Common Council Debates, Then Tables Lowering Milwaukee Pot Fines

Alderman Willie Wade speaks at the Council meeting. Photo by Sarah DeGeorge.

Tuesday’s meeting of the Milwaukee Common Council started with business as usual, but ended with a bang when Alderman Nik Kovac brought before the Council a proposed ordinance to lower Milwaukee pot fines dramatically. Supporters said that while studies have shown drug use is consistent across racial demographics, there is a disproportionate number of young, […]

New Project Turns to City’s Youth For Answers on Milwaukee Crime

The logo for the MKE Peace project. Source: City website.

The city is looking for solutions to the Milwaukee crime problem from a new source: The young. Alderman Michael Murphy developed the newly announced MKE Peace Project, in conjunction with other Common Council members, and he showed up at a May Milwaukee Arts Board Meeting to highlight the effort. Murphy, the Common Council president, stressed that the project is […]

How Much Should the City Pay So Boats Can Get to the Horny Goat?

Capital Improvements Committee member Mariano Schifalacqua and Alderman Bob Bauman talk with Craig Liberto about the implications of 1st Street bascule bridge. Photo credit: Milwauke Legistar website photo obtained by Bo Bayerl.

A proposed $12 million over the next two years for bridge repair over the Kinnickinnic River caused dispute at a recent Milwaukee Capital Improvements Committee meeting.  At issue: How much taxpayers should pay so pleasure crafts can get to a local pub and marina. Alderman Bob Bauman immediately had questions once Craig Liberto spoke on […]

Teenager Gets 25 Years in Slaying of Promoter Caly Kris

Jones' mugshot obtained by Mary Jo Contino.

This story is part of a series of Milwaukee homicide sentencings being covered this spring by UWM journalism students. You can read other student stories about this sentencing here. At a Milwaukee courthouse hearing Friday afternoon, Melvin Jones, 17, was sentenced to 25 years in prison with 10 years extended supervision after entering a guilty plea […]

New Dinosaur Fossils in Antarctica: The Research Explained

Dr. William Hammer. Photo by: Augustana College

Dr. William Hammer, a distinguished geology professor from Augustana College in Illinois, shared his team’s discoveries of new dinosaur fossils in Antarctica that they made while researching Jurassic period fossils at the Geosciences colloquium at UWM Friday, April 8. These new dinosaurs were part of the sauropodomorpha clade (sauropods), or, long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs that typically […]