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6:32 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Essay: Independent of Independence Day Sales

Essayist Avi Lank offers his thoughts on Fourth of July sales.

We're just two short days away from July 4th - which means, Independence Day fireworks, cookouts, and big sales at retailers.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank may partake in the first two traditions, but as for the third - count him out.

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Politics & Government
6:19 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

With New Budget Signed, Walker's 'Living Experiment' Continues

Analyst Rob Henken says the state budget is a "balancing act" between policy priorities.
Credit Tax Credits/Flickr

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews the Public Policy Forum's Rob Henken.

Governor Scott Walker signed the biennial state budget into law this past Sunday, using his substantial line item veto power to eliminate 58 items from the document.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Milwaukee to Enforce Residency Rule, Despite New State Budget

Milwaukee has had a residency rule for 75 years. The biennial budget that Gov. Walker signed on Sunday wipes out residency requirements for municipal workers statewide.

The Common Council has voted to continue requiring city workers to live in Milwaukee.

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Regional
1:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

SNAP Wants Dolan Investigated for Fraud

Members of SNAP Monday called for a federal investigation of former Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
Credit Michelle Maternowski

For a time Monday, it was difficult to access the Milwaukee Archdiocese website. It stalled, after the church released 6,000 pages of documents detailing its response to clergy sex abuse allegations, spanning decades.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Counties Try to Put Restrictions on Proposed Iron Mine

Gogebic Taconite wants to excavate this land in northern Wisconsin, developing a huge iron ore mine
Credit Pete Rasmussen

Iron and Ashland counties are attempting to exert some control over the huge mine planned for northern Wisconsin.

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Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Gettysburg's Consequence and Cost Remembered 150 Years Later

A print of the painting "Hancock at Gettysburg" by Thure de Thulstrup shows Pickett's Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Credit Library of Congress

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews historian and author Thomas Martin Sobottke about the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg.

One-hundred fifty years ago today, one of the fiercest and most important battles of the American Civil War began.

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Arts & Culture
2:23 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

'Dog Stars' Imagines Post-Apocalyptic Humanity

Author Peter Heller has written four non-fiction adventure books, but "The Dog Stars" is his first novel.
Credit Knopf

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews author Peter Heller.

Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction tends to be rather bleak. The world as we know it has ended, chaos rules, and humans, or what’s left of them, tend to be reduced to their basest natures. Survival is paramount and all the niceties of so called civilization tend to go by the wayside.

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Regional
1:29 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Milwaukee Archdiocese Releases Clergy Sex Abuse Files

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has released thousands of pages of documents related to cases of clergy abusing people sexually.

The items include priest personnel files and depositions of church leaders, including now Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who had been archbishop of Milwaukee for several years and is now president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Politics & Government
12:56 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Waukesha's Vrakas Praises New State Budget

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas says there are several items in the new two-year state budget that will help Waukesha County, such as increased transit aid.

He adds that he's confident local officials will craft effective strategies to handle things the new spending plan will make more challenging

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Politics & Government
12:21 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Barrett: Walker’s Budget Unfairly Attacks Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s mayor says it’s almost as if the state budget goes out of its way to harm the city.

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