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The July 4th holiday weekend is often labeled as “one of the busiest travel weekends” of the year. If your travel plans involve leaving Milwaukee by air, you might have noticed it’s a little harder to get from here to there than it once was.

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You might have big plans for the long, holiday weekend, or maybe you're just looking forward to a few lazy days around the house, with a barbecue or beach trip on the agenda. But for the more ambitious, outdoorsy traveler, we've compiled a list of the top three destinations for a weekend getaway. 

"My rule for this is 10 hours or less," says Stacy Tornio. She's the author of several books about nature and outdoor adventures for kids. 

1. Niagra Falls

Twelve months, twelve acts of kindness over 48 states: that's what documentary filmmaker Sue Vicory set out to do on January 1st of 2016.

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Late last month, Wisconsin became one of a handful of states that allow people to rescue people and animals locked in hot cars.  The so-called “Good Samaritan” law is designed to prevent a person with good intentions from incurring a civil penalty for acting.

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Reaction is intensifying to state efforts to intervene in low-performing Milwaukee Public Schools.

It began bubbling to the surface Wednesday, when the leader of the state’s Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program, quit. 

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At the Three Lions Pub in Shorewood, you can get scotch eggs, bangers and mash, and a pint of Guinness, often served with added authenticity by young people who’ve moved here from somewhere in the United Kingdom. WUWM's Bonnie Petrie stopped by the pub to get thoughts on UK's vote to exit the European Union.

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Income inequality is on the rise, both nationally and locally. While Wisconsin’s income gap is lower than the national average,  recent changes in tax laws may only deepen the growing divide.

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Not all that long ago - at least in automotive history - luxury cars were promoted in a lot of ways. There was the rich, Corinthian leather. The comfortable passenger space and the huge trunk. And of course, there was the soft - sometimes practically squishy ride.

That's not the way Cadillac, Lincoln, or really any luxury manufacturers advertise their cars any more. It's all about speed and performance, and maybe passenger space, too. But it's a trend that caught the eye of  Lake Effect automotive contributor, Mark Savage.

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The Fourth of July weekend is almost upon us. You might be packing to travel, or preparing for that huge barbeque you’re planning.

As you check off your to-do list, giving blood is probably not on it. But Chief Madical Officer of the Blood Center of Wisconsin, Dr. Tom Abshire, says it should be.

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As the French painter Paul Cezanne said, "art is a harmony that is parallel with nature."

In a new three part exhibit, The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum hopes to harmonize both art and nature. Using its indoor and outdoor spaces to reflect parts of a whole, the museum is showcasing different aspects of the work of Milwaukee-based environmental artist Roy Staab.

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A "media blitz" is underway in San Francisco this week. Dozens of news outlets are reporting on the city’s ongoing struggle with homelessness. Their goal is to encourage people to come up with solutions. No such action is planned in Milwaukee; however, one advocate for the homeless says an effort here could publicize the need for housing and funding.

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There’s a new feature at Summerfest on Milwaukee’s lakefront: metal detectors. People attending opening day of the music fest on Wednesday had to pass through them.

Planners say they decided to install the extra security in November, after terror attacks in Paris. Then they announced the move after the recent mass shooting in Orlando, and a few hours before Summerfest opened, terrorists struck Turkey.

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The historic decision by Britain to leave the European Union has left the world shocked and perplexed. Protests are widespread, a search for a new leader has begun following David Cameron's resignation, and parallels to the United States are hard to ignore. 

"The breaking up of two-party dominance in Britain is quite profound and contrasts with our ability, for better or for worse, to keep a two-party system in place," says Art Cyr, Lake Effect foreign policy contributor. 

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Mequon-Thiensville Superintendent Demond Means announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from his post as commissioner of the state-mandated MPS turnaround program, indicating the process has become too adversarial.

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Last Thursday, voters in the United Kingdom passed a referendum calling for the country to withdraw from the European Union. The Brexit vote has shaken British politics to its core. The world stock markets have largely responded in kind, the value of the British pound has fallen dramatically, and the country has lost its AAA credit rating.

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