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Environment
12:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Study: Mercury Has Fast Path into Fish, But There's Hope to Lower Levels

UW-Madison and USGS scientists collect sediments

Concerns about the presence of mercury in fish keeps a lot of people from consuming what comes off the line. And that’s a concern anywhere there is a large body of fresh water, like, say, Lake Michigan.

Over the last decade, a group of scientists set out to discover if new mercury added to a lake would make its way more quickly into the aquatic food chain faster than “existing” mercury – what is released naturally into the atmosphere, by volcanoes or otherwise, and makes its way into watersheds.

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Economy & Business
10:19 am
Mon January 7, 2013

How Journalists Are Harnessing Social Media

Ellyn Angelotti specializes in journalism and social media at the Poynter Institute.

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Ellyn Angelotti.

Social media tools continue to grow in popularity. About a billion people are now on Facebook, and half that many have Twitter accounts.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat January 5, 2013

A Heat Gun, Some Plastic Bags, and the Sun

Pete Prodoehl's "Plastic Sun," constructed from plastic grocery bags with the assistance of a heat gun.
Credit Gianofer Fields

This summer the Chipstone Foundation challenged artists from all over Wisconsin to use just one tool to create a work of art. Contributor Gianofer Fields has presented some of their stories in recent months in our It’s a Material World series.

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Wolf
12:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Concerns Persist About Dogs Tangling with Wolves

Bobbi Rongstad's husband Tom and dog Marley are avid grouse hunters.
Credit B Rongstad

Wisconsin’s first grey wolf hunt closed weeks before its deadline.

However, debate over a component of the new law remains fierce.

Friday a Dane County judge could rule on that contested point – the use of dogs in future hunts.

Some outdoor enthusiasts such as the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association believe using dogs to track wolves is safe and appropriate.

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Arts & Culture
12:26 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

A Son of Wisconsin Wanders into Milwaukee

Cory Chisel on guitar and Adriel Denae on keyboard at a recent concert in New York.
Credit WFUV photo

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Cory Chisel.

Cory Chisel and his band, the Wandering Sons, got to play some pretty impressive venues following the release of his recent album, “Old Believers.”  And soon, they’ll be off for Europe and Australia.  But in among the many tour dates were a couple of important midwestern concerts – in northern Minnesota and in Appleton, the places Chisel grew up, the son of a preacher.

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Regional
3:27 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Milwaukee Native McGinn Familiar Face in Courthouse

Neil McGinn has represented thousands of clients as a public defender in Milwaukee for decades.

Neil McGinn was born and raised in Milwaukee, then headed to California for law school. While there, he worked in the Oakland-Alameda County public defender's office, and it ignited a passion. He pursued a career defending people who could not afford legal representation. When McGinn was offered a public defender job back in his hometown, he grabbed it.

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Civil War
12:43 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

The Meaning of the Civil War

Over the course of the past year, Lake Effect has explored the role of Wisconsin soldiers in the American Civil War, in our series "Iron Brigade and Beyond."

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Regional
12:07 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

UPDATE: Husband Charged with Killing Wauwatosa Police Officer

Jennifer Sebena's husband is being held on $1 million cash bond.

The 30-year-old husband of slain Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena was charged Thursday with shooting her to death on Christmas Eve, while she was on duty. Ben Gabriel Sebena is being held on $1 million cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Ben Sebena was jealous of his wife’s relationships with other men. He allegedly stalked her for several days before killing her, and allegedly had held a gun to her head a few weeks before her death.

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Life's Voices
3:30 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Lester Carter Offers Rx For Community Health on City's North Side

Lester Carter has owned his drug store at 24th and Burleigh since 1967.

Customers stream in and out of Carter’s Drug Store on 24th and Burleigh in Milwaukee.

The store is more than just a place to get a prescription filled, according to owner Lester Carter. He supplies everyone with healthy doses of respect and re-assurance. Those have been the ingredients of his figurative elixir, since he bought the business in 1967 after arriving here from Omaha, Nebraska.

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Civil War
12:35 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Milwaukee Teen Led Brave Charge in Civil War Battle

The Boy Colonel, Arthur MacArthur, Jr. of the 24th Wisconsin Regiment.

While the Iron Brigade, and its Wisconsin regiments, get a lot of the glory due to their fierce fighting in the American Civil War, there were other Wisconsin regiments which showed their mettle in battle.

Perhaps no story drives that home more than that of Arthur MacArthur of Milwaukee at the Battle of Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, November 25, 1863.

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