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Homestead boys lead start to finish in winning tournament opener over KT

Nov. 26, 2011 12:28 a.m. | Second-year Homestead boys basketball coach Marquis Hines wants to emphasis defense this season with his still young squad and it was clear from the start Friday night that the team got the message with an effective 58-40 win over Kenosha Tremper in the semifinals of the Highlanders' own tournament.

"I think overall we did pretty good," he said. "We're still young and we still need work on eliminating turnovers and boxing out but it was a good win."

We've made defense our number one thing this year. We've put special emphasis on it and we want to become solid as a unit with it night in and night out."

With the victory, the Highlanders advance to the championship game of the tournament Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against West Allis Central, which defeated Madison West in the other semifinal.

"That's going to be a heck of a challenge for us," said Hines.

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Advertising veteran McDonald dies

Nov. 25, 2011 11:22 a.m. | Veteran Milwaukee area advertising executive Dick McDonald died Sunday at the age of 77.

McDonald was president of the McDonald Davis & Associates ad agency, and was also known for his work on local television and as a best-selling author of "Guilt Free" and "Loving Free."

Services will be noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at the Feerick Funeral Home, 2025 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood

Ex-Whitefish Bay barber faces child porn charges

Nov. 24, 2011 7:50 p.m. | A former Whitefish Bay barber has been indicted on numerous child pornography charges after authorities say he tried to frame his barbershop's landlord by mailing a disk of kiddie porn images to WITI-TV (Channel 6).

David P. Foley, who ran the Sport N Cuts barbershop at 402 E. Silver Spring Drive in Whitefish Bay, faces six federal child porn counts, in addition to five state counts of felony bail-jumping. A federal grand jury indicted Foley on Wednesday after a 15-month criminal investigation .

Foley of Shorewood was charged with six federal counts, including producing, distributing and possessing child pornography, and transporting an underage boy across a state line for the purpose of sex. Foley is accused of taking an unnamed teenage boy to the Mall of America in Minnesota and sexually assaulting him in their hotel room during the trip.

Foley is serving time in a Wisconsin prison for identity theft in an unrelated case.

According to court records, authorities were tipped to Foley in August 2010 by a WITI-TV (Channel 6) news reporter who'd been sent a DVD with images and videos of child pornography and labeled with the name of a Whitefish Bay businessman. Authorities later determined the businessman was owed more than $50,000 in back rent by Foley.

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Tell us what Brookfield’s best hotspots are

Nov. 23, 2011 2:01 p.m. | NOW readers: We need your help.

We want to build a list of your favorite places — maybe an eatery, a park, a theater — to go to in the town and the city. We’ll then put that list on the location-based service Foursquare, where you can follow and check off as you visit each place.
 
Here’s how it will work:
 
Visit the MyCommunityNOW Facebook page from Nov. 24 to Dec. 4 and comment on our wall or in response to our status update telling us your favorite places to go to in Brookfield. You can recommend one place or you can recommend 10; it’s your choice.
 
Then from Dec. 5 to 11, visit our Facebook page again and vote on your two favorite places of the recommendations we received. The top 10 responses will be included in our Best of Brookfield list.
 
So help us discover your favorite places.

Bayside software company forms joint venture, to create 250 jobs

Nov. 22, 2011 9:12 a.m. | Up to 250 jobs could be created in the next five years as a Bayside firm partners with a company in India to provide information technology services for airlines, travel agencies and others in the travel industry.

Many of the jobs at the joint venture, named Blue7 Solutions, will be for software developers and engineers. The average pay will be $60,000 a year, according to John Ische, president of Trisept Solutions, the Bayside firm that's partnered with Mumbai-based Blue Star Infotech.

"We are going to start recruiting right away" to fill some positions, Ische said Tuesday.

"We will be looking for software developers, software engineers, business analysts and software testers. Those will be the primary skill sets," he added.

Trisept was formerly the information technology business of Mark Travel Corp. and became a stand-alone company in 2000. It has 180 employees who provide technology services, such as reservation systems, for the travel industry.

