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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich talks with foreign policy contributor Art Cyr about a variety of issues on the international scene.

Cyr reflects on poll data that shows US standing in the world has dropped in the first six months of the Trump Administration in every country except two - Russia and Israel.  He also discusses President Trump's charge that former President Barack Obama and his administration could have done more before leaving office to counter alleged Russian meddling in U.S. electoral politics.

Walter Paul Minx is one of the more interesting people in Milwaukee's history.  He was the not-quite-mastermind behind a plot to make off with a fortune more than 70 years ago.

But unlike some notorious criminals, Minx was not fated to become the stuff of larcenous folklore.  But his story does live on in the pages of the June issue of Milwaukee Magazine. Writer Matthew Prigge wrote this month's feature about our would-be criminal genius.

For all the time Lake Effect has spent researching and producing content about creamy, frozen dairy desserts (here & here), we were put to shame by the amount of time writer Amy Ettinger has spent.

Marge Pitrof

The downtown Milwaukee River bustles these summer days with boaters and kayakers and cruises, while people on shore sit at the cafes. It would have been difficult to imagine a few decades ago, when the river was still largely an industrial dumping ground, but things started to change when the city developed the Riverwalk. It now spans miles. Yet one small part of the dream has not taken hold - the creation of river taxis. Signs are posted, but no taxis.

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You might have noticed in your gym that some floor space remains clear except for some straps hanging from the ceiling, a frame, or even attached to the wall. They're yellow and gold, with handles, and are called TRX suspension trainers. Although they look pretty simple, they can be confusing if you've never used them before.

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Dozens of Milwaukee leaders and residents gathered at The Wisconsin Black Historical Society on Monday evening to discuss the most effective ways of reducing violence in the city. At the heart of the conversation was Problem-Oriented Policing, a theory that stresses best practices for getting to the heart of crimes while creating viable neighborhoods. Law enforcement experts tout the strategy while community leaders insist more is needed to improve many residents' quality of life.

Maayan Silver

At the intersection of 47th and Burleigh in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood, the Kosher Meat Klub and My Barbershop exist side-by-side. Their coexistence reflects a larger respect between the African Americans and Orthodox Jews living in the area.    

Susan Bence

If you drive around downtown Milwaukee, or will for Summerfest, you may find all the torn up streets frustrating. Much of the construction is due to the city’s new streetcar. 

The project is in full swing, with workers laying tracks along some sections of the two mile route. It’s expected to begin operating in late 2018. We asked a few people what all the orange barrels mean to them, today.

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This month marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Many religious leaders and laypeople alike came together in the wake of the shooting to provide support, and mourn the loss of the victims killed in the LGBT nightclub.

Mitch Teich

For people who are dealing with trauma, mental illness, or other challenging life circumstances, sometimes traditional talk therapy isn't the best - or only - way to start the process of healing.

Art therapy and other creative therapies are on the rise as primary methods of care for people with mental illnesses. Five Milwaukee art therapists work out of a recently renovated space on South Kinnickinnic Avenue in Bay View.

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There are some people who are always on the move - never staying in one place or one city for very long.  But for many others, a single place - often a single house - holds tremendous significance:

In Ecclesiastes 3 we are told there is a time for everything; a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to tear down and a time to build; a time to speak and a time to be silent, and among others, a time to be born and a time to die. What the good book didn’t mention is a time to move, which has been happening in our neighborhood lately with some frequency.

Maayan Silver

Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood has attracted its share of attention during the past year. Much of it negative. But, some point to Sherman Park as a success story, it’s one of the most diverse in a metro area considered one of the most segregated in the country.

LaToya Dennis

A federal judge told Wisconsin on Friday that the way it treats incarcerated youth is unconstitutional. Of particular concern is the use of pepper spray, handcuffs and shackles – as well as solitary confinement. 

The ACLU of Wisconsin took the matter to court. The judge ordered the group and the state to submit a plan, in two weeks, to change practices. The Lincoln Hill School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls have been at the center of major investigations, over the treatment of youth.

Chris Keliher

In just a few days, the gates to the Henry Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront will swing open and welcome the hundreds of thousands of concert goers who descend on the city each year for Summerfest.

It’s easily the city’s - and the state’s - most popular music festival. But just last weekend, western Wisconsin played host to the third edition of a music festival that is also making a name for itself. Eaux Claires is the creation of musician Justin Vernon, better known as the front man of Bon Iver.

Ex Fabula: Showing Up

Jun 24, 2017
Megan McGee

In these trying times it’s easy to get wrapped up in feeling powerless. However, there is a sense of urgency present that invites individuals to participate in community activism on a local, state and national level.

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