Milwaukee County Board Declares State of Emergency for Kids at Lincoln Hills

The Milwaukee County Board has declared a state of emergency for county youth serving time at Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls. Federal and state authorities are investigating those two corrections facilities in northern Wisconsin.
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You may know Grace Helbig from her YouTube channel, “It’s Grace.” It has over three million subscribers to her brand of comedy-meets-satire-meets-social commentary:

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There is a mystique to the motorcycle. This is captured in Hollywood movies like Easy Rider in which two riders traverse the American south by southwest to Milwaukee's Harley Fest, Americans are intrigued by motorcycles. For Bradley Tech Milwaukee Public High School students in its BUILD program, the motorcycle is a unique way to learn job skills for the modern economy.

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Milwaukee radio host Eric Von is a familiar voice in a variety of venues – he’s the voice of Precious Lives and hosts a daily call-in show on the AM station WNOV that covers a variety of topics of local, and even national interest.

But a new project sees him hosting a live conversation series at a downtown café.  The Essential Voices series debuts at the City Net Café on Wisconsin Avenue next Wednesday, with an hour-long conversation with education leader Howard Fuller. 

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As Lake Effect essayist Christianna Fritz learned at a young age, sometimes adults have a strange reaction to an otherwise perfectly innocent word:

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Former Democratic State Senator Tim Cullen has had a close-up view of Wisconsin politics for a longtime. The Janesville native worked in politics for many years.

Originally, Cullen had hoped to become a high school social studies teacher, but once he started working for former Congressman Les Aspen, he found himself drawn to politics. After jobs ranging from congressional staff to State Senate Majority Leader to Republican Governor Tommy Thompson's cabinet, Cullen worked outside of politics for 20 years.

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A few weeks ago, US Speedskating's director, Ted Morris, spoke with Lake Effect while he was in town for the US National Longtrack Championships held at the Pettit National Ice Center.

Morris mentioned one particular athlete to look out for that weekend, and in the years to come. "One of the people that's made a lot of progress this year is Sugar Todd on the women's side," he said.

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The Zika virus continues causing worldwide concern. Even in Wisconsin, health officials are on alert. The virus is linked to brain deformities in newborns whose mothers were infected.

A certain type of tropical mosquito is blamed for spreading the virus, although there may be other means of transmission. Wisconsin is stepping up its efforts, in anticipation of the virus’s arrival.

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Last year ended on a positive note for Milwaukee’s real estate sector. The Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors reported the area had its strongest December for home sales since 2004.  It was the eleventh straight month home sales increased here.

At the same time, the latest numbers show some cautionary signs – especially for people trying to afford their first home.  Lawrence Yun is the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, and he adds some context to the discussion.

In January, the company established two set 10-minute breaks per shift, for Muslim employees to say their daily prayers. Beforehand, the 53 workers could say their prayers when their faith requires such as as sunset, which moves with the seasons.

When the company began enforcing the policy, dozens of its Muslim employees of Somali descent walked off the job in protest. Since then, according to the company, 32 of the workers have begun abiding by the policy, 14 resigned and this week, Ariens terminated seven who violated the company edict.

Sara d’Ippolito and Kenny Reichert perform around Milwaukee as the duo Sara and Kenny.  They’re regulars in some irregular places for live music – places like Sendiks’ in Shorewood, Groppi’s on Brady Street and the small east side bar and restaurant called Allium.

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Milwaukee Moves Closer to Creating Restorative Justice Program for Teens

Milwaukee may create a restorative justice system for youth to give first-time, non-violent offenders a second chance to stay on track. The Milwaukee Youth Council is pushing the plan.
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