Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
After disastrous week, Trump spokesman says it's been 'really good few days:' Katherine Krueger of Talking Point Memo reports: "Day by day, the week seemed to get worse for Donald Trump's campaign. But in a Friday interview with Fox News Radio, spokesman Jason Miller summarized the week by saying it's been a 'really good few days' on the trail. 'Donald Trump wants to win this election. I think Donald Trump knows what it takes to go in and win this election,' Miller told Brian Kilmeade. 'he knows what he needs to do to win, he is doing that. We’ve had a really good few days on the campaign trail.' That's an overly rosy view of what proved to be an exceedingly rocky week for the campaign." Read a recap of the GOP nominee's week.
Moment in convention glare shakes up Khans’ American life: N.R. Kleinfield, Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Melissa Eddy of The New York Times write: "Six minutes and one second. That was all it took for the 66 years of Khizr Khan’s life to become an American moment. It was not something that he could have anticipated. For years, he and his wife, Ghazala, had lived a rather quiet existence of common obscurity in Charlottesville, Va. He was known in circles that dealt with electronic discovery in legal proceedings. Another overlapping sphere was the rotating cast of cadets that passed through the Army R.O.T.C. program at the University of Virginia. His wife was a welcoming face to the customers of a local fabric store. And the last dozen years for the Khans were darkened by their heartbreak over the death of a military son, Humayun, whose body lies in Arlington National Cemetery, his tombstone adorned with an Islamic crescent. Their grief brought them closer to a university and to a young woman in Germany whom their son loved. It also gave them a conviction and expanded the borders of their lives." Read more.
Kaine jabs Trump, praises Wisconsin voting rights ruling: Scott Bauer of the Associated Press reports from Milwaukee: "Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, took jabs at Donald Trump in his first campaign stop in Wisconsin on Friday, while also praising a federal court ruling overturning a number of voting rules approved by Republicans. 'We’re talking about jobs, and Donald Trump is basically shadowboxing with every enemy he can think of,' Kaine said to cheers at a rally outside of Lakefront Brewery along the Milwaukee River. Kaine’s appearance in the Democratic stronghold of Milwaukee came about six hours before Trump was to hold a rally in Green Bay. While Wisconsin’s highest-ranking Republican office-holders were skipping the Trump rally, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett all spoke at the Kaine event." Read more.
Mosquito population on the rise in Madison: Hunter Saenz of WKOW reports: If you think the mosquitoes have gotten worse around town over the past few days, you thought right. You can feel them just about anywhere you go. But what's causing the influx in their population? Bug experts say a big part of it is the large amount of rain followed by high temperatures. 'They are waiting for the heavy rains to come. We get these temporary pools and puddles out in the woods that might only be around for a week or two weeks or three weeks — they lay eggs in those situations,' said P.J. Liesch, an entomologist at UW-Madison." Read more.
A gilded Olympics begin with the opening ceremony in gritty Rio: Simon Romero of The New York Times reports from Rio de Janeiro: "If there was a nation in need of an uplifting spectacle at this moment, even in the form of a public relations exercise, it was Brazil. The first South American country to host the Olympics is reeling from an astonishing combination of political upheaval and economic crisis. Its efforts to stage the world’s biggest sporting event met trouble at every turn, from the Zika virus to polluted waters to budget cuts so deep that basic operations became strained. So the opening ceremony of the Summer Games arrived Friday night as a salve, disguising the wounds for a few hours and letting Brazilians celebrate everything from the waves of immigrants still putting down stakes here to Alberto Santos-Dumont, the aristocratic bon vivant whom Brazilians credit with inventing the airplane. Over the past several Olympic cycles, the gigantic cost of hosting the Games has drawn as much attention as the athletic performances. Host countries like China and Russia have used the Olympics as a show of force. The vibe, and the budget, are different here. These are a no-frills, budget-conscious Olympics — even if the opening ceremony dazzled." Read more.