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13 Things to Do in Milwaukee During the First Weekend of October – Milwaukee Magazine10.08.21

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FRIDAY | 2018 1st

If Milwaukeeans are going to be united by one thing, that one thing better be beer. Be the first to try Milwaukees most diverse six pack of beer and kombucha. And spend the night indulging African Cuisine from onsite food trucks, late night pizza and drinks from local breweries.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY | S110W30240 YMCA CAMP RD., MUKWONAGO

Be the first to stroll through this socially distant fall haven featuring over 2000 hand carved Jack OLanterns illuminating the night sky.

SATURDAY | 108 E. WELLS ST.

Showcasing Milwaukees theatrical talent, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater will be hosting 10, 60-minute performances by the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater and Stiemke Studio. All events are free, but reservations must be made in advance.

SATURDAY | 530 S. 2nd

The Lowdown will shut down 2nd Street for the third annual street fest featuring beers, food, art and music.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY | DOWNTOWN CEDARBURG

Name a better way to kick off October than Oktoberfest! Dont miss out on live music, dancing and authentic German entertainment.

SUNDAY | 200 N. HARBOR DR.

Marking its 40th year, the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon will run south along Lake Michigan from Grafton to Summerfest. With a two-person relay option, a kids run and a post-marathon celebration featuting food, beer and music, there truly is something for everyone.

SUNDAY | BRADY STREET

Get creative and have fun this weekend at Brady Streets Pet Parade. Dress your critter up in a costume for a chance to win a prize in one of the following categories: Best Costume, Best Tail Wagging, Best Trick and Best Pet/Owner Look-Alike. The event includes a parade, live music and a local illustrator designing Pet Parade graphics.

SUNDAY | 706 S. 5th

Celebrating over 15 years of laughs, Comedyfest is billed as the largest multi-day comedy event in the state of Wisconsin. From October 3-10, performers from across the country will be in 14 live shows and special events at The Laughing Tap, Lakefront Brewery, Dandy and Var Gallery. Comedyfest alumni have gone on to work for the likes of Conan, Comedy Central, Netflix and SNL.

SUNDAY AT NOON | 505 S. 5th

Join MobCraft Beer in celebrating a beloved Wisconsin tradition: Oktoberfest. Featuring everything from live music to German-inspired food and tap beer, this is an event you wont want to miss.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY | 400 W. WISCONSIN AVE.

Head over to the Wisconsin Center this weekend for the Tattoo Arts Convention featuring special guests: Tattoo Charlies, Horiryu, Al Fliction, Kyle Dunbar, Jim Francis, Charles Whitfield, Gary Parisi, Candy Dunbar and Trocon Talhouk.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY | MENOMONEE RIVER VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD

Swing by the Harley-Davison Museum on Friday night for an outdoor movie night. The event will start at 6:00 p.m. for kids to take a tour of the museum campus, complete a scavenger hunt and demo Harley-Davidsons IRON12 ebike all before the 7:00 showtime. Saturday will feature a scooter tour from 1-2:15 p.m. to explore trails and scenic views.

SATURDAY | VARIOUS COLLECTION CENTERS

This Saturday, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music will host an instrument drive for Southeastern Wisconsin families who cannot afford to rent or buy instruments. Donated instruments will be cleaned, repaired and given to students and community members.

SATURDAY FROM NOON-8 P.M. | 6832 W. BECHER ST., WEST ALLIS

Featuring live music from Hungry Williams and The Bluegrass Allstars, food and craft vendors, bratwurst fry and Oktoberfest beers, Blocktoberbest will be the perfect celebration to ring in the new month.

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CSU QB Todd Centeio has second chance to make first impressions in FoCo. He vows to make it count. – The Denver Post09.04.21

FORT COLLINS Every tattoo tells a story. But lets start with the newest one, the one that pops right after you shake Todd Centeios hand:

That giant B-plus.

The one inked in red, tucked between the thumb and the index finger.

A lot of people are like, Why do you have a grade on your hand? the CSU Rams senior quarterback explained. And its not.

One of my coaches at Temple (was) Adam DiMichele he would always talk to me and hed be like, Be positive, be positive.

And at practice, he would write a B and a plus sign on his hands. And Im like, One day, Im going to get that tattooed on myself because its a great reminder to be positive at all times.

For a guy whos never passed for more than 141 yards in a college game, almost every planet in Centeios orbit exudes positivity. Good throw, bad throw, No. 7 flashes the same smile. Same hope. Be positive.

New CSU offensive coordinator Jon Budmayr, who spent the previous six seasons as an assistant at Wisconsin, earlier this year likened Centeio to ex-Badgers great Russell Wilson. Rams coach Steve Addazio, who can be as blunt as a sledgehammer, has compared the Florida natives traits to those of Tim Tebow and Donovan McNabb, two NFL quarterbacks he helped tutor at Florida and Syracuse, respectively.

And when a reporter last month asked The Daz about Centeios offensive numbers 14-for-36 passing, 207 yards, one touchdown, one pick during the 2020 season, the second-year Rams coach got borderline, well, defensive.

You can tell that it kind of bothers me from the standpoint of, What are we talking about here? Addazio countered. He started (the 2020 opener) because he was the best leader and the best competitor and he had done the things necessary to be in that game. Theres a lot of things that go into playing quarterback. You know, everybody looks at one thing, a passing stat. Well, thats part of it. But whats the rest of the story on the passing stat?

Toddy got hurt (at Fresno State) and really wasnt able to play the next two games. That injury lingered. It was on his throwing hand. Then he had an ankle injury. We played four games

Im so impressed with him right now in training camp hes highly accurate. Hes throwing the (crud) out of the ball right now. Never mind the fact that he can beat you with his feet. I think Jon Budmayr has done a fabulous job with Toddy Centeio. I see tremendous growth with him right now in a very short period of time.

In the moments when Centeio cracks a joke, or gets animated about a particular point, he brings his arms up from his lap. Thats when you spot the matching ink across his lower thighs.

Another message. Another mantra.

Right thigh: GOD

Left thigh: SPEED

Thats the time that Im on, Centeio explained. Just whatever speed God wants me to go about.

We know about the legs. Coming out of Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Rams quarterback clocked at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash while recording a 33-inch vertical leap. At Temple, Centeio scooted 21 yards on one play during a rout of ECU in 2018 and racked up 45 yards in one jaunt against UConn a year later. The legs, that speed, was never the question.

Now hes on a mission to prove that the injury to his index finger last autumn It was painful to throw, but, you know, I tried to push through it, Centeio recalled was the root cause of those subpar passing numbers.

I just feel like I can make a play (at) anytime in the game, the Rams quarterback said. I feel like I have a great relationship with a lot of people. I hang out with the linemen. I hang out with even the defensive (guys) so I feel like we just built that relationship with everybody. Everybody trusts me and I trust them. Respect, it goes both ways.

