Book Kept On Probation, Warned About Prison
The defense lawyer for Indra Book thinks the 22-year-old is being punished 'harshly' for violating her probation on a reckless homicide charge. Book is back in jail this week, for curfew violations and drinking...and attorney Vincent Rust is not pleased.
Judge Scott Horne will put Book back on a curfew, and on electronic monitoring. He warns that Book could go to prison if she doesn't change a partying lifestyle.
Judge Says No To Osseo-Fairchild Appeal
A state judge on Thursday dismissed an appeal by the Osseo-Fairchild school district to allow the district to retain its Chieftains logo, setting the stage for a new mascot for the district.
The district has until July 27th to remove the Chieftains name and come up with a new mascot, logo and nickname.
Thompson Recount Still Going
The original margin was 439 votes out of about 60-thousand cast. He says he picked up 62 during the re-canvass. So has Ed Thompson defeated Kathleen Vinehout yet? Nope.
A recount continues in Senator Vinehout’s district. The Democrat from Alma had her victory challenged by Thompson.
Two other recounts have been finished......and Republicans are the winners. Republican Kathy Bernier unseated Representative Kristen Dexter by 78 votes and Republican Warren Petryk of Eleva defeated Representative Jeff Smith by 74 votes.
The results give Republicans a 60-to-38 majority over Democrats in the new Assembly that convenes in January.
UW-L Students Bring The Cash
International students attending the UW-La Crosse in 2009-10 are bringing in more money to the local economy then any college in western Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District.
The 383 international students enrolled in classes at UW-L during the last academic year contributed an estimated $8,4 million in tuition, fees and living expenses.
Locally, when added to the estimated more than $1.1 million spent by Viterbo University’s international students and the nearly $260 thousand spent by those at Western Technical College, the total impact of foreign students at La Crosse’s three institutions of higher education is more than $9.5 million.
Jay Lokken, director of International Education at UW-L, says UW-L international students’ economic impact to continues to grow because of the school’s success in recruiting
Black Friday is Near
Black Friday, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, is one week from today.
The term dates back to at least 1966, although its usage was primarily on the East coast. The term has become more common in other parts of the country since 2000. Because Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday occurs between the 23rd and the 29th of November. According to one report, in 2007 135 million people participated in the Black Friday shopping rush.
In many cities it is not uncommon to see shoppers lined up for hours before stores with big sales open. Once inside the stores, shoppers often rush and grab, as many stores have only a few of the big-draw items. And electronics and popular toys are often the most sought-after items and may be sharply discounted.
Jeff Owen of the Valley View Mall says the trend of "mad dash shopping" should continue more this year since more and more folks are stepping over the "recession line"........and wandering into the "open field of spending".