Ten years ago today, the mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, declared a state of emergency and called for – at that time – a voluntary evacuation in anticipation of Hurricane Katrina reaching landfall.
However within a day, the hurricane intensified to a Category 4 level, and the storm came ashore a short time later. The surge from the Gulf of Mexico breached the levees protecting the city, and at its worst, nearly four fifths of the city was under water.
The hurricane and the levee failure killed more than 900 people and displaced at least a million along the Gulf Coast.
Today in Spain, many of the world’s top road cyclists hit the pavement again as the Vuelta a España – the Tour of Spain – continues. It’s one of three Grand Tour events, along with the Giro d’Italia, and the Tour de France.
Saturday morning in Wisconsin, some dedicated cyclists will hit the road in Dubuque, Iowa. They’ll cross the Mississippi River, and then ride across Wisconsin to Kenosha in a single day.
Kellen Abston is a hip-hop artist and rapper who performs under the name Klassik. He grew up in Milwaukee and attended school here. And in the three years since his first full-length album was released he’s become a rising star on a number of “artists to watch” lists.
If you don’t know anything about Alexandra Petri’s column for the Washington Post, the fact that it’s called “Compost” should tip you off. It’s a humor column, at least most of the time, appearing multiple times a week online and weekly in print.
Petri grew up partly in Fond du Lac and partly in Washington, D.C., while her dad, Tom Petri, represented his Wisconsin district in Congress.
As harvesting of grapes gets into full gear, it’s an exciting time of year for wine lovers, and a busy time of year for wine makers. However, some states have been dealing with great challenges this growing and harvesting season.
The state of California faces one of the most severe droughts on record, while crews struggle to keep numerous wildfires under control. The high heat index, hazy atmosphere and lack of water present huge challenges for the state's wine makers.
Lake Effect's Bonnie North talked with Graeme Reid, the Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, back in April about the significance of John Shimon and Julie Lindemann's photography.
The financial markets in this country rebounded somewhat yesterday before falling once again. The now four-day trend was brought on, in part by turmoil in the Chinese economy.
"They are in a position to manipulate their currency," Lake Effect's foreign policy contributor Art Cyr says. "They've tried to do that to gain advantage, but as the current market crash shows, that doesn't really gain you an advantage over the long term."
Two journalists for Virginia TV news station WDBJ were killed by a gunman Wednesday morning while they were broadcasting live at a waterfront shopping center about an hour southeast of Roanoke, Va.
Reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were doing a live report from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta when a gunman opened fire, killing Parker and Ward and injuring Vicki Gardner, the head of a local Chamber of Commerce who was being interviewed. Gardner is now in stable condition, hospital officials say.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed its bankruptcy plan this week. A judge will consider it in November. If she accepts the settlement, it will end court battles against the church for clergy who sexually abused people dating back decades. The victims says the money won’t end the pain.
At age 91, Angie Roscholi is the oldest of the clergy abuse victims in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Her son Father Domenic Roscholi say she came forward with her story for one reason.