Monthly Archives: July 2018

Simpson Street Free Press student publishes book

Simpson Street Free Press reporter Zaria Glover has published her second full-length novel, the Madison after-school program reported. Glover, who attends James Wright Middle School, published “Sailing on Celestia Maple Wild: Two Worlds Divided” earlier this year. The novel tells the story of Blossom Travel, an orphan who is on a mission to uncover her family’s…

Milwaukee Press Club announces 2018 Media Hall of Fame honorees

The Milwaukee Press Club announced Monday the journalists who will be inducted into the club’s Media Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Of the eight inductees, four worked at Milwaukee newspapers. They include Elizabeth (Betsy) Brenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Marilyn Krause, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Stuart Wilk, Milwaukee Sentinel & Dallas Morning News; and Nathan Conyers, (deceased), Milwaukee Times.

Group asks appeals court to uphold electronic records decision

A coalition of government transparency advocates have asked Wisconsin appeals court judges to reject a state lawmaker’s argument that he isn’t required to provide records electronically. Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Vandermeuse’s response to the coalition argued that Lueders’ request for the records “in electronic form, as an email folder or on a flash drive or CD” was “ambiguous” and not specifically for the files in native format.

She also wrote that the claim records should be “substantially as good” as the original isn’t the proper standard, because it’s not found in state statutes. It originates from the Attorney General’s Compliance Guide and an Executive Order by Gov. Scott Walker — sources that “merely offer guidance.”

AG hires lab consultant as evidence testing delays mount

Attorney General Brad Schimel has hired a consultant to identify ways to speed up evidence testing at Wisconsin crime labs, as criticism mounts over delays, the Associated Press reported. A DOJ report obtained by the AP through an open records request shows turnaround times for the testing of DNA, guns, tool marks and drug compositions have grown dramatically since Schimel took office in January 2015.