A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“When they said they used Johnny Hetland’s handcuffs to bring him into custody, the crowd just screamed. Thank God.”
Karla Seidenspinner, who has worked at Teezers Bar & Grill for 17 years. The suspect who law enforcement officials say shot and killed Racine Police Officer John Hetland last week was arrested Thursday, one day after Hetland’s funeral. Hetland, a 24-year Racine Police Department veteran, was shot and killed the night of June 17 at Teezers Bar & Grill while trying to stop an armed robbery.
“Mr. Dave Windsor, the (Milwaukee streetcar) system’s manager, told the Committee that his 2020 operating budget is facing a shortfall of as much as $1.5 million. It is true that he said the City was seeking revenues from informational kiosks and other forms of advertisement. It is also true that the City continues to seek corporate sponsorships. The sad fact, however, is that he could put a hard dollar amount to none of these. Far worse, when pressed on what he would do if this new money was not forthcoming and the streetcar’s existing resources ran out, he said flatly that he would turn to the Parking Fund. For those unfamiliar, this is money regularly used for other purposes. This is real City revenue that would be directed to the streetcar.
“How many police officers could we hire to patrol our streets for $1.5 million? How many potholes could we fill? How many streetlights could we replace? How many alleys could we pave? How many homes could have lead paint removed from their walls and windows? By the way, this number will only increase as the grants underwriting the streetcar’s operation expire and the generous contribution of the Potawatomi is spent. How can we, with a straight face, ever complain about not receiving our fair share of state revenue when we are unwisely willing to spend money we do receive on a failed system?”
Milwaukee Aldermen Bob Donovan and Mark Borkowski in a joint statement
“This is a problem that I view as the most significant public safety issue we face and one of the most significant public health issues. Number one is prevention. Number two is we need to expand access to substance abuse treatment, so people that are suffering from substance use disorder are able to get the help they need to get back on their feet.”
Wisconsin Attorney General Kaul
“Opioids often make the (chronic) pain worse. Opioids cause inflammation in the brain in a region that elevates pain levels. They seem to work pretty well, and then they backfire.
“The most important thing I do with a patient is to sit down and pay close attention to what they are saying. Instead of asking patients, ‘What is the matter?’ we should be asking them what matters to you. How is your life? Are you working? Do you sleep well? Do you have joy?”
Dr. Mel Pohl, chief medical officer of the Las Vegas Recovery Center, spoke during the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse at UW-Stout. Pohl is a nationally recognized speaker on pain
“Of course. Don’t meddle in the election.”
President Trump facetiously commenting to Russia’s Vladimir Putin after a reporter asked Trump if he would warn Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election. Trump and Putin traded brief remarks Friday, the first time they sat together since Helsinki, about issues they planned to discuss at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka.
“President Trump is basically giving Putin a green light to interfere in 2020. Putin’s the only one laughing.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
“Former Vice President Joe Biden entered Thursday’s debate with the most to lose. In one powerful moment, it did not go well. Kamala Harris of California, a former prosecutor, invoked race and identity, challenging Biden to apologize for working with segregationist senators and for opposing aspects of school busing in the 1970s. Biden did not apologize, and Harris then made it personal, saying she benefited from busing as a young girl in California.”
The Associated Press
“I just passed a television set on the way here. I saw that health care and maximum health care was given to 100% of the illegal immigrants coming into our country by the Democrats.” The Democratic debate “wasn’t very exciting.”
“Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team.”
President Donald Trump called out U.S. women’s national team co-captain Megan Rapinoe after a months-old video was posted on social media in which she used profanity when she said she wasn’t going to the White House if the team wins the Women’s World Cup
“We have never struck down a partisan gerrymander as unconstitutional_despite various requests over the past 45 years. The expansion of judicial authority would not be into just any area of controversy, but into one of the most intensely partisan aspects of American political life.”
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion in The Supreme Court ruling Thursday that partisan gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts is none of its business, a decision that leaves state officials free from federal court challenges to their plans to shape districts to blatantly help their parties
“She did nothing.”
Joey Piscitelli on his frustration about Democratic presidential nominee Kamala Harris. In the 2000s when Harris was San Francisco’s district attorney Piscitelli says she never responded to him when he wrote to tell her that a priest who had molested him was still in ministry at a local Catholic cathedral. And, he says, she didn’t reply five years later when he wrote again, urging her to release records on accused clergy to help other alleged victims who were filing lawsuits.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Democratic debate
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK