Saturday, November 14, 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck western Nevada early Friday, shaking residents of an area stretching hundreds of square miles in two states, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
by Denise Lockwood
RACINE, WI – Schools within the City of Racine Public Health Department, including Racine, Wind Point, and Elmwood Park, have been ordered to close and switch to virtual learning.
The order applies to public and private schools. Most Racine Unified students have been doing virtual classes since the beginning of the school year, but teachers and some special education students have been in the schools. Racine Unified employs about 1,000 teachers.
Dottie-Kay Bowersox, the City of Racine Public Health Administrator, said the number of daily cases and positivity rates prompted the order.
“Outbreaks are linked to family gatherings on private property with people from outside of their household, including sports parties, baby showers, and backyard gatherings. Also, through retail establishments and employment situations,” she said.
The health department jurisdiction includes Elmwood Park, Wind Point, and the City of Racine. It applies to all schools, public and private.
Josh Dzieza wins November Sidney for Exposing The Great Foxconn Con
The Sidney Hillman Foundation announced today that Josh Dzieza of The Verge has won the November Sidney Award for “The 8th Wonder of the World (*wonder not guaranteed)” which explores how the Trump administration and Republican leaders in Wisconsin wasted at least 400 million taxpayer dollars to create the illusion that Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn would build LCD screens in the state.
In 2017, Foxconn promised to invest $10 billion to build a 20-million-square-foot LCD manufacturing complex which would employ 13,000 people. Dzieza’s reporting shows that Foxconn defaulted on almost every promise they made in order to secure massive subsidies. Foxconn came to Wisconsin with no viable business model for making LCDs and instead demanded that its employees come up with alternative revenue streams. Suggestions ranged from tree and fish farming to commercial storage, but all the plans fizzled.
Instead of a state-of-the-art factory, Foxconn built a warehouse 1/20th the size of the promised facility. Wisconsin Republicans cited Foxconn’s lavish promises in their campaign ads and Donald Trump got a public appearance out of the 2018 ground-breaking ceremony, but ordinary Wisconsinites suffered. Some quit good jobs only to discover that they were “ghost workers” whose only duty was to absorb abuse from their superiors while the company hoped their presence on the payroll would boost their “job creation” stats enough to qualify for tax subsidy payments. Others lost their homes through eminent domain in order to clear land that now sits empty. Cash-strapped governments paid to provide infrastructure to support a manufacturing complex that never materialized.
“This story illustrates how businesses and politicians collude to subsidize corporations with zero accountability” said Sidney judge Lindsay Beyerstein. “The politicians got campaign appearances and Foxconn got a friendly line to Donald Trump during a trade war, but ordinary people got shafted.”
Josh Dzieza is an investigations editor and feature writer for The Verge covering technology, business, and science. His coverage of Amazon was named in Longform’s Best of 2019 Tech Writing and a finalist for the 2019 Deadline Club awards. His story about migratory beekeepers received the 2016 Science in Society Journalism Award from the National Association of Science Writers.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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Pop star Britney Spears’s bid to remove her father James Spears from the conservatorship of her estate has suffered a temporary setback with a Los Angeles court declining the application.
by Emma Widmar
Santa in a Shoebox was founded by Diana Higgenbottom Anagnostopoulos. This is the 12th consecutive year that this event will take place. What started in her basement at filling 80 boxes has turned into distributing thousands of boxes over 3 counties in Wisconsin. These boxes benefit different organizations and shelters.
Businesses, families, and community organizations are focusing on spreading holiday cheer with others despite COVID-19 and health concerns. 2020 has been a year full of uncertainty, but what’s certain is that Santa in a Shoebox is bringing people together. In a time where human connection is continually changing, this event aims to unite.
Santa in a Shoebox benefits more than just those receiving boxes. The founder says “to be honest, I thought about maybe not doing it this year, but as far back as July, all three counties we serve expressed a willingness to do this, wanting to give back and spread kindness.”
Participating in the Event
Businesses, church groups, and community members participate to build boxes or donate items to go into boxes. You too can collect, donate, and package. Getting involved is a great way to help those in need and give back.
How to box?
Before you can wrap the box, you must fill the box. Shoeboxes that are donated should be labeled to fit specific genders and age groups.
- Age Groups & Genders :
- Newborns to 2 years old (Female & Male)
- 3 to 5 years old (Female & Male)
- 6 to 8 years old (Female & Male)
- 9 to 12 years old (Female & Male)
- 13 to 17 years old (Female & Male)
- Adult (Female & Male)
- Seniors (Female & Male)
What goes in a box?
Every kid wants to open a gift on Christmas. This event allows you the freedom of stuffing boxes with toys, treats, gifts, and toiletries, and these items all make great shoebox stuffers.
- Stuff the shoebox with:
- Books, Crayons, Gift Cards, Mittens, Playing Cards, Toothbrushes, Coloring books
If you do not have a physical shoe box to fill, items are greatly appreciated to donated individually. These donations can be made at the drop off locations
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
MILWAUKEE — A 19-year-old Kenosha man has been charged with illegally giving a rifle to Kyle Rittenhouse, which the 17-year-old used to kill two people and wound a third during unrest in Kenosha in August.
Dominick Black faces two counts of intentionally giving a dangerous weapon to someone under 18, resulting in death. The counts relate to Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, the men Rittenhouse killed. Rittenhouse's attorneys say he was acting in self-defense.
According to records obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after litigation, Black told investigators he had purchased the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle for Rittenhouse last summer while they were both in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, with money Rittenhouse supplied. Someone under 18 cannot legally purchase a firearm, but Black signed paperwork indicating he was buying the rifle for himself.