The NBA Finals are underway, and not surprisingly, they don’t involve the Milwaukee Bucks. But there’s still some buzz about basketball around town. The Bucks will have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft, and the team’s new owners have made a big effort to connect with the city’s fan base.
"They seemed very very comfortable – not just with Milwaukee and Milwaukee fans, but with selling their vision of the Bucks to those people," says Magner.
There are a lot of human inventions, like philosophy and religion that attempt to answer the big questions: Why are we here? Do we have a purpose? Why are we so unhappy so much of the time? What does it mean to be a Boston Red Sox fan when they actually win the World Series? And do we have the capacity to change?
The online media source Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has been operating for three years, with support from places such as the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee, and Marquette University.
Among outlet’s missions has been to cover hyperlocal neighborhood stories that are often missed by larger publications with broader scopes.
But has that ambition been realized? And how does the Neighborhood News Service itself figure into the work of community building?
Most of the news stories we read or see that relate to poverty get to the issue through some other lens – crime, unemployment, housing issues. But writer Brendan O’Brien set out to cover poverty different in an ongoing series of reports for the online Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
O’Brien’s series focuses on poverty as a way of life in neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s north side, and he joined Mitch Teich in the Lake Effect studio to share some of the backstory.
Milwaukee’s efforts to reduce the rate of infant mortality in the city took a blow yesterday, when the city released new data showing the rate climbed to 10.3 deaths for every thousand births in the city. That came after consistent decreases in the last decade.
The line goes something like this: it was midnight in the city that keeps its secrets… Like all cities, there are quite a few out of the way and forgotten corners of Milwaukee. Some are hidden in plain sight; others take a bit of sleuthing. And as Bobby Tanzilo found out, some of them require no fear of spiders, heights, or closed spaces to access.
"We're trying to figure out what people are talking about, and specifically to Milwaukee, we're pitching Milwaukee and the bookstore as a place for, say, authors to visit over the next year," says Tanzilo.
The shocking stabbing of a 12-year girl in Waukesha by two of her friends has attracted media attention from around the world, largely for its connection to writings and a character on a horror fiction website. The accused girls' names have been all over the news, as they stand charged in adult court for attempted murder.
Meanwhile, the story of the mass shooting in Santa Barbara, California, has raised concerns by some about the level of attention given to the murderer, who left a lengthy manifesto offering his rationale for the depraved act he was about to commit.