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5 Killed in Shooting at Molson Coors in Milwaukee

In a city renowned for its brewing tradition, the sprawling Molson Coors campus was an icon in itself, a place known for decades to Milwaukee locals as the
old Miller Brewery. But on Wednesday afternoon, officials said, a worker still in his uniform stormed the facility and began shooting. He killed five people, all fellow employees. “It’s frightening,” said Representative Gwen Moore, a Democrat whose district includes Milwaukee, and whose congressional office includes a Miller High Life sign.

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Body camera footage was shown during the trial of a Milwaukee police officer
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Milwaukee Officer Is Acquitted in Killing of Sylville Smith

The latest high-profile prosecution of a police officer for a fatal shooting ended in an acquittal on Wednesday, as jurors cleared a Milwaukee officer of wrongdoing in the death of a 23-year-old man, Sylville K. Smith. The shooting in August touched off two days of protests and violence on this city’s north side. The verdict — the second acquittal in a week of a police officer facing criminal charges for a fatal shooting — was announced in a tense, emotional courtroom after less than 10 hours of deliberations.

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Dressed as the presidential candidates, Spencer Dumford, left, and Dan Shultz gestured to passing cars and people in the parking lot of a polling place in Manchester, N.H.
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Rage and Suspicion Reign as Americans, Painfully Split, Cast Their Votes.

Outside a polling place in the suburbs of Detroit, a shouting match between two women escalated into a parking-lot scuffle, ending with one of them
shoved to the pavement. At a community center in southern Florida, a middle-aged woman handing out Republican pamphlets reached frantically for her pepper spray as a man supporting Hillary Clinton charged at her.

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Demonstrators surrounding a police vehicle on Sunday as they protested the fatal shooting of Sylville K. Smith by an officer in Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee Shaken by Eruption of Violence After Shooting by Police

Like many of his neighbors, Dominic A. Lebourgeois was in disbelief on Sunday at the level of violence that descended on his Sherman Park neighborhood the previous evening. “I’ve lived here for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Mr. Lebourgeois, 53, a self-employed handyman. Hours after a police officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man, angry crowds confronted the police and then went on a rampage, destroying property, setting fires and throwing rocks and other missiles at officers.

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Milwaukee Shaken by Eruption of Violence After Shooting by Police

Violent protests broke out in Milwaukee after a young black man was shot and killed by police. A group of angry residents — fed up with what they see as increasing police brutality against blacks in the city and across the country — set fire to a gas station, auto parts store, beauty supply store and a bank. In the aftermath, most residents in the city’s predominantly black, middle class Sherman Park neighborhood decried the violence and destruction, preferring instead to gather for prayer, but at the same time, confirmed a widespread feeling that poverty and joblessness is replacing the area’s former economic stability, and that racism plays a factor.

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Walker Exits from a Windowless Room

I captured the mood and the scene for the NY Times’ First Draft political newsletter, and contrasted Walker’s lonely, drab exit to the colorful fanfare when he announced his run in July, an event I had also covered. For Mr. Walker, who is fond of joking that “Madison is 68 square miles surrounded by reality”
– a rendering of a quote first used by former Gov. Lee S. Dreyfus, the scene on Monday afternoon in the state’s capital must have seemed surreal. As dozens of teachers and other public employee union members with whom Mr. Walker has often clashed cheered in the bright sunshine outside the Edgewater Hotel.

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Scott Walker Drops Out

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin withdrew from the 2016 Republican presidential race on Monday, citing a need to “clear the field” for a “positive conservative message.” Updated, 9:59 p.m. | Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, whose early glow as a Republican presidential contender was snuffed out with the rise of anti-establishment rivals, announced Monday that he was quitting the race and urged some of his 15 rivals to do the same so the party could unite against the leading candidate, Donald J. Trump.

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Looking for the animal on Sunday in Milwaukee as the citywide search intensified. A grainy cellphone video has given the animal a Bigfoot-like celebrity
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A Creature on the Loose Puts Milwaukee Residents on Edge

This story about a possible lion roaming loose in Milwaukee was the second-most viewed and second-most shared story on the National News page of the New York Times website that day. The story drew almost 2,000 “likes,” over 800 “shares” and hundreds of comments after being posted on the NY Times Facebook page. — One man saw the creature for only a few bone-chilling seconds, but he remembers that it was big, with heavy brown fur and a long tail, and not in any particular hurry as it walked through his neighborhood in Milwaukee and then disappeared into a thickly wooded ravine.

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Dominique Heaggan-Brown, center, with his lawyers at the opening of his trial in Milwaukee on Tuesday in the killing of Sylville K. Smith. If convicted of first-degree reckless homicide, Mr. Heaggan-Brown, a former police officer, could face up to 60 years in prison
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Milwaukee Officer is Acquitted in High Profile Trial

When the police officer went on trial for first-degree reckless homicide in a shooting that touched off riots in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park, body camera footage became key evidence. I covered this trial, leading to three stories, the final one making page 1A. I was the only member of the media to coax an interview from the mother of the officer on trial. I also covered the emotional reaction outside the courthouse after the verdict.

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