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7:28 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Jury Decides 76-Year-Old Killer was Sane

A relatively quick trial for John Spooner
Credit LaToya Dennis

It took a Milwaukee jury only minutes Friday, to decide John H. Spooner was mentally competent when he shot and killed 13-year-old Darius Simmons in 2012.

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Regional
1:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Young Black Milwaukee Males Say They Know They Can be Targets

Young people in the central city tend to a community garden.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

The high profile killings of two teenage boys have occupied headlines this week.

First, there was the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. Now, in Milwaukee, the killer of Darius Simmons has been on trial.

In both cases, the victim was a young black male, unarmed and confronted by a white man upset about crime.

About a dozen young people are pulling up vegetables in the sweltering heat in Milwaukee's central city.   It’s harvest time at Alice’s Garden – a garden the neighborhood shares.

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Regional
4:12 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Spooner Tells Court He Killed Teen to Serve Justice

John H. Spooner took the witness stand Thursday afternoon - against the advice of his attorney, and testified he shot 13-year-old Darius Simmons to exact justice, not revenge.

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Arts & Culture
3:23 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Not All Summer Films are Blockbusters: Lake Effect talks Movies with Dave Luhrssen

While summer is usually the time for Hollywood blockbusters, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other good films to be seen during the hot months. Plenty of alternatives are available for the non-teenaged film-goer.

Contributor Dave Luhrssen joins Lake Effect's Dan Harmon to talk about two of these films, beginning with Woody Allen’s newest, Blue Jasmine. Allen is normally associated with New York City, but for the past few films his locales have been in Europe. In Blue Jasmine, he’s back in this country, but on the opposite coast in San Francisco.

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