2:45 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

Essay: Lessons in Love

Essayist Korinthia Klein writes that motherhood has taught her lessons in love.
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  • Korinthia Klein reads her essay, "Lessons in Love."

Before I had children I thought I knew love. I certainly knew what it was to love my family--my parents and my brothers and grandparents.... to love friends, and to love my husband. But loving a child is different. There is no choice in it.

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Politics & Government
4:47 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Two Legislative Committees Grill WEDC

Legislators are looking into a variety of ways to rein in the economic agency, in the wake of a scathing report from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau
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Two legislative panels sunk their teeth into the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. on Thursday. A state audit has revealed evidence that WEDC gave taxpayer money to ineligible recipients and did not properly track loans and grants.

The Joint Finance committee voted to give WEDC $59M in the 2013-14 state budget but nothing in 2014-15 unless it improves.

The Joint Audit committee grilled WEDC executives for more than four hours.

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Student debt
3:02 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Graduating into Debt

Bethany Cressey, Lyla Goerl, Sarah Johnson with Aiden & Marissa Mielke plan their next steps
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May is a watershed month for graduating college students. Another will approach in six months, when those entering the work world must begin repaying student loans.

Americans carry more student debt than credit card debt, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The UW System calculates the average undergraduate debt at more than $30,000.

Three UWM seniors realize they owe, although none seems sure of how much.

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12:22 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The Best Prom I Never Had

Essayist Grace Gunderson

Essayist Grace Gunderson is a soon-to-be senior majoring in creative writing at Beloit College.  Gunderson, who is from Minnesota, has been studying this semester at the University of East Anglia in the UK. 

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Arts & Culture
12:17 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Milwaukee's Roller Derby Scene Is a Hit

The Shevil Knevils is just one of several roller derby teams with the Brew City Bruisers.
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Tomorrow evening at Milwaukee’s US Cellular Arena, the Brew City Bruisers will take to the rink for their last home roller derby bout of the season.

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12:12 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

What Do Your Mother's Day Flowers Mean?

One of world renowned floral designer Michael Gaffney's designs
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Floriography is the language of flowers. Blossoms can have multiple or varied meanings, but some represent prevalent customs.

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12:09 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Gardeners Rejoice! This Cool Weather Is Great for Grass

So it felt like Spring for a while there, didn’t it?  Our run of nice, warm weather was a welcome one, especially on the heels of what had been a very cool, very wet start to the season.

The gardeners among us may have been tempted by the reprieve in the deluge to go out and get some planting and pruning done.  But was that a wise move?  And what has this soggy season meant to our lawns?

Lake Effect gardening contributor Melinda Myers says don't worry.

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Health & Science
12:01 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Program Targets Milwaukee Kids Not Screened for Developmental Issues

Not all kids are being screened for certain important developmental milestones.
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When you’re the parent of a small child, there are certain milestones in the physical and mental development you tend to look out for.  But beyond the obvious one – things like walking and talking – are some more subtle markers of a child’s development.

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Politics & Government
10:55 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Milwaukee's Streetcar Project Suffers Setback at Hands of Joint Finance

The Joint Finance committee Thursday essentially killed plans to run a streetcar through downtown Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee’s proposed streetcar project has hit a bump in the road. The Legislature’s Joint Finance committee Thursday approved a provision in the Public Service Commission’s budget, that would shift any related costs for the streetcar from utility ratepayers to the city.

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Politics & Government
10:44 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Walker Gives WEDC Vote of Confidence in Light of Criticism

Gov. Scott Walker says his job creation agency overall is doing good work
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Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday presided over an emergency meeting of the board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, or WEDC.

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