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Milwaukee – over 20 Mothers gathered this week to say their kids suffer from lead poisoning and are calling on the Mayor to replace all lead lateral lines in Milwaukee.

City officials say about 70,000 homes are impacted.

Community organizers put together a meeting Tuesday night and called on the city to pay the entire cost to replace the lines, including the portions on private property.

The meeting was held at The House of Prayer.

The common council is to expected to vote on an ordinance later this month that would require lines to be replaced when they leak, break or are scheduled for routine work. But it could cost homeowners up $1600 and those at Tuesday’s meeting say that’s unacceptable.

“’Y’all spending money on street cars and new stadiums need to be built but y’all need to be putting this money you taking from us tax payers and put it in our home, said Evany Dorsey, who says her child has lead poisoning.

The city is handing out free water filters to people living in impacted homes.

The city will hold an informational meeting on the proposed ordinance Saturday from 10-11 AM at North Division High School, 1011 W Center Street.

MANITOWOC – Evidence in the case against Steven Avery has been sent to the Wisconsin State Crime Lab in Madison for scientific.
The evidence is from the Toyota RAV4 of Teresa Halbach, the 25-year-old photographer whom Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, are convicted of killing in 2005. Both men are fighting their convictions.
In August, Avery’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, filed a motion to support her request for additional scientific testing in the case.
Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz ordered the scientific testing in November.
Sending the evidence to the crime lab complies with that order.
The evidence was turned over to Calumet County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Wiegert and the department’s evidence custodian Amanda Bunnell to be transported to Madison.
The Manitowoc County Clerk of Court’s Office sent:
A bloodstain cutting from the Toyota RAV4 driver seat.
A swab of the ignition area of the RAV4.
A bloodstain cutting from the passenger seat.
A swab of a bloodstain from a CD case.
A swab of a bloodstain near the rear passenger door.
Blood flakes on the floor by the center console.
A swab from the hood latch.
The key to the RAV4.


