Eighth-grader publishes book about how teens view Milwaukee

Jack Hietpas is making 100 books by hand to be sold at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Riverwest and online at Hidden Color Press. (Photo by Caroline Roers)

Jack Hietpas, a student at St. Robert School in Shorewood, is making 100 handcrafted copies of an anthology expressing teens’ experiences and perceptions of the city.

Community leader calls on Bucks to consider inner city site for new arena

The BMO Harris Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee. (Photo by Brendan O’Brien)

Rev. Willie Brisco does not believe the Bucks owners or city leadership will take seriously his suggestion to build a new arena in the central city, but he hopes it prompts a discussion about the economic needs of the city’s poor neighborhoods.

Plan for universal driver’s education wins Greater Together Challenge

James Hall Jr., president of the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP, addresses the audience. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

One solution to addressing Milwaukee’s historic segregation problem is to help isolated African American youth expand their social environment by providing them free driver’s education classes.

Strong Baby Sabbath highlights danger of premature births

Mayor Tom Barrett addressed about 100 congregants at Faith Builders church about ways to reduce infant mortality. (Photo by Caroline Roers)

Mayor Tom Barrett and other city officials urged community support for young parents so their babies can “blow out the candles on their first birthday cake.”

Clean Slate Milwaukee urges ex-convicts to ‘be part of their own rescue’

Jermaine Jackson works with Angela Catania, a supervisor at the Center for Driver’s License Recovery and Employability, to check his driving status.

Clean Slate Milwaukee provides expungement services for young adults between the ages of 17-25 who have non-violent felony or misdemeanor convictions.

After years of stagnation, mental healthcare in city shows signs of improvement

Dan Baker, program director at the Crisis Resource Center, helps patients avoid visits to the county’s Mental Health Complex or other hospitals. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

Milwaukee County’s plan to improve mental healthcare by expanding resources in the community is showing signs of progress.

Unemployed men turn to online marketplace to find manual labor jobs

Yard work is just one example of manual labor services advertised on Craigslist. (Photo by Kenya Evans)

Craigslist has become a virtual employment center for some Milwaukee men who place ads looking for odd jobs to do for strangers.

Milwaukee Mural Map documents some of city’s visual treasures

Caitlin Sprague, creator of the Milwaukee Mural Map, photographs muralist Ramiro Sandoval Arguta in front of "The Hummingbirds," at 22nd Street and National Avenue. (Photo by Sue Vliet)

After taking a bus tour of Philadelphia murals, Milwaukee community organizer Caitlin Sprague created a Milwaukee Mural Map to help bridge the divide between city and suburbs.

Anti-violence group displays ‘soles’ to raise awareness about gun deaths

Hearts and Soles, a tour of five cities sponsored by Wisconsin’s Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) displayed 467 pairs of shoes, representing the 467 victims of gun violence in the state last year.

A Wisconsin anti-violence group is calling for a law that would require criminal background checks on private gun sales.

Former MPS superintendent backs Common Core education standards

Howard Fuller sees school choice as a critical component to the future of education, but says politicians, educators and parents must work together. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

Former Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools Howard Fuller is voicing his support for Common Core, saying the standards would help improve education in the state.