City of Milwaukee

On Monday, an alderman will introduce a resolution asking state legislators to toughen laws for repeat offenders. Stories of violent crime have frequently been in the news in recent times. Just a few weeks ago, a city of Milwaukee employee was killed while on the job. Gregg Zyszkiewicz was a home inspector. He was fatally shot during an attempted carjacking. Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski says, for him, that was the last straw.

“We’ve got to do more to get these violent criminals who have a history of violence off of the street,” Zielinski says.

The Milwaukee Police Department plans to employ more officers in neighborhoods experiencing rashes of vehicle thefts, crashes and traffic violations. Police Chief Edward Flynn says the perpetrators are often the same people - and they are frequently responsible for committing other crimes in the city. Mayor Tom Barrett says perhaps residents have noticed drivers disregarding the city’s traffic laws.

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On this national Cesar Chavez day, a near south side Milwaukee neighborhood will become the home of a life-sized statue of the activist who fought for migrant workers' rights.

“He’s never been one to stand above people. He’s always been the one to lead but to treat everyone as equals. So we’ve decided to put Cesar Chavez on the concrete. So his feet are actually placed on the sidewalk vs having him on a mantel,” says Julio Maldonado.

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Tomorrow night Milwaukee celebrates 170 years as an incorporated city. The Milwaukee Press Club is hosting the city birthday party, Savoring Our City, that kicks off at 5:30 Thursday evening at The Grain Exchange.

The city birthday party looks back at some of the top food products Milwaukee was founded on, such as pork and grains, but also celebrates our culinary scene by recognizing the top chefs and restaurants the city has to offer today.

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Agents arrested 23-year-old Samy Mohamed Hamsez on Monday, after he bought machine guns and silencers from undercover FBI employees. Federal authorities say someone tipped them off in September that Hamzeh had planned to travel to Israel to attack Israeli soldiers and citizens living in the West Bank but later opted to plan a domestic attack at the Masonic temple in downtown Milwaukee.

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Whether it's working at a food bank or helping a neighbor, many of us will do some form of volunteer work this week. It's certainly part of the spirit of the season.

The Corporation for National and Community Service ranks metro Milwaukee as number three in the country in its Volunteering and Civic Life in America study. It showed that just over a third of people in the metro Milwaukee area formally volunteered in 2014, and nearly three-quarters did what's known as informal volunteer work.

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The millennial generation is generally defined as people who, today, are between the ages of 18 and 34. It's a generation whose influence is being courted in many political and policy debates.

A new study, compiled by the Public Policy Forum with the Milwaukee Business Journal, tries to quantify attitudes among Milwaukee-area millennials regarding a number of policy issues. 

The City of Milwaukee will show solidarity with Paris, at a Monday evening gathering downtown.

Over at UWM, students will gather in Spaights Plaza around 4:00 or "as the sun sets," to remember people lost in recent terrorist attacks - not only in Paris, but also in Beirut, Egypt, Tunisia and Syria.

It won’t shock you to learn that Milwaukee’s neighborhoods have changed a lot over more than a century’s worth of history. Some of that history is still visible today, like the former gas station that is now a coffee shop in Sherman Park or the reclaimed Victorian homes in the Concordia neighborhood.

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The Milwaukee City Council paved the way yesterday for the Milwaukee Bucks to construct a new basketball arena.

Some in the community, such as Common Ground, had hoped the city would tie support for the arena to the Bucks’ support for other recreational facilities in the community.

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If you work or spend any time downtown, you know that much of the business district can be a little slower on weekends than during the work week. But this weekend, some buildings downtown and in many other parts of the Milwaukee area will be bustling with activity.

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Opponents of the downtown Milwaukee streetcar project said they're launching a petition drive to block any potential expansion of the project. That word came after a previous drive fell short of its goal, amid questions over whether it would have carried any legal weight.

Even with plans for the first phase of the streetcar moving forward, many supporters say the project really only represents the tip of the iceberg when it comes to addressing the challenges of transit in the Milwaukee area.

Milwaukee's latest homicide victim is a 13-year-old boy. He was shot to death early Wednesday morning, in his home near Lincoln Park. Police say they are searching for a known suspect. The boy's death brings the number of homicides in the city so far this year to 83, nearly the total for all of 2014.

Police Chief Edward Flynn says the problems and solutions are not simple, but it is possible to identify many people who need intervention because they are a highly-concentrated population.

Mayor Tom Barrett says state leaders must help address the the city's gun violence. Milwaukee’s homicide rate is running 160 percent ahead of last April.

He criticizes people who lose control of their emotions and pull the trigger and new state laws that allow more people to possess guns.

“You’ve got this horrible combination, this toxic formula of lack of control and let's just flood these streets with more guns. Let’s just flood these streets with more guns, and this is what you get, as a result,” Barrett says.

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Music has its Grammy Awards. The movie industry has the Oscars.  Live theater has the Tony Awards. But when it comes to revitalizing Milwaukee neighborhoods, the name on the awards is "MANDI."  

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