Daily Bread for 9.14.20

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of seventy-seven.  Sunrise is 6:35 AM and sunset 7:04 PM, for 12h 29m 41s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 12.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand four hundred sixth day. 

Whitewater’s planning commission meets via audiovisual conferencing at 6 PM.  The Whitewater Unified District’s school board meets in closed session at 6:30 PM, and in open session at 7 PM, via audiovisual conferencing.

 On this day in 1944, Maastricht becomes the first Dutch city to be liberated by Allied forces.

Recommended for reading in full — 

 JR Radcliffe and Meg Jones report University of Wisconsin-La Crosse pauses in-person instruction for two weeks as cases spike there and in other cities that host UW campuses:

As the second University of Wisconsin campus switched to virtual learning because of an alarming rise in coronavirus cases Sunday, statistics show seven state communities where colleges are located are among the fastest-growing COVID-19 outbreaks in the nation.

On Sunday UW-La Crosse issued an urgent “shelter in place” order, citing an increase of COVID-19 cases, and suspended in-person undergraduate instruction for two weeks.

Figures updated Sunday in The New York Times show Whitewater, Madison, La Crosse, Platteville, Eau Claire, Stevens Point and Green Bay are in the top 20 metro areas where new cases are rising the fastest in the last week, on a population-adjusted basis.

All seven of those Wisconsin cities are home to UW campuses, where classes for the fall semester started recently.

(Emphasis added.)

See New York Times data to which Radcliffe and Jones refer, Monitoring the Coronavirus Outbreak in Metro Areas Across the U.S.: Where There May Be Bad News Ahead.  

(These data describe places with a population of fifty-thousand or more, leaving data for small cities like Whitewater inclusive of an area greater than the respective city proper; the data are week-over-week only. I offer no assessment or prediction about these data – the link provided simply shows the basis for the Journal Sentinel’s reporting about Whitewater and other Wisconsin college towns.)

 Shawn Johnson reports Wisconsin Judge Denies Kanye West’s Bid to be on Presidential Ballot:

A Brown County judge has rejected rapper Kanye West‘s attempt to get on Wisconsin’s presidential ballot, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court could still have the final say.

In a decision handed down late Friday night, Brown County Judge John Zakowski ruled that West’s campaign missed the state’s deadline to file his nominating signatures.

Wisconsin law requires independent presidential candidates to file at least 2,000 signatures from eligible Wisconsin voters “not later than” 5 p.m. on Aug. 4. Multiple videos taken that day showed an attorney for West’s campaign entering the front door of the Wisconsin Elections Commission roughly 14 seconds after 5 p.m.

West’s campaign argued that because state law sets at deadline of “not later than” 5 p.m., the signatures should count.

But the Wisconsin Elections Commission voted 5-1 to reject that argument and on Friday, Judge Zakowski upheld the ruling.

“The court finds that, basically, 5 o’clock is 5 o’clock,” Zakowski wrote.

Zakowski went on to compare the 5 p.m. filing deadline to a 9 p.m. cutoff for liquor sales.

“The court’s own personal experience is that at some stores the hour, minute and second hand appear on the check out screen,” Zakowski wrote. “When it is one second after nine, the alcohol cannot be scanned thereby preventing its purchase. In other words, any time after 9 o’clock means it is later than 9 o’clock and alcohol cannot be purchased, even at 9:00:59.”

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