.

There were two people in the plane and their identities were not available.

About 100 planes were at the airport with hundreds of people gathered for the annual fly-in, Swanson said.

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A composite of multiple images over the span of about five minutes shows the mass of fireflies lighting up the night at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside.(Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo


Fireflies are back and they're blinking like crazy this summer.

Many backyards, rural roads and fields throughout Wisconsin have turned into miniature versions of the flashing Vegas strip thanks to a soaring firefly population.

"It's a huge year for fireflies in many areas," said University of Wisconsin-Madison entomologist Dan Young, director of UW's insect research collection. "I've never seen this many in my backyard."

Fireflies like wet, moist conditions, particularly when they're in the larval stage. They prefer dining on slugs as well as millipedes, land snails and other soft-bodied invertebrates that thrive in dampness. So if it's a good year for slugs, it's a good year for fireflies.

Frequent rains this spring — Milwaukee got 3 inches more than normal for the April-May-June stretch — have been the human equivalent of sunny and 72 degrees for lightning bugs.

The criminal justice system should make better use of data, two county prosecutors argue.(Photo: Journal Sentinel files)

MADISON, Wis. - A federal jury has awarded $7 million to the family of a woman killed by two police officers in Madison, saying the officers used unreasonable force.

The civil lawsuit was brought by relatives of 26-year-old Ashley DiPiazza, who was shot to death in 2014.

Dane County prosecutors previously cleared the officers, Justin Bailey and Gary Pihlaja, of any criminal liability.

DiPiazza was holed up at her apartment with a gun. The officers testified that they shot DiPiazza when she emerged from a bedroom with a gun to her head and ignored their commands to drop the weapon.

The State Journal reports that DiPiazza’s family says officers shot her even though she threatened no one but herself.

Jurors found a third officer who negotiated with DiPiazza bore no responsibility.

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.(Photo: Michael Sears, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

Facing a potential recall, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has a huge head start on anyone who wants to run for his job.

Barrett raised $123,000 in the first six months of the year and has $609,000 cash on hand, his campaign said Friday.

Barrett, who easily won re-election last year, was raising money in anticipation of running again in 2020.

"The mayor has vast and deep support from all corners of the city and this report demonstrates that," said Patrick Guarasci, an adviser to Barrett's campaign committee.

A group calling itself "Save Our City. Milwaukeeans Can't Wait" filed a notice last week to launch a recall against Barrett. To trigger a recall, organizers would have to gather more than 51,000 petition signatures in 60 days. Any resident of the city of Milwaukee who is eligible to vote can sign the petition.