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6:19 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

New Berlin Restaurant Celebrates 'Festivus for the Rest of Us'

The Wagner Companies produce this "Festivus in a box," including a mini-Festivus Pole and instruction booklet.
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Festivus may have started out as a joke on "Seinfeld," which is based famously in New York. But it’s become very much a Milwaukee celebration.

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Food
5:49 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

ESSAY: We Must Ensure Access to Good Food Throughout Milwaukee

Essayist Kyle Cherek talks about a food desert in his former neighborhood.
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In 2011, Growing Power's Will Allen had this to say about Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek:

"Eating food is what we all have in common. It’s important that everyone has access to the same good food, regardless of their economic standing. This is about social justice. Kyle gets this."

It was a very nice thing to say, but two years later, Cherek isn't quite so sure he did get it:

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Music
5:10 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

After Losing His Voice and His Band, Army of Me Singer Makes a Comeback

Musician Vince Scheuerman sings under the name Army of Me. His new album "Searching for You" is now out.
Credit Allister Ann

Six years ago, the band, “Army of Me,” was reaching fans around the world with a hit song, “Going Through Changes,” off a new album on a major label.

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World
2:40 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Former Nigerian President Visits UWM to Build Educational Partnership

Former Nigerian President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was in Milwaukee this week (pictured here at the WUWM studios) to discuss educational collaborations with UWM.
Credit Bonnie North

Former President of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was in Milwaukee this week, his second visit in an effort to forge a collaborative educational effort with UW-Milwaukee.

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UWM Today
1:17 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Helping Young Parents Raise Children

Tom Luljak and Paul Florsheim
Credit Jon Strelecki

For many of us, raising a child may be one of the most exhilarating and exhausting experiences of our lives. It's a big job that is sometimes shared with a partner, but not always.

This edition of UWM Today focuses on a program helping young parents to raise a child, even if they choose not to remain in a relationship. Host Tom Luljak talks with Paul Florsheim associate professor of community and behavioral health in UWM’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health.

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Essay
12:41 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

ESSAY: Consider That Not Everyone Celebrates Christmas

Essayist Avi Lank says there's been an "undue public emphasis" on Chanukah to coincide with the Christmas holiday.
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I once worked at a social service agency filled with people who truly cared about humanity and toiled diligently for small pay to understand and help everyone.

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Politics & Government
12:32 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Shopped at Target Recently? Check Your Credit and Debit Card Statements

Hackers grab 40 million accounts from Target stores
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Credit and debit card information of about 40 million Target shoppers has been stolen.

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Economy & Business
11:01 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Milwaukee Family Creates Popular 'HoodiePet'

HoodiePet was created by the Kempes, a Milwaukee family. This particular design is designer Alexia Kempe's favorite.
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Like Linus of Peanuts fame, many kids wish they could still hold onto their baby blankets, while still looking cool. A Milwaukee mom and her family have tapped into that desire and come up with one of the season's hot products.

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Regional
10:33 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Pros and Cons To Milwaukee Police Scanning License Plates

Fire and police commissioners met Wednesday to discuss the police department's plate scanning system.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

The Milwaukee Police Department has a relatively new tool for collecting and reviewing information about potential suspects - a reader.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Legislation Aimed at Easing Way for Charter School Expansion

Some lawmakers want to make it easier for independent charter schools to expand in Milwaukee
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Some Wisconsin lawmakers want to make it easier for successful charter schools to replicate themselves.

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