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The work of police departments around the country has been under particular scrutiny in the last year. Some high profile shootings by police – and of police - have strained the relationship between some departments and the communities they are sworn to protect. 

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We’re in that transitional period of time when schools are starting, the weather will soon start to get cooler, baseball will be supplanted by football, and summer blockbuster movies will be replaced in theaters by some of the films that will compete for Oscars come award season.

In fact, some of those films are already opening in an effort to be at the forefront of viewers' minds come Oscars season. Film contributor Dave Luhrssen notices a trend of strong female leads or storylines and "based on a true story" films for this upcoming season.

Poem: Keys to the Kingdom

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Milwaukee poet Jaimee Hills, reading “Keys to the Kingdom,” from her new collection, called How to Avoid Speaking:

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Police forces across the country are turning to body cameras as a way of easing tension between officers and community members. The pace of adopting the technology has accelerated in recent times, following the deaths of several African American men in police custody. 

For instance, in Ferguson Missouri, it was Michael Brown; in Milwaukee, Dontre Hamilton. Late Thursday, the Milwaukee Police Department presented its plan for using cameras to the Fire and Police Commission. There are ethical issues to consider. 

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UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Monee says that while the University faces many challenges, the institution will move ahead and realize its potential for Milwaukee, the state and beyond. Also the importance of scholarships and a preview of homecoming and the Chancellor's inauguration.

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India is known around the world for more things – Bollywood, curry, its textile industry, yoga and its growing tech sector. What you might not think of immediately is its automotive industry.

"Currently (Royal Enfield) makes 300,000 (motorcycles), and within two years they want to double that. So they see the U.S. and the European markets as a huge part of that," Milwaukee Business Journal reporter Olivia Barrow says.

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Common Core standards have been a political flash point since they were introduced and implemented.  Some believe they’re an unwanted government intrusion into local control of schools, while others say nationwide standards are necessary to ensure a quality education across the country.

Jordan Ellenberg, a math professor at UW-Madison, falls under the latter category.

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Cellist Olivia Hahn and violinist Karla Dietmeyer began playing with each other while attending Luther College in Iowa. It’s only been very recently that the two are living in the same city again - this time in Minneapolis. It’s made playing and writing together as The OK Factor much easier.

Both classically trained, Hahn and Dietmeyer describe their music as alternative folk  that draws from bluegrass, jazz and popular music, bending the roles of classical music and their formal training.

An Ausländer's View of the European Refugee Crisis

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The humanitarian crisis in Europe continues to deepen, as stories emerge each day of migrants dying or barely surviving their journeys from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa. Some of those refugees have settled in Austria, where they have received a mixed welcome. Lake Effect essayist Kirsten Wisniewski has also recently resettled in Austria. But coming from Milwaukee, via London, she has a different view of the experience:

I’ve been back in Austria for 24 hours. I’m finally home.

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Interests intent on defunding Planned Parenthood defended two bills during a public hearing Wednesday at the State Capitol.

One bill would take federal funds away from the clinic. The second would reduce the state reimbursement to Planned Parenthood for prescriptions it provides, such as contraceptives.

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