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August 09, 2012 | 11:17 AM
Tours at Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay are at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Saturday for members of the Williams Bay High School reunion.
A story in this week's Regional News gave incorrect hours.
July 20, 2012 | 10:22 AM
A masked man took an undetermined amount of cash from an Associated Bank branch office in the Lake Geneva Piggly Wiggly store, 100 E. Geneva Square, at about 5:52 p.m. July 19, Lake Geneva Police Chief, Michael S. Rasmussen reported.
The robber, a white male, was wearing a grey baseball cap, glasses, a tan shirt, blue jeans, light colored shoes and a white surgical mask that covered the lower half of his face.
The man approached a clerk at the bank walk up, said he had a weapon and passed a note demanding money, said Lake Geneva Police Detective Ed Gritzner.
The clerk who witnessed the robbery told police the man had a trimmed beard and stocky build, He was described as standing between 5 feet-9 inches and 6 feet-1 inch tall, weighing between 230 and 265 pounds. The robber is believed to be between 45 and 55 years old.
After taking the money, the robber fled the bank on foot and headed north from the parking lot in a red four door vehicle.
Lake Geneva Police and the Walworth County Sheriff's Department are investigating.
June 01, 2012 | 08:17 AM
Well, some experiments work and some don't.
I've received several comments concerned about our handling of an in-paper debate between representatives of the two political parties in Walworth County. One supporting Walker and the other Barrett.
We did run both verbatim as we received them, however when they were continued on the second page of the D section, the placement of the stories was confusing at the very least.
It was my fault and I've apologized for those who were generous enough to provide their perspectives.
We'll do better.
May 08, 2012 | 09:12 PM
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has won the Democratic primary over Kathleen Falk.
Preliminary statewide results show Barrett winning 54 percent of the vote and Falk, the former Dane County executive, with 37 percent.
In Walworth County, unofficial results show 4,780 votes for Barrett and 2,667 for Falk.
Barrett will face Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a June 5 recall election that has become a nationally watched battle over union rights.
March 29, 2012 | 02:22 PM
As many know Monsignor David Malloy of St. Francis de Sales Parish has been named a bishop.
We had a short item in this week's paper and several people have asked if we're doing more.
Yes, another story is in the making.
Obviously, it's a great honor.
March 28, 2012 | 01:34 PM
Several items from council canidate Sarah Hill's bio were missing from our election preview story that appeared in this week's paper.
The profile noted that she is a member of the city plan commission, but neglected to point out the rest of her experience.
She has also been on the Lake Geneva Communications Committee since May 2010.
Hill has lived in the area for 31 years. Her family includes: "My loving parents, Bob and Janet Hill, two brothers, a sister and an adorable dog."
We regret the errors.
March 07, 2012 | 02:25 PM
What's all the fuss about Rush Limbaugh?
He said something stupid. So what's new?
His comment, as despicable as it was, and his apology, as insincere as that was, has over-shadowed more important things.
Rush isn't running for anything.
None of the candidates have come out in support of what he said. Several have criticized him. Yet pundits are trying to connect Rush's comments with the presidential nomination process and Republican's in general. He only represents a small slice of the right just like Rachel Maddow is only one voice on the left.
And now Sarah Palin and Rush himself are trying to turn the tables, claiming Obama is being a hypocrite for criticizing. Rush points out that Obama never properly disavowed Jeremiah Wright or extremists in his own party. True enough.
But again we're missing the point; we should be concentrating on other things.
We live in a day of gotcha moments. Gotcha moments are a lot easier and simpler to criticize than complex issues. Complex issues take research and contemplation to properly critique and criticize and are rarely black and white. Slips of the tongue or a momentary lapse in verbal judgment are much easier to slam.
Let's concentrate on issues, not missteps. A slew of mistakes might show a pattern worth worrying about, but a random one—let it go.
Rush only feeds off the publicity anyway and he's not representing anyone most of us are going to vote for.
March 05, 2012 | 07:15 AM
Evaluate this story.
A politician has too much to drink one night and gets in an accident.
Later he goes on TV to rail against drunk drivers.
Is he a hypocrite or someone who made a mistake and has learned his lesson?
A recent study shows that it depends on whether or not you're a member of his party or the opposing party.
Forty percent of the people who are from the same party as our politician thinks he should be lauded. Only 16 percent think he's a hypocrite.
It's a classic example of how we evaluate our politicians and by extension their policies based on a life perspective more than an objective analysis or consistency.
It's a problem that plagues the warring TV networks and the reason reasoned, respectful political debate is harder and harder to find.
February 28, 2012 | 04:13 PM
A study just came out that "suggests that people who are socially and financially better-off are more likely to lie, cheat, and otherwise behave unethically compared to individuals who occupy lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder."
Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once claimed "the rich are different than us." To which writer Ernest Hemingway said, "yes, they have more money."
According to the study there's more difference than meets the eye.
Why do they act that way?
They have a sense of entitlement, the researchers assume.
Plus, the study says, "elevated wealth status seems to make you want even more, and that increased want leads you to bend the rules or break the rules to serve your self-interest."
I've always thought that conventional wisdom presumed that those in the less fortunate economic strata tended to be more unsavory, but this study says otherwise.
I take no position on the validity of the research since I am somewhere between rich and poor. Like the three bears, maybe I'm in the group that has it "just right."
February 27, 2012 | 02:48 PM
Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Booker T and the MGs and Susan Tedeschi.
That's sort of a Who's Who of blues artists and they played together at the White House recently.
That performance will be shown on public TV tonight at 8 p.m.
The only one I've seen in person is Susan Tedeschi. For my money, she's the best blues guitarist around, male or female. And her gravely voice reminds many of Bonnie Rait.
An added treat: Obama sings too. And it's not just that he's singing the blues over Iran, the economy, gas prices, etc.
Seems like worthy viewing for anyone intrested in great music.
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