New restaurant fuels optimism in SOHI District

Bennie Smith, co-owner of Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille, is optimistic about the SOHI District. (Photo by Molly Rippinger)

Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille opened earlier this month in an area with few locally owned restaurants.

Obama’s immigration reforms leave South Side activists wanting more

Residents listen intently as President Obama explains his immigration reform package at the Voces de la Frontera viewing event at Candelas Hall, 2537 W. National Ave. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

South Side immigration rights activists are reacting to reforms announced by President Obama with “a divided heart,” pledging to continue fighting for more changes.

Great Handshake competition trains students in character, communication

Students and judges interact during the preliminary stage of The Great Handshake competition. (Photo by Jabril Faraj)

Students from Milwaukee College Prep tested their confidence and social skills at The Great Handshake championship.

South 27st Street construction delayed until spring

Ariane Fischer, walking along South 27th Street with her son Samuel, said the construction has caused her to take fewer trips to shops in the area. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

Already a headache for business owners and shoppers, construction in the South 27th Street business district has been delayed until spring, though officials say a temporary asphalt surface will allow traffic to run on both sides of the street by next week.

Job Corps prepares young adults for realities of difficult job market

Milwaukee Job Corps students work together during an exercise in a construction trade class. (Photo by Sue Vliet)

Job Corps, a federal program created 50 years ago as part of the War on Poverty, attempts to pull economically disadvantaged youth and young adults out of poverty.

Native American art show at City Hall ‘bolsters native voices’

The vibrant paintings on display at City Hall were created by youth at the Urban Ecology Center in Menomonee Valley this summer. (Photo by Raina J. Johnson)

The Native American Awareness Project has art on display at City Hall through Wednesday. The exhibit is a boost for Native American artists who may not have had other opportunities to showcase their work.

Special Report: Nearly three-quarters of MPS high school students labeled ‘truants’

Though the most recent data available shows an increase in the number of MPS students in seats, truancy has plagued the district for more than a decade. (Photo by Tessa Fox)

More than a decade of increased truancy in MPS high schools prompts questions about what the district is doing to address the empty desks.