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NOW newspapers to be delivered Friday this week

Nov. 21, 2011 1:51 p.m. | All NOW newspapers will be delivered Friday, Nov. 25, due to this week's Thanksgiving holiday.

Looking to subscribe? We currently offer subscriptions to Brookfield-ElmGroveNOW, North ShoreNOW, WauwatosaNOW and WaukeshaNOW.

You can also purchase single issues of our Brookfield-Elm GroveNOW, WauwatosaNOW and WaukeshaNOW publications.

Thanks for your continued readership of our print and web editions and enjoy your holiday season!

New details released in crash that killed two Nicolet students

Nov. 21, 2011 1:50 p.m. | The two Nicolet High School students who died in a car crash early Saturday appear to have sneaked out of their homes without their parents' knowledge shortly before the crash, according to a report by the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office released Monday.

The report made no mention of toxicology reports, which are pending.

According to the report:

Driver Halee Ludowise-Fischer and Jennifer Geren, both 15, were driving east on W. Good Hope Road in Ludowise-Fischer's mother's 2009 Mitsubishi shortly before 1 a.m. when a River Hills police officer noticed a taillight on the vehicle was out. He activated his lights and tried to pull the car over, but the driver sped off, running through two traffic lights. The officer turned off his lights and stopped the chase.

Shortly after, he saw sparks flying in the air when the girls' car struck a transformer.

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Two Nicolet sophomore girls killed in car crash

Nov. 19, 2011 8:46 p.m. | Two 15-year-old girls who were sophomores at Nicolet High School died early Saturday in a one-car crash in Glendale after River Hills police attempted to stop the car because the taillights weren't on and the young driver fled at a high rate of speed, authorities said.

Halee Ludowise-Fischer of Glendale and Jennifer Geren of Fox Point died in the 1 a.m. crash at W. Good Hope Road and N. Seneca Ave., Glendale Police Lt. Donald Haffner said.

Ludowise-Fischer, who had a learner's permit, was driving her mother's 2009 Mitsubishi, Haffner said. After River Hills police tried to stop her, she sped east on Good Hope Road. Police did not pursue because the taillight violation was minor, Haffner said.

Ludowise-Fischer lost control of the car in Glendale, and the car hit a stop sign and then a utility pole before coming to rest on its side with the roof against a tree about four blocks east of I-43 on Good Hope Road, Haffner said. Both girls died at the scene.

Haffner said there was no evidence of alcohol. An autopsy is routinely done in fatal crashes. Both girls were wearing seat belts, police said.

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Shorewood Sendik's to remodel with village financing

Nov. 18, 2011 11:03 a.m. | Nehring's Sendik's supermarket, in Shorewood, plans to soon begin a $350,000 remodeling project, financed by a grant and loan from the village.

The $200,000 grant, and $150,000 loan, were unanimously recommended for approval Friday by the Community Development Authority. The Village Board will consider the financing proposal at its Monday meeting.

The funds would pay for a new floor, mechanical systems, furnishings and other upgrades at Sendik's, 4027 N. Oakland Ave. Owners John and Anne Nehring hope to begin the work by mid-January, and have it finished by spring.

The goal is to have the work done by the time the supermarket's parking lot is closed to accommodate a project to develop a new Walgreens, 84 upper-level apartments, and some parking decks.

Once that project is completed, the parking decks will include free spaces for customers of Sendik's and other nearby businesses.

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Survey asks: Should 53092 be linked to Mequon or Thiensville?

Nov. 18, 2011 10:44 a.m. | Customers in the 53092 ZIP code will be asked their mailing address preference, Mequon or Thiensville, in a survey being mailed to all households.

The United States Postal Service database currently lists Thiensville as the actual city for the ZIP code, with Mequon the default city.

In September the city of Mequon asked the USPS to consider a change, making Mequon the actual city and Thiensville the default city.

Thiensville has gone on record as being opposed to the change.

Mail will continue to be delivered to all addresses in the ZIP code regardless of whether Mequon or Thiensville is written on the envelope, and the Post Office, located at 124 W. Freistadt Road, Thiensville, will continue to be the Thiensville Post Office.