After falling short on his preparation by his own admission in 2020, Centeio doubled down on the classroom side heading into this year. And that cramming hasnt gone without notice by his teammates.

(Centeio) might see something that I dont see, and he switches the protection, he might make an audible, offensive tackle Barry Wesley said. Hes a very smart guy, hes very intelligent, hes able to make those decisions at a very fast rate.

The left arm is devoted to faith. Across the forearm, you can just make out Isaiah 41:10: Do not fear, for I am with you.

Left bicep: A sacred heart.

Youve got the spirit wisdom, Centeio continued. And up here, it (reads): The world is yours.

FoCo could be his, too, starting Friday night against South Dakota State. A game that comes with the rarest of gifts: a second chance to make a first impression.

Ill randomly walk by (teammates) and say, Yo, whats this? And see if they know (the play), Centeio said. And (Ill) go, Hey, good job, you know it, youre really in the P.B., youre really in the playbook, getting it done.

So thats my focus. It feels like everybody, across the board, is just being prepared and playing relentless. The skys the limit for us.

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Wild Indian Review: Reckoning With the Past to Save the Present – The New York Times09.04.21

Some time ago, there was an Ojibwe man, who got a little sick and wandered West, the intertitle at the start of Wild Indian states. The camera finds a man stooped and slowly making his way through the woods and follows him for a spell. Little is an understatement: His face is covered with pox blisters. This more-than-cautionary note sets the tone for the First Nations writer-director Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.s symbolically rich and subtle thriller focused on two cousins who share a secret about a rending act of violence.

As boys on a Wisconsin reservation, the cousins, Makwa and Teddo, have lives that are different by degrees. While Makwas home is far more brutal, both boys live in poverty, with empty beer bottles crowding tabletops. Teddos folks seem absent. Makwas are viciously present. The arbitrary violence endured by Makwa doesnt make sense until a priest at the boys school delivers a homily. He tells his young audience that it was the story of Cain and Abel, with its lessons in suffering and worthiness, that introduced resentment into the world.

After a defining incident in the woods, the cousins paths diverge. Teddo (a sympathetic Chaske Spencer) spends decades in and out of prison. What happened to your face? his sister (Lisa Cromarty) asks with touching sorrow when she sees the paw print tattoo across his cheek after hes been released.

The first time we see the adult Makwa, hes setting up a shot on a golf course. Played by Michael Greyeyes, he has a chiseled beauty. He has done well in California. He has a corporate gig (with Jesse Eisenberg giving a fidgety performance as his boss), a loving wife (Kate Bosworth), a dark-haired toddler and an apartment with gallery-size walls, the better to display Native-themed artwork. He now goes by Michael. The transit from cherubic-faced Makwa to an emptied soul to a corporate striver who leverages his Indigenous identity appears complete although a disturbing encounter at a strip club underscores that Michael is still writing his history of violence.

As for Teddo, much took place while he was incarcerated: His mother died; his nephew was born; life and loss went on. Its no surprise hes coiled and angry. Still, he nearly lets his ache for vengeance recede. Nearly. Teddo asks after Makwa and tracks him down. It takes a nimble and deft compassion to capture the various wounds of individual, familial and generational trauma. What Corbine does with the cousins inevitable reuniting teases his films doleful prologue and the priests Sunday sermon. The ensuing violence and its aftermath are chilling, woeful and utterly consistent with the tragedy that began long before a fateful afternoon in the woods.

Wild IndianNot rated. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes. In theaters and available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Google Play and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators.

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Amber Alert Issued For Infant With Life-Threatening’ Medical Condition From Wisconsin – NBC Chicago08.09.21

An Amber Alert was issued Thursday afternoon for a 2-month-old from Wisconsin, who police say has a life-threatening medical condition.

The Wisconsin Rapid Police Department was attempting to check the wellbeing of Dorian Giesen while investigating a possible child neglect and abuse case Wednesday, officials said.

According to authorities, officers tried to contact Dorian's mother, Haley Pelot. A vehicle pursuit began, but ended when Pelot threatened physical harm to the infant, police said.

Dorian has a life-threatening medical condition that requires medication "multiple times per day," police said. Pelot is believed to not have the medication with her.

Dorian has brown hair and blue eyes, weighs nine pounds and is 1-foot, 11-inches tall. Pelot is 28 years old with brown hair and hazel eyes, standing 5-feet, 1-inch tall and weighing 120 pounds. She has a flower tattoo on the left side of her ribs, a "Hales" tattoo on her neck and a tribal rose tattoo on her leg. Pelot also has two hearts tattooed on her back.

The two are believed to be in a silver 2002 Toyota Camry, license plate reading AHY5345 from Wisconsin.

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Art & Chalk Fest 2021 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art | By Jennifer Turner – washingtoncountyinsider.com08.09.21

West Bend, WI Join the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) at its annual Art & Chalk Festa live arts weekend. This free, outdoor, live arts festival is set amidst the museums four-acre campus and features 40+ artists from the Wisconsin arts community.

Experience live art demonstrations from artists who specialize in Ebru (the Turkish art of marbling), tintype photography, pottery, poetry, plein-air painting, weaving, and of course, chalk art.

Watch your festival t-shirt memento screen printed before your eyes from a press on wheels. Or walk away with a henna tattoo. Perhaps encounter a poetry reading. Kids will flock to the face painting and balloon animals.

Artactivities for all agesare offered throughout the weekend along with liveentertainment and music,food vendors, a beer garden, and free admission for the weekend to theMuseum of Wisconsin Art.

Stay the day, and join us Saturday night for a special headlining performance by Appleton-based singer-songwriter Cory Chisel featuring an immersive large-scale video projection on the museum.

Event DetailsSaturday, August 21 | 10:00-5:00 | Festival and Museum OpenSaturday, August 21 | 5:30-9:00 | After Hours ConcertsSunday, August 22 | 10:00-4:00 | Festival and Museum Open

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First Thing: Human rights activists, dissidents and journalists targeted by Pegasus spyware – The Guardian07.25.21

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Human rights lawyers, activists and dissidents across the globe were selected as possible candidates for invasive surveillance via their phones, leaked phone data suggests.

The Guardians Pegasus project reveals that their mobile phone numbers appeared in leaked records, indicating they were selected prior to possible surveillance targeting by governmental clients of the Israeli company NSO Group, which developed the Pegasus spyware.

NSO has repeatedly insisted that Pegasus is meant to be used only to spy on terrorists and serious criminals. The tool can extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones.

Loujain al-Hathloul, the most prominent womens rights activist in Saudi Arabia, was one of those selected for possible targeting, just weeks before her 2018 abduction in the United Arab Emirates and forced return to Saudi Arabia, where she was imprisoned for three years and allegedly tortured. It is believed Hathloul was selected by the UAE, a known client of NSO and close ally of Saudi Arabia.

Check out this handy explainer about Pegasus, and what this spyware is capable of.

