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Monika Kørra, of Norway, was a student at Southern Methodist University in Texas a few years ago. She competed as an elite-level track athlete, but her life took a major turn when she was kidnapped leaving a party and brutally gang raped.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 74% of rapes are never reported and 15 out of 16 rapists never go to jail. Fortunately in Kørra's case, all three men were found and arrested within a week of her attack.

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We’ve probably all wondered what we might talk about if a compelling figure from history dropped by for coffee, and Acacia Theatre's latest production puts two historical figures together for one last conversation.

Freud’s Last Session envisions a meeting between Sigmund Freud, the father of much of contemporary psychology; and the writer C.S. Lewis.  The two were actually contemporaries, but never met in real life.

Bruce Springsteen has performed quite a few concerts in Milwaukee over the years, but none of them quite compare to his first.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of that show at the old Uptown Theater, a show that became known as the “bomb scare” concert. 

There are lots of Milwaukeeans who still remember that show, but none that had the view of our own Bob Reitman, who was the stage emcee for the "greatest rock and roll show (he had) ever seen."

Gov. Scott Walker will soon appoint a judge to serve out the remainder of Justice Patrick Crook’s term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Crooks died unexpectedly last month, just days after announcing he would not seek re-election in 2016. His death leaves Gov. Walker with the decision of whether to appoint one of the candidates to the court.

While it doesn’t happen often in Wisconsin, a governor appointing a state Supreme Court Justice isn’t unheard of. For instance, Marquette Law Professor Janine Geske was first seated on the court by former Gov. Tommy Thompson.

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Some educators in northern Wisconsin aren't letting the fact that climate change is a politically charged issue sway them from teaching about the subject.

Cathy Techtmann is among them. The UW-Extension environmental outreach specialist decided it was time to rethink climate change education.

“The old model purely based on science were just not resonating with people,” Techtmann says. “A lot of people realize that there’s cultural component, not just a scientific piece but also a cultural piece that makes the issue come alive to people.”

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Three recent earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater have shook parts of the American west in the last couple of weeks, and several temblors hit Jamaica over the weekend as well. However, those events were relatively mild compared to the recent spate of major earthquakes in places like Japan.

Puccini’s Tosca is the very definition of grand opera. Love, betrayal, death and huge, sweeping arias. It’s the kind of show you expect to see on a stage as large as the opera’s score and emotions.

However, the Skylight Opera’s current production of Tosca approaches the piece a little differently including all the passion and music in force, but on a smaller scale to fit into the smaller confines of the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre.

In addition to mulling a move of its corporate headquarters out of Connecticut, General Electric has announced it will close a gas engine plant in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and move the 350 jobs to Canada.

Last year, President Obama touted the plant as a proud example of American manufacturing. GE says its closing the Waukesha plant due to Congress’s failure to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.

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Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele gave his budget address Wednesday. He picked both a location and an audience for the speech that have not been the norm.

Every Milwaukee County executive must propose next year's budget by October 1. So for years, execs delivered the budget at the county board's September meeting, in the courthouse.

But Wednesday, Chris Abele outlined his plan for 2016 at the Pritzlaff Building downtown.


Decades ago, Madison students pranked a city using a lot of styrofoam, a lake and the Statue of Liberty.

One of the masterminds behind the prank, Leon Varjian, died this week at his home in New Jersey.

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