Morning Links for Jan. 23, 2015

Diversity, Ross Ulbricht and laughing gas.

Read what we’re reading this morning:

  • Building on an investigation by USA Today, Gannett Wisconsin looked into the level of diversity found in Wisconsin’s small-to-medium sized police departments and found “little.”
  • The question of whether the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court should be elected by his/her peers or fall to its most senior member will go to voters in a referendum.
  • The trial of Ross Ulbricht, accused of running the Silk Road website, once a depot for illegal drugs, is breaking new legal ground as it sorts through issues of responsibility, culpability and the internet.
  • Huh: More moms are using laughing gas/nitrous oxide to ease the pains of labor.

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Matt has written for Milwaukee Magazine since 2006, when he was a lowly intern. Since then, he’s held the posts of assistant news editor and, most recently, senior editor. He’s lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa, and Indiana but mostly in Wisconsin. He wants to do more fishing but has a hard time finding worms. For the magazine, Matt has written about city government, schools, religion, coffee roasters and Congress.