NSO has claimed it will cut off clients if they misuse Pegasus. In a response to the consortium, it denied the leaked records were evidence of targeting with Pegasus and said it will continue to investigate all credible claims of misuse and take appropriate action based on the result of these investigations.

Joe Biden may have promised to use his presidency to restore the soul of America and to unite the nation, defuse anger, resentment and hatred and lead Americans back to a world where they treated each other with dignity and respect.

But six months on, Bidens assurances are at risk of appearing overly romantic. About 1,400 miles west from the White House, in Dallas, Texas, people who had been hoping for change are witnessing an explosion of regressive, extreme rightwing laws pushed through by the states Republicans, Ed Pilkington writes.

Of particular concern is the Republican bill to make it even more difficult to vote in a state that already makes it harder to vote than any other in the country.

Another new law expected to come into effect in September effectively tries to turn ordinary citizens into anti-abortion bounty hunters, offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who successfully sues a fellow Texan for helping a woman seek an abortion beyond six weeks of pregnancy.

The Bootleg Fire, the largest wildfire in the US, torched more dry forest landscape in Oregon on Sunday, one of at least 70 major blazes burning across the west and nearby states.

The wildfire, which is raging just north of the California border, grew to more than 476 sq miles (1,210 sq km), an area about the size of Los Angeles.

Erratic winds fed the Bootleg Fire, creating dangerous conditions for firefighters and hampering their efforts.

Two thousand residents have been evacuated from a largely rural area of lakes and wildlife refuges.

The blaze, which is 22% contained, has burned at least 67 homes and 100 outbuildings while threatening thousands more.

The British far-right commentator Katie Hopkins is facing imminent deportation from Australia, after her visa was cancelled because she boasted about breaching hotel quarantine rules. Hopkins, 46, broadcast a live video from what she claimed was a Sydney hotel room on Saturday morning, describing Covid-19 lockdowns as the greatest hoax in human history.

A US father and son have been imprisoned in Tokyo for helping the former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn flee to Lebanon. A Tokyo court has handed down the first sentences related to Ghosns arrest and escape from Japan, ruling that the US army special forces veteran Michael Taylor will be jailed for two years and his son, Peter, for one year and eight months.

The billionaire space race could be one giant leap for pollution, as Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and co are hoping to vastly expand the number of people travelling to space.

Spectators cheered as a stone statue of a Confederate general was hoisted by a crane and removed from a pedestal where it stood for 99 years in front of a city hall in south Louisiana on Saturday.

A joint investigation by the Guardian and Food and Water Watch shows that a handful of mega firms dominate every link of the food supply chain: from seeds and fertilizers to slaughterhouses and supermarkets to cereals and beers, US consumers are almost entirely at the mercy of a few huge companies when buying food.

Workers at Hufcor, a family-owned company founded in Janesville, Wisconsin, 120 years ago, are fighting the closure of the plant and the moving of operations to Monterrey, Mexico, which is wiping out the jobs of 166 workers. Their opponent? The private-equity firm OpenGate Capital, which acquired the company four years ago and which, according to the Wisconsin senator Tammy Baldwin, has a history of shutting down businesses and giving workers pink slips in Wisconsin.

Covering the climate crisis is one of the most important things we do at the Guardian. So today were introducing Climate Check, a new First Thing section to help you stay on top of the environmental stories that matter the most. Today, we thought wed bring to your attention that the American Petroleum Institute, a powerful US lobby group, receives millions from oil companies to help big oil block climate action. My colleague Chris McGreal reports.

Once a symbol of individualism, many tattoos are now far from unique. What happens when you walk into a tattoo parlour and come out with someone elses inky ornament on your arm after a quick Google of cool tattoos men? James Shackell knows.

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The MacIver Weekly Disease Brief: COVID-19 In Wisconsin – MacIverInstitute07.09.21

Executive Order #82was issued by Governor Evers on July 30, 2020 in response to a new spike in COVID-19 infections in the state.The order appoints the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as the lead agency to respond to the emergency. It also gives the Wisconsin National Guard the power to assist in the August 11 fall primary election.

Emergency Order #1 was also issued by Governor Evers on July 30. The order requires that all people aged 5 and older wear a face mask or cloth face covering when they are in any indoor or enclosed space other than a private home. Enclosed spaces include outdoor bars and restaurants (both places that are clearly not indoors). Enclosed spaces also include ride-share services and public transport. People are allowed to remove their masks when they are eating or drinking; when they are communicating with someone with hearing problems; while receiving a service like having photos taken for an ID; while swimming; while giving a speech or speaking, as long as the speaker is at least 6 feet away from their viewers; when wearing a mask would be a hazard; when your identity needs to be confirmed; when federal law prohibits mask wearing; and when sleeping. People are exempt from the order entirely if they have a disorder or condition that prevents them from wearing a mask; if they cannot remove the mask by themselves, like if they are unconscious; if they has trouble breathing; if they are below the age of 5; and if they are incarcerated. The State Legislature and the Supreme Court are also exempt. People are discouraged from using medical-grade masks like N95 respirators. Violators of the order can be fined $200 underWis. Stat. 323.28. The order goes into effect at 12:01 AM on August 1, 2020, and expires on September 28, 2020.

Executive and emergency orders below are from March 12, 2020 to May 11, 2020. Orders were issued from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin until the State Supreme Court struck down Wisconsins second Safer at Home lockdown order.

Certain orders below are enforceable under Wis. Stat. 252.25. This means that people who violate the order or obstruct the enforcement of the order can be charged with up to 30 days in prison, a maximum fine of $500, or both. Orders where Wis. Stat. 252.25 does apply will be noted at the end of each order summary.

Executive Order #72declared a public health emergency in Wisconsin on March 12, 2020. Through the declaration, Governor Evers designated the Department of Health Services (DHS) as the lead responding agency to the emergency and gave the DHS authority to suspend the provisions of any administrative rule that would prevent the agency from taking appropriate action to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The order also authorizes the national guard to respond to the health emergency as needed, and directs the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to enforce crack-downs on price gauging.

Emergency Order #1was authorized by DHS Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm on March 13, 2020. The order requires all Wisconsin public and private schools to close for student instruction and extracurricular activities. The closure was to take effect from March 18, 2020 until April 6, 2020. This order has now been amended by Order #5. See below.

Emergency Order #2was signed by Governor Evers on March 14, 2020. It allows certain trucks to receive overweight permits, without fee, if they are transporting essential restock to grocery retailers. The order also relieves out-of-state delivery trucks from certain federal and state requirements. Finally, the order waives required permit fees for non-Wisconsin trucks to make 72-hour grocery delivery trips into Wisconsin.

Emergency Order #3was signed by the Governor on March 15, 2020. The order suspends 27 sets of administrative rules by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Suspensions cover various rules, including certain required medical exams for children in settings like foster care or group homes. Certain standards and requirements in the field of child care are also suspended, including mandated schedules for pay, limits on the amount of children allowed to be in ones care, child care license requirements, and record keeping requirements, among other requirements.

