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We've all had those days when we misplace our keys, lose our glasses or can't remember our passwords. However, there are those for whom these minor memory slips don't get better.

When Jenny Marquess’ father started showing signs of memory loss, she promised him that she would keep him in his home for as long as she could keep him safe. Nine years ago she moved in with him and watched him slowly lose his sense of place and time. 

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Last year, we spoke with the author of a book about the search for the rarest 78RPM records.  One of them is "Last Kind Word Blues," by Geeshie Wiley:

Only a handful of copies of the 1930 record made at Paramount Records in Grafton survive.  It should be somewhat easier to get your hands on Rhiannon Giddens' recording of the song, which comes with fewer hisses and pops than the original:

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Karina Willes and Kami Young were married in Minnesota in late 2013. The spring of the next year, Young gave birth to their daughter, Olivia. And Willes attempted to get her name included on the girl’s birth certificate, receiving advice from the ACLU on how to do that.  

“And it was suggested that we cross off the field on the form said ‘husband’ and change it, and we attempted to do so. The hospital representative told us that she couldn’t submit the form that way, that the software that she used to submit the form wouldn’t accept my information in that field,” Willes says.

Science writer Michael Timm combined his passion for Great Lakes issues and storytelling to create an 8-minute film about quagga mussels. Then he not only convinced a local movie theater to show his film, Timm convinced three other filmmakers to contribute their work.

The result is the Our Water film event being held at the Avalon Theatre Saturday.

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The Milwaukee Rep has teamed up with the Cincinnati Playhouse to produce the prequel to Peter Pan.

The Tony Award-winning play, Peter and the Starcatcher, opens Friday. The story features Peter Pan's backstory, answering such questions as: Why didn't Peter want to grow up and where did the lost boys come from?

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Brian Miller, guitarist for the band Bua, was in the Lake Effect studio not too long ago to support his wife, Minnesota singer Norah Rendell. But in Bua, he's one of four equal partners in playing traditional Irish music.

Miller, along with Sean Gavin, Devin Shephard and UWM grad Brian Ohart, is on a rare Midwest tour.  The band will playFriday evening at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, but first they visit the Lake Effect studio with a set of jigs:

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House and Senate conferees are in the process of working on a revised federal budget package that will eventually come before the respective houses of Congress for a vote.

As is often the case, Republicans are seeking cuts in domestic spending while some increases in spending on defense programs. Democrats, meanwhile, are hoping to preserve a variety of social service programs.

Analysts say an uncommon atmosphere of compromise is in the background as the work goes on.  But will that spirit enter the budget talks?

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For those of us old enough to remember him, Sid Caesar was the king of live television in the 1950s. In Your Show of Shows Caesar all but defined the sketch comedy TV show. He also surrounded himself with a bevy of equally brilliant writers, many of whom who would go on to great things on their own: people like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, and Neil Simon.

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The Milwaukee-based organization, Youthaiti, has spent years working to improve sanitation and living conditions in Haiti.  They’ve done ecological projects, built sanitary toilets, and taken on other work in an effort to help the people of the impoverished island nation.

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Stories about ISIS remain in the news, including because a number of teens and adults in the U.S. have been arrested recently, for trying to join the extremist group.

WUWM spoke with local Muslims about the conversations those stories generate.

Teenagers told us the news reports contribute to prejudice and misunderstanding among people who don’t understand Islam.

Here are the comments of five 16-year-olds who attend the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s Salam School, on the city’s south side.

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