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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

When the Pabst Brewery closed its doors in downtown Milwaukee in 1997, it was unclear what would become of the area. It was littered with abandoned buildings and for almost a decade, the area sat largely unused.

Then in 2006, the complex was bought by Joseph Zilber, a philanthropist and real estate mogul, who was nearing age 90 at the time of its purchase. He passed away just a few years later, at the age of 92.

A number of people in Milwaukee are creating schools. It’s possible, in part, because of the community’s thriving charter and voucher school programs, which provide public funding.

Bublr Bikes is expanding its operation to two, low-income Milwaukee neighborhoods, thanks to a $64,000 grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership to Milwaukee's Housing Authority. Bublr Bikes is partnering up with non-profit bike shop DreamBikes and the Housing Authority, and will use the grant to hire ambassadors to increase bike usage and lower the price for locals. 

Now, it’s the Democrats’ turn. The GOP wrapped up its convention in Cleveland last week. Today, Democratic delegates are gathered in Philadelphia for their party’s presidential nomination convention. More than 80 of them are from Wisconsin. We caught up with a few before they left; they expect to come away unified.

Carmen Cabrera is attending her first Democratic National Convention. She predicts things will go smoothly, with delegates uniting around her candidate, Hillary Clinton.

“I think we are going to have the momentum, the enthusiasm, the passion,” Cabrera says.

Photo courtesy of Gianofer Fields

If you are a lover of live music, you may have seen a few grey haired folks standing a bit too close to the stage.  According to Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields, they’re known as the Senior Scenesters and they aren't going anywhere. 

Musician Lisa Marine moved to Madison in the late eighties and found herself at one of Madison's Music Meccas...O' Cayz Corral. Arguably one of the birthplaces of the Madison Punk Scene, it was destroyed by fire in 2001. Three years later it reopened as the High Noon Saloon and continues to host bands from Madison and around the world. 

This weekend marks the 29th Milwaukee Gallery Night and Day presented by the Historic Third Ward. Gallery Night welcomes both art aficionados and amateurs alike to visit nearly fifty participating galleries and other venues throughout Downtown Milwaukee. In honor of Gallery Night, we’re sharing some favorite stories on creativity, inspiration and yes, art. 

Attorney Dan Kelly will replace retiring Justice David Prosser, as of August, and is expected to leave the court's 5-2 conservative majority intact.

According to the Associated Press, Kelly included in his application materials, his stated opposition to same-sex marriage and his belief that affirmative action is akin to slavery.

Kelly has defended the redistricting plan Wisconsin Republican legislators drew in 2011. One court found that the boundaries denied Milwaukee Latino voters of adequate representation and ordered the state to redraw two districts.

The Republican National Convention ended last night with a bang. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took to the stage for the final speech of the convention. The four-day convention was rife with controversy, but is that really so different from any other year?

Milwaukee delegate Bob Spindell was at the convention in Cleveland this year. This marked his sixth convention as a delegate, although he believes he's attended a dozen conventions overall. Although many felt this year's convention would be unlike any other, Spindell had his doubts. 

There are a lot of musicians who make a splash at an early age. But even with that as a given, Jackie Evancho's history stands out.  Evancho started making a name for herself, singing at events like talent competitions and before baseball games at the age of 8. By the time she was ten, she competed on the TV series "America's Got Talent."

If the heat has you thinking about getting out to a visit a waterfall close by, Lake Effect contributor Stacy Tornio can offer some suggestions.

It was just a couple of weeks ago that she talked about a more ambitious trip to Niagara Falls, and although Tornio says there's nothing in Wisconsin that really compares, there are still some great spots in the state.

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