Emergency Order #4was issued on March 16, 2020 by Secretary-Designee Palm, prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or more, be they public or private gatherings, planned or spontaneous. Locations conditionally exempt from the order included food pantries, libraries, transportation facilities, grocery and convenience stores, office spaces, the state capitol, state courts, and restaurants and bars, among others. The order went into effect at midnight on March 17 and any violators may be subject to Wis. Stat.252.25.

Emergency Order #5was issued by Palm onMarch 17, 2020. The order prohibited gatherings of 10 or more people and ordered all restaurants and bars to close from normal operations by 5:00 PM on the 17th. Order #5 also required all public and private Wisconsin schools to close, from 5:00 PM on March 18 until the end of the public health emergency. The order exempts transportation services, child care facilities, government facilities, retail establishments, educational institutions for non-instructional purposes, and healthcare facilities,among others. The order allowed food establishments, like restaurants, to stay open for take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery.Wis. Stat.252.25 applies to any violators of this order.

Emergency Order #6was issued on March 18, 2020 by Secretary-Designee Palm. The order determined that licensed child care facilities are limited to no more than 10 staff members and 50 children present at one time. The order went into effect at 8:00am on March 19. Violators of the order are subject to Wis. Stat.252.25.

Emergency Order #7was also issued on March 18, 2020. Governor Evers signed the order to prohibit employers from firing workers who have exhibited symptoms or have contracted COVID-19. For Wisconsinites who have lost jobs due to the virus, the order suspends the weekly job-search requirement for people to make unemployment insurance claims. The order was retroactively made effective since March 12. Violators of Order #7 are subject to prosecution pursuant of Wis. Stat.252.25.

Emergency Order #8was signed by Secretary-Designee Palm on March 20, 2020 as an update to Emergency Order #5. Whereas Order #5 mandated that bars, restaurants, and schools be closed, Order #8 also includes the closure of Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, day spas, tattoo parlors, body art establishments, and tanning facilities by 5:00 PM on March 20, 2020. #8 makes more specific which locations are exempt from the mass gathering order and further specifies how restaurants are allowed to operate. Wis. Stat.252.25 applies to order violations, but only a maximum of $250 may be charged for a fine.

Emergency Order #9was also signed on March 20, 2020 by Governor Evers. The order sets a temporary ban on admissions to the state prisons and juvenile facilities operated by the Department of Corrections. The order may be lifted by the DOC, partially or completely. Under #9, the DOC may continue to use facilities for temporary custody and detention. The order went into effect on Monday, March 23.

Emergency Order #10was issued on March 21, 2020 by the Governor. The order suspends four administrative rules by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). One suspension streamlines theapplication process for state mandated school instruction hour waivers. The second suspension waives requirements for student teaching to ensure that seniors in a teaching program may graduate on time. The final two suspensions allow the Superintendent of Public Instructionto set new deadlines for choice school submissions and for 4-K grant applications, respectively.

Emergency Order #11was signed by the Governor on March 22, 2020, at the request of the Public Service Commissions (PSC) Chairperson Rebecca Valcq. The order suspends 17 PSC administrative rules on the provision of electricity, gas, and water services. In the words of Chairwoman Valcq, the suspensions would Authorize public utilities to waive late fees;Temporarily suspend disconnections, other than those needed for safety reasons;Enable customers who are unable to make a cash deposit to obtain residential service;Ensure that deferred payment agreements are available not only to residential customers but also commercial, farm, and industrial customers; [And] streamline the process for customers to apply for utility service by suspending requirements for identity and/or residence verification.

Emergency Order #12is the state shelter-in-place (Safer at Home) order issued on March 24, 2020 by Secretary-Designee Palm. The order demands that all members stay in their homes or residences and bans all non-essential travel of any kind, unless it is to get food, medicine, medical care, or other supplies to maintain quarantine. The order updates Orders #5 and #8 to further ban all public and private gatherings of any number of people unless the group lives under one roof.All for-profit and non-profit businesses with a physical presence in Wisconsin are banned from operation, with certain exceptions for essential businesses and special circumstances. Please read the Emergency Order in the link above to determine if your work or business is deemed essential. The order takes effect at 8:00 AM on March 25, 2020 and ends at 8:00 AM on April 24, 2020 unless a new sunset date is set by a later order. Wis. Stat.252.25 applies to order violations with a maximum fine of $250, maximum prison sentence of 30 days, or both.

Emergency Order #13 was issued on March 26, 2020 by Governor Evers. The order allows minors between 14 and 15 years old to work without a child labor permit. Certain other requirements must be met however, such as written consent from the minors guardian for the child to work. 30 days after the public health emergency has ended, the employer must pay for a permit to be given to the minors hired during the duration of this order. If that permit is not attained by the employer after that 30 days, there may be prosecution. Violators of the order are subject to Wis. Stat.252.25.

Emergency Order #14 was issued by the Governor and by Palm on March 27, 2020. The order amends Emergency Order #2, further regulating the weight of trucks that are transporting essential restock to Wisconsin grocers. Special permits given through Order #2 are now extended by Order #14 until April 11, 2020. The order is effective until the public health emergency is called off.

Emergency Order #15 was issued by Governor Evers and Secretary-Designee Palm on March 27, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from ending someones renter status or initiating the eviction process on any tennant who has failed to pay rent. Sheriffs likewise cannot act on any writs of restitution by a landlord and cannot carry out an eviction order if the sole reason is the renters failure to pay. The only reason, under the order, that a renter may be evicted for late payment is if they also pose a threat to others by remaining at the residence. The order similarly forbids mortgage lenders and sheriffs from foreclosing on a resident who cannot pay their mortgage. The Governor insisted in his public address on Friday the 27th that this is not an excuse to stop paying rent or mortgage if it is within a persons ability to make these payments. The order is effective for 60 days, until May 26, 2020.

Emergency Order #16 was also issued on March 27 by the Governor and the DHS Secretary-Designee. #16 loosens certain DSPS credentialing regulations among healthcare workers in order to allow more active workers into the field. The order specifically opens up interstate reciprocity to the licenses of out-of-state or Canadian healthcare providers, extends temporary healthcare licenses for workers, opens up work in telemedicine, and lessens restrictions on physycians assistants. It also enables qualified nurses to be quickly credentialed and allows healthcare workers whose licenses have expired in the last 5 years to re-enter into areas of medical need. A full list of changes to healthcare license regulations can be found in the order. The order is in effect until the end of the public health emergency and violators are subject to a maximum $250 fine and/or 30 days imprisonment under Wis. Stat.252.25.

Emergency Order #17 was signed into effect on March 27, 2020 by the Governor. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) normally regulates, through nutrient management plans, how farmers may dump farm waste to fertilize their fields. The rule is to ensure that the dumped waste, like manure, does not contaminate any groundwater or waterways. Emergency Order #17 suspends that rule for certain small and medium sized farm owners who are unable to meet their nutrient management plan requirements during the state of emergency. The companion directive allows those farms to dispose of unused, excess milk as fertilizer on their properties, without the regulation. This order is in effect until the end of the public health emergency.

