Michelle Maternowski

City Leaders Concerned About Possible Surge in Police Retirements

Monday marked the deadline for the Milwaukee Common Council to place a referendum on the November ballot. It would have asked voters if they wanted to pay more property taxes in order to hire 150 additional police officers. The deadline for action came and went.
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Coburn Dukehart, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Last year in Milwaukee, close to 70 percent of gun homicide suspects possessed their guns illegally.

They wouldn’t have passed a background check. That was the case with Radcliffe Haughton.

Four years ago, he walked he into the Azana Spa with a semiautomatic handgun, killing three people and injuring four more.

Elvin Daniel lost his sister Zina that day, and it challenged his views on gun ownership laws.

Now, he’s committed to lobbying for universal background checks.

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 *Originally aired in June 2016

Of the many archetypes that exist in popular culture, the cowboy may be considered the most American.

From Hollywood movies to dimestore novels and the Marlboro Man, for many of us the image of the cowboy conjures up nostalgic ideas of old world charm and masculinity. Even today, people in other parts of the world sometimes stereotype American attitudes and personalities by using the metaphor of the cowboy.

During every school year in Milwaukee, thousands of students don’t have homes. In MPS, the number has been hovering at just under four-thousand. The district tracks-down as many homeless students as it can, to get services to them – such as transportation and food, hoping they attend school. As we reported Monday, a big push to connect with them is underway now, at the end of summer break.

A few young adults who were homeless while in school have shared parts of their journeys, including 18-year-old Cinque (CiCi) Brady.

Actor and writer Gene Wilder, who brought his signature manic energy to films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and the role that forever ensconced him in the collective memory of a generation of children, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died. He was 83.

Wilder died early Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn., of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement from his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman.

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For some of us, it may be hard to be a functional human being without our morning cup of coffee. But in a society that consumes what can be considered the most widely used drug on the planet so often – you have to wonder: is it actually good for us?

Coffee and the caffeine that’s in it have been linked to dehydration, stomach problems, effects on your metabolism, and insomnia, and other conditions – but what does the science say?

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The weight room is often a place of intimidation – for men and women alike. However, too often weight rooms and floors are dominated by men while women stick to the cardio equipment.

However the tide is turning, and women are being encouraged to start integrating weight lifting into their routines. But for many women, weight lifting can seem like a daunting challenge, and one that’s difficult to start.

Rachel Morello

The first day of school is just around the corner.

For some Milwaukee students, they’ll finally have a stable place to go: the students who are homeless.

Staff is hard at work this week identifying the kids who don’t have an address, and making sure they have transportation, meals and school supplies -- all things they need not worry about, and that will hopefully keep them in school.

“Back-to-school” means preparing.

Bonnie Petrie

When Governor Walker last week announced the state would spend more than $4 million to spur workforce development on the north side, he said some of the money will pay for mobile response job centers to set up in zip codes where unemployment is high and access to resources is limited. 

Strong Public Support Fails to Move Wisconsin on Gun Background Checks

Aug 28, 2016
Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

On a Sunday afternoon nearly four years ago, Elvin Daniel was in his garden when he got a call from police: His sister, Zina Haughton, had been shot at work.

Milwaukee Art Museum

We go to museums to look at art. We might love the Impressionists, or the Pre-Raphaelites. Or maybe Andy Warhol or some kind of mixed media conceptual installation makes our hearts sing.

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