Sunday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of twenty-five. Sunrise is 7:18 AM and sunset 4:21 PM, for 9h 02m 51s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 86.6% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1846, voters reject the first draft of a constitution for Wisconsin.
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Caycee Bean says two dozen women have come forward with stories about former UW-La Crosse art professor Joel Elgin sexually harassing, assaulting or preying on them during his two decades with the university.
Bean, the former student who publicly accused Elgin of sexual misconduct this fall, said she has been overwhelmed by the number of messages she has received from women who say they were also victimized by the once-popular professor.
While most of the stories were shared by students, Bean said, some were offered by faculty. One involves a woman who had been silent for 17 years.
“He’s been doing this for a very long time and has been getting away with it for a very long time,” Bean said at a press conference with her attorneys Thursday. “I’m here today to let victims know we no longer need to feel intimidated. I want them to know it’s OK to come forward. We’re here for you. The community is here for you.”
Bean also responded to a recent statement from Elgin’s attorney, Cheryl Gill, who called the other accusers Bean’s “minions” and said UW-La Crosse faculty should be “afraid, very afraid” of bogus misconduct claims from students.
“I laughed when I first read that — it’s so ridiculous,” Bean said of the “minion” comment. “These girls aren’t my minions. I do not know these women. These are complete strangers who heard … about this guy finally being caught and have a story to share.
“Joel and his attorney’s words were meant to hurt and intimidate me and many others who have come forward. This is a textbook case of why so many victims don’t come forward.”
John Diedrich and Kevin Crowe report A Milwaukee hospital is turning away ambulances, despite agreeing not to except in emergencies:
By getting hospitals to reform their operations and stop turning away ambulances, Milwaukee County put itself at the forefront of a push to ensure patients get the best, fastest care.
But experts warn voluntary agreements like the one in Milwaukee and other cities can be fragile and easily discarded, in part because there is little regulatory oversight to ensure hospitals follow them.
The approach also leads to a peculiar patchwork, where hospitals in neighboring counties continue to turn away ambulances, even though other facilities within the same health care system have stopped doing so.
In fact, new figures show diversions by some hospitals in the Milwaukee area — particularly those belonging to Ascension Wisconsin — have crept up this year, despite the ban local hospitals agreed to three years ago.