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Susan Bence

This Sunday, May 20, is the first World Bee Day, and also is World Migratory Bird Day. A couple of groups in the Milwaukee area that are concerned about the health of bees and birds will use the day to shine a light on their importance.
 

On December 17, 2017 the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously declared May 20 World Bee Day:

Photo courtesy of the Office of Marketing and Communication / Marquette Wire

When Jeannie Gaffigan takes the stage at Marquette University’s commencement this Sunday, it’ll almost feel like a victory lap.  Gaffigan graduated from Marquette, back when she was Jeannie Noth.  She’s been a comedy writer for years since then.

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One of the luminaries of French cuisine died early this year. Paul Bocuse is credited with basically introducing American diners to French cuisine, and demystifying it. He also launched or mentored the careers of many American chefs, including Milwaukee’s own Paul Bartolotta. 

Bartolotta is the restaurateur behind Bacchus, Lake Park Bistro, and Ristorante Bartolotta. He joined food historian and Lake Effect contributor, Kyle Cherek, to talk about Bocuse's legacy with Lake Effect's Bonnie North. 

Sara Stathas

After some notably violent years, the homicide rate in Milwaukee has declined a bit over the last two years.  And while there are a complex set of factors that play into that dynamic, the city has made a concerted effort to develop a strategy to curb the cycle of violence.

Coutesy of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The viola, like the accordion and the banjo, is often the butt of musical jokes. Not as dramatic as its string cousins the violin or the cello, the viola nevertheless has a beautiful sound and is a crucial part of orchestras and chamber music ensembles.

Rough Tough, Real Stuff / Flickr

As the current academic year wraps up at colleges and universities around the country, one area school is already preparing to make college life a success for a particular group of students in the fall of 2019. 

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers

In cities like Milwaukee, there are barriers to healthy living for many residents in neighborhoods with challenging economic conditions, such as the near south side. Organizations such as the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center exist to help area residents navigate those barriers.

Tatiana Maida is the Sixteenth Street Healthy Choices Department Manager. She says key obstacles to healthy living are the lack of healthy foods and safe outside spaces where people can freely exercise and engage with their community.

Maayan Silver

Everyone has an inner artist.  

That's if you ask those working with Express Yourself Milwaukee, an organization that has been bringing arts to low-income and at-risk kids for the past 15 years.

Historic Photo Collection / Milwaukee Public Library

The devastating fire that destroyed Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church has got us thinking about the many historic churches that call Milwaukee home - from the Basilica of St. Josaphat on the city's south side to Old Saint Mary downtown.

What role did these churches play in the live of early Milwaukeeans? How have these 100-year-old buildings withstood the test of time? What can these structures tell us about the city's history?

Maayan Silver

Hundreds of people lined up hours before the doors opened to enter IKEA's new store in Oak Creek Wednesday morning. There was a DJ, a band, and door prizes.

WUWM's Maayan Silver was there too. She wanted to know what drew customers to the store's grand opening and how IKEA might impact the local retail scene.

Here's what people in line had to say:

Susan Bence

Unexpected partnerships are helping the 40-year-old Schlitz Audubon Nature Center manage its 185 acres  along Lake Michigan’s shore in Bayside, Wisconsin.

David Pacifico coordinates research and policy in Cardinal Stritch University's School of Continuing and On-line Learning. He also holds a PhD in Anthropology.

Digging into how people from long ago lived their lives is Pacifico's passion.

Teran Powell

Update:

The Milwaukee Fire Department is estimating $13 million in structural damages to downtown Milwaukee's Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. An additonal $4 million worth of the church's contents were also destroyed Tuesday.

Deputy Fire Chief Dave Votsis said Wednesday heating tools placed on nearby scaffolding may have ingnited the roof.

City of Oak Creek

It took 10 years and over $7 million to create Lake Vista Park in Oak Creek. The project is far more than a facelift of the 98-acre parcel overlooking Lake Michigan. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, a chemical plant operated there, leaving behind arsenic and other contaminants.

The City of Oak Creek has gradually transformed the lakefront property, featuring tall grasses and native plants. But first crews had to carefully cap most of the site with two-feet of clay.

The results are in for Wisconsin's two special election primaries. Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque of De Pere will advance to the special general election June 12 to face Democrat Caleb Frostman for a Senate seat in the Green Bay area. In a race for a state Assembly district north of Madison, Republican John Plumer of Lodi will take on Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd. 

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The civil war in Syria has been ongoing for more than seven years. Some estimates put the casualties at near half a million and the chaos of the war has contributed to the global refugee crisis.

More than five million people have fled the country, but there are even more displaced people still living in the wartorn nation, many lacking access to medical care. In response to the crisis, the Isreali Defense Force has enlisted the help of Israeli hospitals, located relatively near the Syrian border, to care for people impacted by the war.

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