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County Board restores half of NSFD's paramedic supplemental funds

Nov. 17, 2011 5:30 p.m. | Because the Milwaukee County Board overrode most of County Executive Chris Abele's vetoes of the 2012 budget, the North Shore Fire Department will receive $180,000 of supplemental money for its paramedic program. Abele's budget eliminated a $3 million supplemental payment made to fire departments in the county. Under Abele's budget the North Shore Fire Department would have received no funds for its paramedic program.

The County Board restored half of the funding and decided to follow the distribution formula developed by the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council after earlier considering a formula change.

Although not the $362,000 the department had expected when developing its 2012 budget, Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said today that staff and the union are working on ways to make up the remaining deficit.

Whitaker said he does not anticipate any job losses or layoffs.

Brown Deer voters approve both referendum questions

Nov. 15, 2011 9:26 p.m. | Brown Deer will move to a two-school campus with an upper school for grades seven through 12 that will have a field house. Voters in the village approved both referendum questions Tuesday.

Question 1, asking approval of an $18 million plan for two schools, passed by a sound 63.22 percent of the votes cast, 1,339 yes to 766 no. That plan includes moving grades K4 through six into the current middle school which will be renovated and repurposed and moving grades seven and eight into the current high school.

An addition will be built on the high school to accommodate the additional grades. The money also provides some funding for outdoor improvements on the large campus, including walking paths.

Question 2, asking for a $4 million field house, a large gym with an indoor track, at the current high school, was also approved by a smaller margin, with 52.03 percent or 1,102 votes for it, 46.13 percent or 977 votes against it.

Dean School will be razed once the other buildings are ready for students.

Glendale's budget down, levy up for 2012

Nov. 15, 2011 3:26 p.m. | Mayor Jerry Tepper praised the department heads, city staff and all city employees for the efforts that led to a decrease of $66,714 in the city's budget for 2012. Without the hard work put in by the department heads to develop budgets that met the goal of maintaining services without increasing spending and without the cooperation of employees in paying more for their fringe benefits, the Common Council's budget challenge would have been even greater.

The council on Monday adopted an $18,899,972 budget with a tax levy of $12,135,043. The levy is up $77,891, the exact amount of increase in the city's debt service fund levy. Under state law, the city is allowed to increase the levy for debt service.

The tax rate for the city's portion of the taxes will increase to $7.64 per $1,000 of assessed value, up from $6.83 per $1,000 a year ago. However, because of a citywide revaluation of property done this year, the impact on individual property owners will vary.

City Administrator Richard Maslowski said a home valued at $200,000 last year is now valued at $177,400. The city's tax on that house for 2012 would be $1,355, a drop of $10 or 1 percent from the tax of $1,366 last year.

Residential property in the city dropped an average of 10.8 percent in the revaluation. If your house dropped 10.8 percent or more, it is likely the city portion of the tax bill will decrease. If it did not drop that much, the city portion will likely increase.

Brown Deer voters head to polls for school referendum

Nov. 15, 2011 10:16 a.m. | Voters will go to the polls today to decide on two school district referendum questions.

The first question asks for approval of $18 million that would be used to move students into two schools. The current middle school would be repurposed into a K4 through grade six building while the existing high school would be converted to a school for grades seven to 12. An addition would be built onto the high school as part of the plan.

A second question asks for approval of $4 million for a field house at the high school building instead of the new gym that would be part of the $18 million question.

Polls are open until 8 p.m.

Judge rejects bid to move Mequon murder trial

Nov. 14, 2011 3:18 p.m. | Port Washington - Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy on Monday rejected a 20-year-old Mequon man's request to move his trial on charges he murdered his parents to another county.

Dennis V. Markov faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the April 17 slayings of Victor Markov, 45, and Larissa Markov, 39. The couple was found dead in the garage of their home in the Ville du Parc neighborhood. Each had been shot in the back of the head.

A jury trial is set to begin Jan. 23.

