APPROVING THE WTO: The House voted 338 to 86 to continue to take part in the World Trade Organization, which regulates global trade among 148 member countries. “The WTO provides an important framework for a fair, rules-based, international system of trade that we benefit from every day,” U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a statement. Lawmakers have an opportunity to reconsider WTO membership every five years. Before the vote, Rep. Charlie Norwood (R., Ga.) urged his colleagues to repeal U.S. membership. “It has served one group only — the global traders,” he said in a statement. “It is time we replaced it with a new trade policy that serves the American people, instead of a select few on Wall Street.”
STAR SEARCH: Kohl’s department stores have teamed up with WKTI-FM, Rockstar Productions and Summerfest to find the next rock star — from Milwaukee, that is. The Kohl’s Summerfest Rockstar Project gives local teens the opportunity to win $10,000 worth of professional studio time to record their own CD and give a performance at Summerfest 2005. The contest kicked off Wednesday and runs through June 26. Auditions, for teens ages 13-17, will be held at select Milwaukee-area Kohl’s stores. Teens will be asked to sing, a cappella, a song of their choice. Every teen who auditions will receive a Kohl’s Summerfest Rockstar Project T, one free Summerfest ticket and a gift from Kohl’s.