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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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Education
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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