Bus system rolls out improvements while streetcar battle rages

Passengers board the new Purple Line express bus northbound at 27th Street and Oklahoma Avenue. (Photo by Matt Wisla)

Four bus lines launched this month are opening up job opportunities to central city residents as transit authorities plan additional routes.

Art, music, poetry highlight library’s MLK Day celebration

The Milwaukee Public Library’s Martin Luther King branch stayed open on the King Day holiday, inviting visitors to create a mural focusing on the message of peace.

Milwaukee police say officers who arrested reporter feared for their safety

Squad cars are parked outside of the City of Milwaukee Police Administration building. (Photo by Brendan O’Brien)

A Milwaukee police spokesman says officers were put on edge by a local reporter who pulled up to their police car and asked why they were in the area, just a week after two New York policemen were shot and killed in their squad car while on patrol.

OHMS construction skills training moving to Barack Obama School

OHMS founder Ezzard White explains his construction training program to representatives from the National League of Cities and My Brothers Keeper in August 2014 at Barack Obama School. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

Working to find new workshop space for more than six months after being forced out of North Division High School, One Hope Made Strong, which teaches construction industry skilled trades to low-income adults, has found a home at the Barack Obama School.

Majority of Milwaukee school board members are up for re-election

Members of the school board listen as a student provides testimony on behalf of a charter school. (Photo by Molly Rippinger)

While the terms of five members of the nine-person school board will end this spring, there are only two contested races in the April election.

‘No Place Like Home’ lets students combine arts with community building

Seventh graders at Golda Meir Gifted and Talented School worked on a coat drive as part of a service-learning project. (Photo by Robyn St. John)

Youngsters learn about their city while building arts-related skills through a new Arts@Large initiative.

Cold-weather closures compel some groups to stay open for first time

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, 2819 W. Richardson Place, extended its hours because of weather-related school closings. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee and a few other nonprofit organizations stayed open for the first time during an MPS cold weather closure last week to meet the increased needs of area parents and youth.

Heat-related complaints jump sharply during bitter cold week

Brutally cold temperatures make it difficult for furnaces to reach the required 67 degrees. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

A single mom living on South 9th Street was just one of many renters suffering from a lack of residential heat during this week’s cold snap.

“Street-wise MBA” boosts small business growth in urban neighborhoods

Ondra Stovall, CleanTec lead man since 2009, prepares to take cleaning equipment from the company’s storage room to a commercial client’s site. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

A Small Business Administration program helps owners expand their businesses and pursue federal government contracts.

After four decades of fair housing, segregation still rules Milwaukee streets

(Photo by Brendan O’Brien)

The Fair Housing Act, passed in 1968, is rarely used to combat segregation and restrictive suburban zoning regulations.