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Healthy Food Advocate Tries to Win Over Milwaukee Students With Smoothies & Fries

It’s the time of year when people pull out favorite family recipes as the holiday season swirls onto the scene. One Milwaukee area resident is among a seemingly growing number of people passing on a passion for locally sourced, simply-prepared dishes.
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In my opinion, REI, a purveyor of outdoor equipment and clothing, got it right when they announced they would close all one-hundred-forty-three stores and pay twelve thousand employees to take Black Friday off. They call it #OPTOUTSIDE. I say, instead of shopping, go find a micro adventure.

There are not nearly as many strikes these days versus years ago, but a big one is playing out in Sheboygan. Hundreds of UAW members have been picketing the Kohler Company, while contract talks have stalled. The union reportedly wants Kohler to abandon the two-tier wage system it enacted years ago. Cheryl Maranto says the outcome will be telling, because unions don't wield nearly as much clout as they did years ago.

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The rule requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, but a federal appeals court on Monday declared the law unconstitutional.

Supporters of the law claimed it would ensure the safety of women undergoing abortion in the event complications developed.

Opponents, including Planned Parenthood, challenged the law insisting it could force some clinics to close and thereby restrict women's abortion rights.

Monday's ruling by a three-judge panel upholds the decision a federal judge in Madison issued this spring.

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For almost a hundred years, the descendants of a German immigrant owned the meat company he founded in Chicago in 1904. But the Oscar Mayer company was eventually sold – several times – and is now owned by Kraft Heinz. Its headquarters are currently in Madison. But as Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank notes, that, too, will soon change.

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Back in the day, the notion of the family business was a part of our cultural vernacular. But a report in The Economist found that while the number of family-controlled businesses is still growing globally, it is diminishing in this country.

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Of all the things you can be grateful for this week, the one that often tops the list is love. (Awww.) Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s entire season is devoted to the theme of “looking for love in all the wrong places.”

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The last time Lake Effect spoke with writer Adam Johnson, his novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, had recently been released to some critical acclaim.

LaToya Dennis

Having your car stolen might be an inconvenience for most people, but for those barely making it, suddenly losing a car throws things into a tailspin. 

Across the city, car thefts are up 67 percent compared to two years ago. WUWM looks at the impact of a stolen car on one Milwaukee family.

It’s around 7 am and Cesar Torres is patiently urging his four-year-old son Arturo to put on his tennis shoes, but there’s a meltdown. He doesn’t want to wear the shoes his dad has handed him, and he doesn’t know where his others are.

Costs, Water Pollution Remain at Closed Badger Army Ammunition Plant

Nov 22, 2015
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Mary Jane Koch stopped drinking the water in her home 11 years ago, shortly after an industrial compound turned up in the well supplying drinking water to her home. The source of the contamination: the now-closed Badger Army Ammunition Plant.

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Thanksgiving is approaching and if you haven't started shopping yet, you might want to get busy.

Mike Burns is the Visual Merchandiser for the Willy Street Co-op in Madison. It's a grocery cooperative owned by the people who shop in the store.

Burns says merchandising is one of the most studied fields in America. In this edition of Radio Chipstone, he tells contributor Gianofer Fields that no matter what you are trying to sell, there is only one goal in site.


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Gratitude Is Good For The Soul And Helps The Heart, Too

As we launch into Thanksgiving week, consider this: Research shows that feeling grateful doesn't just make you feel good. It also helps — literally helps — the heart.A positive mental attitude is good for your heart. It fends off depression, stress and anxiety, which can increase the risk of heart disease, says Paul Mills, a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Mills specializes in disease processes and has been...
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