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Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

People with names that match their professions

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STATELINE NEWS -- At local police training sessions, participants often are asked to introduce themselves to the class with their names, the agency they work with and how long they’ve been on the job.

STATELINE NEWS-- When Veteran’s Day arrives next month, the country will again renew its pledge to our armed forces to never forget the sacrifice they’ve made for our country. While the day is marked to observe our many living veterans, sometimes the best way to do that is by helping them honor those that served beside them that didn’t make it home. This is the goal of the Wall of Faces project.

ELKHORN -- Linda Godfrey, a noted local investigator, author and artist, has written 16 books on strange creatures, phenomena and people. Residents will have the chance to enjoy a spooky, pre-Halloween evening with Godfrey at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Matheson Memorial Library community center.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Six-year-old Jacob Schuenke’s Facebook request on Sept. 9 for 100 fire department patches for a school project netted him almost 1,000 colorful patches -- and an equally colorful collection of stories from fire departments stretching from small Wisconsin towns to communities as far away as Africa and Australia.

The project asks students to collect 100 items of their choosing and display them in celebration of the 100th day of the school year, and it was created in part to give families time together to work on it, said Barbara Breytung, Jacob’s first-grade teacher at Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Delavan. 

The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, has vacated a ruling that would have allowed Wisconsin's controversial voter ID law to go into effect for the Nov. 4 election.

Read the ruling: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14a352_i42k.pdf

On Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, a federal appeals court ruled that the voter ID law was constitutional, allowing Wisconsin to enforce it in the upcoming election.

But opponents of the law -- including the American Civil Liberties Union -- requested emergency action from the U.S. Supreme Court to block it, arguing that putting the law into place on such short notice before an election could cause chaos and disenfranchise voters who aren’t able to obtain an ID in time.

On Thursday the high court vacated the appeals court ruling pending further proceedings. Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented from the decision.

That likely means that registered voters need not show an ID when the go to vote.

"There is a colorable basis for the Court’s decision due to the proximity of the upcoming general election," the justices wrote in the one-page ruling. "It is particularly troubling that absentee ballots have been sent out without any notation that proof of photo identification
must be submitted."

The ruling will likely add to confusion over requirements to vote in the general election just a few weeks away.

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