Emergency Order #18 was issued on March 30, 2020 by Evers and Palm to suspend six more DCF administrative rules. If a child has been initially determined to have been abused or neglected, the first suspension waives the required time period in which a review or a rescheduled review must be held on the determination. The order also suspends the deadline in which a newly placed foster child must receive a medical and dental exam. Another suspension makes it allowable for a hold-over room to hold a child for more than 24 hours and for a shelter facility to house a child for more than 30 days. #18 also suspends the deadline for when children receiving social services must have a physical exam. The last suspension waives the required time in which certain newly hired Wisconsin Works employees must complete their initial training. This order does not supersede any previous orders. The emergency order is in effect until the end of the emergency.

Executive Order #73 was declared by the Governor on April 3, 2020. The order called a special session of the legislature for Saturday, April 4 to take up the Governors proposed changes to the April 7, 2020 spring primary election. The proposal asks that the spring election be moved to May 19, that witness signatrue requirements on absentee ballots be waived, further in-person voting cease, further votes be mail-in only, and that all registered voters who have not yet voted or requested a ballot be automatically sent an absentee ballot. Under the proposal, ballot counting would begin once all ballots have been sent by a municipality and ballots would be accepted until May 26. Evers proposal would also combine the May 12 special election for Congressional Distict 7 with the extended spring primary election. The order requests these changes to minimize the risk posed to citizens and poll workers by eliminating the need for them to go to the polls on election day and risk exposure to the coronavirus. The order references the massive shortages in poll workers statewide (5,250 short as of April 2, even after consolidating voting locations) and also references the increasing mass of absentee ballot requests that leave insufficient time, within current mandate, for poll workers and clerks to count them all. It is unknown if the legislature will convene and it is unlikely that the Republican-majority legislature will pass the Governors proposal.

Emergency Order #19 was issued by Evers and Palm on April 2, 2020. The order requires local health officials to report the address of anyone in the area diagnosed with COVID-19 to their local first responders. Police officers, EMTs, Child Protective Services agents, parole officers, and any other professional who may have to enter the home of an infected person will be notified. This is meant for those professionals to prepare to protect their personal health before coming in contact with the patient. These warnings, according to the order, may not be used as a reason to not respond to an emergency call. The patients addresses are to remain confidential within the circle of area first responders and the local health department, however the order allows exception to that rule in the event of an undefined life-threatening emergency. This order is in effect until the end of the public health emergency.

Emergency Order #20 was issued on April 3, 2020 by the Governor and Palm. The order modifies the section of Emergency Order #16 which allows interstate reciprocity for current medical licenses and certifications. Order #16 is still in effect, but #20 modifies Section 1 to include speech-language pathologists and massage therapists among those allowed to practice in WI. It also modifies #16 so that health care providers who come to practice in WI must apply for a temporary or permanent Wisconsin health care licence within 30 days of beginning work in the state. Any license that was obtained by a health care worker during the health emergency will remain valid until 30 days after the emergency is over. It is now required that DSPS be notified that a health care worker is working in the state within 10 days of starting. This order is in effect until the end of the public health emergency.

Emergency Order #21 was issued by the Governor and Palm on April 3, 2020. The order suspends 47 DHS administrative rules. 15 rules are suspended related to EMS work, three to Home Health Agencies, three to hospice facilities, five to nursing homes, eight to nurse aid training programs, one to medical feeding assistants, two to community based residential facilities, three to adult family homes, and seven related to narcotic treatment services for opiate addiction. The order deregulates training requirements, inspection requirements, and licensure expiration rules, among others, in each category (see the full order in the link above for further details on the suspended administrative rules). This order also allows the DHS to suspend any additional DHS rules, as necessary, that require fees or worker assessments. If these rule suspensions conflict with federal regulations, an additional waiver may need to be submitted. Violators of this order are subject to a $500 fine and/or prison according to Wis. Stat. 252.25. The order is active until the end of the public health emergency.

Executive Order #74 was issued by Governor Evers on April 6, 2020. The order attempts to suspend in-person voting during the April 7 spring primary election and extend requests for absentee ballots until June 4, 2020, to be collected until 8:00 pm on June 9, 2020. Ballots that have already been cast absentee will still count under the order and do not need to be resubmitted. The order also demands another special legislative session on April 7 at 2:00 pm. Under the order, those in office who would be replaced in the spring election are allowed to continue their terms until the deadline to file for a voting recount has passed. Any new officials to take office after this election will end their term as originally scheduled, as if the election day had not been moved. Republican leadership rejected Evers previous request for a special session last Friday afternoon, April 3. Shortly after Order #74 was publicly released, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced that they will challenge Executive Order #74 in the Wisconsin Supreme Court immediately. The Wisconsin Supreme Court voted in favor of the GOP, 4-2, later that afternoon.

Emergency Order #22 was issued by the Governor on April 9, 2020. The order rolls back 14 Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS)administrative rules. Five of the rules remove specific deadlines to conduct routine inspections and approve of certain building permits. Similarly, one of the rules suspends and postpones required fire inspections until the end of the public health emergency. Paper submissions of building planning documents for elevators, buildings, plumbing, and wastewater treatment systems are now mandatorily replaced with electronic submission. The new order also removes the requirement for physical therapist assistants to meet face-to-face with their supervising physicians and extends the duration in which the certification test scores of a CPA candidate are valid. To read all rule suspensions and their specifics, please refer to the Emergency Order here. This order is in effect until the end of the public health emergency.

Emergency Order #23was issued by the Governor on April 9, 2020. The order suspends nine Department of Veteran Affairs administrative rules to remove barriers to receiving aid from the Assistants to Needy Veterans Grant (ANVG) program. The first three suspensions include definition changes for liquid assets, declaration of aid, and for description of benefits. Another item suspends economic emergency as a requirement to apply for the ANVG program. To apply for the program, this order removes the requirements for a declaration of aid, allows applicants to now exceed 180% of the federal poverty line, and takes away certain time limits within which an applicant must submit an application for aid and within which an applicant may receive health care aid. The order is effective until the end of the public health emergency.

Emergency Order #24 was issued on April 10 by Governor Evers, adding another set of modifications to Emergency Orders #2 and #14 on emergency overweight permits. Whereas previous orders allowed the DOT to issue emergency overweight permits to trucks carrying restock to grocery stores, Order #24 allows the DOT to issue permits to trucks carrying supplies to any critical service sectors identified by the federal CISA as essential. The order increases the maximum allowable weight of these trucks and retroactively applies these new standards to permits issued under Emergency Order #14. The permits will expire once the public health emergency officially ends in WI.

