Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Milwaukee County supervisor defends campaign fundraiser at shooting range days after Las Vegas massacre: Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Two days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander announced a campaign fundraiser next week at a Brookfield indoor shooting range in support of her 'hitting the target' by getting re-elected. 'Multiple firearms will be available and whether you are experienced or a beginner, trainers and safety officers will be available to assist you in learning about the range, firearm safety, and providing tutorials on shooting and target techniques,' Alexander wrote on Facebook about the Oct. 14 event at the Wisconsin Firearms Training Center. Donors are encouraged to give up to $1,045 to attend the event. Alexander suggests a minimum donation of $75. State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, a Brookfield Republican, is the special guest. One notice about the fundraiser went up Tuesday morning. Leaders of the liberal Wisconsin Working Families Party called on the conservative supervisor to cancel the event. Rebecca Lynch, political director for the group, said it showed 'poor judgment' for Alexander to post the fundraiser on one of her Facebook pages Tuesday." Read more.
New details emerge about Marilou Danley, girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock: William Wan, Sandhya Somashekhar, Aaron C. Davis and Barbara Liston of the Washington Post write: "Marilou Danley, the longtime girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman, returned to the United States Tuesday night and was met at the Los Angeles airport by FBI agents, according to the Associated Press. Authorities are hoping she can shed light on what drove Stephen Paddock to open fire from his casino hotel room Sunday night. He killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500 on the Las Vegas Strip before killing himself. Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the attack. Immigration officials in the Philippines told news outlets there that Danley left the country Tuesday evening on a Philippine Airlines flight to Los Angeles. As investigators continue to search for a motive, new details have emerged about Paddock and his relationship to Danley. Paddock met Marilou Danley several years ago while she was working as a high-limit hostess for Club Paradise at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev., said his brother Eric Paddock. 'They were adorable — big man, tiny woman. He loved her. He doted on her,' Eric said. The two often gambled side by side, he said. Authorities say that prior to the shooting Paddock transferred a large amount of money — close to $100,000 — to someone in the Philippines, possibly his girlfriend. Eric Paddock said he now believes his brother may have been trying to arrange for Danley to be abroad before carrying out his massacre." Read more.
Wauwatosa native is confirmed dead after Las Vegas shooting: Karen Pilarski of Now News Group writes: "A Brookfield family waiting to hear about their son who was missing after the Las Vegas shooting Sunday night heard word Tuesday afternoon he had died. Richard and Mary Berger received a call early Monday from their son’s friends that Steve Berger was shot. Steve, a Wauwatosa native, was celebrating his 44th birthday with friends in Las Vegas over the weekend. Saturday was the last time the family spoke with him. Mary Berger spoke briefly over the phone and confirmed a Las Vegas coroner called and confirmed Steve Berger died. Fifty-nine people were killed and more than 500 injured when Stephen Paddock, from a hotel room at Mandalay Bay, opened fire on a crowd at a country music festival. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Steve Berger’s sister, Christine Moore, said he was with a group of six people who were on the ground and realized Berger had been shot. Moore added the friends thought he was shot in the chest or back. 'While trying to resuscitate him, (the group) was forced to evacuate,' she said. The group lost contact with Berger Sunday. Moore described her brother as a fun-loving, hard-working and a good father. He is a 1991 graduate of Wauwatosa West High School. Berger worked at EFS Advisors in Minnesota for nine years as a financial adviser." Read more.
Wisconsin, Michigan were reportedly main targets of Russia-linked ads on Facebook: Reuters reports: "Russia-linked Facebook ads during last year's U.S. presidential election mainly focused on the states of Michigan and Wisconsin, CNN reported on Tuesday. The ads targeted key demographic groups and used divisive messages including promoting anti-Muslim sentiment, the report said, citing sources. Wisconsin and Michigan were among the handful of battleground states that helped Donald Trump win the presidency over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Trump carried Wisconsin by 22,748 votes and Michigan by 10,700 votes. About 10 million people in the United States saw politically divisive ads on Facebook which were purchased in Russia in the months before and after the U.S. election, Facebook said on Monday as social media companies face calls for increased regulation and more transparency to open up the opaque world of online political ads. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees are investigating possible links between President Trump's campaign and Russia. Russia denies meddling in the election. A representative from Facebook could not be reached for comment outside regular U.S. business hours." Read more.
Report: Trump administration officials urged furious Tillerson not to quit: Julia Manchester of The Hill writes: "Key Trump administration officials urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not to resign this summer amid increased tensions with President Trump, according to NBC News. Vice President Mike Pence, along with Trump's then-Homeland Security Chief John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis worked to reassure Tillerson, sources told the network. Pence reportedly asked Tillerson to remain at least until the end of the year. Tensions reportedly came to a head in late July after Trump delivered a highly controversial speech to the Boy Scouts of America, which was once led by Tillerson. The secretary of State also referred to the president as a 'moron' a few days earlier during a meeting with key Cabinet officials, according to NBC. State Department spokesman R.C. Hammond disputed the report, telling the network that Tillerson never called Trump a 'moron,' and never considered quitting this summer. This would not be the first time Trump and Tillerson appeared to have clashed." Read more.
Trump lobs praise, and paper towels, to Puerto Rico storm victims: Mark Landler of the New York Times writes: "President Trump ventured on Tuesday to a storm-ravaged American island territory where residents have felt neglected by their government, telling Puerto Rican officials that they should be proud that only 16 people were known to have died in Hurricane Maria. 'Sixteen versus in the thousands,' Mr. Trump said, comparing the storm’s certified death toll to the 1,833 killed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, which he described as a 'real catastrophe.' 'You can be very proud of all of your people, all of our people working together,' he said. 'Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud.' Shortly after Mr. Trump departed the island, Governor Ricardo Rosselló told a news conference in San Juan that deaths related to Hurricane Maria had risen to 34. Except for that sad adjustment, the trip marked a well-worn routine for a president on his fourth visit to a disaster zone in two months: a pep rally-like briefing with officials in an aircraft hangar, a quick drive past twisted houses and uprooted trees and a brief, friendly encounter with victims of the destruction. And like his earlier travels, it had its peculiar moments: He also gently tossed rolls of paper towels into a crowd that gathered to see him at Calvary Chapel, outside the island’s capital, San Juan." Read more.