By Ariele Vaccaro
Years of effort by the Menominee Tribe to erect a casino in Kenosha came to an abrupt and fruitless end on Friday, Jan. 23. Gov. Scott Walker killed the project with four weeks to spare on a deadline extension — one that he requested — to make the decision.
Word of the day in Menominee and Racine counties: disappointment.
Walker argued that to build the casino could risk leaving Wisconsin taxpayers stuck with the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe’s compact — a 2005 agreement that former Gov. Doyle made, promising to …
By Karen Stokes
For Natasha Jackson, receiving public assistance was a necessity to help provide food for her family.
Jackson 28, who lives on Milwaukee’s north side with her three young sons ages three, one and four months, has been on assistance for two and a half years.
“I have been looking for a job and I am going to school,” Jackson said. “FoodShare helps me to be able to take care of my sons until I find a job.”
Last week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced he is moving forward with his campaign …
One of only two Gold-designated school districts in Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE (January 2015) – Milwaukee Public Schools’ employee wellness program earned a Gold designation from the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksite Wellness Program.
MPS is one of only two school districts in Wisconsin to earn the recognition.
The heart association’s Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.
“We are very proud of this designation,” said Tara Witt, MPS employee wellness coordinator. “It’s proof that the employee wellness …
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 2015 (UPI) — A Florida woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot during a fight with her husband in 2010 was released Tuesday.
Marissa Alexander was convicted of aggravated assault in 2012 for firing what she called a warning shot toward her husband and his two children. Nine days after giving birth to her daughter, Alexander said she was assaulted and threatened by her estranged husband, Rico Gray.
Alexander’s lawyer tried to use the controversial “stand your ground” law in her defense, much like …
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By Graham Kilmer
Spirits were high at a chilly groundbreaking ceremony hosted by Walnut Way Conservation Corporation, a local Milwaukee nonprofit organization, on Thursday January, 22.
The groundbreaking ceremony was for a commercial development project called The Innovation and Wellness Commons to be located at the corner of North Ave. and 16th St. Mayor Tom Barrett and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch were in attendance and spoke at the ceremony.
The Commons is a $6 million development project aimed at the economic, social, and environmental revitalization of the North Ave. commercial corridor from 12th …
By Srijan Sen
Last week, two U.S commercial airlines – Southwest Airlines flight 2492 out of Milwaukee and Delta Airlines flight 1156 out of Portland, Oregon – heading to Atlanta were targets of a bomb threat made via social media.
Both planes landed safely at their destination where a thorough search revealed threat as a hoax.
After being alerted of the situation, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) scrambled two F-16 fighter jets from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina to escort the flights till their destination.
Upon landing, the airplanes were …
ATLANTA (AP) — With the dismissal of one of two lawsuits that effectively pitted them against each other, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children took a step Thursday toward resolving the issues that have divided them in recent years.
The Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. on Thursday voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit it had filed in August 2013 against the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
Dexter Scott King is president and CEO of the estate and Martin Luther King III is chairman of the …
By Karen Stokes
Even though Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 86th birthday was on Jan. 15, his birthday is observed as a national holiday on the third Monday in January. Milwaukee has celebrated the King Holiday since 1984. The holiday is widely known as a day of service. The city offered a variety of events for the community to volunteer and enjoy.
The day started with the 18th annual YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee breakfast. Approximately 500 guests including community leaders and politicians Mayor Tom Barrett and Governor Scott Walker were in attendance …
By Eelisa Jones
Eric Foner and Joshua Brown wrote their analysis of the years following the Civil War, Forever Free (2006), as an extension of a larger modern effort to unearth the lost perspectives on the U.S. Reconstruction period.
In the text’s forward, Peter O. Almond writes that Foner, Brown, and their colleagues “were compelled by this history because it revealed a little recognized commitment to and embrace of freedom by the nation’s African American population before, during, and in the immediate aftermath of slavery’s demise.”
Foner writes that the impact of the …
Young, Gifted & Black Series
By Taki S. Raton
David Thomas writes in the April 9, 2014 posting of the Austinet that “Selling lemonade in America is the quintessential introduction to the world of entrepreneurship for our young children.”
But, our YG&B feature this week has raised the bar for home-made one cup lemonade to bottled sales on the shelves of ten stores in the Austin and greater statewide Texas outlets.
She is young, gifted and Black. Mikaila Ulmer has created her own special brand of lemonade using locally harvested honey and fresh mint …