Milwaukee artist Ray Nitti took photographed the walk for Dontre Hamilton Tuesday afternoon in downtown Milwaukee.
Milwaukee artist Ray Nitti took photographed the walk for Dontre Hamilton Tuesday afternoon in downtown Milwaukee. (Photo: Ray Nitti/Instagram)

Milwaukee hip-hop community reacts to Hamilton decision

Many people in Milwaukee gathered and protested throughout the afternoon Monday when Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced that former Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney will not face any criminal charges in the death of Dontre Hamilton on April 30.

Many of Milwaukee’s most prominent voices in hip-hop not only participated in the protest but voiced their opinions on social media:

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Lammi Sports has purchased the assets of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.
Lammi Sports has purchased the assets of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Lammi Sports acquires Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame assets

Lammi Sports Management announced it has acquired all of the assets for the 63-year-old Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, located alongside the UWM Panther Arena on 4th Street.

The assets of the Hall of Fame, which was established in 1951, will now be managed the newly created Wisconsin Hall of Fame, LLC. The company will create a board of advisors comprising notable sports executives and media members from around the state, community leaders and athletes. 

This is welcome news to many in the city, who have felt the Hall of Fame has been marginalized – and largely forgotten – by many sports fans. 

As someone who moved to Milwaukee, the wall on 4th Street was a great way to learn about Wisconsin's rich sporting history. But, you rarely see passerby on non-gamedays on that block, and even then people just sort of wander past it. 

When there are so many halls of fame out there, from the league's to the individual teams and schools, it's hard to maintain relevancy

I'd still like to see the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame rolled into a new Milwaukee Bucks arena project, but until then this new management has said it will host year-round events including holding its induction ceremony at the Wisconsin Center, host a nomination luncheon,  conduct "Speaker Series Breakfasts" and, potentially, a Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame touring exhibit.

This is all slated to begin no later than 2016 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Hall.

"Lammi Sports is honored and humbled to preserve and restore this historic Wisconsin sports property," Brian Lammi, founder and CEO of Lammi Sports Management said in a statement released by the firm.

"We want to thank the Wisconsin Center District and the Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation for their faith in Lammi Sports Management to oversee this iconic trust that salutes athletic excellence in Wisconsin. We also want to commend the Wisconsin Sports Legacy Group for their grass roots efforts to revitalize the Hall.…

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The author spent a lot of time monitoring shoppers and catching shoplifters.
The author spent a lot of time monitoring shoppers and catching shoplifters. (Photo: shutterstock.com)

The life and times of a retail security agent

Happy Cyber Monday! As you do your online shopping today, we're here to help with a bunch of tips, guides, fun features and more to get your holiday season started off right.

On this Cyber Monday, I thought I’d share some memories from a previous life, one spent in retail. From 1999 through 2008, I worked at Carson Pirie Scott (or Boston Store up here) as a Loss Prevention Agent. It was probably the best part-time job a college kid-turned-part-time-journalist could ever ask for.

I got to sit in a dark room full of cameras and watch to see if people were shopflifting. And, if they did steal something, it was my job to try and stop that person from leaving the property, get the store’s stuff back and then send them to jail.

I chased crack heads, tussled with gangsters and ruined many a prom night. Seriously. It's why I kept doing it even after I started writing full-time as an "on-call" employee for special internal investigations.

It’s been a while since I’ve done this, and it was in another state, so I’m sure company policies have changed and shoplifting laws are different here, so I don’t think I’m giving up any state secrets. On paper the job itself was pretty simple: watch someone walk in, see ‘em pick up an item, see ‘em take it, see ‘em leave – go get ‘em.

Now, real life is never that simple. Professional thieves make it hard. They know the rules of the game, and the laws. Some use distraction. Some use children. Some use brute force.

Fortunately, I was never attacked. But, a co-worker was assaulted in a parking lot, and had her head bounced off the pavement a few times. One was maced. Another had a machete (yes, a machete) pulled on him. I recovered weapons off people (usually knives, and one pair of brass knuckles) and I did forcefully take people to the ground – but my line was always, always, personal safety first. I would go up to that line, but never cross it – that’s what uniformed and armed police are for, and I never hesi…

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