Morning Links for January 5, 2015

Wearable technology’s race to the bottom (of your feet).

Treat yourself to a healthy dose of news reading on this frigid Tuesday morning.

  • Sixty-six Wisconsin National Guard members will soon deploy to Iraq to help train Iraqi soldiers, an assignment that will last nearly all of 2016, reports the Journal Sentinel. 
  • President Obama is using an executive order to increase the number of background checks on gun purchases, and to encourage tighter enforcement of federal gun laws, says The New York Times. Wisconsin son and Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, has called the orders a “dangerous level of executive overreach.” 
  • It turns out, if a “market” doesn’t build a stadium for a sports team, those sports teams really do attempt to pack up their bags and leave for greener “markets.” 
  • The annual Consumer Electronics Show is like a preview into our “Jetsons”- like future, and this year is no different. This year’s offerings include many flashy gadgets, including these “smart” shoes that warm your feet and also act as a fitness tracker.
  • TIME looks into law enforcement’s reaction, or seeming lack of it, to the ongoing standoff in Oregon.

 

 

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Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.