Emergency Order #25 was issued on April 14, 2020 by Secretary-Designee Palm to establish required COVID-19 procedures in Wisconsins migrant labor camps. The order requires social distancing standards during work time, on all worker transportation even if this requires additional transport or reduces productivity, and in dormitory and barracks style housing. Camp managers are required to provide cloth face coverings, daily disinfection of high-touch surfaces, and hand washing or hand sanitizer stations in select areas of the camp. Workers symptomatic for COVID-19 must be assigned to a separate toilet room/toilet, separate transportation, and separate living accommodations, among other requirements. This order, along with CDC handwashing guidelines, must be posted around the camp in english and, if necessary, in the dominant language at each work camp. Emergency Order #25 must also be included with a migrant workers written disclosure. Violators of the order may be subject to penalties under Wis. Stat.252.25. The order is in effect for 60 days, until June 13.

Emergency Order #26 was issued by the Governor on April 13, 2020 to suspend another 38 administrative DCF rules. This order targets rules for child care services in 5 areas: child care facilities and operators in general, family child care facilities, group child care facilities, day camps, and the child care subsidy program. Select suspensions remove specifics on hours of operation, hours that a child may be in a facilitys care, the ratio of caregivers to children, child health and permission records that operators must maintain, and programming for child night care. Please reference the Order for the full list of rule suspensions. This order supersedes conflicting items in Emergency Orders #3, 6, 12, and 18, but all four previous orders are still in effect. The order is in effect from now until the end of the public health emergency.

Emergency Order #27 was issued by the Governor on April 14, 2020 to suspend three Department of Tourism administrative rules. Suspension of the first rule now allows new tourism advertising projects to go underway at any time. The suspended rule prohibits advertisers from applying for a project if the advertising will be made public during a traditionally busy tourism period in their area. The second rule suspension now allows the applicant for an advertising project to receive the remainder of their marketing funds granted by the Department of Tourism in May, instead of just in April. The third suspension removes the time deadlines for a project application if the advertisement would help the recovery of Wisconsins state tourism economy.

Emergency Order #28 was issued by Andrea Palm at the request of the Governor on April 16, 2020. The order extends the Governors Safer-At-Home Order until May 26, 2020. #28 closely aligns with Order #12 with some key differences. For essential businesses, cleaning procedures need to be increased within their facilities and stores must limit the amount of people in their facilities at a time. Occupancy limits should be enforced with waiting lines outside of the stores or measures like scheduled pick-ups of goods. Essential businesses must also offer two hours per week dedicated exclusively to shopping for at-risk populations. All schools in the state are now closed for the rest of the school year, but may continue to administer distance and virtual learning. The order now opens libraries exclusively for curbside pick-up and drop-off of books, opens arts and craft stores only to customers buying supplies to make PPE with, and opens golf courses with certain limitations (driving ranges and mini golf courses remain closed). Some restrictions on non-essential businesses are lifted. These entities may now schedule and conduct curbside delivery and pick-up of their products. Non-essential businesses must now designate which of their employees are essential and suppliers may only provide goods to their businesses that will meet minimum basic operational needs. Public parks and open spaces may now be closed at the discretion of local health departments if the traffic does not allow for social distancing, if vandalism and disturbing of the peace become a problem, and if The local government does not have the ability to monitor or enforce Social Distancing Requirements. Like #12, this Safer-At-Home order asks that people in Wisconsin follow all DHS and CDC COVID-19 guidelines to the best of their abilities. To date (April 16, 2020), the CDC standards now include wearing a cloth face covering any time you leave the house. Tribal Nations are exempt from this order. Violators of the order may be subject to 30 days imprisonment, or up to $250 fine, or both. Wis. Stat. 252.25. Emergency Order #28 begins on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 8:00am and ends at 8:00am on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Emergency Order #29 was issued by the Governor on April 17, 2020. The order suspends one University of Wisconsin System administrative rule. Unclassified staff members of the UW System are normally required to file reports on their outside activities on or before April 30. This order extends the submission deadline to June 30. Unclassified staff are typically faculty, academic staff and limited appointees in the UW System. This order is in effect until the end of the public health emergency.

Emergency Order #30 was also issued on April 17, 2020 by the Governor. The Order suspends 14 administrative rules under the Department of Natural Resources. The suspensions relate to certification and recertification of waterworks operators, water system operators, septage servicing operators, and wastewater treatment plant operators. Suspended rules include those requiring a timeline for when certificate applications must be submitted, rules that mandate certificate expiration after 3 years, and rules that mandate the hours and deadlines for continuing education for workers in each field. This order is in effect from its issuance until the end of the public health emergency.

Emergency Order #31was issued by Palm on April 20, 2020 to establish the DOAs plan to reopen the Wisconsin economy, titled the Badger Bounce Back plan. The plan establishes a set of 14 requirements, divided into Gating Criteria and Core Responsibilities of the state. These requirements must be met or progress towards them must be shown in order to move out of Safer at Home and into one of three phases of reopening. The MacIver Institute staff has published a full analysis of the Badger Bounce Back plan here. Please reference the Emergency Order in the link above or the MacIver analysis for more detailed information on the plan.

Emergency Order #32 was issued by the Governor and Palm on April 23, 2020 to describe the way the Alternate Care Facility (ACF) constructed at the Wisconsin State Fair Park will operate. The facility will be a temporary accommodation for stable, lower-risk COVID-19 patients from overcrowded hospitals and other medical facilities in Wisconsin. Medical facilities can send patients to the ACF once they have expanded their capacity for COVID-19 patients, and that capacity has reached 80%. The order puts the DOA and a leadership team of healthcare professionals in charge of the ACF. Leadership must make a weekly review of hospitals that are sending patients to the ACF to reassess needs. This order is effective until the DHS determines that its no longer necessary to keep the ACF open and it can be safely torn down.

Emergency Order #33was issued by Governor Evers on April 24, 2020, suspending four administrative rules under the Department of Revenue. A retailer is normally required to sign invoices when receiving shipments of beer, liquor, and cigarettes. This emergency order suspends those rules so a signature is no longer required. For retailers that have a contract with the Wisconsin Lottery, thisorder also suspends requirements for them to sell a minimum monthly quota of lottery tickets. Under normal circumstances, retailers with a Wisconsin Lottery contract are obligated to sell an average of $400 worth of tickets per month. This order is in effect until the end of the public health emergency.

Emergency Order #34was issued by Palm on April 27, 2020 to edit the definition of minimum basic operations that was established in the renewed Safer at Home order. A non-essential business may now accept curbside drop-off and pick-up of goods or animals for service, repair, or care. This would allow customers to drop off small engines like lawn mowers for repair, or drop off dogs for grooming. Outdoor recreation rentals are now permitted under minimum basic operations. Items like kayaks, golf carts, and ATVs, for example, can now be rented. Self-service, automatic car washes are now permitted to operate as well. When working in each new capacity listed here, only one staff member may work in a single room or confined space at a time. Drop-offs and pick-ups must be scheduled ahead of time, and payment for services must be conducted online or over the phone, in order to maintain social distancing requirements. A business may not require a signature for service from a customer. The order is in effect until the end of the Safer at Home order.

