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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.
Credit Olivu

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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Arts & Culture
10:46 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Five-Time Olympian Dara Torres on Being a Role Model For Kids - and Adults

Swimmer Dara Torres at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials
Credit Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Those of us who have passed our 40th birthday pay close attention to athletes as they get older. While our real major league dreams may have long passed, there’s comfort in seeing athletes your own age succeed against competitors far younger.

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Environment
10:34 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Kewaunee Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

It could take more than 60 years for the Kewaunee Power Station to be completely decommissioned.
Credit Lenka Reznicek, via Flickr

Less than 24 hours ago, the Kewaunee Power Station in Wisconsin became the first nuclear power plant in this country to be shut down since the late 1990s.

Virginia-based Dominion Resources decided to stop producing power at the plant when the utilities which bought the power elected not to renew their contract with Dominion.

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Environment
9:57 am
Wed May 8, 2013

An Achievable Dream? Biking to School Folds Into Family Routine

Chloe sticks to the sidewalk as she commutes to school.

Wednesday students from 1,500 schools coast to coast are making their way to class on foot or bicycle. Organizers hope National Bike to School Day draws attention to the need for safer routes for kids AND the importance of getting them more physical active

Maryland Avenue Montessori - on Milwaukee’s bustling east side - is one of the schools getting in the act this morning, as parents and students form walking and biking caravans. We meet up with one nine year old and her dad for whom getting to school on two wheels is already routine.

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Arts & Culture
1:16 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

"The Repeat Year" Poses Quandary For Protagonist: What to Do Differently?

Every day of every week – almost every hour, maybe – includes a decision that will have an impact on you and the people around you.  So it’s no wonder that we get some of those decisions wrong. 

But of all the wrong decisions you’ve made in the past year, how many of them were so wrong that they’ve changed the course of your life?  And what if you were forced to go back and try again?

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Arts & Culture
1:11 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

With "Goldin" Leadership, Milwaukee's Book Scene Stays Strong

Boswell Book Company's proprietor Daniel Goldin is featured in Milwaukee Magazine.
Credit Boswell Book Company

When Milwaukee’s venerable independent bookstore chain, Harry W. Schwartz, faded away four years ago – and was followed by Borders Books, many feared the local literary scene might disappear as well.

But that hasn’t happened. If anything, the book world is stronger than ever. That’s thanks in large part to the strength of the remaining independent bookstores in the area.

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Mining
1:08 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Who Knew Mining Could Be So Emotional? In Wisconsin, It Certainly Is

Writer Erik Gunn at the Penokee art exhibit at the Urban Ecology Center.
Credit Susan Bence

Plenty of journalists have covered – over the past year or so – the often hostile legislative and environmental battle that surrounded proposed iron or mining in the far-off Penokee Hills – located just below Lake Superior.

Although Wisconsin has a new mining law that streamlines permitting; and Gogebic Taconite – a company that sprouted from a Florida-based business – has begun its application process, writer Erik Gunn with Milwaukee Magazine thought the subject deserved a fresh examination.

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