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1:01 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Catholic Church's Reach, Challenges Lead to Worldwide Attention on Conclave

The world is watching as cardinals begin the process of selecting a new pope.
Credit Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romanov via Getty Images

When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation last month, the news catapulted into headlines worldwide. Media coverage has continued nearly nonstop, as the Catholic Church prepares to select its next leader. Some outlets have almost treated the process as they would a sports tournament – with analysts and even odds on who will emerge as the next pope.

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Education
12:55 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Expert: Considering Students' Home Language Could Help School Performance

Author Anita Pandey.

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews author Anita Pandey.

Hayes Bilingual School in Milwaukee scores 62.2 on the state report card system. That means it’s just shy of meeting expectations. Most MPS schools fall at or below that level, but Hayes is different. Its growth score is 86 – well above the state average. The school’s dual-immersion approach seems to be generating improvements in both math and reading.

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Regional
1:35 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Bay View's Avalon Theater to Auction Vintage Items

Bay View's Avalon Theater to Auction Vintage Items.
Credit Spreenkler, Flickr

The Avalon Theater in Bay View plans to auction off vintage equipment, including projectors, popcorn machines and seats.

Online bidding begins March 13 at noon - and continues for a week. People can walk through the theater on Sat., March 16 from 9 A.M. - 4 P.M., to view items on the auction block.

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Health & Science
11:50 am
Mon March 11, 2013

How The Start of Daylight Savings Time Affects Our Bodies

Residents of most states lost an hour of sleep when time "sprang forward" over the weekend.

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Dr. Alexander Villareal, a sleep medicine physician with the Sleep Wellness Institute of West Allis and Mequon.

Wisconsin is now observing daylight savings time. Residents of most states lost an hour of sleep when time “sprang forward” over the weekend.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

DNR Plans for Environmental Education Center Bend to Public Opinion

Maple sugaring area awaited 1200 students who will experience the program this season
Credit Susan Bence

Within the past couple years, the Wisconsin DNR has actively encouraged the traditions of hunting and fishing.

That new focus will also be felt at the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center, about 25 miles north of Madison. For generations, instructors there have taught school children about native species and conservation.

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Speedskating
9:45 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Speedskater Nikki Meyer: "I Couldn't Believe What Was Happening"

A second speedskater has come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by a fellow skater.
Credit paka808, via Flickr

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews U.S. Olympic Speedskater Nikki Meyer.

A second speedskater has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by four-time Olympic speedskater and former US Speedskating head Andy Gabel. Nikki Meyer, who was known as Nikki Ziegelmeyer during her skating career says she was fifteen years old in 1991 when Gabel forced her to have sex in a dorm room at the US Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Michigan.

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Regional
3:23 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

City Struggles to Remove Condemned Houses; Asks State for Help

It costs about $15,000 to demolish a house, and takes 2-3 days to remove the debris, leaving the lot ready for redevelopment.

The cost of demolishing condemned properties in Milwaukee is squeezing city finances. So this week, leaders will ask the state for more aid to combat the problem. It grows bigger by the day. We took a first hand look.

Huge metal teeth bite into the second story of a house on North 26th Street. Moments later, support beams crack and the walls fold. Finally, the roof collapses. Perhaps that’s an apt metaphor for the effects of the recent economic downturn. The recession caused the roof to fall in on many homeowners. Hundreds, unable to make monthly payments, abandoned their homes.

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Speedskating
1:41 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Exclusive Audio: Second Skater Accuses Andy Gabel of Sexual Misconduct; Gabel Denies Charges

Former U.S. Speedskating head and four-time Olympian Andy Gabel has been accused by another speedskater of sexual misconduct.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich on All Things Considered.

UPDATED, 7:15 pm: Andy Gabel responded to WUWM's story this evening by email:

"I want to emphasize, there was no incident of any abuse ever. I never forced myself on any individual and any allegations of that nature are absolutely false. Any relationship I had was consentual [sic]. Looking back on it now, I understand that my conduct nearly 20 years ago, and longer, was still inappropriate. I've apologized publically [sic] for that and I am sorry for crossing that line. I understand that inappropriateness more than ever now.

And so I resigned from the International Skating Union and US Speedskating because I care about the athletes and the sport that I have given so much of my life to and I did not want this type of story to have any adverse effects on the athletes, the organization, and the progress of the sport.

Nearly two decades ago, I made personal mistakes and looking back on it now, I wish that I would have been more mature and made better choices."

US Speedskating released a written statement this evening, as well:
 

"US Speedskating is aware of a second allegation brought by another athlete against a former board member. We have engaged the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP to thoroughly investigate the allegations of sexual misconduct brought forward by both athletes. US Speedskating will not tolerate abuse of any kind and we intend to investigate these claims, and any others that arise."

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Arts & Culture
12:58 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Renowned Violinist and MSO's de Waart Reconnect Through Bruch

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Credit Courtesy of American Music Festivals

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews musician Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Najda Salerno-Sonnenberg is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. Her solo performances are electrifying: she combines supreme artistry and musicality with both precision and fearlessness. She dives deeply into the music and takes her audiences along with her on that journey.

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Speedskating
11:01 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Abuse Advocate: Sexual Predators Prey on Athletes' "Steely Eyed Focus"

An advocate for women in sports explains why provisions like Title IX don't protect all athletes.

(An earlier version of this story and the current audio version includes an incorrect characterization of Gabel's statement. It initially and incorrectly read "Gabel admitted to the behavior." Mr. Gabel admitted to a "brief, inappropriate relationship" with a fellow teammate.)

U.S. Speedskating's turmoil continues as new developments hit late Tuesday. A group of short-track speedskaters and their supporters filed a Section 10 complaint with the U.S. Olympic Committee, asking it to put U.S. Speedskating on probation and increase USOC oversight. They say the governing body hasn’t addressed grievances they brought to light last August.

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