By CARA LOMBARDO and DEE J. HALL | Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalist
Nine months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned against flushing water systems before testing for lead, the state Department of Natural Resources has not yet passed that advice on to public water systems in Wisconsin.
The EPA issued a memo in late February as the lead-in-drinking-water crisis in Flint, Michigan was exploding into public view. The memo, intended to clear up confusion over testing procedures, declared that flushing water systems before sampling must be avoided because it can conceal high levels of lead in drinking water.
Water managers in Shawano and at Riverside Elementary School near Wausau say they were not aware of the change and have continued to use flushing when testing for lead.
Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech University professor who helped expose the Flint crisis, said that updating the testing procedures is “essential for public health protection.” Any amount of lead can cause permanent damage, including reduced intelligence and behavior problems, according to the EPA. Infants and children are considered the most vulnerable to lead’s negative effects.
“As we saw in Flint, the old protocols effectively ‘hid’ lead in water problems,” Edwards said.
“Given what we now know, data collected using the outdated protocols cannot be trusted.”
The memo also instructed EPA administrators to pass the guidance along to state drinking water program directors. DNR spokeswoman Jennifer Sereno said the agency was notified of the guidance and she confirmed that “pre-stagnation flushing is not an appropriate sampling procedure.”
Sereno insisted the agency had responded appropriately. DNR presented the information at two industry meetings and sent an email to the Wisconsin Rural Water Association in March, she said.
Sereno added that the agency “is in the process of drafting a letter to all community water systems that will make them aware of this and other EPA memos and summarize the content.” The agency, which is responsible for enforcing federal drinking water standards in Wisconsin, expects to send the letters next week, she said.
A search of the DNR drinking water database Friday showed nearly 6,270 lead compliance sample results from 948 water systems have been reported to the agency since Feb. 29, when the EPA guidance was issued. It was not immediately known how many used the now-discredited procedure of pre-stagnation flushing, in which a water system is flushed for some period of time, water sits unused for six hours, and then samples are collected.
Sampling procedures listed on the DNR’s website indicate the water must be stagnant for six hours but do not address whether or not the tap should be flushed prior to sampling. Sereno said new instructions will be posted online to clarify this.
In July, EPA sent a letter reminding states to post updated protocols to their websites, saying the agency would follow up with each state “to ensure that these protocols and procedures are clearly understood and are being properly implemented to address lead and copper issues at individual drinking water systems.” The EPA did not respond to a question about whether any other states had failed to notify water managers of the updated protocols.
While some municipalities, such as the Green Bay Water Utility and the Milwaukee Water Works, were aware of the EPA memo and updated their testing procedures, others continued using outdated methods that included a flushing step — making it possible dangerous levels of lead could go unnoticed.
Shawano included pre-stagnation flushing in the procedures used for this year’s testing, which was completed over the summer. Patrick Bergner, water manager for the city of nearly 10,000 between Green Bay and Wausau, said although he works closely with a DNR liaison, he was not aware of any EPA guidance against flushing.
“I’d be happy to be informed of any changes in the procedure,” Bergner said. One of Shawano’s 21 compliance samples had a level of lead nearly three times the federal action level, which is 15 parts per billion; several more neared the limit.
DNR public water supply specialist Tony Knipfer acknowledged the need for clarification when flushing is appropriate. It is typically recommended as a way for consumers to reduce exposure to lead in their own homes, for example, but should not be done before testing.
“I think it’s fair to say that there’s been some confusion or conflicting information out on the flushing,” he said. “But from a regulatory aspect and a health and safety aspect, we’re looking for representative samples of what’s likely to be consumed.”
Milwaukee Water Works issued a statement in June saying it immediately adopted the instructions not to pre-flush. Those new instructions will be put to use next year when the utility tests 50 homes and buildings for compliance with EPA regulations.
“Prior to February of 2016, MWW did instruct residents to flush their home plumbing prior to the required six-hour stagnation period, before collecting samples for regulatory compliance purposes,” according to the memo from Milwaukee Water Works Superintendent Carrie Lewis to Mayor Tom Barrett.
“The last testing cycle (for Milwaukee) was the summer of 2014. That cycle did include the pre-stagnation flushing instruction,” Lewis wrote. “The next cycle in the summer of 2017 will not.”
Other procedures that can mask the true level of lead in drinking water include removing or cleaning faucet filters called aerators that can collect lead particles; using narrow-necked bottles that result in a slower flow of water; and sampling in cooler months when lead concentrations are lower. The EPA also urged that those procedures should end.
“While we cannot undo the past harm done from failing to detect water lead risks,” Edwards said, “there should be zero tolerance for future needless harm that arises from a false sense of security created by bad data.”
The nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism ( collaborates with Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, other news media and the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. All works created, published, posted or disseminated by the Center do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of UW-Madison or any of its affiliates.

Cuba comenzó nueve días de duelo tras la muerte del líder revolucionario y expresidente Fidel Castro, fallecido el viernes a la edad de 90 años. En La Habana, decenas de miles de personas hicieron fila para rendir homenaje a Castro, quien inició la Revolución Cubana para derrocar al dictador cubano Fulgencio Batista, que contaba con el apoyo de Estados Unidos. Tras la caída de Batista, Castro lideró Cuba durante casi medio siglo. Esta es una de las dolientes, la profesora Maydelis Savon.

“Maydelis Savon” expresó: “Soy revolucionaria ante todo. Soy revolucionaria y me compete estar aquí porque soy parte del pueblo y además [Fidel Castro] luchó por que todos los cubanos tuvieran los mismos derechos”.

Bolivia declaró una semana de duelo por Castro, cuya revolución inspiró acciones revolucionarias en toda América Latina y en el mundo, y lo convirtió en uno de los archienemigos de Estados Unidos.

