Susan Bence

If Milwaukee were not reeling after a weekend of violence and a young man’s death, a peaceful Sunday afternoon soccer game on the city’s south side would have seemed perfectly normal.

A group, called Common Ground, gathered at the Kinnickinnic Sports Center too, to push for more recreational opportunities for Milwaukee kids. The group believes the move could help make violent weekends rare.

Rachel Morello

Violence and protests broke out in Milwaukee Saturday night.

A police-involved shooting on the city’s north side aggravated what had already been strained relations between some members of Milwaukee's black community and local police.

Marti Mikkelson

People who live near Sherman Park on Milwaukee’s north side spent Sunday cleaning up, after violence erupted Saturday night. Demonstrators damaged property and started fires, after a police officer shot and killed a man. Police say 23-year-old Sylville Smith was holding a gun when fleeing a traffic stop.

Some neighbors brought brooms and garbage bags while others gaped at the building that used to house the BP station. It was incinerated, with glass everywhere and the smell of smoke permeating the air.

Effects of long term discrimination in Milwaukee rose to a boiling point in the 1960s. The period included a nearly decades long push for fair housing. That struggle was interrupted in 1967 by a violent disturbance which some people still refer to today as the Milwaukee "riot."

In the early 1960s, the local economy was booming. But a current of segregation flowed just beneath the tide of prosperity. Exclusionary practices were common.

Milwaukee Police Department

Pockets of protesters set several buildings on fire on Milwaukee's north side, including a BP gas station near Sherman and Burleigh. For a time fire fighters could not reach it because gunshots were being fired. 

The MPD reports making at least three arrests.

The rioting began after an officer fatally shot a man in his 20s. According to the MPD, two officers stopped two suspects in a car near 44th and Auer, and both fled. The officers pursued the suspects and during the chase, one officer shot the suspect, who was armed with a stolen semiautomatic handgun.

Paul Ruffolo

Actress Jenny Wanasek has been working in Milwaukee theaters for many years. She trained at UWM during the days of the professional acting program, and has graced the stages of most of the professional theaters in town. Wanasek has played roles that run the gamut from Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst to Aunt Sponge in James and the Giant Peach.

Maayan Silver

If you see packs of people staring at their phones, flicking their fingers across the screens, followed by either shouts of joy of groans born of frustration, you may be watching folks playing Pokémon GO.

Pokemon is a Japan-based media franchise that’s been around for two decades, and Pokémon GO is its latest offering. The smart phone app takes gamers, known as Pokémon Trainers, out of their lair and onto the street to catch Pokémon. The Trainer’s mission is to catch as many Pokémon as possible and then train them to do battle with each other.

Ex Fabula: Vacation

Aug 13, 2016
Kathrine Schleicher

August is the most popular time of year to take a vacation. Some of us stay in town, while others go up north to squeeze all they can out of the nice weather, and some travel out-of-state to explore a new city or landscape. However we choose to spend our vacations, they tend to bring out the explorer in us.  While some people prefer the more traditional approach, of having a whole trip planned out in advance, others appreciate the surprise and wonder that a more 'improvised' vacation can bring.

A federal judge in Milwaukee on Friday overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, the nephew of Steven Avery, in a case profiled in the popular Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer."  Judge William Duffin ordered that Dassey be freed within 90 days unless the case is appealed.  

Dassey was 16 when he confessed to helping Avery rape and kill Theresa Halbach in 2005, when Halbach went to the Avery family salvage yard in Mishicot to photograph some vehicles.  But, attorneys argued the confession was coerced.

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Going to the theater can be difficult for families with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. There are a lot of possible triggers. Bright lights, loud noises and other unexpected elements can be incredibly overwhelming. But theater can also be a great way to immerse kids in a culture that teaches empathy and encourages human connections. So how do you give kids those opportunities, while maintaining a safe environment?

Master Lock

Wisconsin-based company Master Lock attracted national headlines and a presidential visit a few years ago when it announced that it was bringing jobs back from overseas to its Milwaukee manufacturing plant.

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Later this month, the documentary Gleason will make its Milwaukee premiere in a private event. The film tells the heartwrenching story of Steve Gleason, a former NFL player who suffers from ALS.

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For the Oshkosh-based indie duo Auralai, classical training and musical instinct strike a balance. As cellist Stephanie Tschech may say she's "bound by music theory," her background makes for thoughtful arrangements that multi-instrumentalist Nate Lehner fills out with melody.


If you work for a big enough employer, it's likely that you've been urged to participate in the company's wellness program. It could be an educational seminar or an office-wide weight loss competition, something that incentivizes healthier lifestyle choices. The idea is healthy employees increase productivity and save a company money. 

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The Trump campaign is looking to gain ground in Wisconsin. Earlier this week, the Marquette Poll showed the Republican presidential candidate trailing Secretary Clinton by 15 points among likely voters.

At a rally in Milwaukee on Thursday, Trump's running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, told supporters that the U.S. cannot afford four more years of the same failed policies.