Dennis Markov was at the home when police arrived to conduct a welfare check after Larissa Markov failed to show up for work. He told officers he shot his parents after his father denied his request for $5 in gas money.

Brown Deer police warn of increase in catalytic converter thefts

Nov. 09, 2011 4:32 p.m. | Over the past three weeks the Brown Deer Police Department and several other area police departments have been investigating numerous theft incidents involving catalytic converters stolen from vehicles. The crimes have all occurred during daylight hours and may have been witnessed by unsuspecting residents.

The suspects are either using cordless power saws or a hack saw to cut the catalytic converter from the exhaust system. It is believed the suspects are able to remove the catalytic converters very quickly. The suspects are selling the converters to scrap yards as the units on older model vehicles contain small amounts of platinum.

In Brown Deer, the thefts have been reported in recent weeks in the 8900 to 9100 block of Park Plaza Court and the 9200 to 9600 blocks of North Green Bay Road

The Brown Deer Police Department is requesting that residents contact police if they observe suspicious behavior, such as individuals crawling under or working under vehicles in area parking lots or driveways.

Mequon-Thiensville schools plan to phase out German instruction

Nov. 09, 2011 3:12 p.m. | The Mequon-Thiensville school district is planning to phase out German instruction and replace it with an Asian language, says its superintendent.

Superintendent Demond Means said the outlines of the plan were presented to the School Board on Oct. 31, and would be part of the district's budget process for the 2012-'13 school year. The board hasn't taken any votes on the proposal.

The district offers German instruction from seventh grade through high school, and currently has 75 students taking the language, Means said. A district committee is looking at Mandarin Chinese as the replacement language, he said.

As for the phasing out of German, it would start with the elimination of seventh-grade German instruction in the 2012-'13 school year, he said, with current German students allowed to continue taking the language until they graduate from high school. The final year, if that schedule plays out, would be 2016-'17. The district now has one German teacher, Eric Schultz, but Means said he's also certified in social studies.  

Helene Ziemer-Loew, executive director of the New Jersey-based American Association of Teachers of German, said though the number of students of German increased in the most recent figures, some school districts are cutting out the language for budgetary reasons. Chinese is often a replacement, she said, partly because the Chinese government subsidizes teachers of Chinese to put in teaching stints at American schools, and that saves money for school districts that place them. In addition, she said, Chinese is popular because of the country's economic ascendancy — though she points out that Germany is also doing well economically.

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Driver says alcohol withdrawal seizure, not drinking, caused crash

Nov. 08, 2011 1:43 p.m. | The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a Whitefish Bay man's unusual defense to refusing an alcohol test after his arrest for suspected drunken driving.

Michael D. Urben claimed his December 2008 crash resulted from a seizure caused by alcohol withdrawal, and the lingering affects of the seizure left him unable to consciously refuse or consent to a test.

Urben, 37, had crashed near the corner of Lake and Capitol drives in Shorewood around 3:30 p.m. about 15 minutes after he left work as a nuclear medicine specialist. Police thought he was drunk, so they took him in, where he refused a breath or blood test.

"Urben contends that he is a recovering alcoholic who had suffered two alcohol withdrawal
seizures before the accident, and that another alcohol-withdrawal seizure caused the accident. He told the circuit court that he had no recollection of anything in connection with the accident or his interactions with the Shorewood police officers."

At a refusal hearing in September 2010, Urben presented expert testimony about how someone in a "postictal state" after a seizure could appear to be functioning normally yet not be cognizant of their actions.

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Vote on your favorite Wauwatosa places

Nov. 07, 2011 8:13 a.m. | We asked you to name your favorite places in Wauwatosa on our Facebook page.

You did.

We received 26 comments and 49 venue recommendations. But now it’s time to vote. We want to know the top 10 of your favorite places in Tosa.

So read the list of the 50 venues, head over to our Facebook page, and vote for your two favorites. (Any votes for venues not already suggested will not be counted.) Some venues are just outside of Tosa's borders, but are included anyway because of their proximity to the city.

Voting will take place through Sunday, Nov. 13. Once the top 10 places have been compiled, you’ll be able to find them as a Foursquare list.

