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Politics & Government
4:36 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Public Service Commission Issues Final Decision on Proposed Milwaukee Streetcar

The City of Milwaukee cannot force utilities to cover the cost of relocating power lines, to accommodate a downtown streetcar.

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Arts & Culture
2:24 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Essay: A Million Lumps

A missing mattress holds a woman's inheritance.
Credit Christina B. Castro, flickr

 

Essayist George Berdes tells a story of a woman, her daughter, and her mattress.

A timeless parable of savings and family love from Lake Effect essayist George Berdes.

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Arts & Culture
2:08 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

The Nej, Ancient Turkish Flute, to be Featured at Concert

Kamran Ince comes to Wisconsin to share his passion and talent for the nej flute.
Credit http://www.kamranince.com/

Considering the musical worlds in which they inhabit, it’s perhaps surprising that Turkish-American composer Kamran Ince and Turkish-American composer, multi-instrumentalist, and academic scholar Mehmet Ali-Sanlikol have never worked together.

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Arts & Culture
1:22 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Essay: Traveling Through Milwaukee's "Channelizers"

Orange construction barrels, called "Channelizers," can be found almost everywhere around Milwaukee.
Credit Victoria Pickering, flickr

 

 

Essayist Joel Habush on Milwaukee's road construction

So, do you have plans to go anywhere this Labor Day Weekend?  Lake Effect essayist Joel Habush advises you to keep your eye out for construction on the Zoo Interchange, or the Hoan Bridge, or I-94 between here and Kenosha, or, well, just about everywhere.

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Arts & Culture
12:33 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

​The Notorious Past and Contentious Present of Mary Nohl's Iconic House

Mary Nohl's house will soon be relocated.
Credit ribarnica, flickr

    

If you grew up in the Milwaukee area a few decades ago, you knew it as “The Witch’s House.”  Tucked down a dead end road in Fox Point, the wild rumors were put to rest ten or fifteen years ago, as more became known about the house’s inhabitant, artist Mary Nohl.

The house sits behind a forest of trees and concrete sculptures on one side, and Lake Michigan on the other.  It’s nothing like anything else on the block or in the area.

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Health & Science
11:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Should Wisconsin Be Concerned about the Ebola Outbreak?

The Ebola virus is spreading quickly in African countries, but Wisconsin needs to be aware of what to look for and how to combat the deadly disease.
Credit NIAD, flickr

The World Health Organization announced yesterday that its researchers believe the Ebola outbreak in Africa could eventually sicken or kill 20,000 people before it is brought under control.  Several thousand people have died in the outbreak in four countries: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria.

The gruesome nature of the deaths and the speed with which the outbreak has spread in Africa have led to concerns around the world about both Ebola and the possibility of any sort of pandemic.

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Arts & Culture
8:17 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Step Back in Time and Into the Shoes of an American Civil War Enlistee

A soldier teaches students the basic drill.
Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

Lake Effect's Eleanor Peterson speaks with Ryan Schwartz from Old World Wisconsin

As fall approaches, many Badger fans are heading out to Camp Randall to support their football team. However, about 150 years ago, the land didn’t house a football stadium. 

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Arts & Culture
7:54 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Real or Replica?: How Old World Wisconsin Preserves Wisconsin History Through Its Artifacts

Jennifer Van Haaften demonstrates activities that families can do when they come to Old World Wisconsin, a living history museum.
Credit Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

Jennifer Van Haaften is the Associate Director of Program and Historical Resources at Old World Wisconsin and oversees the events that take place at the museum. She spoke with Lake Effect’s Eleanor Peterson.

History is increasingly becoming accessible to users online. 

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

An Unexpected Treasure in Oneida County: The Stovewood Building

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You might think you’ve stumbled upon a movie set where County Trunks B and Z come together in Oneida County. There stands a general store from the dawn of the 20th century - painstakingly restored.

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Regional
1:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Some Vietnam Vets Left to Wonder Whether Agent Orange Made Them Sick

Jim Gumm of Milwaukee served in Vietnam, and believes his exposure to Agent Orange caused a skin condition.
Credit Erin Toner

More than four decades ago, the U.S. military blanketed Vietnam with Agent Orange and researchers continue to find ways the toxic herbicide has sickened the nation's veterans.

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