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For someone who didn't set out on a career in food, Pati Jinich has certainly gone places. Jinich grew up in Mexico in a Jewish-Mexican home, and after moving to the United States with her husband, she initially pursued a career in international relations.

Ex Fabula: Taking Risks

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Ex Fabula

As our city continues to sift through the rubble and tries to address the issues that caused the unrest in Sherman Park, Ex Fabula shares stories from people who have taken action.

Blanche Brown tells the first story. She left her corporate career and became certified as an art therapist who specialized in working with children with autism. The work came naturally to her and she found herself connecting with the children and receiving high praise from her supervisors. What could possibly go wrong?

We go to museums to look at art. We might love the Impressionists, or the Pre-Raphaelites. Or maybe Andy Warhol or some kind of mixed media conceptual installation makes our hearts sing.

Bonnie Petrie

Governor Scott Walker was in Milwaukee Friday morning to announce the state would be injecting an infusion of cash into efforts to improve economic conditions on the north side.

The governor promised $4.5 million he says will help pay for a variety of job training programs, mobile job centers in neighborhoods with high unemployment rates and to rehab or raze abandoned homes and businesses in economically distressed neighborhoods.  

Zablocki Veteran's Administration Medical Center

The United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs provides government-run benefits for veterans and their families.

While the VA in its current form has only been around since 1930, the country’s history of providing for disabled veterans goes back to before the U.S. was even a country.

In 1636, the European settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony were at war with the Pequot tribe. The colony passed a law then that stated it would support any disabled soldiers from that war. And we have provided for our veterans in some form ever since.

Courtesy of Stone Creek Coffee

Stone Creek Coffee has been brewing coffee in Milwaukee since 1993, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the Stone Creek Kitchen was born.

You can find the Stone Creek kitchen on the second floor of their factory cafe on 5th Street in downtown Milwaukee. This building also houses their roasting facility and corporate offices – making it the heart of their operations.

Audrey Nowakowski

When it comes to coffee staples in Milwaukee, many locals would not hesitate to name Stone Creek Coffee. They have been making and sipping their coffee slowly since opening their first cafe in 1993. 

Susan Bence

As Kris McCoy sets up at the Saturday Mineral Point Market in Water Tower Park, she is surrounded by her artfully arranged wooden creations – a large buffet, numerous candle holders, decorative ladders, to name a few.

Mineral Point is home.

McCoy and her husband have lived here 23 years and raised their four children here.

Paul Ruffolo

Actress Jenny Wanasek has been working in Milwaukee theaters for many years. She trained at UWM during the days of the professional acting program, and has graced the stages of most of the professional theaters in town. Wanasek has played roles that run the gamut from Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst to Aunt Sponge in James and the Giant Peach.

LaToya Dennis

Friday in Milwaukee, family and friends of Sylville Smith will lay him to rest. He’s the 23-year-old African American a police officer shot and killed on August 13 near the Sherman Park neighborhood.

In the hours following, anger reached a fever pitch as protestors set businesses on fire and attacked police. The city bolstered its force and imposed a 10 P.M. curfew for teens, and since things seem to have simmered.

But it might not last long if conditions don’t improve for struggling residents, according Jay Holmes and Camille Mays.

Marti Mikkelson

About two dozen churches in Milwaukee will hold events Saturday to bring neighbors together and assess their needs. 

It’s called “All Things In Common.” North side Common Council members launched it in June.

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For more than a hundred years, the Basilica of St. Josaphat has been a landmark on Milwaukee’s South Side.

The building has been central to the spiritual life of the largest Polish Catholic parish in Wisconsin. But it has also been a tourist destination – drawing tens of thousands of visitors each year.

But as the years have passed, time and weather have deteriorated the Basilica's unique architecture. And this summer, an ambitious restoration project got underway on the building’s exterior.

Erin Toner

Now that a federal judge has struck down a Wisconsin law restricting early voting, the City of Milwaukee plans to offer it for four weeks, during some evening and weekend hours and at a number of locations.

The dates will be Oct. 10 - Nov. 4, according Neil Albrecht, executive director of the city's Election Commission. 

A relatively-new state law had limited early voting to business hours on weekdays, during the two weeks before an election and to a central location.

Wisconsin LGBT History Project

For decades, LGBT culture was – out of necessity - hidden and unspoken of in daylight. But three-quarters of a century has brought a lot of social change in America.

For a smaller industrial city with German roots, you may not have expected Milwaukee to be a spot for gay and lesbian culture to thrive; but it did.

City of Milwaukee (Department of City Development)

Could jobs be headed to Milwaukee's north side? A local businessman is hopeful, and he’s talking with others.

Tim Sullivan used to lead South Milwaukee giant Bucyrus, a mining manufacturer. Now he's CEO of REV Group, a firm headquartered in Milwaukee, which makes ambulances, buses, street sweepers and a range of other vehicles.

REV Group has bid on a contract with the United States Postal Service to build vans.

Sullivan says the city's north side would be the perfect place to do the work because of the area's huge labor pool.

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