September 25, 2016
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Gunmen shoot, wound 8 people in Baltimore

Three gunmen shot and wounded eight people including a 3-year-old girl on an east Baltimore street Saturday night, police said, adding the suspects fled and the victims were all expected to survive.


Art, music fill downtown alley, block

Volunteers and supporters for the Kenosha Creative Space threw a block and alley party to raise funds and awareness of their effort to convert the former Kresge store at 5722 Sixth Ave. into a gallery, office space and community asset to support arts program in Kenosha.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Sunday's newspaper.



UPDATE: Suspect in deadly Washington state mall shooting captured

The suspect in a shooting at a Washington state mall that left five dead is in custody, authorities said Saturday.

A gunman opened fire at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, Friday night, killing four females and a male before fleeing. Law enforcement staged a massive search over more than 20 hours for the suspect, initially described by witnesses as a young Hispanic male wearing black.


Shooting sows terror at Washington mall; shooter on loose

The first 911 call came in just before 7 p.m. on a busy Friday night at the Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy's Department Store.

By the time police arrived moments later, the carnage at the Macy's makeup counter was complete. Four people were dead and the shooter was gone, last seen walking toward Interstate 5. A fifth victim, a man, died in the early morning hours Saturday as police finished sweeping the 434,000-square-foot building.

As the small city absorbed the tragic news, critical questions remained, including the identity of the shooter, his motive and his whereabouts. The FBI said terrorism was not suspected.


Hundreds protest Jackson, Confederate monuments

Hundreds of people turned out Saturday in New Orleans historic French Quarter to protest a statue of Andrew Jackson and Confederate monuments in the city.

New Orleans has been struggling with what to do with a number of Confederate-era monuments in the city. The City Council voted last year to remove four of the monuments after heated public meetings but the effort has been stalled in the courts. A major hearing on their removal is slated for Wednesday.


Local schools to host 'heroin summits'

Two Kenosha County high schools will host "heroin summits" in an effort to battle drug abuse.

The "Stairway to Heroin" program is being presented Tuesday at Indian Trail High School and Academy and Nov. 1 at Central High School.

For more, check www.kenoshanews.com or see Sunday's newspaper.



Tens of thousands march against same-sex marriage in Mexico

Tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City on Saturday in opposition to President Enrique Pena Nieto's push to legalize same-sex marriage.

Organizers of the National Front for the Family estimated at least 215,000 people participated, and while that number could not be immediately confirmed, it was clearly one of the largest protest marches in Mexico in recent years.


New Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens

America's first national museum dedicated to African-American history and culture opened Saturday with emotional but joyful words from the country's first black president, who said he hoped the stories contained inside will help everyone "walk away that much more in love" with their country.

In an impassioned speech, President Barack Obama pointed out the highs and lows of being black in America, from slavery and Jim Crow segregation to voting rights and economic leaders. That duality lingers still, Obama said, through successes such as his presidency, and trials such as the police killings of black men.


Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco, 68, died

Musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.

His longtime manager Ted Fox told The Associated Press that Dural died early Saturday morning. He had suffered from lung cancer.




Carthage beats Augustana in thriller

The Carthage football team held on for a huge 27-24 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin win over Augustana at Art Keller Field on Saturday. Jamel Davis put the Red Men in front on a 1-yard TD run with 58 seconds left, and the Vikings missed a 42-yard field try with 12 seconds remaining. For more, visit kenoshanews.com or pick up Sunday's edition of the News.



Badgers dominate Spartans

The 11th-ranked Wisconsin football team rolled to a 30-6 victory over eighth-ranked Michigan State on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing, Mich. Tremper graduate Jazz Peavy had four receptions and led all players with 96 receiving yards for the Badgers.



Poll: Majority of Americans fear Trump presidency

More than half the country fears a Trump presidency. And only about a third of Americans believe he is at least somewhat qualified to serve in the White House.

In the final sprint to Election Day, a new Associated Press-GfK poll underscores those daunting roadblocks for Donald Trump as he tries to overtake Hillary Clinton.

Moreover, most voters oppose the hard-line approach to immigration that is a centerpiece of the billionaire businessman's campaign. They are more likely to trust Clinton to handle a variety of issues facing the country, and Trump has no advantage on the national security topics also at the forefront of his bid.


Study: All over the world, people celebrate holidays by gaining weight

Halloween is right around the corner, which means Thanksgiving and Christmas will be coming up soon. If you're already worried about putting on extra pounds over the holidays, a new study has some discouraging news: Your fears are justified.

Americans who participated in the study saw their weight increase by 0.2 percent during the Thanksgiving holiday and 0.4 percent over Christmas, researchers report in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.


