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6:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

UW-Milwaukee Experiments with "Greener" Grass

UW-Milwaukee is trying out natural lawn care on its 23-acre Kenwood campus.
Credit S Bence

People are accustomed to seeing UW-Milwaukee's 23 acres of lawn lush and weed-free. This year, UWM eliminated any use of chemicals on its Kentucky Bluegrass.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Politics and Personalities Differ Dramatically in Race for Wisconsin's Open House Seat

Mark Harris and Glen Grothman

The only open house seat in Wisconsin this fall is in the 6th Congressional District, north of Milwaukee. Longtime U.S. Rep. Tom Petri is retiring from the post.

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Politics & Government
4:22 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

President Obama Says America is Moving Forward

President Obama pushes for raising the minimum wage in Milwaukee
Credit LaToya Dennis

President Obama addressed thousands of labor supporters at Milwaukee’s annual Laborfest on Monday.

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Regional
1:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

President Obama to Focus on Economy in Laborfest Speech

President Obama appeared at Laborfest in Milwaukee in 2010

President Barack Obama will visit Wisconsin Monday. He’s making another stop at Laborfest on Milwaukee’s lakefront, just as he did in 2010.

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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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