President Obama to headline Laborfest on Summerfest grounds

President Obama mingles with the crowd at Milwaukee’s Laborfest on Labor Day, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin AFL-CIO)

The 55th annual Laborfest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on the Summerfest grounds.

The marijuana debate: Local legislators weigh in on legalization

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service asked Wisconsin legislators to share their views on legalization of marijuana and criminal penalties related to possession of the drug.

Basketball league builds brotherhood of black role models

Michael Hutchinson, former promotions director at radio station WMCS-AM 1290, started the Sports Talk Basketball Association to improve men’s health while giving back to the community.

ACT results predict most MPS minority students not ready for college


Milwaukee Public Schools students’ ACT scores are up, but college readiness measures indicate most aren’t prepared for college-level English and math.

Milwaukeeans to demonstrate in support of outraged Ferguson residents

A woman takes notes at a meeting sponsored by the African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable. (Photo by Raina J. Johnson)

Local citizens and organizations are calling for justice in the shooting death of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo. A demonstration is planned for Friday at Red Arrow Park, where an African American man was shot to death by a police officer in April.

Micro lawn-mowing businesses put food on table for poor laborers

Richard Wilder stands next to his truck after clearing brush from a lot. (Photo by Brendan O'Brien)

For a few dollars, landscapers mow lawns and clear brush for homeowners and small businesses.

Do you want a bike station in your neighborhood?

After installing bike stations at Discovery World and Red Arrow Park, Bublr Bikes is taking suggestions for the location of new bike stations at its website. (By Raina J. Johnson)

City teens have a ball on Cal Ripken, Sr. Day

Kids from Agape Community Center swing the bat during the high-tempo game of Quickball. (Photo by Scottie Lee Meyers)

The diamond was freshly groomed, music blasted from the ballpark speakers and a digital scoreboard kept tally at Helfaer Field as teens from several community centers across Milwaukee played a game of Quickball.

Serve 2 Unite and Auschwitz museum staff members connect over nonviolence

Bartosz Bartyzel, Adelina Michaldo and Marta Berecka, visitors from the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland, listen to Serve 2 Unite representatives talk about nonviolence. (Photo by Hannah Byron)

Staff members from the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland heard from Serve 2 Unite representatives about how the organization works to build peaceful communities in the aftermath of violence.

Special Report: Black men bear the brunt of unequal enforcement of marijuana laws

Rodney Hudson, 30, said he feels his felony conviction for marijuana possession is essentially a sentence to a life of poverty. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

Despite the large racial disparity in the way marijuana possession laws are enforced in Wisconsin, decriminalization advocates say nothing will change as long as the issue is considered an “inner city” problem.