Today's forecast: Mostly cloudy and moderately cool today

Mostly cloudy, overcast weather conditions in Kenosha County today, with a moderate high temperature only at 70. The low will be around 60 degrees.

For more weather data, see today's Kenosha News. Visit this website regularly for up-to-the-minute weather details. You can also sign up for News Now weather alerts.


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Chicago Cubs clinch home field advantage

Another magic number disappeared for the Cubs on Friday night when the Nationals fell to the Pirates 6-5 in 11 innings.

That defeat, coupled with the Cubs' 5-0 victory against the Cardinals on Friday afternoon, clinched home-field advantage for the North Siders throughout the National League playoffs.


Authorities: 4 dead in shooting at mall north of Seattle

Four people have been killed during a shooting at a mall north of Seattle and the suspect remains at large, Washington state authorities said.

The Washington State Patrol said on Twitter that the four were shot Friday at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, about 65 miles north of Seattle. Sgt. Mark Francis said authorities were searching for a man wearing black and armed with a rifle who was last seen walking toward Interstate 5.

Francis said at about 8:30 p.m. that the mall had been evacuated and emergency medical personnel were cleared to enter and attend to any injuries. It wasn't immediately clear if others were hurt.


Committee OK's Paris land annexation

The City Plan Commission has approved an annexation request that could spell doom for the controversial Paris-Somers intergovernmental agreement.

On Thursday, the commission unanimously approved the annexation request from Narayan and Vidya Baliga, who own nearly 40 acres at 13402 Burlington Road in the town of Paris. Their land is contiguous to the city of Kenosha limits and cuts through a key portion of the Somers-Paris development zone, potentially forcing the agreement to be redrawn or scrapped.

The City Council must still vote on the annexation.

Velodrome still closed, but fix coming

The Washington Park velodrome remains closed, but a possible fix is being ironed out between the contractor and city staff.

The newly renovated race track has hairline cracks running along the northeast quadrant. It is still unclear when it will open.


Chrysler site's renovation moves forward

The mayor's plans to rejuvenate the Chrysler Engine Plant site cleared another hurdle Thursday night.

The City Plan Commission unanimously approved Mayor John Antaramian's proposals for continued development of the polluted site, 5555 30th Ave., with little debate.


Rural county schools see slight drop in students

The number of students at western Kenosha County school districts is significantly lower in three districts, driving the rural headcount down 85 students overall, from 7,063 in September 2015 to 6,968 students this year.

Wilmot Union High School recorded 62 fewer students during the annual third Friday count on Sept. 16 - though it saw an increase of 33 students last September. Riverview School counted 40 fewer students and Westosha-Central High School tallied 15 fewer students.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.



Plan commission OKs effort to use federal loan to build ‘super' fire station

A midtown "super fire station" is one step closer to becoming reality.

On Thursday, the City Plan Commission unanimously approved Mayor John Antaramian's plan to borrow more than $4.7 million from the federal government to help finance the project.

Loan approval could come yet this year.

See more in Saturday's Kenosha News.



Chromium-6 in tap water? Not an issue here

Ed St. Peter said Thursday neither he- nor should Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Somers residents - should be alarmed despite reports earlier this week citing the presence of chromium-6, a cancer-causing element in tap water here and across the U.S..

The report - done by Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit, non-partisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. - concluded that, if left untreated, chromium-6 will cause an estimated 12,000 "excess" cases of cancer by century's end.



Watch the afternoon Kenosha News Minute

Watch this afternoon's Kenosha News Minute video roundup. Our top story: The city plans to borrow $4.7 million in HUD loans to pay for a new, combined fire station at 52nd Street and 22nd Avenue.

KN MINUTE


Storage unit proposed at former SuperValu

The former SuperValu store at 3401 80th St. would be turned into a self-storage facility, under a plan OK'd by a city panel.

When several conditions from city departments are met, Macritchie Storage LLC of Calgary, Alberta, will adapt and expand the building to contain no more than 1,008 self-storage units. As customers will access their storage spaces from inside the building, no large outer doors will be added.

For more on this story, check later at kenoshanews.com and see Saturday's Kenosha News.


Second man dies in western Wisconsin flooding

A second person has died in the storms and flooding that hit western Wisconsin.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office says a 79-year-old rural Viroqua man attempted to drive through flood water on a road near his home Thursday. Authorities say Joseph Menne was in a pickup truck pulling a trailer which got stuck in six feet of water. The flood water eventually filled the pickup compartment.

The torrential rain and flooding also killed 53-year-old Michael McDonald in the same western Wisconsin county Thursday when his home slid down the side of a bluff and onto a highway.




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