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12:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Potter Preserves Legacy of Face Jugs - Whatever It May Be

Historic face jugs were a slave-era craft, and typically featured large eyes, noses and wide mouths. Sculptor Michael Bayne recreates one here.
Credit Michel Bayne

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews master potter Michel Bayne about face jugs.

History is full of stories in which people are repressed – kept from expressing themselves freely.

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Recall Election
4:20 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Diners Talk Recall Politics

Diners at Mister Perkins' in Milwaukee are paying close attention to the recall elections.

There does not appear to be much indecision among Wisconsin voters, about whether they think Scott Walker should remain governor. The latest Marquette Law School Poll estimates that 97 percent of potential voters know whether they will pick the incumbent or Tom Barrett in next week’s recall election.

WUWM reporters visited several diners about town where customers discuss issues of the day, and we found many establishments filled with like-minded voters.

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Civil War
9:28 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 1

We begin a series on Wisconsin's critical role in the American Civil War, during the conflict's 150th anniversary.
Credit Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society

It’s Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor our nation’s war dead. We thought it was an appropriate time to begin a new series on Wisconsin soldiers from a long ago war – the American Civil War, the bloodiest conflict fought on American soil. Although the war is typically characterized as battle between the North and the South, the then-Western frontier of Wisconsin played a pivotal role.

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Civil War
9:28 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 1

We begin a series on Wisconsin's critical role in the American Civil War, during the conflict's 150th anniversary.
Credit Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society

It’s Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor our nation’s war dead. We thought it was an appropriate time to begin a new series on Wisconsin soldiers from a long ago war – the American Civil War, the bloodiest conflict fought on American soil. Although the war is typically characterized as battle between the North and the South, the then-Western frontier of Wisconsin played a pivotal role.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Walking in Wisconsin for Clean Water Around the World

Andy Stenz is walking across Wisconsin, starting on Monday.

A Wisconsin photographer will soon set out on his latest project - but it doesn't involve apertures, zoom lenses, or F-stops. Andy Stenz of Waukesha will leave on Memorial Day to walk across Wisconsin in an effort to raise money for and awareness of the plight of people around the water who lack ready access to clean water.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Passport Designed to Transport Visitors to County Park Treasures

Heading south out of South Shore Park
Eddee Daniel

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hopes to lure visitors to the state’s natural spaces this weekend by offering open houses and “license-free” fishing.

The Milwaukee County Parks system is taking a different approach to highlighting its green spaces.

It will host a party Saturday at McKinley Park, kicking-off the parks system’s 105th anniversary.

The event will also launch a “passport” program designed to focus attention on the Oak Leaf Trail. It carries bikers and hikers to numerous county parks.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence hit a piece of the trail to witness one person’s approach to selling a parks system.

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Veterans
3:08 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Exhibit Turns Women Veterans' Stories Into Art

Veteran Carolyn Morgan and Artist Yvette Pino were paired for new exhibit.
Erin Toner

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, we’re going to hear from women veterans whose military service has inspired artwork. A new exhibit at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison features 20 prints that resulted from private conversations between veterans and local artists. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, several women say the project helps validate their service to the country.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Estabrook Dam: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Estabrook Dam

It’s safe to say Estabrook Dam – that spans the Milwaukee River where Glendale and Shorewood meet – is crumbling. It’s also safe to say the dam is a source of controversy. Milwaukee County is responsible for the structure and plans to repair it – while environmentalists continue to press that it be permanently dismantled.

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Health & Science
4:37 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Orangutans Hop on the iPad Bandwagon

Orangutans and iPads
Milwaukee County Zoo

Back in February, Lake Effect celebrated Primate week with a series of stories and features about our close cousins. One of those features considered the technological prowess of primates – and we’re not talking just humans. There was Albert II, the first rhesus monkey in space. Or the orangutans at the Milwaukee County Zoo, who, like their human counterparts, really enjoy iPads. It may not be what Steve Jobs had in mind, but it turns out that iPads have some practical uses at a zoo.

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Environment
5:21 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Creating a Bike Friendly Culture

Bike to Work Week commuters and coffe drinkers on the Oak Leaf Trail.

You MIGHT be noticing more bicyclist pedaling along trails and streets this week.

Some of the action could be attributed to fine spring weather.

Other cyclists are being nudged into motion by National Bike to Work Week.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence did a bit of biking and a lot of chatting to learn about the momentum behind creating a more “cycle friendly” city.

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