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The 20th annual cleanup attracted up to 4,000 volunteers, according to Milwaukee Riverkeeper. In the Kinnickinnic River, bagging debris and tire removal was combined with learning the science of the river. 

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At 32 years old, Milwaukeean Phil DiMeo was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa – an inherited, degenerative eye disease that leads to severe vision impairment, and often complete blindness.

But for 14 years, DiMeo hid the diagnosis from all but a handful of people, and continued to work and live his life as though there was nothing wrong with his sight.

One method some UW System campuses will employ to help offset proposed state budget cuts and another two-year freeze on resident tuition, is to raise tuition for out-of-state students.

Several non-resident students at UWM are concerned about the impact on them, if the Legislature does not ease the funding cuts contained in Gov. Walker's proposed budget for Wisconsin.

Wandson Moreira is from Brazil and is one of 1500 students attending UWM from 80 outside countries. Moreira says he enrolled to study industrial engineering, hoping to establish a career in logistics.

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In anticipation of state budget cuts, University of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank says the flagship campus will have to eliminate approximately 400 positions and end some programs and restructure others. She specifically cites the fields of information technology, agriculture and the arts.

Gov. Walker cuts state funding for the UW System by $300 million in his two-year budget proposal. Republican leaders say they hope to reduce the cuts, particularly if state revenue increases by the end of the current fiscal year.

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For most people, their first exposure to Timothy Westbrook was his short-lived run on the Lifetime TV show Project Runway.  But before that, Westbrook was the artist-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel. 

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The Legislature’s budget committee, on Wednesday, began digging into Gov. Walker’s proposed budget for Wisconsin. Before the meeting, Republican leaders removed 14 policy items the governor had tucked into his plan. 14 of 49.

Among those removed was Walker’s proposal to make the Natural Resources Board an advisory one.

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As many had predicted for some time, Hillary Clinton finally, officially, threw her hat in the ring as a candidate for president in 2016.

That long-anticipated candidacy is, for some, more evidence of the rising stature of women in political life.  But Dorothy Thomas would contend there is a lot more to the prominence of women in society than any one candidate, or potential candidate.

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There is great concern in Milwaukee about the explosion of violence that has occurred in the central city. Within a 48-hour period, seven people died, most from gunshots.

The streak began on Sunday, when someone gunned down the driver who accidentally hit and killed a toddler who had run into the street. Another bullet struck the toddler’s 15-year old brother.

Ethel Woods comes to the Clinton Rose Center three times a week to exercise and chat with friends. She says the latest round of gun violence has left her shaking her head in disbelief.

For a second consecutive year, Marquette University’s English Department, and its friends and alumni group, are throwing a birthday party. The honoree isn’t technically a Marquette alum, but it’s hard to fathom that there’s an English major who isn’t intimately familiar with him.

The party honors Shakespeare, and like last year, some famous people from around Milwaukee will each do a reading. English professor and event organizer C.J. Hribal says this year the readings will extend to other works of literature that mean a lot to the readers. 

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As anyone who’s spent time in a bookstore knows, there’s no such thing as just a “children’s book.” There are board books for the youngest readers, picture books, chapter books, young adult novels – and there’s middle-grade fiction.

In some ways, that last category is the hardest to define, because middle-graders themselves change so much in such a short period of time.

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