Best of The Gazette, June 3: Crude, cars and an assault victim's story
The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:
Many people were shocked by a recent case in which a Janesville man is accused of luring a 13-year-old girl to his car and forcing her to have sex. For Olivia Bruha, it tore open a festering wound: She says Nicholas W. Ackerman, 20, assaulted her in a similar way in 2011 when she was 15.
More crude oil will flow through the northeast corner of Rock County and Walworth County if a Canadian energy company gets the go-ahead for upgrades. But a 2010 rupture of the company's pipeline system in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has some people worried.
All doubt has been erased. The best NCAA Division III baseball team in the nation in 2014 is UW-Whitewater, Jeff Potrykus of Gazette partner the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes. And the most dominant Division III athletics program in the nation is UW-Whitewater. You want proof? Read on.
Guide Kurt "Bronco" Schultz has angling skills far beyond his 34 years, Outdoors columnist Ted Peck writes. Schultz is on the upper Wisconsin River almost daily when winter cedes control. More than 200 muskies pose for photos with Schultz against this wild country backdrop every season.
It's obvious that adding a Highway 26 bypass exit at Janesville Street on Milton's south side is years in the future—if one ever comes, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. That's unfortunate. Local leaders and lawmakers in office were napping when state transportation officials drew plans that cut off this direct link to Milton's east side. Local merchants need help now. Every day delayed risks a business closing.
It has been a year since Gov. Scott Walker and the conservative Legislature rejected billions in federal funds to fill in the holes in BadgerCare, and the negative consequences of the disastrous decision continue to mount. Using state figures, Robert Kraig and Kevin Kane of Citizen Action of Wisconsin calculate Wisconsin is leaving up to $1 million a day on the table. Fortunately, Wisconsin still has the opportunity to accept billions in federal funds, the group writes.
As a father, Evan Riley was moved by the stories of two friends whose children had died. The musician put that pain to music, and the result will debut June 7. “I think of these songs as stories that are snapshots of a life,” he said. “'Bookends' seemed like an appropriate title as they hold up these songs and stories in a set: life and death, beginning and end.”
The idea of dining near water, particularly on a gloriously warm and breezy Friday evening, drew restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno to Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan recently. The scenery was worth the drive. Unfortunately, the service was not, she writes.
In the evenings along the rock river, the aerial show put on by river flies is as enjoyable as the sunset. A screen porch helps, community blogger Glen Loyd notes. Watch a swarm dance before Loyd's lens in this new video.
Computers can do amazing things and control many or most functions in modern cars. But Opinion Editor Greg Peck's experiences with computers during his 35 years in the newspaper business has him wary of Google's self-driving car. These subcompact two-seat electric cars have no gas or brake pedals, nor even steering wheels.