El lunes, el presidente electo estadounidense, Donald Trump, amenazó con anular el restablecimiento de relaciones diplomáticas formales con Cuba que inició el presidente Barack Obama y con reimponer las aplastantes sanciones económicas contra la isla.

Trump publicó en Twitter: “Si Cuba no está dispuesta a hacer un mejor trato para el pueblo cubano, el pueblo cubano/estadounidense y Estados Unidos en conjunto, voy a ponerle fin al trato”.

SHEBOYGAN – A 20-year-old Sheboygan man riding his bike at midnight was found to be in possession of more than two ounces of marijuana.

Dakota J. Marksman was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and possession of THC with intent to deliver, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint:

An officer near South 16th Street and Kentucky Avenue in Sheboygan noticed a man on a bike acting suspiciously.

The officer caught up to the man, identified as Marksman, and asked to speak with him. The officer also immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana.

Marksman, without being prompted or questioned, said he had “a little” marijuana and a grinder.

When interviewed by police, Marksman said the marijuana was his and that he bought it from a friend with the intent to sell it. He said he had been selling marijuana since June when he left his job and typically sells about two ounces a week.

Marksman told officers he is a “small scale” drug dealer and only makes about $100 a week. He said he does not carry smaller baggies with him to divide out the marijuana because he thought if he got caught that would automatically make it a drug dealing case.

UPDATE: It was announced last week by A. O. Smith and Aquasana that Greater Milwaukee area residentes, who are not eligible or who do not qualify for the Mayor’s free filters program, can receive a special discount to purchase Aquasana water filtration systems to remove lead from water.  A significant discount will be available through the end of 2016 to residents who purchase Aquasana water filters online at using the password “Milwaukee.”
Huge Lines of Southside Residents Seeking Water Filters
Milwaukee – Southside residents stood in huge lines at the Kozy Community Center this week vying to be among the first to enroll in a city of Milwaukee program targeting those living in homes with lead service water pipes.
Organizers of the program say they are desperately trying to reach pregnant women, nursing mothers and households with children under the age of six.
The Social Development Commission (SDC) and Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers have been selected by city officials to coordinate the distribution of the water filters.
Those fortunate to be seen by a representative of SDC or 16th Street Health Clinic will receive a Aquasana Claryum countertop unit or the Claryum “Clean Water Machine” powered water filtration pitcher.
The program is funded by a $15,000 grant from the United Way, which was matched by the health system members of the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership: Aurora Health Care; Ascension Wisconsin; Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; and Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Additional money from A.O. Smith and the city brought the total funding to $90,000.
The budget approved by the Milwaukee Common Council includes $150,000 for purchasing additional filters.
Only 2000 plus filters will be given to Milwaukee area residents who are eligible for the program. Those not eligible can receive a discount on Aquasana water filters by contacting the company that distributes them.
There are 70,000 lead pipes in Milwaukee presenting a danger to the drinking and cooking water of residents.
No word from city officials as to the plan to remove the lead pipes.
The Common Council met last week to vote on a funding proposal by the Mayor that calls for residents to pay up to $1,600 for removing lead water pipes, but the Common Council did not act on the proposal seeking to review other funding opinions.
The Mayor’s proposal is due to be discussed again in December at the next Common Council meeting.

MILWAUKEE – Latino Arts, Inc., premier provider of community Hispanic arts programming, will conclude their fall programming with an opening reception of the new art exhibition, Pastoral Testimony by Rafael Francisco Salas, followed by a jazz performance by Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet.

In the Latino Arts Gallery, the Pastoral Testimony exhibition will bring to life juxtapositions between what occurs naturally and what is constructed, examining how these elements complement or conflict with one another. Artist Rafael Francisco Salas’ drawings compare different landscapes and the moods that they inspire and explore how man-made creations interact with natural elements, contrasting what is perceived and what is felt. Latino Arts is proud to showcase Salas’ work in the Latino Arts Gallery for the first time since hosting his exhibition Substituting Emptiness in 2007. The opening reception for this exhibit will take place Friday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Following the Pastoral Testimony opening reception, Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet will take the stage in the Latino Arts Auditorium. Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet creates a “cross-cultural exchange” between world rhythms and contemporary jazz melodies. Led by Peruvian trumpeter and Associate Director of Jazz Studies at New York University Gabriel Alegria, the group has spent the last decade together performing hundreds of shows and master classes throughout the world, incorporating cultural influences into their unique sound.

