Whitewater’s Planning Commission meets at 6 PM.
On this day in 1776, during a public reading of the Declaration of Independence, it is likely that the Liberty Bell was one of several bells rung to proclaim America’s permanent separation from Britain.
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Matt Zapotosky reports Justice Department changing lawyers on census case:
The Justice Department is swapping out the lawyers who had been representing the administration in its legal battle to put a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census, possibly signaling career attorneys’ legal or ethical concerns over the maneuvering ordered by President Trump.
The department announced the move in a statement, which was issued after The Washington Post inquired about whether the career lawyers on the team planned to withdraw. A person familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said that at least some of the career attorneys harbored concerns about the administration’s handling of the case — although the nature of those concerns and how widespread they were could not immediately be learned.
“As will be reflected in filings tomorrow in the census-related cases, the Department of Justice is shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers going forward,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said. “Since these cases began, the lawyers representing the United States in these cases have given countless hours to defending the Commerce Department and have consistently demonstrated the highest professionalism, integrity and skill inside and outside the courtroom. The attorney general appreciates that service, thanks them for their work on these important matters and is confident that the new team will carry on in the same exemplary fashion as the cases progress.”
Until early this year, Orchard Ridge landfill in Menomonee Falls — the largest in Wisconsin — was close to running out of space.
The sprawling site that lies east of Interstate 41/Highway 45 and north of West Brown Deer Road would likely have been used up by the end of the year, or possibly next year.
Today, the picture is sharply different for a mountain of waste that rises 16 stories above the surrounding landscape.
The site’s owner, Waste Management, received approval from state regulators for one expansion this spring.
Now the company is asking the Department of Natural Resources to move ahead with another, employing a seldom-used strategy in Wisconsin of unearthing contaminated garbage to make room for new garbage.
Together, the two projects could add up to 21 years of life to the sprawling 725-acre landfill.