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The Brewers have hired their former infielder Craig Counsell to succeed Ron Roenicke as general manager. The team dismissed Roenicke on Sunday, following a dismal start to the season.

Counsell grew up in the Milwaukee area and played the last five seasons of his 16-year baseball career with the Brewers. He retired in 2011. Since then, the 44-year-old has worked in the club's front office.

Essay: A-Tisket, A-Tasket...Baskets Full of May

May 1, 2015
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Today is May 1st, which is marked by many celebrations around the world.  Many of them honor workers, but it is a different tradition that essayist Marjorie Pagel remembers from her Wisconsin childhood:

"May basket!"

The cry at the kitchen door rings through the stillness of the spring night. Immediately the whole house comes alive. I am the first to reach the door. Snapping on the yard light, I rush outside to see the backs of three fleeing figures.

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Around a dozen filmmakers will be in Milwaukee over the weekend as Marquette University hosts the first annual Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival. The three-day long event is the last in a growing number of film festivals with environmental themes around the world.

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The organization Meta House announced this morning that it will expand its intensive drug and alcohol treatment services for women in the Milwaukee area. The half-century old non-profit currently serves up to 35 women and 20 children at one time in its inpatient program in Riverwest.

Today, leaders of the organization announced that they will open a second in-patient center next month in Shorewood, Wisconsin.

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Thursday marked one year since former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney shot 14 times and killed Dontre Hamilton. 

Thursday night, the Hamilton family, along with supporters commemorated Dontre’s life with a march to Red Arrow Park where he was killed. That’s also where the celebration took place. Hundreds of people came out to enjoy the live music, poetry, food and arts and crafts. There were people there of all walks of life and all ages. There was dancing, but there were also tears. At times, Dontre’s mother, Maria Hamilton, was overcome with emotion.

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Members of the newly-created Midwestern History Association believe the history and culture of this region has been neglected, and there’s a price to pay for that neglect.

"The history of New England and the east coast and the eastern seaboard is something we all know, very well, because that's all part of our early American history that we're supposed to study in grade school. But the Midwest gets left out of that equation," says historian John Lauk.

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Lately, Lake Effect has been talking with astronomy contributor Jean Creighton about how things form in the universe – things such as stars.

This month, the focus is a little closer to home, or maybe a lot closer to home. How do planets, like our own, come to be? Lake Effect astronomy contributor Jean Creighton is the director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium, and she explains that stars come before planets:

Organizers of the Shorewood Reads program hoped the city-wide shared reading event might help shape the community.

Nickolas Butler’s book, Shotgun Lovesongs, was selected for the community reading program.

Not only did the book impact the community, but also the author.

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It’s been a long time since the Milwaukee Bucks were the hottest ticket in town. A big crowd is expected tonight at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the team’s biggest game of the year: Game 6 of their first round series.

The Bucks could have claimed victory just for making it to the 2015 NBA Playoffs. But in the first round against Chicago, they have two very real victories they can point to. Though, they still trail the Bulls, 3-to-2, in the best-of-seven series.

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Wisconsin might restrict the types of groceries people can buy with FoodShare benefits.

On Thursday, an Assembly committee will listen to people's comments on the proposed new rules for the program designed to help low income people purchase food. Critics question whether the changes would be legal, because 100 percent of the funding for FoodShare comes from the federal government.

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