The group’s expansive musical journeys hypnotize jazz aficionados and casual listeners alike. The New York Timespraised Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet’s capacity to “[explore] the affinities between modern jazz and the Afro-Latin continuum in Peru.”

Tickets for the show are $15 for general admission in advance ($20 at the door), $10 for seniors 60 and over and full-time students in advance ($15 at the door), and $8 per student in groups of 10 or more. The Dinner & A Show special features Café el Sol’s Friday fish buffet before the performance (beverage and gratuity not included) for $25 in advance ($30 at the door).

Advance tickets prices are available until 11:59 p.m. the day before the show and can be purchased online at

Sheboygan – Like it or loathe it the holiday shopping season is approaching, and retailers are slashing prices in preparation for Black Friday.

In Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties, more than a dozen stores will open their doors on Thursday, to get a leg up on the competition.

Opening times are unchanged from a year ago at many of the area’s largest retailers, including Best Buy (5 p.m.), Boston Store (5 p.m.), Kohl’s (6 p.m.), Target (6 p.m.) and Walmart (6 p.m.).

Plenty of retailers, including T.J. Maxx and Hobby Lobby, have never opened on Thanksgiving and have collected goodwill because of that.

Some retailers that are closing cite respect for the holiday, but in truth the cost of being open may be more than the return.

“Once you let the genie out of the bottle, it’s hard,” said Stephen D. Lebovitz, president and CEO of CBL & Associates Properties, a mall operator that is closing 72 of its malls for the day. “More retailers are coming to their senses and realizing it is a family holiday and from a business point of view, it’s not making much business sense.”

The trend gained momentum in 2011 and has continued as chains try to steal share in a market that’s not growing much, though it’s taken a punch out of sales on Black Friday, which had usually launched the shopping season.

But the move has been controversial, as many workers have voiced complaints that stores are putting profits over workers’ time to be with their families.

Surveys show Friday is still the preferred shopping day for most bargain hunters.

A National Retail Federation survey found that among people planning to shop over Thanksgiving weekend, 21 percent plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day, and 74 percent plan to shop Friday.

He’ll build a border wall and he’ll deport millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally, President-elect Donald Trump says, promising to keep his campaign pledges on immigration in his first prolonged interview since winning the White House.

Saying that his administration will deport “probably 2 million” – and possibly 3 million – people who are in the country illegally, Trump told 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl that he wants to secure the border. Trump also seemed willing to consider the plan some of his fellow Republicans have aired, of securing some parts of the border with a fence.

The interview with Trump aired on CBS Sunday night; it also includes members of his family. The interview was taped Friday at Trump’s Fifth Avenue residence in New York City. It comes after days of anti-Trump protests in more than a dozen American cities, where demonstrators have criticized the incoming president’s immigration stance.

Thousands of people attend an anti-Trump protest in Oakland on November 9, 2016. (Brittany Hosea-Small/KQED)

On another campaign promise, Trump affirmed his plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

But Trump also wants to keep some parts of the plan. For instance, he told Stahl that he’ll maintain coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, “because it happens to be one of the strongest assets” of the plan.

Trump also said he wants to keep a portion of the law that covers children living with their parents for an extended period.

As for how the change from one sphere of coverage to another might work, Trump promised it would be smooth, saying, “We’re going to do it simultaneously. It’ll be just fine. That’s what I do. I do a good job. You know, I mean, I know how to do this stuff.”

