- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Girl, 14, stabbed during robbery on Milwaukee County bus

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Authorities say a 14-year-old girl was the second person stabbed during a robbery on a Milwaukee County Transit System within two days.

Police say the girl was on a bus Tuesday morning when she was approached by a man who demanded her cellphone before stabbing her. They say a witness chased the girl’s attacker and retrieved her phone, but the suspect escaped.

The girl was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.

Police believe the same suspect was involved in the first incident reported Monday night when a man followed a 21-year-old woman as she got off a bus, demanded her money, stabbed her and fled. The woman was taken to a hospital with injuries that aren’t life-threatening.

An investigation is ongoing.


Reds’ Bryan Price sorry for bad words, sticks by sentiment

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Cincinnati manager Bryan Price is sorry for using foul language in a pregame tirade. Everything in between the bad words remains fair game.

The Reds skipper stood firm on his stance that media shouldn’t report developments he thinks would put his team at a competitive disadvantage.

“I think probably before we get started it’s appropriate that I acknowledge the events of yesterday before the game,” Price told reporters before Tuesday night’s game at Milwaukee.

“I used a lot of bad language that I feel bad for in the aftermath. And I apologize for that. The content between the profanity is exactly how I felt, and I won’t apologize for that under any circumstances,” he added. “What I said was exactly how I felt. So what was your question?”

Price apologized twice in the manager’s office, once in front of TV cameras and again when the cameras were off. He looked reporters in the eyes during his apologies, which echoed a similar sentiment to the first apology of the day posted on the team’s Twitter account.

“While I stand by the content of my message, I am sorry for the choice of words,” Price said on Twitter.

Price’s blowup was out of character. The second-year manager is known for being gracious and respectful with reporters, and rarely swears in their presence.


Wisconsin Senate OKs eliminating gun waiting period

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans who control the state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would eliminate Wisconsin’s decades-old 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases, brushing aside Democrats’ concerns that the proposal would enable enraged people to quickly buy a deadly weapon.

The Senate passed the measure on a voice vote after the bill’s author, Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, argued that background checks can now be done far more quickly and people who can legally purchase pistols and revolvers shouldn’t be inconvenienced with having to make a return trip to gun stores to pick up their weapons.

“We are punishing people who can legally buy a gun,” said Wanggaard, a former police officer.

Democrats railed against the bill, saying eliminating the waiting period would allow angry people seeking revenge against their spouses, lovers or others to race to a gun shop and get a pistol within hours.

“Is society better served by letting people who are impulsive and angry go down and get a weapon?” asked Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison. “There’s no need for this bill at all. What’s wrong with a little inconvenience in order to give society a cooling-off period?”

Ten states and the District of Columbia currently impose some form of waiting period for buying handguns, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Wisconsin’s 48-hour period has been effect since 1976, according to the state Legislative Reference Bureau.

Wanggaard said the waiting period was enacted when background checks amounted to digging through file cards by hand. Today, computer technology allows the state Justice Department to conduct background checks in a matter of hours. If a buyer has a pristine record the check can be done almost instantly, he said.


Bucks president takes back ‘10-day’ deadline on arena talks

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin said Tuesday evening that there was no immediate deadline for a financing deal for a new arena.

The comments came after Feigin told business leaders earlier in the day that a deal needs to be done within 10 days so the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee can consider it.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1cX7XRfhttps://bit.ly/1cX7XRf ) reported that Feigin said, “The clock is ticking. This has to be wrapped up in the next 10 days.” His comments came with the Bucks playing the Chicago Bulls in the NBA playoffs.

A team spokesman later said that Feigin had misspoken in referring to the 10-day window.

“There is no immediate deadline for a financing plan and we’re not creating one,” Feigin said in a statement released Tuesday evening by the team. “We’re simply hopeful that progress continues with our partners and throughout the legislative and political process.”

The team wants a plan passed in the state budget in June so ground can be broken in the fall.

Team officials are set to meet Wednesday with legislative leaders and city and county leaders. One issue is how much public money should be part of a $500 million arena in an overall $1 billion entertainment district.

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