Michelle Maternowski

Milwaukee County Working on Short-Term Fix to Reopen Mitchell Park Domes

The Mitchell Park Domes are one of Milwaukee County’s most popular destinations. County Executive Chris Abele shuttered the aging glass structures over the weekend after a piece of concrete the size of a tennis ball plummeted 20 feet into the desert dome.
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Emily Forman

We meet many families mourning a loved one killed by a gun, often this isn’t the only time they’ve been affected by gun violence. What we hear illuminates what scholars tell us — the vast majority of homicides occur within a very small network of people.

So,if you’re in that network, how can you escape? How can you keep your kids safe?

One dad in Milwaukee is trying to shield his son from the kinds of tragedies he has experienced when young.

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We’ve reported before on the reputation Milwaukee has gotten as a hub for human trafficking.  The story has been covered in Wisconsin media and as far away as the international newspaper, The Guardian.

Marti Mikkelson

UW-Milwaukee will walk into the national spotlight Thursday night when Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate at the University’s Zelazo Center. They will travel to Milwaukee fresh from the New Hampshire primary.

More than 400 journalists from across the globe are expected to cover the Democratic debate. PBS is host. University employees are spending the week making preparations.

Troye Fox

UW-Milwaukee is celebrating.

It’s now considered an “R1” university. The rating means UWM is classified at the highest level of research activity.

It joins the ranks of about 100 other powerhouse colleges and universities, including Duke and Yale. For a long time, the only Wisconsin school designated as a top research university has been UW-Madison.

"It's a big deal," says Tom Luljak, UWM's Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Communications.

What does the new designation mean for the university?

Until very recently it was thought that just one bacterium was to blame for causing Lyme disease in humans. But it turns out that a second, related bug can cause it too.

In 2013, during routine testing of bacterial DNA floating around in the blood samples of people suspected of having Lyme disease, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., realized they were looking at something different.

Local guitarist John Plankenhorn and singer Carol Ferrara have been playing together for more than two decades. Their current group, electri-violet, is set to release an album this spring which will feature a new set of original songs written by Plankenhorn.

Over the years, the duo has allowed their sound to shift and evolve, a choice that has given them more freedom to write and grow in their music.

Paul Sereno is proof that the dinosaurs don’t need to be alive for the adventure to be real.

Sereno is a paleontologist, National Geographic explorer-in-residence, and professor at the University of Chicago.  He’s also discovered several new species of dinosaur in places like Mongolia, Morocco, and Niger.

S Bence

While the country remains riveted to Flint, Michigan because of its contaminated drinking water, other cities, including Milwaukee, have huge lead problems of their own.

An estimated 10 percent of kids under age six in Milwaukee have unhealthy levels of lead in their blood. The culprit: lead-based paint.

It’s long been banned, but thousands of older houses, especially in low-income areas, still contain it.

JeffChristianse, flickr

On Friday, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents agreed to move ahead with a controversial new tenure policy. It would replace the tenure protections that Republican leaders struck from state law during the last budget cycle. 

Ex Fabula: Fatherhood

Feb 6, 2016
Katherine Schleicher

It’s another exciting month for Ex Fabula and we have some awesome events planned for the next two weeks. Our second Spanish language Storytelling Workshop will be held February 9.

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