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12:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

How Wisconsin Students Pulled Off One of the Greatest College Pranks Ever

Did Lady Liberty really sink in Wisconsin's Lake Mendota?
Credit Angela Weier and Bryce Richter

Contributor Gianofer Fields brings us the story of Lady Liberty of Lake Mendota.

Madison students pranked a city using a lot of Styrofoam, a lake, and the Statue of Liberty.

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Regarding Recycling, ReStores Repurpose the Concept of Consignment Shop

Jake Brandt prepares for 1st Street opening

Recycling and repurposing materials can not only be a cost- savings in what is – for many people – tight financial times; it’s also becoming hip. Even Martha Stewart talks up repurposed furniture and décor.

ReStore is one of the local operations riding on the trend. What might appear to be a discount hardware store, actually sells new and “gently-used” building materials, furniture and the like. The proceeds help fund local Habitat for Humanity affiliates build and renovate homes.

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Arts & Culture
1:51 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Long Overdue Book Inspires Librarian's Search for Culprit in "Underneath the Lintel"

Old library books can acrue fines, too.
Credit Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews actor James Ridge and director C. Michael Wright.

Have you ever kept an overdue library book for an extended period of time? How about 113 years?

In Glen Berger’s play Underneath the Lintel, currently being performed by the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, one Dutch librarian is out to catch the family that had that book checked out for much longer than the standard three weeks.

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Education
12:50 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

MPS-Morehouse Partnership Builds Bridge to College for Young Black Men

MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton with one of last year's class of MPS students who received scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Credit Milwaukee Public Schools

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Morehouse College president John Wilson, Jr.

In the last several weeks, the news cycle has been filled with stories of young men - many African-American - signing letters of intent to play sports at various American colleges and universities.

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Arts & Culture
10:13 am
Wed February 20, 2013

English Isn't Their First Language, But International Students Perform "Phantom" with Ease

Dominican High School--Phantom of the Opera
Kate H. Jurgens

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley investigates Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera."

Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay might be a small Catholic school of about 300 students, but its theatrical undertakings would be daunting for many larger institutions.

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Why Do We Love the Racket of Garage Bands?

The Shags, a 1960s garage band from Milwaukee
Credit Image courtesy from 1960sGarageBands.com

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Dr. Peter Roller, an ethnomusicologist at Alverno College.

Starting at adolescence, kids start looking at popular icons for inspiration. They want to grow up; they want to have independence and control. One popular way, especially among boys, is by forming garage bands. Dr. Peter Roller, an ethnomusicologist at Alverno College and the author of Milwaukee Garage Bands: Generations of Grassroots Rock, delved into the garage bands that made so much noise in Milwaukee.

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Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Realistic Battle Simulation Takes Aim at Wisconsin

An iCombat player finds a target.
Credit Photos courtesy of iCombat, Predator Games

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Andy Rasico, a product manager for Predator Games

In the midst of gun debates around the country, a company called Predator Games plans to create an elaborate laser tag facility in southeast Wisconsin.

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Veterans
3:15 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Veterans Flocking to Higher Education, But Some Face Obstacles

Army veteran Tom Voss is back at UWM after dropping out of college twice since leaving the military.

A record number of veterans are heading back to school. One incentive has been the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It enhanced education benefits, starting in 2009. They now cover undergraduate tuition and provide veterans with a monthly living allowance and book stipend. To be eligible, a vet must have served on active duty after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and not exhausted prior GI benefits.

No matter what federal or state aid former soldiers have received however, WUWM’s Erin Toner learned that some have found the transition to school difficult and even costly. Local schools are intervening.

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Education
10:59 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Pre-College Programs Tackles Low Literacy to Fill Job Skills Gap

A pre-college program instructor at MATC.
Credit MATC

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Dean Gloria Pitchford-Nicholas, the head of the School of Pre-college Education at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Amanda Ritchey, the director of Mount Mary College's College in the Community.

About 30 million Americans have “below basic” prose literacy skills. That’s according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy from the National Center for Education Statistics. People in this category might struggle to read the Harry Potter series in English, let alone get advanced job training. Meanwhile, some Wisconsin employers say they can’t fill job openings because applicants lack the necessary abilities.

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Education
8:43 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Group Prepares to Fight Special Needs Vouchers

Newly formed group expects the issue to resurface, and it has, in Gov. Walker's budget.
Credit Photos.com

On Monday, Gov. Walker released a proposed expansion of the Wisconsin Choice or voucher program, and his plan includes the creation of a school voucher program for students with special needs. A group called Stop Special Needs Vouchers Wisconsin announced Monday that it will to fight the proposal. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, there are strong opinions on both sides, just as there have been with the state’s flagship voucher or choice program.

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