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It’s probably not stretching things to point to a parallel in the decline of the manufacturing sector in Milwaukee, and the academic decline in a high school that has traditionally placed graduates into manufacturing jobs.  

Bradley Tech High School, by most measures, is struggling – so much so that Milwaukee Public Schools named it as one of just over a dozen schools worthy of extra intervention.

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From Ferguson to New York to Milwaukee's Red Arrow Park, a lot has happened during the past year that's caused the relationship between the police and citizens to erode.

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Lake Effect’s wine contributor Ray Fister has been racking up the frequent flyer miles in the past few weeks.

Between trips to California and wine events closer to home, he made time to speak with Lake Effect's Bonnie North while in Milwaukee. 

"’13 was another great one, followed by ’14 – everybody’s sitting on the edge of their chair to see what’s gonna happen in ’15," he says. "Three in a row is pretty unusual – certainly for Napa and Sonoma, they’re very happy."

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The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors is expected next week to consider final approval of a program that would provide free bus rides to an estimated 30,000 disabled and senior riders a year on Milwaukee County Transit.

If it’s approved, the GO Pass program would go into effect at the beginning of April. The County’s Transportation director, however, has recommended a three-month delay in implementing the program to allow for broader distribution of passes.

Erin Toner

It used to be that if you wanted to see a doctor for your annual checkup or the flu, your options were Monday through Friday, during the day. But things are changing.

Many providers now offer extended hours to make seeing a doctor more convenient, and discourage visits to emergency centers.

Dr. Mushir Hassan is working through a busy morning of appointments, popping in and out of patient rooms, and pulling up charts on the laptop he totes. All pretty routine, except it’s a Saturday, a day doctors normally have off and many healthcare clinics are closed.

Wisconsin would ignore student scores this year - the first year schools administer the Badger Exam, under a bill the state Senate approved Tuesday.

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The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and its neighbors were shocked to learn  Gov. Walker’s biennial budget would remove state protections for Downer Woods, an 11-acre preserve on campus.

Vice Chancellor of University Relations and Communications Tom Luljak says UWM did not ask for the changes included in the governor's budget proposal. Leaders assume that the protections state law has provided for the woods would be transferred to the UW Board of Regents - UWM's governing body.

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Social media sites, like Facebook, and Instragram, have enabled many of us to keep in contact with – or even reconnect with old friends we might have thought we’d never hear from again.  But with few exceptions, the nature of friendships is different when they play out in pictures or brief status updates.  Lake Effect essayist Lane Pierce reflects on one friendship lost and found again.

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Somboon Thao’s family escaped Laos hoping for a better life in Milwaukee, but then the worst thing imaginable happened.

Dozens of bullets flew through their home and one struck Somboon’s 13-month-old son, Bill. The toddler later died of injuries at Children's Hospital.

When the bullets started flying, a family member told the kids in the room to lay down on the ground - a reflex their generation had developed decades ago in the jungle, in Laos.

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In the days since the Vietnam War, our society has gotten better, if not perfect, at recognizing the challenges faced by veterans returning home from combat.  Their stories have been told more frequently, and more organizations exist to help them readjust.

But a new novel by a Midwestern writer focuses on a lesser-told story – that of the families of wounded veterans, and the issues they face trying to nurture their loved ones back to health. 

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