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Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina to be first black Republican senator since 1978

December 20, 2012

Timothy Eugene Scott was growing up poor and black in Charleston, S.C., the son of a nurse’s aide who worked 16-hour shifts, when Strom Thurmond, who ran for president as the standard-bearer for segregationists, was at the peak of his powers in the Senate. On Monday, December 17, 2012 the congressman was named to fill… [Read More]

National Urban League: Reinstate assault weapons ban

December 20, 2012

Comprehensive review of all gun laws urgently needed On December 17, 2012, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial reiterated his call for a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, along with a bluestacks comprehensive review of all gun laws to close loopholes and strengthen enforcement. “When little children in their classrooms are… [Read More]

MPS sends thoughts, prayers to Connecticut

December 20, 2012

By Dr. Gregory E. Thornton, Superintendent Milwaukee Public Schools Dear MPS families, By now, you have probably heard about the tragic loss of life of students and staff at an elementary school in Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by Friday’s tragedy. I want to assure you that your child’s… [Read More]

TIME magazine names Obama 2012 person of the year

December 20, 2012

Time magazine on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, named recently reelected US President Barack Obama as its person of the year for 2012 — the second time it has accorded him the accolade. Obama now not only has a reelection as America’s first black president and a Nobel peace prize under his belt, but he beat… [Read More]

Remembering Those We Have Lost in 2012

December 17, 2012

MEEP educators mentor youth, encourage career exploration

September 20, 2012

The Milwaukee Exposure and Explorer Project (MEEP) held its third Annual Luncheon on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at the Four Points Sheraton in Brown Deer. The event featured entertainment and a raffle, as well as recognition of some of their adult mentors and youth participants and their parents. Pictured at the luncheon are MEEP board… [Read More]

McDonald’s helps students start the school year with tasty freebie

September 20, 2012

To mark the new school year, the 124 McDonald’s Restaurants throughout Southeastern Wisconsin offered one free full-size Fruit & Maple Oatmeal to all students from 6 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. To take advantage of the one-day offer, students were required to be accompanied by an adult or show a student I.D…. [Read More]

MillerCoors employees volunteer to clean-up Milwaukee River

September 20, 2012

On Saturday, September 15, 2012 a group of more than 100 MillerCoors Milwaukee brewery volunteers got ready to clean up the area along the Milwaukee River near Kern Park. The volunteer event was part of MillerCoors Great Water Month, during which thousands of MillerCoors employees across the country work toward one common goal: water stewardship.

Wisconsin collective bargaining law struck down by county judge

September 20, 2012

A Wisconsin judge on Friday, September 14, 2012 struck down nearly all of the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers. Walker’s administration immediately vowed to appeal, while unions, which have vigorously fought the law, declared victory. But what the ruling meant for existing public… [Read More]

Among minorities, a new wave of ‘disconnected youth’

September 20, 2012

Men and women in their late teens and early 20s are struggling, but some are especially hard hit. According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, the unemployment rate last year among high-school dropouts between ages 16 and 24 was 29 percent—up from 17.7 percent in 2000 and seven points higher than that of their peers who… [Read More]