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Onne van der Wal / USA Sailing

This summer in Rio, one athlete holds the distinction of being the only U.S. sailor to represent the Midwest. 26-year-old Annie Haeger of East Troy, Wisconsin already has a very impressive sailing career, including being named the Female Collegiate Sailor of the Year in 2012 and 2015’s US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.

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The 2016 Summer Olympics are about to open Rio de Janeiro. Among the hundreds of US Olympians who will compete for gold are a host of athletes from Wisconsin, and many athletes with ties to Wisconsin universities. 

Wisconsin Women Cycling / facebook.com

There are a lot of bicyclists on the roads and paths here during the summer, but not many of them are women. According to the Wisconsin Bike Federation, only 24% of all cycling trips nationwide are made by women. Compare that to the Netherlands, where women make 55% of all cycle trips and Germany with 49%.

LaToya Dennis

For the first time since being announced as Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence hit the campaign trail alone at Waukesha Expo Center on Wednesday night. The Waukesha along with the rest of Wisconsin are expected to play a major role in the upcoming presidential election.

It wasn’t a packed house at the Waukesha Expo Center, but hundreds of people showed up to hear Vice Presidential hopeful Mike Pence make the case for a Donald Trump Pence ticket.

A couple months ago, we introduced you to the music of sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkewicz, the indie duo called Lily & Madeleine. The Indiana-based musicians came by the Lake Effect performance studio ahead of a past show at Colectivo's Back Room in Milwaukee.

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Every month Lake Effect contributor Jean Creighton discusses new and exciting happenings in the world of astronomy and astrophysics, but this month we’re taking a bit of a look back.

In July of 1976, the American Viking shuttle had a soft landing on Mars to capture a 20 second video before going silent, most likely due to a dust storm.

"I don't think they understood at that time truly how magnificent it was, because it was two decades before we were able to do that again," director of the UW-Milwaukee Manfred Olsen Planetarium, Jean Creighton, says.

Gov. Walker continues to insist he will not raise taxes or fees to fund road projects in Wisconsin. Co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee Rep. John Nygren says the state has to consider increases, now that it’s heading toward a $939-million shortfall in its transportation budget.

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It’s been a little over a month since voters in the United Kingdom passed a referendum calling for the country to withdraw from the European Union. The Brexit vote shook British politics to its core – among other things it caused rapid declines in the value of the pound and prompted seismic shifts in the two major political parties – the Conservatives and Labour.

What's Next for the Oil Pipeline Under Lakes Michigan & Huron?

Jul 27, 2016
National Wildlife Federation

The hot button issue of oil pipelines continues to get a lot of attention. In the Great Lakes, there’s a long-running battle over a crude and natural gas line that runs through a waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

It’s known as Line 5 and it carries about 20 million gallons of oil and natural gas liquids. But because it’s 63-years-old, environmental activists say the line is past its useful life and poses a threat to the lakes.

Enbridge, the Canadian company that operates the pipeline, insists that it's safe.

Andrea Merimee

Wednesday, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center will run its first-ever moth identification night and will add its results to a national database.

Actually, counts are going on this week around the globe! It's National Moth Week.

In Milwaukee, Brooke Gilley has taken on the moth counting mission at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. If anyone can engender warm fuzzy feelings about moths, it’s Gilley.

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The Democratic National Convention just kicked off in Philadelphia and things were tense. Emails leaked last week from the DNC are leading to the resignation of DNC chairperson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The release of the emails seemed to exacerbate an already volatile situation.

Televised speeches from the convention were drowned out by chanting, many shouting for reforms and booing at the mere mention of presumptive candidate Hillary Clinton. 

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Long gone are the days of compact pickup trucks where the fanciest gadget you may have inside the cab is a radio. Today, pickup trucks are the top 3 selling vehicles in the North American market. But even as their sales numbers have risen, they’re used less and less for work and more as a luxury family vehicle.

New trucks are able to seat up to six adults, have a multitude of gadgets, and can easily cost up to $50,000.

Courtesy of Derrick Shoates

17-year-old Tommie Harbin was never in a gang, never dealt drugs, never carried a gun. Avoiding violence never seemed that hard.

Tommie kept busy. Mostly, he played basketball. Because when he plays basketball, he feels most like himself.

Still Tommie got shot. And now he has to rely on the same mental toughness - the kind that earned him recognition as a basketball star to bounce back. But it’s not easy.

Vincent Desjardins, Flickr

Milwaukee is seeing a surge in some crimes – such as car thefts. Several Common Council members are now suggesting the city up its police force by 150 officers. In order to do so, Milwaukee voters would have to approve a referendum. But getting the question on the ballot by November could be a challenge in itself.

Milwaukee alderman Terry Witkowski is behind the push to increase Milwaukee’s police force by 150 officers, but he says voters must make the final decision.

Rachel Morello

Summer is in full swing, and many Milwaukee kids are in the throes of summer camp.

And for a group of local teenagers, it has been a mix of work and play.

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