He continued: “We’re going to repeal it and replace it. And we’re not going to have, like, a two-day period and we’re not going to have a two-year period where there’s nothing. It will be repealed and replaced. I mean, you’ll know. And it’ll be great health care for much less money.”

Here’s what Trump told60 Minutes when he was asked about undocumented immigrants in the U.S.:

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records – gang members, drug dealers – we have a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million. We’re getting them out of our country or we’re going to incarcerate. But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.

“After the border is secured, and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that you’re talking about – who are terrific people, they’re terrific people. But we’re going to make a determination … but before we make that determination, Leslie, it’s very important, we’re going to secure our border.”

For comparison purposes, we’ll note that in President Obama’s first term, his administration carried out a record 1.5 million deportations – including more than 400,000 in fiscal year 2012. The figure declined to 235,413 in fiscal year 2015, and as NPR’s Scott Horsley reported this summer, the Obama administration has shifted its focus to deporting criminals, people caught near the border, and those who recently came to the country without securing documents.

As Scott Horsley noted in a review of recent U.S. immigration policy, the rate of deportations went up under Obama, just as it had under the previous two presidents. And Trump took notice, back in August.

“What people don’t know is that Obama got tremendous numbers of people out of the country,” Trump told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. “Bush, the same thing. Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws. Well, I’m going to do the same thing.”

The plan for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico is Trump’s new facet in immigration policy. Here’s his exchange with Stahl, discussing the idea:

“Are you really going to build a wall?” Stahl asks.

“Yes,” Trump says.

“They’re talking about a fence in the Republican Congress. Would you accept a fence?”

“For certain areas I would – but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I’m very good at this, it’s called construction.”

“So, part wall, part fence?

“Yeah, it could be some fencing.”

In the course of the interview, Trump remained noncommittal on several topics that informed his campaign.

On whether he will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton: “They’re good people; I don’t want to hurt them,” Trump said, telling Stahl he will give a “very good and definitive answer the next time we do 60 Minutes together.”

On whether he will release his tax returns: “At the appropriate time, I will release them. But right now I’m under routine audit. Nobody cares. The only one who cares is, you know, you and a few people that asked that question.”

On the presence of lobbyists on his transition team, despite his pledge to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists and special interests in Washington: “That’s the only people you have down here,” he said, later adding: “I’m saying that they know the system right now, but we’re going to phase that out.”

Asked about his personal views on same-sex marriage, Trump said, “It’s irrelevant, because it was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean, it’s done.”

And when pressed on the fears felt by African-Americans, American Muslims and other minorities since the election, Trump dismissed the anxieties as products of the media. “I think it’s built up by the press because, frankly, they’ll take every single little incident that they can find in this country, which could’ve been there before. If I weren’t even around doing this, and they’ll make into an event because that’s the way the press is.”

As for the dozens of acts of harassment and intimidation against minorities that have been reported this week, many of which were allegedly performed in his name, Trump said he’s surprised to hear of them. “I’m so saddened to hear that,” he said. “And I say, stop it. If it – if it helps, I will say this and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.”

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MILWAUKEE – Breakfast with Santa will return to the Kosciuszko Community Center, Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Milwaukee County Parks and the Kosciuszko Advisory Board are presenting the annual program at 2201 S. 7th St.

“This year we expect to serve over 500 people,” said Riley Garcia, Community Center Manager. “This event really puts our community in the holiday spirit.”

The all-you-care-to-eat breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, and beverage, and features a visit with Santa. The first 250 children, age 12 and under, will receive a gift bag. A photographer will take pictures of children–or families–with Santa. (One photo per family).

Other activities included with admission are writing letters to Santa and arts and crafts.

Breakfast with Santa was a favorite event of Yvonne Ware, a former supervisor at the Community Center. The event is co-named the Yvonne Ware Memorial Breakfast to honor her service to the community.

