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When Lake Effect first produced a story on the phenomenon of Little Free Libraries, the diminutive sidewalk lending institutions were gaining in popularity here in the state where they were first conceived.

Todd Bol, from Hudson, built the first one six years ago as a memorial to his mother. Today, their popularity has soared far beyond the borders of Wisconsin. There are Little Free Libraries around the world.

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Big brother, tutor, life coach. Keyon Mitchell is a Youth Advisor in the Violence-Free Zone Program, or VFZ.

It’s a nationwide program designed to reduce suspensions, and improve attendance and test scores. Nine Milwaukee Public high schools and two middle schools have it. But it’s about more than the numbers. It’s about keeping kids safe in and out of school.

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It will be at least three more years of orange barrels and detour signs in downtown Milwaukee, as the city, county and state work to make the area more accessible and attractive.

Officials will offer details about future phases if the Lakefront Gateway Project at a meeting Tuesday evening at O’Donnell Park.

Milwaukee's development commissioner Rocky Marcoux says the city has a world-class lakefront, but until now, it’s looked more like a loading dock.

The British Broadcasting Corporation is still deciding what the future holds for its most successful international show.

Top Gearthe car culture show, was thrown into disarray recently when the BBC fired one of the hosts, Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson had been in hot water several times before, but finally went over the line when he berated and physically attacked one of his producers.

    

The question a lot of people in Milwaukee want the answer to is, how does the community stop the gun violence? People gathered at a number of locations over the weekend to discuss the problem.

One case particularly disturbed residents last week. A gunman shot the driver to death, who accidentally struck and killed a toddler. The gunman also killed the toddler’s 15-year-old brother and eventually himself.

For Republicans running for president — or eyeing it — this weekend was a big opportunity.

GOP presidential hopefuls from Marco Rubio to Ted Cruz to Carly Fiorina to Donald Trump descended on New Hampshire this weekend. The 19 candidates, and potential candidates, gathered in Nashua, N.H., for an event sponsored by the state Republican Party. They wooed activists and jockeyed for early position in the state that holds the first presidential primary.

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The 20th annual cleanup attracted up to 4,000 volunteers, according to Milwaukee Riverkeeper. In the Kinnickinnic River, bagging debris and tire removal was combined with learning the science of the river. 

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At 32 years old, Milwaukeean Phil DiMeo was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa – an inherited, degenerative eye disease that leads to severe vision impairment, and often complete blindness.

But for 14 years, DiMeo hid the diagnosis from all but a handful of people, and continued to work and live his life as though there was nothing wrong with his sight.

One method some UW System campuses will employ to help offset proposed state budget cuts and another two-year freeze on resident tuition, is to raise tuition for out-of-state students.

Several non-resident students at UWM are concerned about the impact on them, if the Legislature does not ease the funding cuts contained in Gov. Walker's proposed budget for Wisconsin.

Wandson Moreira is from Brazil and is one of 1500 students attending UWM from 80 outside countries. Moreira says he enrolled to study industrial engineering, hoping to establish a career in logistics.

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In anticipation of state budget cuts, University of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank says the flagship campus will have to eliminate approximately 400 positions and end some programs and restructure others. She specifically cites the fields of information technology, agriculture and the arts.

Gov. Walker cuts state funding for the UW System by $300 million in his two-year budget proposal. Republican leaders say they hope to reduce the cuts, particularly if state revenue increases by the end of the current fiscal year.

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