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Environment
5:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Thanks, Polar Vortex, for Exterminating Some Tree-Killing Bugs in Wisconsin

Fort Snelling State Park in Minnesota - ash trees striped in green await removal. Rob Venette's team will analyze logs in the lab.
Credit R Venette

Arctic weather conditions have been hard on us humans in recent days, but there might be positive impacts when it comes to curbing unwelcome bugs.

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Religion
5:29 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

ESSAY: Wauwatosa Man Learns Silent Lessons from Trappist Monks

Wauwatosa resident Richard Hedderman heads to St. Joseph's Abbey in Massachusetts for his annual retreat.
Credit John Phelan

Essayist and poet Richard Hedderman may live in Wauwatosa, but every year he travels to a spiritual retreat at a Trappist Monastery. He reads his piece, "The Longitudes of Silence":

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Can Army Corps Plan Stop Asian Carp?

Credit Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers issued a long-awaited report about ways to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.  

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Regional
1:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Milwaukee Bike Courier Braves Arctic Blast

Steven Feih owns Milwaukee Courier Company. He and his team work outside no matter the elements.

While many people holed up at home or in a warm office Monday, to escape the record-breaking cold weather, some in the Milwaukee area weren’t so lucky.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

State Senate May Avoid Abortion Debate in 2014

State lawmakers will return to the Capitol later this month to take up remaining legislation.
Credit bcdixit

The state Legislature is heading into the final weeks of its two-year session.  A few divisive issues apparently will not surface; among them, new restrictions on abortion.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Greendale Native Stars in National Tour of 'Ghost the Musical'

Greendale native Katie Postotnik, with Steven Grant Douglas, stars in the national tour of "Ghost the Musical."
Credit Joan Marcus

The classic movie “Ghost” grossed over $505 million at the box office in the '90s, launched countless crushes on Patrick Swayze, made a hit out of "Unchained Melody," and, most recently, spawned a musical version.

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Health & Science
4:37 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

'Superstructure Icing' Poses Threat to Great Lakes Ships, Buildings

Ice can be a real cold-weather threat to ships on the ocean - and Lake Michigan.
Credit Photos.com

It's not just people freezing in this week's extreme temperatures. Man-made buildings, bridges and even ships on Lake Michigan all face perils from the cold.

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Arts & Culture
3:41 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

ESSAY: In This Weather, Enter the Car Wash at Your Own Risk

Essayist Mark Siegrist fears being frozen in at the car wash.
Credit Photos.com

Lake Effect essayist Mark Siegrist learned a thing or two about icing when he took his own man-made structure out into the cold:

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Health & Science
3:25 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

ER Doctor Lays Out Cold Weather Health Risks

What should you look out for in this cold weather?
Credit Photos.com

We don’t need to tell you it’s cold today - dangerously cold to be outside for just about any length of time.

But when we talk about risks like exposure and frostbite, what should we really be looking for? 

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Regional
11:50 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Cold Weather Updates: No MPS, UWM Classes Tuesday; Most MCTS Buses On Time

A deep freeze hits Milwaukee.
Credit Susan Bence

Milwaukee Public Schools will remain closed Tuesday because of our extremely cold, dangerous weather. The closing includes after-school activities.

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