Another Milwaukee voucher school closes, raising more questions

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 17 September 2015 19:17

Just nine days into the school year, a Milwaukee voucher school abruptly shut down, drawing renewed criticism from opponents of efforts to privatize Wisconsin’s K–12 public school system.

Daughters of the Father Christian Academy, 1877 N. 24th Place, says it closed voluntarily, but the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction had cited it for multiple problems and tried to remove it from the state’s Parental Choice Program over the summer. The school maintains a website that still features an enrollment tab.

All Milwaukee police officers on the street would be wearing body cameras by the end of 2016 under a proposal announced July 30 by Mayor Tom Barrett.

Jerome Listecki

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee has agreed to pay $21 million to more than 300 victims of clergy sex abuse — an amount decried as “paltry” by a leading advocate for the men and women who were molested by priests when they were children.

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. 

Milwaukee Common Council endorses $47M to help finance new Bucks arena

Written by AP Wednesday, 16 September 2015 23:19

A committee of the Milwaukee Common Council has endorsed a $47 million city proposal to help finance a new Milwaukee Bucks downtown arena.

West Nile virus found in Milwaukee mosquitoes

Written by AP Saturday, 22 August 2015 06:01

Milwaukee health officials say West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes collected in the city.

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. 

Cream City comeback: Milwaukee developers reveal old brick

Written by GREG MOORE,
AP writer
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 10:18

It’s in swanky new condos and historic old buildings, and it’s a focal point in new construction and renovation: Milwaukee’s once-forgotten signature, Cream City brick, has made a comeback.

“Oh, yeah, it’s everywhere,” Tony Torre said, pointing out downtown buildings made of the clean, golden-yellow bricks that stand out from common reds nearby.

Cruz joins chorus of Republicans opposed to birthright citizenship

Written by The AP Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:24

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said this week that the United States shouldn't automatically grant citizenship to children of immigrants in the country illegally.

The Texas senator is the latest White House hopeful to weigh in the debate that has divided the GOP 2016 presidential class since billionaire businessman Donald Trump outlined his opposition to "birthright citizenship" as part of his immigration plan earlier in the week.

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.