Admission tickets are now available at the Kosciuszko Community Center. Tickets are required for everyone, including children. Any adult purchasing a ticket must accompany a child to the family-friendly event. Admission tickets are $3 per person. 

Funds raised will support programs at the Center.

For additional information, please contact the Kosciuszko Community Center at (414) 645-4624.


Milwaukee, WI – MCTS Driver Jeannie Mitchell’s alert reaction and maternal instincts helped save two Milwaukee children from a very scary situation.

Jeannie was driving her usual Route 35 trip on Wednesday, October 12th when she noticed two young children walking alone down the sidewalk on Hopkins Street north of Hampton Avenue. Jeannie stopped the bus, opened the door and asked the children if they were lost.

“Sweetie, where ya’ll going. Who are you with?” she can be seen and heard asking the children on the buses camera system.

Jeannie got off the bus to ask them more questions and realized the pair did not know where they were going. She contacted MCTS Dispatch who called police to the scene. A Milwaukee Police Officer helped the one-year-old boy and five-year-old girl contact their mom. The children say they walked away from their babysitter, and were trying to go to a relative’s house but got lost.

Jeannie says she knows all too well how scary it can be to have a child missing. Nearly 15 years ago, her then 5-year-old son left a relative’s house and was missing for nearly 12 hours until a stranger helped bring him home. She says she is happy she was able to help another mom avoid going through that same thing.


Washington, DC – On a press call and webinar held today, Matt Barreto, UCLA Professor of Political Science and Chicano Studies, and Co-Founder of Latino Decisions, presented the results of the Latino Decisions Election Eve poll. The key finding: Latinos backed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a 78-19% margin.

Barreto also highlighted why the national exit polls miss the mark when it comes to capturing sub-groups such as Latino voters, and why the exit poll estimate that Clinton beat Trump by a narrower 65-29% margin among Latinos should be greeted with extreme skepticism.

As pointed out in the presentation, the Latino Decisions finding on national presidential margin is consistent with high-quality, large-sample, bilingual polls carried out by a number of groups in recent months. For example, the Latino Decisions’ Election Eve finding is similar to the findings of the Univision/Washington Post poll, which had Trump at 19% among Latinos; the NBC/Telemundo oversample which found Trump at 17%; the NALEO/Telemundo poll which found Trump at 14%; the FIU/New Latino Voice which found Trump at 13%; and the Justin Gross statistical model that found Trump at 18%.

Further, Barreto pointed to an examination of the actual election results from counties and precincts which are majority Latino show higher rates of Latino voter turnout in 2016, and show Clinton winning roughly 80% of the Latino vote. Barreto also presented initial findings assessing Latino turnout across the country. In county-level analyses of Latino-heavy sections of Florida, New Mexico, and Texas, for example, Latino voters were voting in higher numbers and in candidate margins similar to the margin found in the Latino Decisions Election Eve poll.

During the presentation today, Barreto pointed out that by its own admission, Edison Media Research, who carries out the exit polls, admitted that its sampling “is not designed to yield very reliable estimates of the characteristics of small, geographically clustered demographic groups.” He noted the lack of transparency in the selection of precincts to sample, and suggested that journalists should ask the following questions of the exit polls before accepting them as useful for conclusions regarding Latino voters: “Which precincts did they select? How many were in Latino neighborhoods? How many Spanish interviews did they conduct? And did they match Latino sample to known Census demographics?”

Milwaukee – A.O. Smith Corp. and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County have partnered with the city of Milwaukee to provide water filtration products to city residents living in homes with lead service lines.

Products from Aquasana, a company recently acquired by A.O. Smith, will be offered through the program.

The products — a countertop unit (which attaches to a faucet) and powered water filtration pitcher — are National Science Foundation-certified to remove more than 99 percent of lead from drinking water.

The program involves Mayor Tom Barrett and the city of Milwaukee Health Department, which will coordinate the distribution of the filtration products and replacement filters as well as who qualifies for them in partnership with Social Development Commission (SDC) and Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers. The program will focus on households with pregnant women and/or children under the age of six.

