Milwaukee Gaze

No stay, gay couples to marry in Florida in January

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 19 December 2014 18:49

The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 19 denied the state of Florida’s motion for a stay of an August federal court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The order means the stay expires at the end of the day on Jan. 5. Same-sex couples can marry in Florida once the stay in the ruling is lifted.

"We are thrilled the U.S. Supreme Court has denied the state's request to delay marriages in Florida,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, the state’s LGBT civil rights group. “Every day of delay is another day of harm experienced by thousands of loving and committed same-sex couples in Florida. It's time to break out the wedding bells!  We look forward to January 6th being a special day — Florida is ready for the freedom to marry."

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

Dontre Hamilton's family, in the background, holds a sign during a protest in Red Arrow Park in August. -PHOTO: Dave Lauersdorf

Gov. Scott Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond to any unrest that might be prompted by an impending announcement on whether to charge a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man 14 times in Milwaukee’s Red Arrow Park.

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.

Autopsy shows Dontre Hamilton was shot in the back

Written by Carrie Antlfinger,
AP writer
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 17:55
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Ralliers showing solidarity with Michael Brown and the black community of Ferguson, Missouri, march down West State Street in Milwaukee on Aug. 18. –Photo: Dave Lauersdorf

One of the 14 bullets fired by a Milwaukee police officer at a mentally ill man killed in a downtown park in April hit him in the back, according to official autopsy results released Monday by an attorney for the man’s family.

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.