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EXPLANATION: Rittenhouse lawyers discuss representations of victims

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Lawyers spent the first week of Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial fighting over who provoked whom, with prosecutors portraying Rittenhouse as the assailant and the defense working to show the men that he had shot had threatened him. Rittenhouse shot Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz during the August 2020 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, worked to show that Rittenhouse shot in self-defense after the men attacked him. He suggested Rosenbaum ambushed Rittenhouse and said Huber was trying to take his head off when he threw a skateboard at him. Prosecutors said Rosenbaum was unarmed and that Huber and Grosskreutz were trying to protect the crowd. Only Grosskreutz survived a bullet.


Madison student charged in attack that sparked protests

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – A Madison high school student has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl at a homecoming party. The attack sparked student protests across Madison and the principal of East High School resigned. The 17-year-old was charged with sexual assault and strangulation on Friday in the incident on October 10. According to the complaint, the victim was at a friend’s party when the suspect locked her in a room and assaulted her. In the days that followed, the Wisconsin State Journal reports, the students staged two walkouts in support of the victim. The manager is Sean Leavy resigned at the end of last month.


UW-Madison hoists the Ho-Chunk Nation Flag atop Bascom Hall

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – The University of Wisconsin-Madison hoisted the Ho-Chunk Nation Flag on its main administrative building, marking the first time the university has flown another country’s flag with the flags of the United States and Wisconsin. Friday’s ceremony at Bascom Hall seemed historic to senior Paige Skenandore, one of some 100 Native American students on campus. She told the Wisconsin State Journal that it was “a great first step.” Chancellor Rebecca Blank said raising the flag was part of an ongoing commitment to educate and recognize the tribes of Wisconsin and their sovereignty. The Ho-Chunk Nation ceded land that includes the campus under a treaty of 1832.


Arrest in murder of father driving daughter to school

CHICAGO (AP) – An 18-year-old man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a Chicago father while driving his daughter to school in the western part of the city. Authorities found Avanta Ware in Wisconsin on Friday. He was extradited to Illinois. Ware was wanted in the September 1 murder of Travell Miller who was shot and killed several times while being stopped in traffic by a man who got out of another car and opened fire on him. Relatives said Miller bent down to protect his uninjured 7-year-old daughter. An arrest warrant was issued in September to charge Ware with murder. Ware was also wanted for two counts of carjacking in Berwyn, a Chicago suburb.


EXPLAINER: What happened to a hero’s testimony at the Rittenhouse trial?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – An effort by prosecutors during the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial to portray one of the men he shot as a hero never took off, and a legal expert says they likely had fortunate that this is not the case. Rittenhouse faces homicide and other charges in the August 2020 shooting during street unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Among the dead was Anthony Huber, a 26-year-old protester who was seen in video of a spectator hitting Rittenhouse with a skateboard before Rittenhouse shot him. Huber’s great aunt was asked on Friday if she had ever seen Huber run into danger. The defense objected, saying such testimony would allow them to present evidence on two criminal cases involving Huber. The judge agreed and the state abandoned the question line.


The culture war has had mixed success in school board races

MISSION, Kan. (AP) – School board candidates opposing mask mandates and lessons on racism in US history have won in the Red States and some politically divided districts, but have often failed in their attempts to shaping school district policy on the new culture war issue., The policy-monitoring website Ballotpedia identified 96 school districts in more than a dozen states where racial education and masking were part of the debate. He found that at least one anti-critical racial theory or anti-mask candidate prevailed in 35 of the 86 districts in which he determined winners, or 40 percent.


Vos again ordered to hand over the files of the 2020 election inquiry

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – A Dane County judge said Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has 10 days to turn over the files on a secret 2020 election review that Republicans have been conducting for months . Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn ordered Vos to provide records created between May and the end of August. It was the same order Bailey-Rihn issued in October when she told Vos he could either release the files or come back in a month and state his case. Vos’s lawyer Ronald Stadler said after Friday’s ruling that it would be up to Vos and Assembly Republicans to decide whether to appeal the ruling.


Evers veto education bill intended to help ‘at risk’ readers

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a plan that would have overhauled the way elementary schools operate with young children struggling to read. Evers says he needs more money to support the changes. The bill would have tripled the number of literacy tests young students take in school and would require educators to create a personalized reading plan for each student identified as an “at risk” reader. Supporters say the move would improve reading skills that have been poorly graded for decades. Evers, the former state superintendent and former educator, said in his veto message that the bill does not include the funds necessary to achieve the goals of the bill. The Republican who drafted the bill said it would be a step in the right direction.

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