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Work to begin next month on Shorewood Walgreens, apartment project

Nov. 07, 2011 7:00 a.m. | Excavation work is to begin in December for a six-story building in Shorewood that will include a  new Walgreens, and 84 upper-level apartments.

Developers Mandel Group Inc. and RE Enterprises plan to have the Walgreens completed by January 2013 and the apartments by August 2013, said Robert Monnat, Mandel's chief operating officer.

The new building will be west of N. Oakland Ave. and south of E. Kenmore Place, on the parking lot for Nehring's Sendik's grocery store. The new building will relocate Walgreens from its current location across Kenmore Place.

The project will include two parking decks, one under the apartments and the other to be built just west of Sendik's. They will provide spaces for the apartment residents and residents of a nearby apartment building operated by Katz Properties Inc.

The parking decks also will provide about 150 free parking spaces for daytime customers of Walgreens, Sendik's and other nearby businesses, with the village charging fees for overnight parking.

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Waterford defense stymies Bay, 17-0, in WIAA playoff battle

Nov. 04, 2011 10:29 p.m. | Two weeks in a row now, the Whitefish Bay football team played in historic WIAA playoff games.

Last Saturday, it beat Brookfield East, 40-21, to advance to level 3 of the playoffs for the first time in their school history. Had the Spartans won that game, they would have made the same claim.

And this Friday night, playing their first home playoff game in over a decade, the Blue Dukes and Waterford (11-1) were both striving to make the WIAA state semifinals for the first time each.

But this time around, it was Waterford who broke through the historic barrier, forcing three Bay interceptions and grinding out first down after first down in a physical 17-0, WIAA Division 2, Level 3 victory.

It was like the banner that hung in front of the Wolverines' student section.

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Grassroots Northshore Program discusses how to protect your vote and other election issues

Nov. 04, 2011 4:50 p.m. | Grassroots Northshore is hosting a town hall meeting with a presentation by Wisconsin Counts, Ltd. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N. Bartlett Avenue, Shorewood. (Enter through Northeast Door.) The event is open to the public.

The town hall meeting discusses what happens after you cast your vote and what you can do to make sure your vote is protected. Wisconsin Counts, Ltd. is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical Wisconsin not-for-profit corporation dedicated to protecting the integrity of elections in Wisconsin. The presentation will be followed by questions from the audience.

Refreshments will be served.

Grassroots Northshore informs, educates and advocates for progressive change and solutions. For additional information on the town hall or Grassroots Northshore, contact coordinator Keith Schmitz at (414) 963-0847.

Chinese business hub planned at Northridge appears dead

Nov. 04, 2011 7:00 a.m. | A plan to convert the former Northridge Mall into a location for Chinese businesses to sell clothing and other wholesale merchandise, and operate retail outlets, is apparently dead.

The proposal was announced nearly two years ago, in December 2009, by Beijing-based Toward Group, which owns the property north of W. Brown Deer Road and west of N. 76th St.

Toward Group's Milwaukee attorney, Julie Lee, told me this week that the firm has talked with several commercial real estate brokers about listing the Northridge property for sale. Toward has not yet signed a listing agreement, she said.

"At this point, (Toward Group) is considering several different options that include selling the property to an appropriate buyer as well as pursuing development opportunities with other collaborators," Lee said, in an email.

Lee said she didn't know if that meant the plan to develop Northridge as a hub for Chinese businesses has been dropped.

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GT boys v-ball team beats Nicolet to earn first state tourney berth

Nov. 03, 2011 9:49 p.m. | Just five years into its short up-and-down history, the Germantown boys volleyball team is making its first trip to the WIAA state tournament courtesy of a thrilling 22-25, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 15-12 victory over North Shore rival Nicolet Thursday night.

It's a unique group that includes star power of basketball heroes turned volleyball devotees Zak and Jake Showalter, Luke Fischer and Jon Averkamp.

Zak Showalter got the match-winning kill coming out of the middle in the fifth game while the 6-8 Fischer had an almost perfect hit percentage in coming up with 16 kills.

