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Larry Harwell passes

May 4, 2013

Larry Harwell, a longtime legislative aide to former State Representative Annette Polly Williams for more than 20 years, died suddenly this week of a heart attack. Harwell is best known for his community involvement with the Model Cities program, School Choice and his input into having individuals from the community serve on the Social Development… [Read More]

UW-System surplus has some in Madison seeing red

May 3, 2013

By Raina J. Johnson Special to the Milwaukee Times A recent report released by the Legislative Audit Bureau showed that the University of Wisconsin system has reserves of $648 million and $414 million in tuition surplus. At the same time, records show that tuition increases have been steady at 5.5 percent annually since the 2007… [Read More]

The Mayor lends a hand on the ‘pothole patrol’

May 3, 2013

Mayor Tom Barrett worked with a Department of Public Works pothole-filling crew on Wednesday, May 1 in a northwest side Milwaukee neighborhood. The number of pothole complaints in the city is up this year compared to 2012, due in part to a wet winter and several freeze/thaw cycles. With the recent warmer weather, DPW crews… [Read More]

MPS students get a special learning experience on the life of Jackie Robinson

May 3, 2013

Pictured (from left) are MPS superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton, Sharon Robinson (daughter of Jackie Robinson), Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig and students from Roosevelt Middle School in Milwaukee, after a special screening of the movie “42”.

Report: Wisconsin has the highest black male incarceration rate in the nation

May 3, 2013

By Raina J. Johnson Special to the Milwaukee Times In a 33-page report recently released by the UW-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute, the numbers are startling but not surprising to many. The report focuses on two decades of data from “the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) files to assess employment… [Read More]

Community partnerships expanding to provide health screenings

April 29, 2013

By Raina J. Johnson Special to the Milwaukee Times Since 2010, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital has had a partnership with the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), which is a collaborative of 44 churches in Milwaukee to provide health screening and other preventative care to congregants and community members in Milwaukee’s central city. The partnership… [Read More]

Tribute to Rosa Parks’s life of activism

April 29, 2013

On Friday, April 26, at 7:00 p.m., a diverse group of more than 25 community organizations will sponsor a celebration of the lifelong activism of Rosa Parks, with special guest Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks, at Milwaukee’s Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th Street (at Wisconsin Avenue). The event… [Read More]

Lessons from Tuskegee: Educate self first

April 29, 2013

With an historic visit to Tuskegee University in Alabama, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan continued his quest to inspire and enlighten another generation of Black people—and experience the special joy he gets from teaching young people. The Nation of Islam is known for not only its wisdom and discipline but also for affording young people… [Read More]

Congratulations Bezelee Martin and Family

April 28, 2013

Pictured are several of the Martin family members: (from left) Bruce Martin, Anthony Martin, Derrick Martin, Lena Martin, Greg Martin, Bezelee Martin, and Eric Martin. Congratulations to the Martin Family Most recently, Bezelee Martin was honored along with several other Milwaukee business leaders, including: Dr. Adolph Gunderson of Gundersen Lutheran; Joseph J. Zilber of Zilber, Ltd.,… [Read More]

Bro. Muhammad: ‘Respect our women’

April 22, 2013

Special to the Milwaukee Times We’ve all read about it, seen it on the news: the tragic, heartbreaking end to domestic abuse or any other type of violence against women. No one demographic, race, educational level, financial status or otherwise is exempt from this type of violence. After these events occur, some may think to… [Read More]