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Daniel Thompson gets crowdfunding support after quitting over distorted Jacob Blake news headline

The Black journalist quit his job at the Kenosha News on Saturday, August 29, after a dispute with the editor over a misleading headline for a story about a rally organized by the family of Jacob Blake, and has since funded his independent journalism through a wildly successful GoFundMe campaign. Daniel Thompson resigned from his position as a digital editor at the daily newspaper after seeing the headline that was posted online for Saturday’s story. The headline read “Kenosha speaker: ’If you kill one of us, it’s time for us to kill one of yours.” Thompson, who attended the...

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Kenosha to hold community listening sessions to develop action steps for moving the city forward

City of Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian gathered with local officials, community leaders, and clergy members recently to share his vision for moving Kenosha forward towards a stronger and brighter future. The mayor announced a series of listening sessions to get public input about thoughts and suggestions to move the community forward. It would also be an opportunity to provide the City with ideas on how to unify and move forward together. The sessions are open to the public. The listening sessions will kick off on Sunday, September 20. Due to COVID-19 and physical distancing requirements, capacity will be limited....

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Helping Wisconsin Vote: TV host Stephen Colbert launches nonpartisan #BetterKnowABallot initiative

Emmy Award winner and host of “The Late Show” on CBS wants to help all Wisconsinites exercise their right to vote in the 2020 election. Wisconsin was Part 4 of Stephen Colbert’s new 50 part video series that explains the guidelines in each state for registering to vote, and voting by mail, in his “Better Know A Ballot” nonpartisan educational campaign. With just weeks until the November Election Day, the CBS late-night host rolled out the initiative on September 15. The website BetterKnowABallot.com hosts information for all 50 states and Washington DC, but only a portion of the explainer...

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Troops and air support from Wisconsin National Guard deployed to help fight California’s wildfires

The Wisconsin National Guard deployed a pair of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and about 15 soldiers to California on September 11 to help fight massive wildfires that are raging across the state. State officials in California asked for the assistance under an Emergency Management Assistance Compact request. The compact allows for state-to-state assistance during emergencies. Wisconsin’s troops will work under the direction of the California National Guard and local civil authorities for specific assignments. The crews are prepared to employ water buckets to battle fires and take on any other fire suppression operations. The aircraft, along with crews and...

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An Illegal Curfew: Civil Rights group says Kenosha County Sheriff acted unlawfully

The ACLU of Wisconsin sent a letter to Attorney General Josh Kaul on September 9, highlighting the absence of a legal basis for the curfew in Kenosha, and asking Kaul to investigate law enforcement’s repeated use of force against protesters. The letter reiterated the organization’s previous demand for an investigation into criminal and unconstitutional conduct of law enforcement officials toward protesters. The ACLU also insisted that the Kenosha District Attorney dismiss all charges for violating the illegal curfew. Emergency ordinances, like county-wide curfews, must be authorized by local governments, not law enforcement personnel. When the Kenosha Common Council declared...

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As You Wish: Cast of “Princess Bride” reunite for virtual fundraiser to help Joe Biden win Wisconsin

The cast of “The Princess Bride” reunited on September 13 for a virtual reading of the 1987 classic script for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, as a fundraising effort for the November election to help defeat Donald Trump in the pivotal battleground State. Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, and Carole Kane reprised their original characters for the three-hour streaming video event. “None of the dead people will be here but all the live ones will be here, so that’s exciting,” director Rob Reiner said. The cast of the beloved film...

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