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Wisconsin Vietnam War Veterans among thousands honored at memorial for helicopter pilots

“In honored memory of the helicopter pilots and crewmembers who gave the full measure of devotion to their nation in the Vietnam War (1961-1975).” The Vietnam conflict was a “helicopter war” and according the group that lobbied for the monument, the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, nearly 5,000 pilots and crewmembers were killed during the two decades of fighting. A total of 11,827 helicopters operated in Vietnam and 5,086 of them were destroyed. After four years of effort, these service members had their own monument unveiled at Arlington National Cemetery on April 18. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded the dedication...

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Colleagues share their personal memories of Vel Phillips

Civil Rights pioneer Velvalea “Vel” Phillips passed away on April 17, 2018 at the age of 94. Details for her funeral arrangements and memorials have yet to be announced. Vel Phillips left a mark on Wisconsin’s history for both women and African-Americans. She helped shape policies in Wisconsin to remove racial barriers, and as the public seeks ways to honor her it is best to remember that the most endearing legacy the community can show is to continue the work that she started. Inspired and emboldened by a true stateswoman, Vel Phillips Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton It is...

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Ruling by Wisconsin appeals court reinstates lawsuit against online gun dealer

An appeals court in Wisconsin ruled on April 19 that a firearms trading website can be held liable for negligence by facilitating the purchase of a gun that was subsequently used in a fatal shooting. A restraining order issued in 2012 prohibited Radcliffe Haughton from owning a gun due to a domestic violence injunction. However, he was still able to buy a weapon through the website Аrmslіst.cоm, and used that gun to kiII his wife and two of her co-workers in Brookfield. He also wounded four other people before kiIIing himself. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed...

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Public health alert issued as a result of synthetic marijuana hospitalizations

The City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) released a warning to the public that medical cases involving synthetic marijuana have been confirmed in Milwaukee. Since April 19, 2018, two confirmed cases and one probable case of the illness have been identified in City residents. Of the three cases, two have required hospitalization. Synthetic marijuana compounds, sometimes called K2 or Spice, are actually chemically different from marijuana, and are more dangerous than pot, according to studies. Synthetic marijuana compounds are linked to a number of serious side effects including seizures, severe bleeding, unexplained bruising, psychosis, and even death. Other known...

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ACLU to host “Photographs of the Resistance” exhibit for Gallery Night

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin will showcase a collection of dramatic political moments captured by some of Milwaukee’s top photographic activists on April 20 at is office at 207 E. Buffalo Street. The Gallery Night event will take a look back at protests and demonstrations in Milwaukee and Madison through the amazing lenses of photographers Joe Brusky, Anna Maria Contreras, C.M. DeSpears, Troy Freund, and Jovanny Hernandez. “They didn’t make it the First Amendment for nothing. Free expression—including the arts—has always been an important part of political protests in our country,” said Chris Ott, executive director...

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Vel Phillips: Milwaukee mourns death of Civil Rights advocate and lifelong trailblazer

In frail health for some time, Civil Rights pioneer Velvalea “Vel” Phillips passed away on April 17, 2018 at the age of 94. The loss of a Milwaukee icon brought a flood of comments to Twitter and Facebook, from expressions of sorrow and support for the Phillips family to challenges to honor her memory by continuing her work. Mike Phillips, Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County, has not yet responded on social media to the outpouring from well-wishers. Saddened to learn that Vel Phillips, Wisconsin’s first African-American judge and statewide official, passed away this evening. My deepest condolences to...

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