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Get your Assignment at Roll Call

In my 10 years of service as a Police Officer I have heard many citizens question the behavior of police officers.  Examples of this are, "I told the officer I was sorry and offered to shake his hand.  He refused to shake my hand.  How inconsiderate!" or,  "I got out of my car like he asked and it was cold outside.  I put my hands in my pockets and he kept telling me I had to keep my hands out of my pockets.  I think he just wanted me to be cold!"  These and many other actions by the police may seem inconsiderate and impolite on the surface but officers respond in this manner based on their training and experiences as Law Enforcement Officers.

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ADOPTED! Smart Scout is looking for love


Looking for a special valentine who will always adore you? Scout is smart, sophisticated and stunning. This Collie/Beagle is seeking a family who enjoys long walks on the beach, outdoor adventures, fine dining and comedies. She's only 1.5-years-old and is a hilarious, goofy girl who loves to show off all her new tricks!   

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ADOPTED ! Puppy siblings Tilly & Thomas

Tilly & Thomas are 6-month-old black Labrador Retrievers with amazing dispositions! They are very social, yet not impolite. They are eager to learn, a delight to play with, and they are pictures of robust good health! This weekend, there are many wonderful dogs and puppies looking for new homes at the Wisconsin Humane Society (including Tilly & Thomas' other littermates), not to mention cats, kittens, rabbits, rats, mice and other small animals. 

Love animals, but can't adopt?  Consider sponsoring an animal while they are at the shelter. You can click on any animal's profile and choose to sponsor a homeless animal awaiting a caring family. 

Welcome to 'On the Sidelines'

Welcome to On the Sidelines, my blog. I’m one of six full time general assignment staff photojournalists at CNI Newspapers. All six of us are general assignment, so sports is by no means all I cover for our papers and web sites, but because I’ve gotten a reputation as being good at sports photojournalism, I really love what I do, and I can tolerate the hours, sports is a hefty portion of what I cover.

A little bit about me. I’m 40 years old and live on the east side of Wauwatosa, a life long metro Milwaukee resident raised on Milwaukee’s blue collar south side and earning a degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in photography in 1989. I am a past president of the Wisconsin News Photographers Association.

I just passed the 19-year mark as a photojournalist, having been hired for my first job out of college in January of 1990. I still remember interviewing for that job and being told that “you need to work on your sports” after the chief photographer at that paper looked at my portfolio. I honestly can’t say I overtly took his advice, but looking back almost 20 years I have made progress.

Since 1990 I’ve worked at two small daily papers in southeast Wisconsin and have been at CNI since 2001. Besides the staff positions along the way I’ve been a contract freelancer for USA Today, the Associated Press, and NCAA to name a few. I’ve covered the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Ice Bowl-II in Green Bay, the last game at County Stadium for the Packers, the last Milwaukee Brewers game in County Stadium, the first game in Miller Park, and the All Star Game when it was in Milwaukee.

I guess that sounds cool to have covered those professional games and it was, but truth be told I much prefer to cover high school athletics to the pros. There’s a level of passion in high school athletics that I’ve never felt covering pro sports and where else but high school athletics can I cover soccer, swimming, and track and field (some of my favorite sports to cover) as much as I do?

Where this blog goes I really don’t know. I have ideas on topics to write about, but I want this to be a two way street as well as my ramblings. If you have questions about sports photography, newspapers, how I made a particular photo, or whatever please email me and I promise to get back to you or maybe turn your question into a blog entry.

A couple questions I seem to be asked regularly:

Q. Is this your real job?
A. Yes, it’s a real job. I work a 40-hour week Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday I give to my wife, Monday I give to myself.

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Honey bunnies

Bonnie the bunny is among many rabbits at the Wisconsin Humane Society looking for new homes this month. This sweetheart is soft and cuddly and will never wake you up at 3:00 a.m. because she's got to go outside.  Not only is she beautiful, but Bonnie has a personality to match!

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Fire Safety for Citizens-Part 5

Accidents in the home are common, as we all know.  And many of these can happen when you're cooking.  A few common sense measures can protect you and your family whether you are stirring up a quick dinner or creating a masterpiece four-course meal.  Follow these few DO's and DON'T's to help keep your kitchen safe.

How to help PREVENT cooking fires

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Authorities cooperate to arrest sexual predator in Waukesha

Because of the efforts of Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the state Department of Justice (DOJ), a sexual predator has been taken off the streets of Waukesha. Victoriano Cano-Hernandez, now in custody after his arrest, is also an illegal immigrant.

Here are more details. 

Congratulations to Attorney General Van Hollen and the DOJ for a job well done!

The GAB is missing a priority

Photo ID

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) has released its Legislative Agenda for the 2009-10 legislative session.
You may note a photo ID requirement to vote is not on the list.

I'm on WisconsinEye

Mary in the media, State budget

Thursday, February 19, 2009, I did an interview with WisconsinEye about the budget repair bill/stimulus package and Governor Doyle's proposed 2009-11 state budget. You can see the interview here.

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