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5:04 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Raspberry Pi Could Open Doors to Computer Science

Raspberry Pi is a small computer creating a lot of buzz

Have you heard of Raspberry Pi?

Not the dessert, but rather a small computer that’s been on the market a few years.

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Economy & Business
4:51 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Management Tends to Have Upper Hand in Negotiations

Caterpillar and USW Local 1343 are involved in tough negotiations

Caterpillar and its South Milwaukee Union are engaged in tough talks.

Last week, the United Steelworkers Local 1343 voted down a contract that called for allowing the company to temporarily close the plant if needed during downturns, along with wage freezes.

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Economy & Business
3:53 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Commentary: Wisconsin's "Insular Smugness" Doesn't Foster Growth

Where are you from?  Ask that to the next person you meet on the street in Milwaukee, and they’ll probably look at you funny.  So, instead, take our word for it – the answer is probably someplace local.

Writer and Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank says where we are from says a great deal about where we are going:

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Arts & Culture
3:36 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Manual Controller's Electronic Sound Mashes Microwaves

Electronic band Manual Controller's new album is called "Salutations.
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Lake Effect's Dan Harmon interviews musician Paul Schwarzkopf.

It’s been a while since the name Paul Schwarzkopf showed up in the Lake Effect credits.  But he's back, using audio waves in a whole new way.

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Environment
3:06 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

National Forests Face Threats from People, Politics - and Bugs

Umpqua National Forest in Oregon
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Chris Johnson about his new book on the creation of national forests.

As the weather gets nicer, millions of Americans will take to hiking in national forests, trading in the company of man for the company of trees. But as more people take advantage of forests, the increased foot-traffic may actually pose a threat to these natural resources.

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Arts & Culture
2:42 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Music of King Louis XV: The Masques at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Jean-Philippe Rameau, a leading 18th Century French composer
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Tuomo Suni.

The Montreal-based ensemble, Masques, brings you back to a time of powdered wigs and elaborate costumes. The Masques’ concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Saturday night will bring audiences back to the court of King Louis XV through the performance of the music of Rameau and his contemporaries.

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Health & Science
1:06 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Want to Fight Disease? Do Your Math Homework

Professor Carlos Castillo-Chavez, once a cheese factory worker, now a math professor who wants to stop the spread of disease through mathematics
Credit Arizona State University

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews mathematical biologist Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez.

A common complaint among school kids who don't want to learn their math is that it's not important in the real world. While there is a lot of theory in math, a growing body of researchers are proving this notion wrong by applying math in some surprisingly relevant ways.

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Politics & Government
11:12 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Watchdog Group Warned of Potential Problems Prior to WEDC Creation

The executive director of a Washington DC watchdog organization published a report prior to the creation of WEDC warning of potential transparency and accountability problems with similar public-private economic developments groups elsewhere.

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Economy & Business
10:56 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Local Beauty Product Company Gives More than Lip Service to DIY Movement

Olivu 426's Caitlin Brotz prepares homemade beauty products.
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Napoleon Dynamite included, a lot of us rely on lip balm to keep our mouths moisturized. But it's likely few of us ever thought about making our own product.

One Sheboygan woman has given more than lip service to the importance of pampered puckering. Caitlin Brotz is carving a niche for her homegrown lip balm company, called Olivu 426.

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Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Milwaukee's Restaurant Scene Is Booming - But Why?

What new restaurants will open in your neighborhood?
Credit New Zealand Defence Force

Considering the challenging economy of the past few years, Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek might have some surprising news: Milwaukee’s new local restaurant scene is booming.

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