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A Solution for Milwaukee’s Chronically Homeless? Permanent Housing Provided with No Strings Attached

Starting Wednesday, Milwaukee will begin a new strategy to end chronic homelessness. The program is called Housing First.
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With funerals underway this week in Charleston, South Carolina for the nine victims of a shooting at a historic black church, emotions of sorrow and outrage have spread across the world. Although most of that outrage is directed at the shooter himself, a professed white supremacist, it has grown to encompass South Carolina's state government. The reason being the fact that they, up until a few days ago, still flew a Confederate flag over the state house. 

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The Hops Museum in Madison just held its grand opening in May with its first exhibit on the Hess Family Cooperage and its contribution to Beer Making in Madison.

The exhibit is based on a book entitled Roll out the Barrels, written by Gary Hess, the grandson of the company’s founding father. The exhibition currently consists of photographs, acting as a storyboard for the interactive exhibit yet to come.

Ex Fabula: Summertime Fun

Jun 27, 2015
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It’s officially summer in Wisconsin! This means sunbathing at Bradford Beach, music under the stars, barbecues, fireworks, and of course, Summerfest! Yes, Ex Fabula regular Story Slams are on hiatus, but we’ve still got a few community collaborations coming your way and we’re here on WUWM each weekend at 3:40 p.m.

Same sex marriage is now legal in every state across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court made it so on Friday. In Wisconsin, due to court decisions, same-sex marriage has been the lay of the land for nearly a year. 

The courts overturned the ban state voters had approved. While reaction to today’s decision is mixed – Gov. Walker called it a ‘grave mistake’, we caught up with several local people directly affected.

Bill Hurtubise-Palmer and his partner have been together for nine years, and on April 25, they made it official.

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A judge ruled in favor of Milwaukee County on Friday in its lawsuit against Preserve Our Parks. The judge determined a move by the Legislature to redraw lakebed boundaries was legal.

Preserve Our Parks had threatened to sue the County over its proposed sale of the Downtown Transit Center site to developer Rick Barrett. He wants to build the 44-story Couture tower on the property. The building would feature housing, retail and parking space – and a stop for the new streetcar.

While today marks a major victory for gay rights in the U.S., the anniversary of a major moment in gay rights history is this weekend. The infamous Stonewall Inn was the site of a police raid 46 years ago. 

The raid on the bar with a mainly gay and lesbian clientele sparked a riot, which is itself seen as a landmark moment in the history of the LGBT civil rights movement.

Waukesha is one step closer in its quest to obtain Lake Michigan water.

On Wednesday, the Wisconsin DNR gave preliminary approval to the city’s plan. Waukesha’s underground source of water is dwindling and increasingly contaminated with radium, an element linked to cancer. So the city is under a federal order to take action. The final decision about getting water from Lake Michigan does not rest with the DNR.

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

NASA

Every month, we travel the stars with our astronomy contributor Jean Creighton. Creighton is the director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium on the campus of UW-Milwaukee.

We’ve talked about everything from visible constellations to exoplanets to landing a probe on a comet. Now that it's summer, we are talking about light - star light, infrared light.

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As soon as Thursday, the Supreme Court could decide the fate of millions of same-sex couples nationwide. In a ruling covering four cases, the court will determine whether states can prohibit same-sex marriage, as 13 states currently do.

It's always tough to predict how the court will rule but, broadly speaking, there are three main possibilities: the simplest is that the court declares state marriage bans unconstitutional, meaning states will all perform and recognize same-sex marriage. That's a pretty simple outcome, but things get much trickier in the other two cases.

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A species of earthworms that is known to "act crazy, jump and thrash" is jumping and thrashing its way across the state.
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