Mequon-Thiensville superintendent Demond Means announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from his post as commissioner of the state-mandated MPS turnaround program, indicating the process has become too adversarial.
A "media blitz" is underway in San Francisco this week. Dozens of news outlets there are reporting on the city’s ongoing struggle with homelessness. Their goal is to encourage people to come up with solutions. No such action is planned in Milwaukee; however, advocates for the homeless say an effort could be useful here.
There’s a new feature at Summerfest on Milwaukee’s lakefront: metal detectors. People attending opening day of the music fest on Wednesday had to pass through them.
Planners say they decided to install the extra security in November, after terror attacks in Paris. Then they announced the move after the recent mass shooting in Orlando, and a few hours before Summerfest opened, terrorists struck Turkey.
The historic decision by Britain to leave the European Union has left the world shocked and perplexed. Protests are widespread, a search for a new leader has begun following David Cameron's resignation, and parallels to the United States are hard to ignore.
"The breaking up of two-party dominance in Britain is quite profound and contrasts with our ability, for better or for worse, to keep a two-party system in place," says Art Cyr, Lake Effect foreign policy contributor.
Last Thursday, voters in the United Kingdom passed a referendum calling for the country to withdraw from the European Union. The Brexit vote has shaken British politics to its core. The world stock markets have largely responded in kind, the value of the British pound has fallen dramatically, and the country has lost its AAA credit rating.
The humanitarian crisis in Europe continues to deepen, as stories emerge each day of migrants dying or barely surviving their journeys from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa. Some of those refugees have settled in Austria, where they have received a mixed welcome. Lake Effect essayist Kirsten Wisniewski has also recently resettled in Austria. But coming from Milwaukee, via London, she has a different view of the experience:
I’ve been back in Austria for 24 hours. I’m finally home.
Wisconsin could receive $13 million to help fight opioid addiction, if Congress approves President Obama's request for $1.1 billion to tackle the issue. Local leaders are urging passage of the plan, with Milwaukee Alderman Michael Murphy reporting that, in the county, nearly 900 people have died of opioid abuse. “That's twice as much as homicides, twice as much as any auto accidents,” Murphy says.
Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board will disband on June 30 and be replaced the next day by two partisan panels. As the GAB's end nears, retiring Executive Director Kevin Kennedy shared his thoughts about the state’s Photo ID law. He told Wisconsin Eye that Republican leaders who passed the law divorced themselves from the reality that some people don’t have a driver’s license or state ID and cannot easily get one.
At least 32 people have died at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, where an explosion followed an outburst of gunfire Tuesday night, according to Turkish media. Police and emergency personnel have flocked to the airport. More than 80 people were reportedly injured.
Crucial details about the attack are still emerging: We'll update this post with news from Istanbul as it emerges.