Susan Bence

DNR Floats Plan to Create A Cleaner Milwaukee River Basin

The Milwaukee River basin is markedly cleaner than a few decades ago. The heavy industries that used to pour toxins into the water have closed or are now regulated, and the deep tunnel system has dramatically reduced storm water overflows into the river. But challenges remain.
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Milwaukee is seeing a surge in some crimes – such as car thefts. Several Common Council members are now suggesting the city up its police force by 150 officers. In order to do so, Milwaukee voters would have to approve a referendum. But getting the question on the ballot by November could be a challenge in itself.

Milwaukee alderman Terry Witkowski is behind the push to increase Milwaukee’s police force by 150 officers, but he says voters must make the final decision.

Rachel Morello

Summer is in full swing, and many Milwaukee kids are in the throes of summer camp.

And for a group of local teenagers, it has been a mix of work and play.

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When the Pabst Brewery closed its doors in downtown Milwaukee in 1997, it was unclear what would become of the area. It was littered with abandoned buildings and for almost a decade, the area sat largely unused.

Then in 2006, the complex was bought by Joseph Zilber, a philanthropist and real estate mogul, who was nearing age 90 at the time of its purchase. He passed away just a few years later, at the age of 92.

Rachel Morello

A number of people in Milwaukee are creating schools. It’s possible, in part, because of the community’s thriving charter and voucher school programs, which provide public funding.

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Bublr Bikes is expanding its operation to two, low-income Milwaukee neighborhoods, thanks to a $64,000 grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership to Milwaukee's Housing Authority. Bublr Bikes is partnering up with non-profit bike shop DreamBikes and the Housing Authority, and will use the grant to hire ambassadors to increase bike usage and lower the price for locals. 

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Now, it’s the Democrats’ turn. The GOP wrapped up its convention in Cleveland last week. Today, Democratic delegates are gathered in Philadelphia for their party’s presidential nomination convention. More than 80 of them are from Wisconsin. We caught up with a few before they left; they expect to come away unified.

Carmen Cabrera is attending her first Democratic National Convention. She predicts things will go smoothly, with delegates uniting around her candidate, Hillary Clinton.

“I think we are going to have the momentum, the enthusiasm, the passion,” Cabrera says.

Amid furor over an email leak that revealed a bias against Bernie Sanders inside the Democratic National Committee, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she will step down as chair.

Wasserman Schultz will still open and close the convention, she said in a statement, and "address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans."

Photo courtesy of Gianofer Fields

If you are a lover of live music, you may have seen a few grey haired folks standing a bit too close to the stage.  According to Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields, they’re known as the Senior Scenesters and they aren't going anywhere. 

Musician Lisa Marine moved to Madison in the late eighties and found herself at one of Madison's Music Meccas...O' Cayz Corral. Arguably one of the birthplaces of the Madison Punk Scene, it was destroyed by fire in 2001. Three years later it reopened as the High Noon Saloon and continues to host bands from Madison and around the world. 

Photo by Elizabeth Dawson

This weekend marks the 29th Milwaukee Gallery Night and Day presented by the Historic Third Ward. Gallery Night welcomes both art aficionados and amateurs alike to visit nearly fifty participating galleries and other venues throughout Downtown Milwaukee. In honor of Gallery Night, we’re sharing some favorite stories on creativity, inspiration and yes, art. 

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton's choice for her vice president, giving her a running mate with experience at all levels of government to round out the Democratic ticket.

Clinton told supporters the news in a text message and a tweet on Friday evening just after 8 p.m. ET. According to a Clinton campaign official, the former secretary of state called Kaine this evening to make the formal offer.

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