Milwaukee-based A.O. Smith (NYSE: AOS) and Aquasana also announced a discount program for Milwaukee-area residents who do not qualify for the program. A discount will be available through the end of 2016 to residents who purchase Aquasana water filters online at using the password “Milwaukee.” Aquasana also is offering replacement filters at a discounted price, which includes extended warranties and free shipping through its “water for life” program.

Donald John Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States this week in a stunning culmination of an explosive polarizing campaign that promised building a wall on the border between Mexico and the United States.

The surprise outcome, defying polls that showed Hillary Clinton leading Trump left many in the country and around the world stunned.

The triumph for Mr. Trump, 70, a real estate developer-turned-reality television star with no government experience, was a powerful rejection of the political establishment that had assembled against him, from the world of business to government.

The results amounted to a repudiation, not only of Mrs. Clinton, but of President Obama, whose legacy is suddenly imperiled.

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” Mr. Trump told supporters around 3 a.m. on Wednesday at a rally in New York City, just after Mrs. Clinton called to concede.

In a departure from a blistering campaign in which he repeatedly stoked division, Mr. Trump sought to do something he had conspicuously avoided as a candidate: Appeal for unity.

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he said. “It is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.”

Bolstered by Mr. Trump’s strong showing, Republicans retained control of the Senate. In Wisconsin Ron Johnson retained his Senate seat by defeating Democrat Fiengold.


MILWAUKEE— La Representante Estatal JoCasta Zamarripa hoy anuncio una campaña publicitaria en televisión con el propósito de obtener más votos de la comunidad latinx en las elecciones generales del 8 de noviembre, financiada por su campaña. Zamarripa esta postrada para la reelección a la Asamblea sin oponente después de haber ganado su primaria democrática en agosto. Ahora está usando los recursos de su campaña para aumentar el voto democrático en las elecciones presidenciales y locales.

“La campaña de televisión comenzó la semana pasada e incluye un video en español que dura 30 segundos y hace referencia al liderazgo de Cesar Chávez, Dolores Huerta y el Congresista Gutiérrez (D-IL). El anuncio se puede ver en YouTube aquí: watch?v= m171FTkGCRc

“Los votantes de la comunidad latinx quieren un sistema de inmigración justo, acceso a servicios de salud asequibles, educación de calidad para sus hijos, un ambiente saludable, calles seguras y una economía fuerte», dijo la Representante Zamarripa. “Nuestra boleta completa, desde Hilary Clinton a Russ Feingold hasta Gwen Moore, está comprometida a una agenda progresista. Es por eso que estoy trabajando para aumentar el voto”.

Por otra parte, Zamarripa también ha estado liderando la campaña LatinxVoice, la campaña en Wisconsin que busca aumentar el voto latinx, apareciendo en eventos, siendo la voz de campañas de radio y tocando puertas ella misma. Ella ha viajado por todo el estado para aumentar el voto para los demócratas progresistas y ha lanzado un nuevo sitio web bilingüe en<>, donde los votantes pueden obtener información sobre como registrarse, votar temprano y votar en las urnas el día de las elecciones”.

“La comunidad latinx está votando y vamos a sorprender a la gente este noviembre”, dijo Zamarripa. Queremos a candidatos que construyan puentes, no paredes, y por lo tanto debemos oponernos a Donald Trump, Ron Johnson y a otros republicanos que nos harían tomar un paso hacia a tras”.


KENOSHA – The Kenosha Unified School District was recently awarded $1,941,727.38 in funds. This program allows public educational entities (i.e. school districts, libraries) to apply for monetary assistance related to network internal connections, broadband services and basic maintenance (commonly referred to as category 2).

In December 2014, the federal government modified the E-Rate program to allow for current technologies. These funds will be used to complete equipment purchases and installation for an improved educational environment related to access of instructional materials and resources.