Emergency Order #35 was issued by the Governor and Palm on May 4, 2020 to suspend 53 administrative rules in different areas that affect local public health departments, Medicaid eligibility and benefits, new retailers using EBT, the Birth to Three Program, childrens long term support, adult long-term care, emergency mental health services, outpatient mental health clinics, community support programs, community substance abuse programs, occupational therapist licensing, and training of hearing aid specialists. Many of the suspensions expand telehealth, eliminate the need for in-person staff and client meetings, suspend signature requirements, and reduce occupational training regulations. Please see the order for further details. Noteworthy suspensions in this order eliminate required proof of financial and personal conditions when a person applies for Medicaid (MA), eliminate mandatory reviews of recipients eligibility for MA and SeniorCare, and allow recipients to re-enroll in an MA Payment Plan if they have a record of skipping past premium payments. Medicaid recipients cannot be removed from their plans during the COVID-19 crisis. Order #35 also says that anyone who enrolled in MA during the COVID-19 crisis will stay enrolled during the crisis. Violators of this order are subject to fines up to $500, imprisonment, or both under Wis. Stat. 252.25. This order is effective immediately until the end of the public health emergency.

Emergency Order #36 was issued by Palm on May 11, 2020. The order modifies minimum basic operations to allow retailers to reopen to a maximum 5 customers at a time, regardless of the size of the store or how many employees are present at a time. Only stores with outdoor entrances, like stand-alone or strip mall shops, are allowed to open. Stores at shopping malls must remain closed. Drive-in movie theaters are allowed to reopen as well, but the theaters may not provide customer seating. The order is effective until the end of Order #28, the Safer at Home extension order.

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FBI: Chicago murder suspect may be in Minnesota or Wisconsin – KARE11.com06.29.21

Devontay Anderson is wanted for the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl. The FBI says he should be considered armed and dangerous.

MINNEAPOLIS The FBI's Minneapolis branch says a Chicago murder suspect charged with shooting and killing a young girl may be in Minnesota or Wisconsin.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Devontay Davoucci Anderson.

Anderson is charged in a fatal shooting that happened on April 18, 2021. Prosecutors allege that Anderson and another person fired into a vehicle carrying a 7-year-old girl and her father as they waited in a restaurant drive-thru. The girl was hit several times and killed. The father was hit once but survived.

Anderson was charged with first-degree murder in Illinois on April 26, and a state warrant was issued for his arrest. Additionally, a federal arrest warrant was issued on April 29, after Anderson was charged with "unlawful flight to avoid prosecution."

The FBI's Minneapolis office said Friday in a tweet that they believe Anderson may be in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).

Anderson is described by the FBI as a Black man, 5 feet 5 or 6 inches tall, 150-160 pounds with brown eyes. He is 22 years old and has a small tattoo of capital letters written in script over his right eyebrow. The FBI says he should be considered armed and dangerous.

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‘This saves lives’: After losing his dad, cousin and friends to COVID, one man is pushing to get as many people vaccinated as he can – Milwaukee…05.19.21

Gerald Jones, right, speaks to Keenan Grenell after filling out paperwork to receive a COVID-19 vaccine May 1 at the Social Development Commission in Milwaukee. Grenell has become an advocate for vaccination after losing multiple family members to COVID-19 and getting it himself.(Photo: Ebony Cox / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Keenan Grenell stood patiently in the lobby of the Social Development Commission headquarters on Milwaukees north side.

The commission was hosting a pop-up coronavirus vaccination clinicand Grenell had volunteeredto help make the clinic run as smooth as possible.

When Gerald Jones walked in, Grenell greeted him and thanked him for coming in to get his vaccine. Grenell shared that his father had died from COVID-19, and Jones expressed his sympathy.

Id rather you fight with it than without it, Grenell said as he escorted Jonesto get his shot.

Travis Timmons, left, elbow bumps Keenan Grenell before being escorted to receive his first COVID-19 vaccine May 1 at the Social Development Commission in Milwaukee. Grenell has become an advocate for vaccination after losing multiple family members to COVID-19 and getting it himself.(Photo: Ebony Cox / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

When Travis Timmons, a young adult, came in for his shot, Grennell encouraged him to talk withhis peers about being vaccinated.

"If you can get a needle to the arm for a tattoo," Timmons said, "you can get a needle to the arm to get a vaccine and save a life."

Grenell continued like that, one after another, welcoming and encouraging anyone who came through the doors.

Grenell losthis father, cousin, brother-in-law and others close to him to the coronavirus, and he had his ownfight against COVID-19 after he contracted it at his father's funeral. He's seen more than enough suffering, and hasmade it his mission to do everything he can to make sure others get vaccinated.

I want to help prevent people from having to go through what I went through, Grenell said.Im so obsessed with people understanding how important this is, Im a little short, in terms of patience, on this.

In Wisconsin, 2.2 million people, or roughly 38% of the population, have completed the vaccination series, and nearly 2.6million have received one dose of the vaccine. The people who wanted the vaccine badly have gotten it. The much harder part of the effort will be reaching and persuading those who can't easily get to a vaccination clinic, or those who are hesitant or don't want the vaccine at all.

Organizations like the SDC are becoming more creative about findingthose people.

George Hinton, CEO of the commission, said Grenell is part of the team that helped bring the vaccine to the SDC offices.

Hes one of the inspirations for why were so committed to making sure we can do everything to support the community being vaccinated, Hinton said.

Hinton has watched Grenellin one-on-one conversationstry to persuade staff members at the SDC togetvaccinated.

Were like the communitywe have early adopters, early shot-takers and then we have those who are hesitant, Hinton said, adding they have used Grenells story in a video of why its important to get the vaccine.As a result of that, people did go get vaccinated ... but its an ongoing process.

The commission is planning on doing another pop-up clinic at its northwest location, 9155 N. 76th St., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.to help remove the barrier of transportation for people who are not vaccinated. The organization is partnering with Ascension Wisconsin which is providing the vaccine.

If we can take as manyexcusesawayand make it convenient, its going to be a big help, Hinton said. If you can do this in as many places as possible, I think in time, it will get more and more people to participate because it takes away one of the big issues, which is transportation. Like if you live right across thestreetyou can come over here and get vaccinated and in two weeks come back.

According to the SDC website, the first 100 people to get vaccinated will receive a $25 Walmart gift card.

In September, Grenell went down to Cleveland, Miss., to visit his father, Roosevelt Grenell, for his 90thbirthday.

Because of the pandemic,activitieswere limited but Grenellwasglad he was there to haveone of the most beautiful memorieswith his father.

Members of his church, which wasledby his pastor, they all lined up in their cars across the street in a parking lot, Grenell remembers. They put on a parade for him.

