MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely presidential candidate who built his reputation on limiting the power of public-sector unions four years ago, plans to quickly sign a right-to-work bill after the Assembly passed it Friday at the end of an all-night session.
Record-breaking cold gripped the United States from Texas to New York on Friday, causing school closures and snarled traffic, as a storm that dropped roughly 2 feet (61 cm) of snow on some eastern parts of the country moved out to sea. Snowfall and blustery weather forced public schools in the metropolitan areas of New York and the District of Columbia to cancel classes. The National Weather Service warned of flooding and told commuters from the lower Mississippi valley to the mid-Atlantic to be wary of dangerous road conditions created by the snow, ice and slush. Low temperatures shattered records in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, said NWS meteorologist Bruce Terry.
Built on a defunct aqueduct near Yankee Stadium, the quarter-mile-long walking and bike path that connects the two boroughs is known as the High Bridge and this summer it is set to open at the cost to taxpayers of $61 million. Drawing inspiration from the success of Manhattan's High Line, cities across the United States are converting abandoned train tracks, roads and bridges into green urban spaces. "While I applaud bringing additional green space to any city and think the High Line is quite beautiful, (some of) these parks were not designed with social justice in mind," said Winifred Curran, who teaches urban geography at Chicago's DePaul University.
It only lasted minutes, but images of sheriff's deputies lobbing tear gas and beating civil rights marchers with batons and whips on March 7, 1965 energized the nation into fighting against segregation in the South.