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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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Environment
10:56 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Stewardship Funding Will Soon Face Legislative Scrutiny

Local land trust hopes to preserve prime Milwaukee River real estate for public urban green space

The Joint Finance Committee continues working its way through the “dollars and cents” of Governor Walker’s proposed 2013-2015 state budget. One program facing scrutiny is the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Over the past 20 years, the fund has protected more than 600,000 acres. It pools resources of the DNR, local government and land trusts. You have only to head up the Milwaukee River to see the funding at work.

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Arts & Culture
1:41 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Book Club Focuses on Women's Fiction - Okay, Chick Lit

Not all chick lit is hued in pink, but this display was.
Credit Timberland Regional Library photo, via Flickr

It’s not quite beach weather out there yet, but an area book club specializes in a literary form with a reputation for being well-read at the beach.

Kelly Malone organizes the Milwaukee Chick Lit Book Club. And while everyone has their own definition of the genre, Malone's is pretty specific.

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Biography Celebrates "The Most Important Filmmaker You've Never Heard Of"

Filmmaker Rouben Mamoulian is the subject of Milwaukee writer David Luhrssen's latest book.
Credit Wiki Commons

You may not know his name, but many of the movies you've seen have been influenced by his work.

Filmmaker Rouben Mamoulian left his native Armenia before the World War II, in an effort to escape looming strife. He fled to France and England, where he made theater connections, before coming to the United States to work at the Eastman School of Music.

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Arts & Culture
1:33 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Filmmaker Points Lens at His Own Survival Story in Nazi Poland

Filmmaker Marian Marzynski recalls being saved by a Christian couple in WWII Poland.

Filmmaker Marian Marzynski has been telling stories for more than a half-century, but he still has stories to tell and audiences to reach. Marzynski is considered a pioneer in the documentary form known as cinema verite.

And in his latest film is one in a series in which he has mined his own experiences. The autobiographical film, “Never Forget to Lie” is an exploration of his wartime childhood. Marzynski, who is Jewish, was hidden from Nazis by sympathetic Christians in his Polish homeland.

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World
1:24 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

How Open Sharing of Data Can Help Stabilize Countries

An effort is underway to promote better communication and sharing of data between military, diplomatic, and NGO sources.
Credit US Army

Last week, we talked about an effort to improve the way local government and regular people do business in Milwaukee, through better sharing of data.  Another data sharing program is already underway on a larger scale, and there are lives and countries at stake.

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