It was the kind of intense action that made it hard to hear in an overflowing Nicolet gym as the North Shore Conference co-champions, which split two matches this season, did battle in their most important contest of the fall.

Even the battle-tested Zak Showalter, who has played hoops before crowds of 6,000 and more, was amazed at the intensity of the scene.

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Tosa East spikers beat Shorewood, makes sixth straight trip to State

Nov. 03, 2011 9:14 p.m. | Wauwatosa East battled a scrappy Shorewood team Thursday night and emerged with a 3-1 victory and the WIAA Sectional Championship at Brookfield East.

The Red Raiders, who were down 25-24, won the first game, 27-25, but Shorewood bounced back to win the second game, 25-19 to even the match at 1-1.

But the Red Raiders, who were making their sixth straight trip to state, won the third match easily, 25-16, to take a 2-1 lead.

Coach Kevin Gemignani fired up his young Greyhounds, who only had four seniors on the team, and they battled the Red Raiders before losing a thriller, 30-28.

"We're an athletic team, but we're small," Gemignani said. "They're an athletic team, but they're big."

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County Line Road closed for railroad repair

Nov. 03, 2011 10:44 a.m. | Motorists take note. The Canadian National Railway crossing on West County Line Road, between the Ozaukee Interurban and Spanky's Hideaway, is being repaired starting today through Nov. 10.

The road is closed at the crossing. Detours are posted.

Concordia gets a $1 million donation, and a baseball team

Nov. 01, 2011 2:25 p.m. | Concordia University of Wisconsin on Tuesday announced that Kapco Inc., a family-run metal fabrication and stamping company in Grafton, had donated $1 million toward completion of the school's new baseball field.

At a news conference at the Mequon campus, officials announced the stadium would be named Kapco Field. Kapco owner Jim Kacmarcik said the stadium will also be the home of the Lakeshore Chinooks, a franchise in the Northwoods League. The league is a wood-bat league featuring top college players.

The Chinooks will be managed by John Vodenlich, the head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

The Chinooks will be owned by Kacmarcik. Minority owners include Hall of Famer Robin Yount and Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker.

University spokesman Rick Riehl said the $1 million Kapco donation is part of a $2.7 million fund already allocated for the stadium. The original stadium design called for a $3.4 million stadium.

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Community Watch

» Homestead boys lead start to finish in winning tournament opener over KT 11/26

» Advertising veteran McDonald dies 11/25

» Ex-Whitefish Bay barber faces child porn charges 11/24

» Tell us what Brookfield’s best hotspots are 11/23

» Bayside software company forms joint venture, to create 250 jobs 11/22

» NOW newspapers to be delivered Friday this week 11/21

» New details released in crash that killed two Nicolet students 11/21

» Two Nicolet sophomore girls killed in car crash Updated:  11/19

» Shorewood Sendik's to remodel with village financing 11/18

» Survey asks: Should 53092 be linked to Mequon or Thiensville? 11/18

» County Board restores half of NSFD's paramedic supplemental funds 11/17

» Brown Deer voters approve both referendum questions 11/15

» Glendale's budget down, levy up for 2012 11/15

» Brown Deer voters head to polls for school referendum 11/15

» Judge rejects bid to move Mequon murder trial 11/14

» Brown Deer police warn of increase in catalytic converter thefts 11/9

» Mequon-Thiensville schools plan to phase out German instruction 11/9

» Driver says alcohol withdrawal seizure, not drinking, caused crash 11/8

» Vote on your favorite Wauwatosa places 11/7

» Work to begin next month on Shorewood Walgreens, apartment project 11/7

» Waterford defense stymies Bay, 17-0, in WIAA playoff battle 11/4

» Grassroots Northshore Program discusses how to protect your vote and other election issues 11/4

» Chinese business hub planned at Northridge appears dead 11/4

» GT boys v-ball team beats Nicolet to earn first state tourney berth 11/3

» Tosa East spikers beat Shorewood, makes sixth straight trip to State 11/3

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