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Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.

Teen inmates climbed Wisconsin juvenile prison roof, waved broken pipes and threw rocks at guards: Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Four juvenile inmates in August climbed onto the roof of a prison dorm, rained rocks and pieces of shingles down on guards and brandished 4-foot metal pipes at them, newly released records show. The documents — obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel under the state's open records law — detail an extended standoff that sent Lincoln Hills School for Boys into lockdown less than a month after a federal judge ordered the state to overhaul how it runs the juvenile prison. The facility, which shares a campus with Copper Lake School for Girls north of Wausau, is the subject of multiple lawsuits and a criminal investigation into the treatment of prisoners. It is the latest incident to come to light in recent weeks in which workers have had to deal with major disruptions. On Sunday, five prison workers had to go to the hospital after a pair of incidents in one housing unit. Two weeks ago, an inmate punched a prison teacher in the face, knocking her out and giving her a black eye. The newly release reports show there was a fight Aug. 3 in one cottage. Afterward, four inmates ran outside and scaled a nearby cottage. They ripped shingles and a metal vent cover off the roof and hurled rocks and pieces of shingles at guards who tried to talk them off the roof. One of the objects hit a guard in the knee. Another struck a prison van." Read more.


Trips to Mexico City, plots to kill Castro: What the JFK records are likely to reveal: Terence Cullen of the New York Daily News writes: "Ask not what’s in the documents — ask why are there so many pages. The National Archive is set to dump thousands of pages of documents Thursday about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy — the source of swirling conspiracy theories for more than 50 years. 'I’m astonished at the sheer number of documents,' said Ken Hughes, a researcher with the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Policy. Hughes said a significant amount of the documents are likely to focus on assassin Lee Harvey Oswald as well as clandestine efforts to overthrow foreign governments and kill their leaders. 'Some of them have to do with Kennedy-era covert operations,' he said. 'Those are the real gems.' The CIA’s plans to overthrow and possibly assassinate Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro is likely to pop up amongst the files. They’re also likely to cover how much of a role Uncle Sam played in the coupe and assassination of South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem, who was killed three weeks before JFK, Hughes said. Some conspiracy theorists have wondered whether JFK’s Nov. 22, 1963 assassination was retaliation for either events, the historian noted. 'It’s very unclear what his position was regarding the assassination of Diem,' Hughes told the Daily News on Wednesday. 'That’s one of the things that tomorrow’s documents can clear up.'” Read more.


Trump feuds endangering tax reform: Jordain Carney of The Hill writes: "Republicans are warning that a growing war of words between President Trump and key GOP senators is threatening to undercut the party’s efforts to pass tax reform and move its agenda. While many GOP senators have offered supportive public words for Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who are both retiring amid feuds with Trump, they are also feeling fatigued by all the infighting and say it is time to move on. 'I think most people are tired of the back-and-forth,' said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has feuded on and off with Trump but has had a more cooperative relationship with the White House in recent months. While saying he liked Flake, he also said pointedly that 'the election is over' and Republicans need to work with the White House to get results. 'The president did a good job at the lunch yesterday laying out his success. [But] I told the president, you kick every barking dog in Washington and you’ll wind up spending all your time [on] barking dogs,' he said. Most GOP senators are loath to step into the middle of the fight, which they chalked up to a disagreement over the president’s style." Read more.


Milwaukee Marathon may be denied 2018 permit after this year's course came up short: Mary Spicuzza of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "As if the PNC Milwaukee Marathon didn't have enough problems, it's now facing a key city official who wants to 'put it out of its misery.' Ald. Robert Bauman, chairman of the city's Public Works Committee, says he won't approve the marathon's permit next year. Pointing to low participation rates, road closures and an error that left the marathon course too short, Bauman said problems with the event have gotten out of control. 'We have organizers of this event who can't even get the correct distance for a marathon, much less coordinate all the logistical issues that go into putting on an event of this kind,' Bauman said Wednesday at a Public Works Committee meeting. 'I hope we have put this out of its misery for at least a couple of years until we have some individuals come forward who actually have a proven track record in getting the right distance for marathons at a minimum.' This year's course fell short by about eight-tenths of a mile. A Boston Marathon spokesman has said PNC Marathon qualifying times would not be accepted." Read more.


Trump may declare opioid epidemic national emergency: Greg Allen of NPR writes: "President Trump could declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic Thursday, freeing up resources for treatment and to better monitor prescriptions. More than 140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The president first said he'd declare the opioid crisis a national emergency in August, but the proposal languished until this week. Some in the field, like Dr. Andrew Kolodny, say it's been frustrating to wait for the administration to respond to a crisis Trump first acknowledged on the campaign trail when he was running for president. Kolodny, who is co-director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaboration at Brandeis University's Heller School, says he expected immediate action after the president's August statement. 'If you're calling something an emergency, you expect people to act urgently and respond as if it's an emergency.' After taking office, President Trump appointed a commission to study the opioid crisis, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. In an interim report, the commission called on the president to declare a national emergency. Doing so would free up funds for treatment, ensure wider access to the anti-overdose drug naloxone and improve monitoring of opioid prescriptions to prevent abuse." Read more.

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10-year-old girl is detained by ICE officers after emergency surgery: Scot Neuman of NPR writes: "An undocumented 10-year-old girl was intercepted by federal immigration officers in Texas as she and a family member were in an ambulance being transferred between two hospitals so that she could receive emergency gall bladder surgery. Rosamaria Hernandez — who has cerebral palsy and was brought to the United States illegally from Mexico when she was just 3 months old — was with her cousin around 2 a.m. Tuesday traveling in an ambulance from a center in Laredo, Texas, to Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers stopped the vehicle at a checkpoint, according to her family, as reported by The New York Times. The family says the officers allowed the ambulance to proceed, but followed it to Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi. When the surgery was over, they detained the girl. In an open letter addressed to the Department of Homeland Security's acting secretary, Elaine Duke, the advocacy group DreamActivist says Hernandez was told 'she has two options; sign voluntary departure or spend up to 3 weeks in detention.' 'Families should not have to decide between getting life saving help, or being deported,' the group said in the letter." Read more.


Donald Trump went to an Ivy League school -- and other random thoughts from that absolutely wild press conference: Chris Cillizza of CNN writes: "President Donald Trump wasn't scheduled to talk to the press on Wednesday. He spent the morning at the White House and was set to jet off to a fundraiser in Dallas this evening. Except that as he walked to Marine One, which was idling on the White House lawn, Trump stopped to take a few shouted questions from reporters. Then a few more. And a few more. He spent better than 15 minutes talking about Niger, La David Johnson, Jeff Flake, Ivy League schools, his memory, standing ovations, 'my generals,' uranium and Watergate. It was, in a word, amazing. And, before Trump came into office, totally unprecedented. Trying to piece together a single line of thought from what was an incredibly wide-ranging set of questions and answers, is impossible. So, below are eight thoughts I jotted down while watching Trump in real time." Read more.