Remembering Mary Ehrmann
Pete Ehrmann remembers his sister Mary, a beloved local educator who passed away on March 2.
Karaoke contest starts tonight at Potawatomi
The road to karaoke glory begins tonight at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 1721 W. Canal St., at 7 p.m. Andy Tarnoff, Bobby Tanzilo and Molly Snyder of OnMilwaukee.com will be among the judges.
Dem spokesman Zielinski silenced
Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski got into hot water for an insensitive comment that compared Gov. Scott Walker to Jeffrey Dahmer.
Our top cops take gun debate to national stage
One thing about the debate over gun control is that Milwaukee's two big law enforcement officers are becoming national spokesmen. Police chief Edward Flynn is slated to appear on "Anderson Cooper 360" tonight on CNN at 8 p.m. Flynn thus joins Sheriff David A. Clarke who has enjoyed some national fame recently.
Chicago trumps Milwaukee in the movie-going experience
I rarely compare Chicago to Milwaukee, but in one recent instance it was unavoidable - and the Cream City lost.
Pfister Hotel chooses new Artist-in-Residence
The historic Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., has chosen its next Artist-in-Residence. Painter Stephanie Barenz will begin working in the hotel's studio space in April.
WMCS 1290 silences the talk
It was a shock to hear that Milwaukee's home for black talk radio had decided to change formats Tuesday. It was even more a shock when the station started playing Elvis to make sure listerners got the point.
Help Milwaukee win $50,000
The City of Milwaukee is competing against the 19 other Bloomberg Mayors Challenge finalists for Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite as part of a competition hosted by the Huffington Post.
Why do cops take the Fifth?
Why did seven Milwaukee police officers refuse to testify at the Milwaukee County inquest into the death of Derek Williams in police custody? Inquiring minds want to know.
An old neighborhood landmark gets a new lease on life
It's a shame that schools like Jefferson, Jackson in the Third Ward, 18th Street and 21st Street have all been erased from the landscape. So, it makes me all the happier when I see what has become of the original Peckham - and, later, Jackie Robinson - Junior High School/Middle School, 3245 N. 37th St. Peckham opened in 1926 and Jackie Robinson closed in 2005.
'WalkerCare' draws mixed reviews
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's plan to reject additional federal Medicaid funding for the state's BadgerCare program is drawing mixed reviews, mostly divided along party lines.
Not an ending - a beginning
In animal sheltering work, it's easy to think of each adoption as a "happy ending" to that animal's story. That's one way to think about it - but it's just as true to think of it as a "happy beginning." The love that begins between a person and an animal when they leave our shelter often lasts for many years. It doesn't just save the animal's life; it shapes the person's life, forever.
Franklin firehouse could win IKEA makeover
Franklin Fire Station #1 has been selected as one of the top five finalists in The Family Handyman Rescue Remodel Contest, sponsored by IKEA.
Parking is the reason bars, Bucks struggle for patrons
One of the prime reasons the Center Court Pub location isn't desirable - and one of the reasons the Bucks can't fill the BMO Harris Bradley Center - is the parking situation around the stadium.
Harley-Davidson gives $200,000 to Washington Park revitalization
Harley-Davidson donated $200,000 to Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity for its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which focuses on the Washington Park area.
Public suggestions sought in naming of new park
Ever wanted to name a park? Now's your chance. A new 24-acre park is being planned for the Menomonee Valley, and it needs a name. Planners are asking for your suggestions.
Paradise Landing to close
Paradise Landing, the 20,000-square foot water park in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center at 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., is closing March 3.
St. Patrick's Day parade set for March 9
The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin announced yesterday that its 47th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 9 at noon.
What's in a password name?
At last count, I have about eight active passwords to remember during the course of a regular week. And, every now and then or even fairly often, I get asked to change the password for security's sake. To which I say: "Arrrrrrrghhh!"
When it snows, stay home Milwaukee
We live in Milwaukee. Wisconsin. It snows. Often. Yet somehow everyone loses their mind when they take to the road. If that's you, do the rest of us a favor and take a snow day.
Milwaukee ranks in Top 10 U.S. cities for urban forests
The non-profit conservation group American Forests reports that Milwaukee is on of the top 10 U.S. cities for urban forests.
Happy birthday Rosa Parks
Today would have been Rosa Parks' 100th birthday. More than any other civil rights leader - with the exception of Martin Luther King Jr. - Parks is revered by many because of her essential contribution to the cause of equality for all.
Listen and react to Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.'s call to arms
In a new radio spot, Sheriff Clarke urges residents to take a "certified safety course" for firearms after proclaiming that personal safety "is no longer spectator sport" and that he "need(s) you in the game."
Winter passes half-way mark
The bitter cold of the last few days was apropos when considering historical average temperatures across southern Wisconsin. On average, the coldest week of the year in southern Wisconsin is roughly Jan 14-20. Beginning now, the average temperature begins its long, painfully slow climb upward. But it is upward! Feel free to consider winter halfway over.
If there's a smoking ban, how do hookah bars still exist?
This was today's burning (ahem) question, and once again, my favorite judge helped me out with an answer.