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Where Are Milwaukee's Pigeons?

Phil Lapayowker has noticed a distinct lack of what some people unkindly call ‘flying rats’ in Milwaukee.

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Wisconsin Inmates Report Despair, Little Counseling in Solitary Confinement

Apr 17, 2017
Emily Shullaw for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Waupun Correctional Institution inmate Cesar DeLeon said he has punched the wall until his fist is bloody during 15 years in prison in which he has rotated in and out of solitary confinement.

“I can’t understand why I have to do it,” said DeLeon, 34, “but the pain somehow gives me a sense of reality.”

Susan Bence / Milwaukee Public Radio

UW-Milwaukee student Jessica Hufford spearheaded the first week-long No Impact Challenge on campus last year. She's working to get more students involved this year.

"The way the challenge works is that there is a theme for each day, consumption on Sunday, trash Monday, etc. and the challenge builds on itself throughout the week to ease into sustainable living," Hufford says.

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This week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to Russia. His mission was to convince the Putin administration to back off from its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is accused of using poison gas on his own citizens as that country’s civil war continues.

Lake Effect essayist Art Cyr says those accusations greatly escalate the stakes in Syria:

Ex Fabula

This week we’ve got two Ex Fabula fellows sharing their experiences with equality, diversity and achievement in their educations and how those events shaped their adult choices.

First, we have Kima Hamilton’s story of both Southern Hospitality and southern white supremacy as a black male student in a predominately white southern high school. When Kima chose to attend his 20th high school reunion, he brought many of those memories and questions with him. But what did he do with them once he arrived? Listen and find out.

Penguin Random House

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the official entry of the United States into the First World War. The US had been fighting wars along the Mexico border and in Cuba before it entered the European conflict in 1917.  But it took WWI to turn the United States into the global military power it has become.

Hachette Book Group

For centuries, the constellations have provided a roadmap of the night sky, helping sailors and other voyagers navigate, well before the existence of GPS technology.  Even today, astronomers use constellations to describe the location of stars, comets and other heavenly bodies.

Courtesy of Milwaukee Flag

Every April 14, people celebrate Milwaukee Day. It's an annual celebration of the day the city's area code matches the date and a show of civic pride. But the effort to foster civic pride in Milwaukee extends far beyond April the 14th. 

A funding crunch for scientific research is creating incentives for scientists to cut corners and even occasionally to cheat.

This is one of the findings in a new report about scientific integrity from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Sometimes scientists adopt sloppy practices that can lead to false conclusions. This can hamper progress in science. And taxpayer dollars are on the line.

Law enforcement officers arrested Joseph Jakubowski on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin early Friday, after a 10-day hunt for him. It started after the 32-year-old broke into a gun shop near Janesville on April 4, stole 18 firearms and mailed lengthy, threatening manifesto to President Donald Trump. It reportedly contained rants against government and religion and mentioned using the stolen weapons to launch attacks. At least one school was closed last week, after concerns spiked about Jakubowski's intentions.

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This week's Bubbler Talk inquiry takes us to Milwaukee's lakefront. It has just a few buildings, such as snack bars and a place to buy a kite. Yet there's an imposing structure on the north end of Lincoln Memorial Drive, which is a mystery to many.

California native Liam Callanan says the building has intrigued him since he moved here. "It kind of looks Spanish Californian, it's got the Spanish red tile roofs, kind of the beige stone exterior," he explains.

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