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On Friday, Gov. Scott Walker announced who will take the place of the late Justice N. Patrick Crooks on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Crooks passed away last month.

Walker selected appellate Judge Rebecca Bradley, saying she has "truly lived up to her promise to be a judge that demonstrates unwavering commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law in every case that comes before her."

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Detroit was once the industrial heart of America, the giant of the world’s auto industry, and the driving beat of Motown.  As the city narrative goes, those days have passed and the city sits like a veritable ghost town on the left bank of the Detroit River.

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Republican legislative leaders on Wednesday introduced a bill that would dramatically rebuild the Government Accountability Board.  

The current panel is comprised of nonpartisan judges who oversee state elections and administer ethics laws.

The new board would be split into two commissions.  One would handle elections, the other ethics.  Commissioners would be partisan positions appointed by the governor and both parties in the legislature.


The 2015 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded jointly to Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo, and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen’s University in Canada for the discovery that neutrinos have mass.

Neutrinos are basically particles of blue light that act as cosmic messengers from some of the most powerful processes in the universe, such as black holes and gamma-ray burst explosions.

Poster for "Raiders!" A documentary of the self proclaimed "Greatest Fan Film Ever Made"
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Closing out the Milwaukee Film Festival is a documentary about an adaptation of a film. The movie at the heart of it all is the 1981 classic - Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was a film that so impressed a couple of Mississippi kids back in the ‘80s that they set out to remake the movie, shot for shot.  However, they ended up one scene short.

Essay: Three Little Questions

Oct 7, 2015
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The Milwaukee Film Festival is into the homestretch, with two more days of short and feature-length films at a variety of locations. 

The festival has attracted thousands of film buffs, among them Lake Effect essayist Joanne Weintraub:

I’ve never run a marathon, but for the last 2 weeks I’ve been sitting through one. Determined to get the most out of my prized Milwaukee Film Festival all-access pass, I’ve put myself on a rigorous high-popcorn diet and pledged to watch as many movies as I can take in 15 exhausting days.

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The Milwaukee Film Festival continues at various theaters across the city this week, and if you are looking for a thriller with a Midwest sensibility, Uncle John will keep you on your toes throughout.

Some of you may remember actor John Ashton for his character roles in the Beverly Hills Cop or Midnight Run films, but in this independent film Ashton becomes the focus of attention as a quiet Wisconsin carpenter…and murderer.


Twenty years ago, seven municipalities along Milwaukee County’s north shore entered into a virtually unprecedented collaboration.  The communities of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay merged their fire and emergency responder programs and together created the North Shore Fire Department.

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Venice Williams is the executive director of Alice’s Garden, a two acre community garden with programming centered around helping young people.

Recently a few young boys with a BB gun shot out the windows of the van and truck she uses to transport produces to the farmer’s market. In an open note on her Facebook wall, Venice invited the boys to apple pie and conversation at her home. Because she worries about what might happen if they destroy someone else’s property. She hasn’t received a response.

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Just by virtue of its title, it’s easy to figure out that Milwaukee Magazine focuses on this city we call home.  But even with that as their monthly thrust, the October issue seems to delve especially closely into the soul of Milwaukee as the magazine set out to explore the fifty reasons we love Milwaukee.

From mustard tastings to social justice, associate editor Claire Hanan gave a preview of some of the things and the people that made the list: