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Teach For America Program Aims to Fill Void in Milwaukee

Classes begin Tuesday for many children across Milwaukee, including in MPS. Some students will find brand new teachers greeting them. MPS and other schools nationwide have been facing a teacher shortage.
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At age 15, Tyrone Williams was the youngest person in Wisconsin waived into adult court for a robbery case. He rapped at his sentencing in 1997. He wrote lyrics about his life ­hoping for leniency. He was sentenced to 33 years and served 16 and a half.

This was before truth and sentencing, when long sentences were given with the expectation that individuals would be paroled. He got out two years ago at age 31. And for the first time in his life, he’s out of survival mode.

Courtesy of Alexandra Rosas

Even though school has already started in some places, the beginning of September is the time most of us remember as the traditional start of the new school year. And many of us remember one particular teacher who made us excited to return.

For Lake Effect essayist Alexandra Rosas, it was Miss Quill, her second grade teacher, who always comes to mind each September. Rosas says she was one of the great ones - a teacher who went beyond her job description:

English is not my first language, Spanish is.

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It's no secret that we live in the age of digital images. If you have a smart phone, you can search for an apartment or find true-ish love - perhaps both all by looking at an image. While the technology is new, people have used the content of images to create narratives since the first cave paintings.

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Monday the city of Milwaukee will begin the formal process of considering financing for a new Bucks arena. Earlier this summer, the state agreed to its share of the $500 million project. But most of the public funding - $250 million before interest, would come from local sources – Milwaukee County, the City Center District and the city. The impacts remain in dispute.

Gov. Walker signed the state share of the arena into law a few weeks back.

Last week, while on the campaign trail, Gov. Walker was quoted as saying there are only a "handful of reasonable, moderate followers of Islam who don't share the radical beliefs" of Islamic terrorists.

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While most of the people who visited Irish Fest a few weeks ago were likely there to watch musical acts, another cultural attraction that many caught was Irish dance.  It’s a form that has a huge following in the Milwaukee area, even outside of the festival season.  Hundreds of kids attend any of several schools that prepare them for competitions.

But in the coming months, organizers hope the nation’s first professional Irish dance company will make Milwaukee home. 

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Computers today are doing things that we thought were impossible, even just a few years ago.  They're doing everything from study legal briefs to driving cars, to vacuuming the house.  And that has society edging toward a tipping point.

"We've reached a point where the technology is now so advanced that it is eliminating jobs faster than it's creating new ones. That has never happened before," says Fortune magazine's senior editor at large Geoff Colvin

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If the term is new to your vocabulary – permaculture combines natural landscaping and edible gardening, with the aim of mimicking patterns and relationships found in nature.

Today through Sunday the 2015 Wisconsin Permaculture Convergence is underway on a small farm outside Fredonia, Wisconsin. Summer fruit tree grafting and the ins and outs of fermentation will be among a multitude of topics of discussion.

Bryce Ruddock is a human lexicon of all things permaculture.

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In 1996, USGS scientists embarked on a 24 hour inventory of a park in Washington D.C. Their aim was to identify every plant and animal species on the grounds, and the term BioBlitz was coined.

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Ten years ago today, the mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, declared a state of emergency and called for – at that time – a voluntary evacuation in anticipation of Hurricane Katrina reaching landfall. 

However within a day, the hurricane intensified to a Category 4 level, and the storm came ashore a short time later.  The surge from the Gulf of Mexico breached the levees protecting the city, and at its worst, nearly four fifths of the city was under water.  

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Milwaukee's First BioBlitz Uncovers Species at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

In 1996, USGS scientists embarked on a 24 hour inventory of a park in Washington D.C. Their aim was to identify every plant and animal species on the grounds, and the term BioBlitz was coined.
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