North Division honoring its greats

Garmer Currie left Milwaukee North and did big things.

With the Blue Devils, he enjoyed a successful six-year run as the school’s boys basketball coach, leading it to the only state basketball title in its illustrious history in 1980.
He eventually returned to his hometown of Memphis and enjoyed continued success at Treadwell High School, where he coached future pros


Moore Bill would give minority owned small businesses fair shot at high speed rail contracts

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) reintroduced legislation that would apply standard Department of Transportation (DOT) contracting goals for minority-owned and operated small businesses to future high-speed rail construction projects.

Congresswoman Moore said, “My bill simply holds high-speed rail projects to the same standards as other infrastructure projects funded by the federal government. Minority-owned businesses have more acutely felt


House accepts GOP amendments to EPA bill, defeats most Dem proposals

The House on Friday morning accepted four Republican amendments to a bill that would require an analysis of recent EPA regulations and delay rules related to mercury and air quality until that analysis is complete.

Members approved one amendment from Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) that would prevent the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology


Bipartisan Group of Reps. Urges Super Committee to Curb Defense Spending

Support of defense spending reduction is gaining momentum on the Hill and in one of the country’s most prominent newspapers. Less than a week after Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) circulated a letter urging $200 billion in nuclear weapons spending cuts over the next ten years, a bipartisan group of six representatives is calling for the Super Committee to curb spending


Brides walk against family violence

Six years ago a group of local women put on wedding gowns (theirs or ones they had borrowed) and walked through the streets of the south side to raise awareness against domestic violence.

This year what’s become the annual Bride’s Walk against domestic violence will take place Saturday, September 10. It begins at 10 a.m. at the UMOS Latina Resource


Obama tells Congress to pass $447 billion jobs plan

Washington – President Barack Obama urged Congress to end the “political circus” and act to help a nation still facing economic hardship, outlining a $447 billion legislative package that includes tax cuts for working families and small businesses and spending to rebuild infrastructure.

Obama, in a Thursday evening address to lawmakers in a special joint session, argued there “is nothing


Laurels and Laments

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore are right to challenge a U.S. Postal Service plan to close offices in the city. The USPS plan targets five locations in the central city as part of a national downsizing, but those closings – Mid City, Parklawn, Teutonia, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Hampton […]


Leaders Make Plea To Keep Milwaukee Post Offices Open U.S. Postal Service To Close 4,000 Branches Around Country

MILWAUKEE — Local, state and federal lawmakers come together to help save several Milwaukee post offices.

Milwaukee’s mayor joined city aldermen and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore to make a plea to the Postal Service on Wednesday.

The leaders are asking the agency to reconsider a plan to close five office locations in the city.   They said the five locations in


Barrett, Moore question possible post office closings in city

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore have challenged the U.S. Postal Service over a list that targets five central city offices for closure in a far-ranging downsizing.

The Mid City, Parklawn, Teutonia, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Hampton post offices are among 41 in Wisconsin to be assessed, and 3,700 nationwide. To cut costs, the financially


State will switch to public workers for FoodShare program

Madison – In a deal that preserves millions of dollars in federal aid to Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker’s administration will drop hundreds of private contractor employees who work for the state’s food assistance program and hire scores of public workers as replacements.

The agreement comes after federal officials had threatened in recent months to withhold some money for the state’s