Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
An old-school proper goodbye for Barbara Bush, a first lady of grace and grit: Roxanne Roberts and Kevin Sullivan of the Washington Post write: Dignity. Grace. Respect, always respect. In the church, on the streets, lining up to view the casket, they said the same words over and over: Barbara Pierce Bush, the “first lady of the greatest generation,” as one of her eulogists called her, had the good manners of handwritten notes, decency in disagreement, the ability to apologize. Nobody’s angel, nobody’s fool. Tough and fierce, but kind and fair. And don’t forget funny as hell. Saturday’s funeral for the wife of one president and mother of another offered the nation a deep breath, a moment of quiet reflection, a chance to savor and celebrate a family, a generation, a way of life that feels like it is increasingly slipping away. “In hours of war and of peace, of tumult and of calm, the Bushes governed in a spirit of congeniality, of civility, and of grace,” eulogist and historian Jon Meacham told the 1,500 mourners gathered in St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on a warm and sprinkly April morning. Read more.
Wisconsin's attic is moving — Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Veterans Museum move collections: Meg Jones of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: Everything must go. Uniforms, Civil War letters and diaries, dozens of footlockers, Medals of Honor, cannons, photos, drums and Spanish-American War cavalry saddles. They're all getting packed up and moved in a huge undertaking that will last much of this year and next as the archives of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and the Wisconsin Historical Society are shifted to a new facility. The museum featuring displays on Wisconsin's warriors and military history will remain open next to the state Capitol. The archives in the cramped basement — which are not seen by the public — are being moved ... The recently opened State Archive Preservation Facility on S. Thornton Ave. in Madison is slowly filling with what's basically Wisconsin's attic. Read more.
Starbucks Lacks Clear Guidance for Employees on Nonpaying Customers: Julie Jargon of the Wall Street Journal writes: The arrests of two nonpaying customers at a Starbucks Corp. cafe earlier this month have raised questions among some employees about how to handle such situations. Starbucks Chief Executive Kevin Johnson said it was wrong that a Philadelphia manager called the police about two black men who asked to use the bathroom without purchasing anything and then allegedly refused to leave when asked. Interviews with current and former Starbucks managers and baristas across the country suggest that the company’s guidelines on how to treat lingering nonpaying customers in general are vague at best—if they exist at all. The people interviewed say they were unaware of a written policy on how long customers are allowed to stay in a Starbucks cafe without buying anything. Contributing to the lack of clarity, employees say, is that Starbucks and its business model foster the idea of its shops as the “third place” in customers’ lives, a place to hang out that isn’t home or work. Read more.
Trump Criticizes Times Report About His Longtime Lawyer: Emily Cochrane of the New York Times writes: President Trump on Saturday criticized a report by The New York Times that described his years of poor treatment of his longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, and concerns among the president’s advisers that Mr. Cohen will cooperate with the federal officials who are now investigating him. Mr. Trump, in a series of tweets on Saturday morning, accused The Times and one of the reporters who wrote the article, Maggie Haberman, of “going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will ‘flip.’” Mr. Trump accused The Times of using “non-existent ‘sources,’” though he did not assert that the article was false. He also said that “I don’t speak to” Ms. Haberman and “have nothing to do” with her. In fact, she has interviewed the president twice in the Oval Office and three times by telephone. Read more.
#MeToo movement lawmaker made anti-Asian comments: Carla Marinucci of Politico writes: California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, the prominent #MeToo activist now under investigation for groping and sexual harassment of former legislative staffers, was reprimanded by former Assembly Speaker John Perez in 2014 for making racially insensitive comments against Asians. Perez confirmed to POLITICO Saturday that he had to “strongly admonish” Garcia after she made comments against Asians in a closed-door Assembly Democratic Caucus meeting in 2014 — the same year in which she also acknowledged using homophobic slurs aimed at Perez, the first openly gay Speaker of the California State Assembly. Sources familiar with the incident say Garcia’s anti-Asian remarks came during a legislative battle that arose when Asian-American community activists successfully lobbied to defeat a Democratic proposal to overturn California’s ban on affirmative action in college admissions. They argued that such a move could hurt Asian student admission rates. Perez in mid-March 2014 announced a move to return the bill to the Senate without any action from the Assembly, effectively blocking its advance. Garcia, the sources said, erupted in anger during a tense meeting of the entire Assembly Democratic caucus. Read more.