Cardinal Burke Comes Back To La Crosse Pulpit
Burke was back at St. Joseph the Workman...but now wearing the hat of a cardinal:
This was a special mass of thanksgiving for the former Bishop of the La Crosse Diocese who became a cardinal last month. The ceremony had been arranged partly at the suggestion of the current Bishop of La Crosse, William Callahan.
Dozens of priests from throughout the region participated in the special mass honoring Burke.
Final Tally Yields Even Bigger Total for Red Cross Fundraiser
Final tally for the big Red Cross fundraiser last month has come in. Even a little bigger than the previous eye-popping total of $80 thousand for Dancing With the La Crosse Stars. After counting up the last of the checks, the Red Cross says the event raised just shy of 84 thousand dollars. That's money the local Red Cross will use, among other things, to help families cope with the aftermath of tragedies like home fires. One of the dancing couples in this year's contest raised over 17 thousand dollars. Four couples in all raised over ten thousand dollars. This year's final tally dwarfs last year's total of just under fifty thousand.
Warming Center Awaits Okay from City Council
For some, it's a mystery why La Crosse would need a warming center for the homeless who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction. For many others, it's a surprise that there hasn't been such a place in the city before now. Kevin Solarte, with Lutheran Social Services, says it takes some time for a need to become apparent in a community. Homelessness especially, he says, is often hidden and goes unseen by the public until something tragic happens. His organization, with others, are shooting for a permit from the La Crosse city council this week that would allow them to start a warming center in the city.
Brad's Desk...News Of Lennon's Death Moved Slowly In 1980
I HEARD THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY
BRAD'S DESK 12/8/10
AS SOMEBODY WHO'S BEEN A FAN OF THE BEATLES SINCE THEY FIRST APPEARED ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, I TEND TO THINK ABOUT JOHN LENNON WHENEVER DECEMBER 8TH COMES AROUND. IT'S STILL HARD TO BELIEVE THAT LENNON WAS SHOT 30 YEARS AGO TODAY, WHILE HE HAD THE NUMBER ONE RECORD ON THE CHARTS AT AGE 40. AND IT'S STILL HARD TO BELIEVE THAT I SPENT MORE THAN AN HOUR WATCHING T-V THE NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING, WELL AFTER THE NEWS BROKE, AND DIDN'T HEAR A THING ABOUT IT.
I SAW THAT E-S-P-N HAS DONE A REPORT ON HOW IT HAPPENED THAT MOST OF AMERICA HEARD ABOUT LENNON'S DEATH FIRST FROM HOWARD COSELL, DURING A MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME. THAT REMINDS ME OF HOW MUCH THE MEDIA HAVE GROWN IN JUST 30 YEARS. THIS WAS WAY BEFORE TWITTER, AND THE INTERNET, AND THE 24-HOUR CABLE NEWS CYCLE.
I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE CABLE THAT NIGHT IN 1980, IN ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, WHEN I CAME HOME FROM COVERING A SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TO WATCH SOME T-V. THE LOCAL NEWS WAS ENDING ON THE CBS CHANNEL, AND I WATCHED THE 'MASH' RERUN THEY HAD AFTERWARD. THEN, 'THE WILD WILD WEST' ON THE SAME CHANNEL. THEN, I SWITCHED TO NBC, WHERE TOM SNYDER ON THE TOMORROW SHOW MENTIONED THE LIGHTING OF THE ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE, AND TALKED WITH MORLEY SAFER OF '60 MINUTES' ABOUT HIS HOBBY OF PAINTING PICTURES OF THE MOTEL ROOMS WHERE HE HAS STAYED. WHEN I WENT TO BED, I TURNED ON THE RADIO, AND ALMOST IMMEDIATELY HEARD THAT JOHN LENNON HAD BEEN SHOT AND KILLED IN NEW YORK. I COULDN'T SLEEP AFTER THAT. I KEPT THE RADIO ON TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SHOOTING.
IT STILL SURPRISES ME THAT ALL THE T-V NETWORKS DIDN'T DISRUPT THEIR PROGRAMMING THAT MONDAY NIGHT TO TALK ABOUT JOHN LENNON, CONSIDERING IT WAS THE LEAD STORY ON NETWORK NEWS THE NEXT DAY.
NEWS CAN SPREAD VERY FAST THESE DAYS, WHICH MAKES IT MORE AMAZING TO CONSIDER HOW THE WORLD HAS CHANGED SINCE THE DAYS OF THE BEATLES.
Vote on Police Staffing Tonight
Much has changed in la Crosse in the last thirty years. Including the number of police. But La Crosse police chief Ed Kondracki has warned that lingering vacancies in his department are shrinking the force to 1970's levels. And that's taking a toll on public safety. He cites the dwindling number of tickets and arrests made by his department as indication that current vacancies are taking a toll. There's seven vacanices right now. With two retirements coming in the department by the end of the year. Five more by summer. The city council votes tonight on allowing Kondracki to fill some of those positions tonight. Mayor Matt Harter tells us, if he had wanted those jobs filled, he would have authorized them.