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6:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Crews Monitor Water Quality at Milwaukee's Lake Michigan Beaches

Water quality status is posted at each beach. On this day, at South Shore patrons were advised not to enter the water.

All summer long, the Milwaukee Health Department is partnering with UWM's School of Public Health to test if it's safe to swim at Bradford, McKinley and South Shore beaches.

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World
4:39 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Essay: Fourth of July - Reflection and Renewal

U.S. Marine Corps soldiers participate in a parade.
Credit Wiki Commons image

The Fourth of July weekend celebrates community, local as well as national. Parades featuring people in uniform - scouts, firefighters and police as well as the military – traditionally are a fixture. Military uniforms remind us of the role of war in our history – and present. The current Veterans Administration scandals remind us of how serious related problems can become.

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Regional
4:19 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Bradford Beach 'Set' For Stop On Pro Volleyball Tour

All are welcome to Bradford Beach this weekend for the AVP beach volleyball tournament
Mitch Teich

Update, 8:30 p.m., July 3: Big Bend native Bill Kolinske successfully advanced out of the qualifying round and will play in the main draw this weekend.

The Milwaukee Brewers are out of town over this long weekend, but sports fans have another – unique option to scratch their pro sports itch.  The Association of Volleyball Professionals professional beach volleyball tour makes a full stop in Milwaukee this weekend for the first time since the late ‘90s. 

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Regional
3:15 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Seeking Summer Thrills? Take on Goliath at Six Flags

Six Flags Great American's latest attraction takes the theme park back to it roots with a new wooden roller coaster.
Stephanie Lecci

Summer is here as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, go to the beach, have picnics, and plan road trips. For many in the Midwest, summertime and Six Flags naturally go together. This year a brand new roller coaster – Goliath – breaks not one, but three world records.

John Krajnak, Six Flags Marketing Director says, “this might be the best ride in our park right now…it’s the tallest and steepest drop on any wooden coaster on the planet, and it is the fastest wooden coaster on the planet at 72 miles per hour. It is a phenomenal ride.”

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Arts & Culture
2:23 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Milwaukee's N'awlins Brass Band, Stubby Chubbz, Livens Up the City's Music Scene

The brass and percussion of Stubby Chubbz Brass Band.
Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

Throughout most of the country, funerals are a time of grieving for family members, mourning the loss of a loved one. New Orleans is the exception: they celebrate the life of the loved one, often accompanied by loud brass instruments playing down the street.

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Politics & Government
10:24 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Sheldon Lubar On Milwaukee: Then, Now, and the Future

Sheldon Lubar is a Milwaukee native, founder and chairman of the private investment firm, Lubar and Company.
Credit www.lubar.com

Philanthropist Sheldon Lubar made headlines in the last few years for his outspoken views on reforming Milwaukee County government.  Many of the changes at the board of supervisors level influenced by Lubar are going into effect - though their effects are yet to be measured.

Despite Lubar's public political stances, he never pursued elected office for himself - though he served in the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter.

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Milwaukee Magazine Feature on "A Different Kind of Democrat"

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will face Governor Scott Walker in the upcoming November election.
Credit burkeforwisconsin.com

The start of July means we are roughly four months away from Election Day, the first Tuesday in November.  Wisconsin’s race for Governor will be among the most closely watched in the country, with Scott Walker facing his second challenge since he was elected four years ago.

Walker, who dispatched a recall challenge in defeating Tom Barrett two years ago, will likely face businesswoman and former state Commerce Secretary Mary Burke.

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Economy & Business
6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Over 2,000 Young People Expected To Take Part In Milwaukee's Summer Jobs Program

Three teens are working at the Port of Milwaukee this summer as part of the Earn and Learn program
Credit LaToya Dennis

In Milwaukee, a program is underway employ some young people during summer and perhaps, launch a career.

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Ex Fabula
9:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Ex Fabula: Milwaukee Summer Stories

Ex Fabula storyteller Lauren Poppen
Credit Kat Schleicher

Ex Fabula's Leah Delaney joins Bruce Winter in the studio for Ex Fabula's weekly WUWM@Nite segment.

Ex Fabula is all about Milwaukee stories – and Milwaukeeans are champions at enjoying summer to the fullest, as evidenced by these two summer-themed stories.

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Regional
1:56 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

One Waukesha Girl Not Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing of Friend

Several doctors have concluded that at least one of the two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a friend 19 times, is not mentally competent.

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