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12:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Variation on a Theme - Safeguarding the Future of Small Creatures

Barb Agnew advocates for wildlife and plant habitat.
Credit Susan Bence

There is growing international concern about the future of ecosystems – from coral reefs to the arctic circle.


WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence found both local people determined to protect small creatures - one the Monarch butterfly, the other honeybees. Her first stop, was at the Milwaukee County grounds – in Wauwatosa.

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Regional
3:37 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Reaction to UWM Study: Young Black Men Should Focus on Education and Entreprenuership

Wisconsin has the highest black male incarceration rate in the country.

According to a new study by researchers at UW-Milwaukee, more than 50 percent of black males in their 30s in Milwaukee County have spent time in state prison. The report also points out that time in prison is the most serious barrier to employment, which helps explain the excessively high unemployment rate among African American men in Milwaukee.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Earth Day Story - UWM Handling Stormwater Creatively on Urban Campus

Vegetable garden adjacent to UWM dorms - viewed from student cafe.
Credit Susan Bence

Monday marks Earth Day. What has blossomed into an international event, stemmed from the spirit of the late Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.

The U.S. Senator inspired millions of people around the world to address dangers threatening the environment.

One local woman has taken on the challenge at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Amaranth Bakery Cooks Up Sustainable Model, Helps Other Businesses Rise

David Boucher at the register of Amaranth Bakery
Credit Susan Bence

Interview with David Boucher

Though many of its goods are baked, Amaranth Bakery's story is a juicy one. Located on Milwaukee’s northwest side, the bakery and cafe opened seven years ago at 34th and Lisbon as the dream of David Boucher and his wife Stephanie.

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Regional
3:42 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Study: Wisconsin Far and Away Leads Nation in Black Male Incarceration

Milwaukee County Secure Detention Facility
Credit Mike Steele, Flickr

The 2010 Census informed Wisconsin that it had the highest rate of black male incarceration in the country – well over 12 percent. Now a new examination of the numbers puts Wisconsin not only at the top - but far ahead of all other states when it comes to sending black men to prison.

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Arts & Culture
4:48 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Art Show Reinvents the Bicycle Wheel

Architect and artist Emily Scali's bike wall
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews artist Austin Ohm and architect Emily Scali.

Artists aim to create artwork that's both "beautiful and functional" from bicycle parts.

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World
5:38 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

New Refugees Overcome Stress, Uncertainty and other Obstacles

Edumakono Zetho was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He fled to a refugee camp in Tanzania, and now calls Milwaukee home.
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

By September, Wisconsin will have 990 new residents who’ve come here as refugees. They’re among 70,000 the nation is welcoming this federal fiscal year.

Refugees have been settling in Wisconsin for more than a century, so systems are in place to meet their needs, such as housing and food. Some need mental health help, as well.

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Sports
5:10 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

It Won't Help Catch the Ball - But Catching Will Hurt Less

Racine-area native Jason Jaramillo wears his company's inner glove as he catches against the New York Mets.
Credit Forceout

An interview with Lee Jaramillo, co-founder of the Racine-based company Forceout.

While baseball fans watch their team play, many focus on the score. One thing that is not often considered is the equipment used in the game. Brothers, catchers, and Racine-area natives Lee and Jason Jaramillo have experienced the pain that catchers have game after game of the impact a hard ball is pitched.

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World
4:53 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Four Priorities for the United Nations in a Changing World

The UN building in New York, N.Y.
Credit Photo by Ashitaka San, Flickr

An interview with Guillermo Rishchynski, the Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

The eyes of the world remain on Boston in the wake of Monday’s bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The attacks, which killed three, were described by President Obama as an act of terror.

While the incident was not as deadly as the 9/11 attacks, it was a reminder that in a global context, terrorism is a sad and frequent fact of life around the world. It’s one confronted by police forces and government agencies, but also by the United Nations.

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Regional
12:20 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Federal Judge Hears Arguments Over Rally Rules at Wisconsin Capitol

2011 rule requires groups of four or more to obtain permit to demonstrate.
Credit Justin Kern, Flickr

A federal judge is listening to arguments over the rule governing rallies at the Wisconsin Capitol.

The Walker Administration enacted the rule in late 2011, following weeks of massive demonstrations earlier in the year. Under the rule, groups that want to promote a cause at the Capitol, must obtain a permit, if the rally will involve four or more people.

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