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New Milwaukee Ordinance Bans Panhandling on Median Strips

The City of Milwaukee is trying to get its arms around the persistent problem of panhandling. Earlier this year, the city started an effort to educate panhandlers about social services available to them. The new rule that kicks in Friday relies on enforcement. It bans standing on medians to ask for money, something that's grown common in certain areas.
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Friday on Lake Effect:

A new book examines the history and the significance of the Wisconsin Idea in higher education. Then, one of the people behind the SafeHouse restaurant explains why she’s still drawn to the place after so many years as the spy haven celebrates its 50th anniversary. Bubbler Talk answers a question about Milwaukee’s Miller Brewery, and we'll have an in studio performance and conversation with indy-rock duo Lily & Madeline.


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If you've ever studied higher education in this state, you've likely heard of the "Wisconsin Idea."

It's a philosophy born during the country's Progressive Era that binds the University of Wisconsin system to the aims of the state. It’s been embraced since being introduced by former UW System president John Bascom in the late 1800s.

A few months ago, we introduced you to the music of sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkewicz, the indie duo called Lily & Madeleine. The Indiana-based musicians came by the Lake Effect performance studio ahead of a past show in Milwaukee.

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A different type of presidential poll is underway at the Milwaukee Public Market – a cookie poll. C. Adams Bakery is allowing people to purchase cookies that represent their candidate of choice. It was Lisa Crum's idea. She owns C. Adams Bakery in the Milwaukee Public Market. Crum thought the politically-tinted bakery could add levity to this year's race.

“Right now, there’s so much negativity, and it takes a little bit of the negativity away from it,” Crum says.

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The news that Republican Donald Trump has not decided whether he’ll accept the results of next month’s Presidential election may no longer be the lead headline in campaign coverage, but it is still having reverberations in this country and abroad.

Essay: Go, Cubs, Go!

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In case you’d missed it – and it would be hard – the Chicago Cubs are trying to do something they haven’t done in 108 years – win a World Series. They haven’t even been to the Fall Classic for decades.  Lake Effect Avi Lank remembers someone who would truly appreciate this post-season:

Mark Frohna

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton often get much of the credit for the women’s suffragist movement in this country in the 19th Century. And while they are due all the credit they get, there’s a name that is not as well-known and whose efforts have been minimized, often intentionally.

Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for President of the United States, in 1872, decades before women could vote in this country. She also started numerous successful business and was involved in some of the biggest scandals of the day. 

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Saturn has 62 moons. One of them is Enceladus, which on first glance doesn’t look like much – kind of like a huge galactic golf ball. But this small moon, about the size of England, is a lot more interesting that you might imagine. Enceladus provides almost all of the material that makes up Saturn's E Ring. 

"It turns out that this whole ring is material that came, ultimately, from the moon itself," says astronomy contributor, Jean Creighton. 

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Looking at a portrait by David Lenz is almost like looking at a photograph. The realist painter creates familiar scenes with delicate brushstrokes and crisp lines that mirror and elevate their real-life subjects.

The Affordable Care Act has moved center stage in some political campaigns – including in the presidential race. The government announced this week that across the country, premiums are expected to rise by around 25 percent for plans on the federal exchanges. The percentage is lower in Wisconsin, around 16 percent.