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That's the attitude at South Lanes in La Crosse, banning indoor smoking as of today, instead of holding off until the state law takes effect July 5th. South Lanes owner John Givens says bowlers could still have a smoke outside...but they might risk giving up their turns if they take too long. Givens tells us it may take about a month to wash down the walls and windows, to eliminate years of smoky smells in the bowling area.
How much does the public need to know about a man who committed a triple murder 25 years ago?
That question is at the heart of a La Crosse County court hearing tomorrow, about the release of Bryan Stanley. Relatives of the priest and two other men killed by Stanley were NOT told last year when he was released from Mendota hospital. The county sheriff's office said it forgot to inform the families. The La Crosse Tribune says the sealed records should be open to assure the public that Stanley is NOT likely to commit more crimes. Stanley's attorney wants that request dismissed.
A canoeing trip in the Goose Island area ends with a drowning...
Terry Jones and Gary Willis of La Crosse stopped on a sandbar Saturday afternoon. Jones went into the water for a swim, and began struggling. Willis couldn't reach him, and went to Goose Island for help. The La Crosse County Sheriff's department and other agencies searched for about two hours before finding Jones's body. There was a strong current, and the water was about 10 feet deep where Jones went swimming.
You're not going to believe this. But the Wisconsin DOT is actually trying to make your Memorial Day week-end travel easier. The agency actually schedules some road repair projects to end before this week-end to ease holiday travel. No kidding, says Don Greul, project development engineer for the DOT. One of the projects is just north of Madison; done with work before Memorial day, starts up again after Labor day. Done before next winter. Greul says the interstate work south of Tomah was also completed just in time for this week-end's travel bubble.
It might look like the healthy glow of summer. But a tan from a tanning bed might be more like the deadly gloom of cancer. That's essentially the results of a new study that finds the risk of melanoma skin cancer 74 percent higher among those who do indoor tanning. But don't expect the tanning to stop, says Gundersen Lutheran dermatologist, Karl Noll. He says it's really hard for young people to believe tanning is dangerous when it's such a delayed effect. Sound familiar? Does to the World Health Organization. WHO already considers tanning beds to be the same kind of cancer risk as tobacco.