Milwaukee Gaze

Dogfighting thrives in Milwaukee and around the nation in years since Vick case

Written by Jason Dearen,
AP writer
Sunday, 23 November 2014 10:18

In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout.

Designers seek to catalyze city against racism

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 July 2014 22:35

The roll-out of the Greater Together Challenge, a contest that aims to address ongoing problems of segregation and economic inequality in Milwaukee, was announced to dozens of people at a City Hall press conference on July 15. — Photo: David Szymanski

Milwaukee Common Council votes to increase minimum wage for city, contract workers

Written by Wisconsin Gazette
and AP reports
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:24

The Milwaukee Common Council on July 22 adopted an ordinance raising the minimum wage for city employees and city contract employees to $10.10 per hour.

The rate will increase to $10.80 per hour on March 1, 2015.

Protesters object to tree lighting in park where officer gunned down Dontre Hamilton

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 22 November 2014 09:49

Dontre Hamilton

Supporters and family members of a black man fatally shot by a white Milwaukee officer protested a tree lighting ceremony in the downtown park where he was killed.

Body cameras proposed for MPD officers

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:13

In the wake of a string of high-profile shootings of black men by police, Ald. Tony Zielinski is urging Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to include the cost of outfitting MPD officers with body cameras in his next budget, which will be introduced this month.

Developer Barry Mandel says building Milwaukee takes more than concrete

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 July 2014 14:13

Milwaukee’s Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group. — PHOTO: Eric Gay/The Associated Press

Donald Trump fancies himself the archetype of a successful real estate mogul, but fortunately Milwaukee’s Barry Mandel, president of Mandel Group, possesses nothing like the bombastic, attention-seeking missile of an ego that defines Trump. Quietly reflective and a “political agnostic,” in his words, Mandel has a vision of development that includes building a stronger and more prosperous community. His company has core values that include focusing on environmental impact and historic preservation, whenever possible.

Dungy clarifies remarks about drafting Michael Sam

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:29

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has issued a statement clarifying his remark about drafting Michael Sam to emphasize his concern was for a planned reality show featuring the player, not the player's sexual orientation.

Dungy had been quoted as saying in a report that he would not have drafted Sam because it would have been too difficult, a distraction.

Officer who shot Dontre Hamilton 14 times is fired

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 16 October 2014 05:57

Dontre Hamilton

After six months of inaction that inspired demonstrations and widened the wedge between Milwaukee police and the city’s black citizens, Police Chief Edward Flynn fired an officer who killed a mentally ill man in downtown’s Red Arrow Park.

Muslim movement accepts once-taboo causes

Written by By Gillian Flaccus,
AP writer
Monday, 04 August 2014 09:06

Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay.

Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents' world. They believe that one can be gay and Muslim; that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder; that females can preach and that Muslim women can marry outside the faith — and they point to Quran passages to back them up.

Director of LGBT Community Center abruptly resigns

Written by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 24 July 2014 05:19
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Colleen Carpenter

After just eight months on the job, Colleen Carpenter, executive director of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, resigned yesterday. No reason was given for Carpenter’s abrupt departure.

Harley-Davidson to unveil electric motorcycle prototype

Written by M.L. Johnson,
AP writer
Sunday, 22 June 2014 16:04

Harley-Davidson has introduced its first electric motorcycle, a sleek, futuristic bike that sounds like a jet airplane taking off and can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.