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South Side Neighbors Engage in Rebirth of Milwaukee's KK River

Most of the Kinnickinnic River, today, looks like a giant drainage ditch. However, work is underway to restore the river to it's natural flow.
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Milwaukee has stopped issuing licenses for drivers with rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft. The city’s announcement comes after Gov. Walker signed a bill Friday prohibiting local rideshare regulations.

The city of Milwaukee has licensed more than 200 Uber and Lyft drivers since last summer.

“The city provided, or conducted background checks on all driver applicants. The city required proof of insurance, which we would review and maintain,” says Ald. Bob Bauman.

Milwaukee also inspected drivers’ cars.

The Waterboys

Whole of the Moon is the song The Waterboys are most famous for in the United States. The UK band had a string of hits in the late 1980s, before the members went their separate ways in the early ‘90s. 

Courtesy of Mark Olsky

The Mauthausen Concentration Camp in German-occupied Austria was liberated 70 years ago today. That same year, Wisconsinite Mark Olsky was born on a cattle car en route to the camp.

Mauthausen was liberated shortly after he and his mother arrived. They, along four of his mother's siblings, survived the Holocaust - but just barely.

Olsky weighed only three pounds when he was born. His mother was under 70 pounds and was close to death. 

Wolfgang Gauch

We talk every month with cellist Robert Cohen of the Fine Arts Quartet, in a series of conversations called On That Note.

Cohen is recently back from London, and this month, he discusses the physical toll of being a professional touring musician, and whether there is regimen to follow to withstand that toll and still perform at your best:

Lake Effect contributor Robert Cohen is an award-winning recording artist, conductor, artistic director and cellist for the Fine Arts Quartet. 

To mark May Day, the start of May when advocates for immigrant rights rally across the country, we explore the lives and work of several local Latino poets. The breadth of their work has been growing, right along with the population.

Latinos now make up the largest minority group in Wisconsin – at 350,000 strong, but Oscar Mireles knows, it wasn’t always this way.

“I did a lot of traveling when I was in my 20s, and first question when people found out I was Chicano and I was from Wisconsin they go “I didn’t know there were Chicanos or Latinos in Wisconsin,” Mireles says.

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The Brewers have hired their former infielder Craig Counsell to succeed Ron Roenicke as 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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New tourism numbers are out for Wisconsin; and for the first time in recorded history, the numbers were up in all 72 counties across the state in 2014.

A total of $11.4 billion in visitor spending was recorded across the state, and tourism was responsible for generating 1.4 billion in state and local taxes.

Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Facebook

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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WUWM Wins Two Prestigious Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee Public Radio has been recognized with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the Large Market Radio category. The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.WUWM won the awards for Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South...
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