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12:31 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Praise for Sue Black and Curiosity About Why She is No Longer Milwaukee County Parks Director

Black's tenure dotted with awards.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's office confirms that Sue Black is no longer Milwaukee County Parks Director. No reason has yet been stated. Members of the Milwaukee County Board are not yet commenting, many saying they did not have advanced notice about Black's departure.

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Will Senate Race Draw From Candidates' Environmental Arsenals?

Click to Enlarge PhotoA worker at Helios Solar Works in the Menomonee Valley gives Democrat Tammy Baldwin a tour the morning after the Wisconsin Primary
Credit Susan Bence

Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race is blazing full steam ahead after former Governor Tommy Thompson defeated three challengers in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

Both he and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin hit the campaign circuit hours later.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence takes an initial look at how environmental issues might play into the race.

Peruse their campaign websites, and you will not find plans for how either candidate would address issues such as global warming or storm water contamination.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

New Water Council Building Tenant Builds International Connections

Two men with a passion for innovation - Ken and Todd Muderlak - hope to take international markets by storm.
Credit Susan Bence

Dignitaries including Governor Walker tramped the grounds Monday of what is becoming home to the Milwaukee Water Council.

The gathering officially launched the renovation of a seven-story warehouse in the Walker’s Point neighborhood.

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Folk Fusion

Bruce Molsky.
Credit Bruce Molsky

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews musician Bruce Molsky.
Milwaukee’s Irish Fest returns for its annual run at the Festival Grounds on Thursday. And as is our habit, we’ll feature a few of the bands playing there over the course of the week. While there will be music with an obvious Irish feel, the focus of this year’s festival will also have a distinctly American sound. That’s because many of the acts will spotlight how traditional Irish music evolved into the bluegrass sound we think of as native to Appalachia.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
4:44 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Kaleka Brothers Remember Their Father, His Faith

Amardeep (left) and Pardeep Kaleka, the sons of Satwant Singh Kaleka, the president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, who died in last week's shootings.

Sikhs have returned to their Oak Creek temple, for the first time since the shootings that killed six worshippers, and injured four others.

Amardeep and Pardeep Kaleka helped organize this morning’s memorial service. They’re the sons of the temple president, Satwant Singh Kaleka, who died fighting off the gunman.

The brothers talked with WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl yesterday about their father, and his faith.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
2:42 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Bringing Together Communities of Faith After Temple Shootings

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee is working to bridge the gap between communities of faith.

Visitation is going on this morning in Oak Creek for the victims of Sunday’s shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Six temple-goers were killed in shootings by Wade Michael Page of Cudahy before Page reportedly killed himself.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
2:27 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Hundreds Pay Respects, Led by Family Members and Dignitaries

People from near and far honor the victims of tragedy.

Family members of the six people slain at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, shared their grief and consolation Friday and offered reflections on their loved ones to a crowd of hundreds gathered in the Oak Creek High School gymnasium. Dignitaries, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder expressed condolences to the community during the joint funeral for the six.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
2:22 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

A Little About the Sikh Temple Victims

All will be honored Friday.

Thousands of people will stream into Oak Creek High School Friday morning. They will spend time at the joint memorial service for the six people a gunman killed at the Sikh Temple on Sunday.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
1:22 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Thousands Mourn Sikh Temple Members at Joint Funeral

The line of mourners extended out the door of Oak Creek High School.

There was a huge outpouring of love and support in Oak Creek today, as the six worshippers a gunman shot and killed at the Sikh Temple Sunday were laid to rest. As WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, a couple thousand people turned out for the public wake and service at Oak Creek High School. Those in grief were surrounded, and they, in turn, encouraged others.

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Regional
12:32 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

A Letter from Milwaukee to Wisconsin

Milwaukee writes a letter to Wisconsin
Credit a.drian, flickr

Whether you are a native Wisconsinite or newcomer, it’s hard not to notice that the relationship between Milwaukee and the rest of the state can be a bit frosty. All relationships go through their ups and downs, but the tension between these two has been especially apparent in the last couple of years. So when talking things out seems to get nowhere, sometimes the only thing to do is sit down and write a letter, as Lake Effect essayist Alex Runner discovered. Runner is an award-winning essayist who lives in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood.

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