It was giving him his roses before he went on to glory, thats what it meant, Grenell said. It was telling him thanks for his years of service in that church, the years of service to the community. My dad was the first African American elected official in my hometown since reconstruction. So, politically, he meant a lot to people.

Grenell said his father was an aldermanfrom 1977 to 1989,but he was also an elementary school teacher and basketball coach to dozens of Cleveland residents throughthe years.

His father contracted the virus shortly after the party. That was the last time I saw my dad.

Grenell remembers calling his father when he was in the hospital. His father was non-responsive. He already had pneumonia, and theCOVID was "like throwing a set of weights to a drowning man in the ocean.

The lack of a personal connection through those phone calls botheredGrenell.

It hurt, it hurt deeply, Grenell said. I didnt get a chance to tell himgoodbyebecause even the last time I called him, he was non-responsive. He probably didnt even know that I was talking with him ... he didnt know me from the president of the United States.

It wouldnt be the last timethe virus took the life of someone close to Grenell.

Then I lost my first cousin in Chicago, hesaid. Then I lost my brother-in-law. And then I lost a close friend of mine here in Milwaukee ... then when I went home for (my fathers) funeral, 11 of us contracted COVID.

Grenell had surgery to remove a cyst in his chest and during a follow-up appointment mentioned to the nurse he felt a little feverish. A coronavirus testcame back positive.

The virus that killedpeople so close to him was now in his system.Heasked the nurse, Does this mean Im going to die?

I wanted to know, was this the end for me? Grenell said.It was scary.

Grenell was able to fight off the virus while in quarantine, but still has not fully regained his sense of smell and also is short of breath.

The reality of the virus, Grenell said, doesnt seem to sink in until you have to participate indiscussionsyou had never considered.

Keenan Grenell looks at the material given to those getting their first COVID-19 dose May 1 at the Social Development Commission in Milwaukee.(Photo: Ebony Cox / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

It doesnt really resonate with you until you have to talk to the funeral home, Grenell said. That was not a conversation I was looking to have with the funeral home who took care of my fathers funeral. The funeral home is not an organization that I get up in the morning looking to seek out.

Grenell remembers the pain and difficulty of writing his fathers obituary and looking at old photos.

Those are notexperiencesthat people with these excuses really understand until it happens to them, Grenell said. Then it becomes crystal clear. Thenall of a sudden their eyes are open. But they can save themselves from doing this or having to experience it if they go get vaccinated.

Grenell said hes willing to talk to anyone about the vaccine and even drive them to their appointment or a clinic.

This isno hoax, Grenell said. Its not some government conspiracy to do something to a mass group of citizens in this country ... you got all kinds of thinking out there and you have to combat that.

He hopes his efforts are contributing to the overall push to get citizens vaccinated. Its gotten to the point where people seehimand theyalreadyknow what hes going toask them.

Some seemeand they go in the other directionbecause they know my message, Grenell said. Im putting the pressure on them and everyone that I can because I know this saves lives.

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These Latinas Are Still Missing. Can You Help Find Them? – BELatina05.19.21

America prides itself on its freedom. But for many women, among them Latinas, the ability to walk outside safely is not a reality. Year after year, thousands of women have vanished. Often, foul play is at the hands of those closest to them (more often than not, a missing woman has been murdered by her spouse or significant other). Other times, people vanish due to uncontrolled mental illness or a desire to run away and start a new life. Whatever the reason, every human being deserves to be safe and found if they are missing.

We want to help bring to light some of the many missing Latinas so that maybe together, we can bring them home. Having their faces out in the public eye, even after the news teams have turned off their video cameras and have moved on to another story, is critical. So, take a look at these photos, read the stories, and please share.

It is especially troubling and sad when a teenager goes missing. In Brooklyn, 17-year old Sherry Alvarez disappeared on August 27, 2017. Although there is no information on what Sherry was wearing when she went missing, we do know some of her physical stats: Alvarez is Black, has black hair and brown eyes, stands 57 tall, and weighs 150 pounds.

Another missing Latina is 14-year-old Aaliyah Ramirez. She was last seen on April 27, 2021, in Syracuse, Indiana, where she lives, but could be as far away as Georgia or Florida. Ring footage of Aaliyah (who has black hair and brown eyes, is 58 tall, and weighs 138 pounds) leaving her home on her way to school shows her wearing, according to 16 WNDU-South Bend, a black jacket, grey and white sweatpants, and a purple Nike backpack and/or shoes.

On the Instagram page for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, you can learn more about the many children who have vanished in the U.S. One such kid is 14-year-old Elena Valdez. She was last seen in Glendale, Arizona, on April 25, 2021, and may still be there. She could go by the name Lupita. Her physical characteristics are as follows: black hair, brown eyes, 52 in height, and with a weight of 100 pounds. Elena may be in need of medical attention.

20-year-old Marilyn Martinez was last seen in the 400 block of Figueroa Drive, in Altadena, on September 28, 2019, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. She was wearing a black shirt, black jacket, black shorts, and tennis shoes and has black hair, brown eyes; is 49 tall and weighs 112 pounds. Marilyn has a star tattoo on both the left side of her stomach and the right side of her neck and suffers from schizophrenia.

Another missing Latina is JinetLee Luciano, who disappeared from Yonkers, New York, on May 4 of this year. The 28-year-old was last seen around 1 Pier Pointe Street, but what she was wearing then is unknown. What we do know is that Luciano is 58 tall, weighs 155 pounds, and in this photo has blonde hair and brown eyes. JinetLee also suffers from bipolar disorder with suicidal ideation.

Like so many missing women in America, we need to find Josefina Garcia. The 64-year-old was last seen on April 22, 2021, in Bakersfield. She was near the Dollar Tree on Stockdale Highway and California Avenue, per KGET 17 and her family. Josefina has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black shirt, brown pants, and black tennis shoes.

A child should be enjoying their youth, not experiencing something as horrendous as a kidnapping. Dulce Maria Alvarez, who was only five years old at the time of her disappearanceApril 25, 2014vanished from Bridgeton City Park in New Jersey. Officials believed she was taken by a man, perhaps in a red van, according to NBC 10. Dulce Maria was last seen wearing a yellow shirt with an elephant on it, black and white pants, and white shoes. She has brown hair and brown eyes and was about 3 tall and 60-70 pounds when she disappeared.

After not seeing her since the beginning of the month (March 9, 2021), a neighbor called Marshfield, Wisconsin authorities regarding 40-year-old Xiomara Santiago (according to WSAW). The brown hair browned-eyed Latina, who wears her hair both curly and straight, drives a 2008 blue, four-door Chevy Impala with the license plates AKN-1927.

Can you help bring Angie Plata home? This missing Latina was last seen on April 7 of this year in Kern County, California, and is 44 years old. Due to issues with her mental health, Angie is considered at-risk. She has black and grey hair, brown eyes, is 53 tall, weighs 250 pounds, and has three tattoos. One says Jesus and is on the left side of her chest; another is the name Vanessa on her left wrist. On her right wrist is the name Robert.

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