Milwaukee police take 3 hours to respond to sex assault

Written by The AP Tuesday, 28 July 2015 04:09

An 82-year-old woman waited three hours for Milwaukee police to respond to her call for help after she was sexually assaulted, according to police department records.

The department has been criticized for long response times in the past, and a spokesman acknowledged this one was “excessive.”

Does Milwaukee need the ‘biggest outdoor sports bar’?

Written by Virginia Small,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 July 2015 19:03

Artist’s rendering of the proposed arena and entertainment complex. — Photo: Courtesy

Wes Edens’ vision for Brew City goes beyond a tricked-out new downtown sports arena and a winning NBA team. The Milwaukee Bucks co-owner wants to create an entertainment destination on Fourth Street between Highland and Juneau Avenues — a complex with several floors of bars and restaurants that he thinks would really put Milwaukee on the map. 

Milwaukee County to unveil plan to 'end chronic homelessness'

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 08 June 2015 12:38

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will introduce on June 9 an initiative to address chronic homelessness. Abele and Barrett are set to hold a news conference at the new Thurgood Marshall Apartments and talk about a campaign to "end chronic homelessness" in the county in three years.

“Although the county has been involved in addressing homelessness for years, we decided that incremental progress was no longer good enough for our community,” Abele said in a news release on June 8. “We are ending chronic homelessness. And we are doing it in three years. I want to thank Mayor Tom Barrett for his support of this initiative and the city’s role."

Money ball
Public financing for the Bucks arena entails hidden costs

Written by Virginia Small,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 23 April 2015 11:01

Polling shows that voters strongly oppose public funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena complex. Yet elected officials forge ahead with the project, which could put taxpayers on the hook in myriad ways that lie buried beneath piles of hype and denial.

Survey shows generational gaps on science issues

AP Science Writer
Thursday, 09 July 2015 08:00

Age divides Americans on science issues just as much as political ideology, a new analysis of recent polling shows.

There are dramatic generation gaps in opinions on global warming, offshore drilling, nuclear power, childhood vaccines, gene modification to reduce a baby’s disease risk, untested medicine use, lab tests on animals, and evolution, according to the Pew Research Center.

Public hearing on Bucks arena plan set for July 2

Written by The AP Saturday, 20 June 2015 21:53

A public hearing will be held next month on a plan for the city of Milwaukee to spend $47 million as part of the $250 million public financing package for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

Mayor Tom Barrett tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the city plan won't be implemented without the Legislature's approval of the state's larger share of that public financing package for the $500 million arena. Bipartisan opposition has stalled that state proposal.

Common Council votes to delay action on marijuana reform

Written by AP reports Wednesday, 13 May 2015 07:11

Milwaukee aldermen voted yesterday to delay a final decision on a proposal that would greatly reduce the fine for possessing a small amount of marijuana.

Dontre Hamilton's mother organizing million moms march on Washington for Mother's Day

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:25

Dontre Hamilton

The mother of a man killed by a Milwaukee police officer hopes to get a million moms from around the nation to march in Washington, D.C., on Mother’s Day.

First Stage Academy offers a dramatic summer camp

Written by Kirstin Roble,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 04 July 2015 09:11

Students at First Stage Academy learn life skills through theater in single- and multi-week sessions held throughout the summer. — PHOTO: First Stage

Summer is here, and the familiar activities of the season are in full swing in Milwaukee. Head to Bradford Beach and you will find volleyball scrimmages all day long. Local beer gardens are filled to the brim, with customers sampling some of the finest beers that Milwaukee has to offer. 

Frank Lloyd Wright house rediscovered in Shorewood

Written by The AP Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:06

A Frank Lloyd Wright house has been rediscovered after being hidden in plain sight for years in Shorewood.

"It went from 'Your house can't possibly be a Frank Lloyd Wright house" to 'Your house is most definitely a Frank Lloyd Wright house,' Pat Wisialowski, who has owned the Shorewood home since 1993, said. "It was very exciting."

The Starbucks at Milwaukee’s Red Arrow Park is closed today, and the surrounding area was quiet around noon except for arriving TV news vans and engineers setting up broadcast equipment.


John Chisholm

The Democratic Party of Milwaukee County issued a statement today expressing sharp disagreement with Democratic District Attorney John Chisholm’s decision not to press charges against ex-MPD officer Christopher Manney for the shooting of Dontre Hamilton.