This amount, along with $725,000 approved by the board of education for 2016-17 improvements, will benefit all KUSD buildings and provide an equal level of access to resources. 

Each instructional classroom will receive a dedicated wireless access point, along with the necessary infrastructure components to manage nearly 16,000 wireless devices.  The current network supports connections and access to almost 28,000 total devices for nearly 22,000 students and more than 2,500 staff.

Installation of over 1,200 additional access points and replacement of over 450 network switches is tentatively scheduled to start in January 2017 and expected completion is late summer 2017.

These connections will more than double the internal bandwidth capacity between each KUSD building.  This improvement will allow for more reliable and stable connections across the network and its related services.  Over the last year, KUSD has worked to increase its overall bandwidth to the internet, moving from 2 GB to a current level of 10 GB – five times faster.

This level of access addresses the recent growth of online curriculum, resources and mandated assessments used by students and staff.  This level of accessibility will permit faster access to a variety of internal applications and cloud based utilities for all KUSD stakeholders.

Under the current E-Rate application process, KUSD is still eligible to apply for remaining E-Rate funds, and will continue to pursue options to help improve the overall network environment.

Milwaukee – Milwaukee Municipal Court is holding special walk-in sessions to lift outstanding warrants on the first three Wednesdays of this month.

There are more than 100,000 outstanding municipal warrants in the City of Milwaukee, Alderman Khalif Rainey said, and the subjects of these warrants face the threat of arrest, loss of their driver’s license, debt from paying tickets or even unemployment because of their status.

But Alderman Rainey said the Municipal Court judges have set aside November 2, November 9 and November 16 specifically to release the warrants and work with citizens to set up a payment plan or provide an extension to pay off their debt to the city.

“People can rack up fines with the city through all kinds of relatively innocent mistakes,” Alderman Rainey said. “But the problem gets much worse when they fail to pay their fines in a timely manner, and the judges are forced to issue a warrant. Our municipal court judges would much rather work with citizens to resolve their issues than have them arrested, and I would urge anyone with outstanding warrants to take advantage of this unique walk-in opportunity to have your municipal court issues resolved.”

The special walk-in warrant withdrawal hours will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the Wednesdays listed above. Cases will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and numbers will be limited to 100 people in the morning and 130 people in the afternoon sessions. Everyone must arrive at least 15 minutes before the end of the session to provide enough time to check in for court.


Milwaukee – CEO’s of 8 small, high potential firms completed SBA’s 26-week “streetwise MBA” Emerging Leaders course on October 24. Serial entrepreneur and director of graduate management programs for the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Gene Wright, taught the program along with local business experts. Emerging Leaders culminates with each CEO developing a three year growth plan. Sylvestra Ramirez, CEO of Physical Therapy of Milwaukee, spoke on behalf of the class.

Eric Ness, SBA’s Wisconsin district director, congratulated the new graduates, saying, “Through the Emerging Leaders initiative, SBA has worked with nearly 80 Wisconsin companies. These firms have created local jobs, found financing to expand, and pursued contracting opportunities. Nationally, Emerging Leaders businesses have accessed more than $20 million in new financing and more than $700 million in Federal, state, local and tribal contracts. More than 80 percent created new jobs or retained all existing jobs and nearly 70 percent saw revenue growth. We look forward to the 2016 Emerging Leaders class moving their businesses forward with measurable success.”

Graduates included:

Duane Crowley and Genevieve O’Sullivan-Crowley, D&G Express Service Ltd

Lynne Keckeisen, Confluence Graphics Inc.

John LaPointe and Leah LaPointe, Greener Roofs and Gardens

Citlali Mendieta, Antigua Latin Restaurant & Catering

Alex Post and Jay Hoppa, Arker LLC

Sylvestra Ramirez, Physical Therapy of Milwaukee

Jose Reyes, CMJ Electric, LLC

Rosheen Styczinski, New Eden Landscape Architecture, LLC