Milwaukee County Zoo welcomes first jaguar cubs since 1975

Dec. 13, 2012 2:48 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Zoo has announced the arrival of two jaguar cubs.

These are the first jaguar cubs displayed at the zoo since 1975, according to a statement.

The cubs were born here Nov. 13 to Stella, and father Pat. They are nursing, sleeping and "even hissing and scratching," according to the statement. They will be visible to the public via video feed, any time the zoo is open, said spokeswoman Jennifer Diliberti. See the Milwaukee County Zoo jaguar cam here.

"We always wait a few weeks to announce a significant birth to make certain that the cubs are viable and healthy, and that the mother is taking proper care of them," she said.

The cubs will nurse until they are 5 or 6 months old, and will sample meat at about 5 weeks of age.

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Germantown, Hamilton the top-ranked teams in NOW's Roundball Rankings

Dec. 12, 2012 11:59 a.m. | The defending Division 1 state champion Germantown boys basketball team has won 32 games in a row and finds itself atop the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings.

The Hamilton Chargers are the top-ranked girls team and are coming off a 64-10 victory over West Allis Central in the Greater Metro Conference opener.

In addition to the top five boys and girls teams in the area, Roundball Rankings includes a player of the week, poll, area scoring leaders and more.

Second baseball diamond proposed for Breitlow Field

Dec. 12, 2012 11:52 a.m. | A second baseball diamond at Breitlow Field was proposed at the Wauwatosa School Board meeting Tuesday.

The single diamond at Breitlow Field, on the grounds of the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave., is not adequate to meet growing demand for playing time by an increasing number of players, said buildings and grounds manager Tom Kulczewsi.

The $1.3 million proposal would create a second diamond, with the infield made of FieldTurf, a durable artificial surface that dries quickly even under heavy rain, resulting in fewer canceled games. The turf also would allow base paths to be adjusted to create a smaller diamond for softball and youth leagues. Both the existing diamond and the planned new diamond would have the artifical surface.

As this was a first hearing, the board took no action, but board members and Superintendent Phil Ertl reacted positively to the plan.

Board member Phil Kroner noted the cost, saying the district could fund a $50,000-a-year incentive program for teachers for more than 20 years for that much money.

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Stranger in Wauwatosa yard was looking for hidden marijuana

Dec. 11, 2012 8:33 a.m. | A Wauwatosa homeowner received an unexpected request at 6:24 p.m. Dec. 3. A man asked him if he could look through the backyard for marijuana he was hiding from police, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also from the report:

The homeowner saw an SUV and a squad car sitting outside his house in the 2500 block of North 65th Street and, thinking nothing of it, he ignored it and sat down.

His doorbell rang. He went to investigate and, seeing no one outside, sat down again. About five minutes later, the bell rang again.

Thinking something was up, the man went to his backyard to find a man looking through his window. He walked out and confronted the man, asking what he was doing in his backyard.

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Woman robbed at gunpoint while waiting for bus in Wauwatosa

Dec. 10, 2012 4:18 p.m. | While waiting for a bus in the 9200 block of West Congress Street at 1:40 p.m. Dec. 6, a man in shorts walked up to a woman while pulling his hooded sweat shirt over his face, reached into his pocket and pulled out a large black revolver, according to a Wauwatosa Police Report.

Also from the report:

The man seemed nervous, shaking the gun pointed at the woman's chest.

"Give me your phone," he demanded, she told officers.

The Milwaukee woman hastily complied, and the robber jogged off. The woman said he came from an apartment complex near the bus stop, but went in a different direction.

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View photos, videos of tree lightings in southeast Wisconsin

Dec. 10, 2012 8:53 a.m. | Tree lightings are one sure sign of the holiday season, even if snow has yet to come out.

Get in the festive mood with photos and videos from social media users from tree lighting ceremonies in southeast Wisconsin.

View the story here. Do you have photos from tree lightings in southeast Wisconsin that you would like to add to the story? Contact Dan Polley at

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