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The live theater experience always carries with it a sense of event - the idea of everyone getting together in one place, often dressed nicely, to watch a thought-provoking or just entertaining stage play.  Summer in Wisconsin, though, affords another theater going experience people look forward to - the ability to watch live theater outdoors.

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The Madison Police Department has released its review on Officer Matt Kenny’s fatal shooting of Tony Robinson.

The internal investigation determined that Kenny did not violate the department’s policies, regarding use of deadly force.

Kenny shot Robinson to death in March, after Robinson hit the officer on the head. Reports say the 19-year-old Robinson was on drugs at the time. He was not armed.

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Thursday evening at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, an exhibit featuring the work of more than 20 artists will open.

The Milwaukee Jewish Artists’ Laboratory created the Living Waters exhibition. It’s the result of the group’s yearlong communal exploration on the theme of water and Jewish identity.

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How did you get out of your house, or your apartment this morning?  How did you get into your car, just a little while ago?  Consider the humble doors in your life.  Lake Effect essayist George Berdes did:

I was surprised the other day when I looked up the word “door” in the dictionary.  Of course it wasn’t the definition of the word that startled me.  It was its placement in the alphetical order in which it was located.

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The spotlight at the state Capitol was not on the next state budget Tuesday, but rather on abortion.

Legislators listened to hours of testimony on a fast-tracked abortion bill. It would ban the procedure, in almost all cases, after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Any doctors who violate the law could be charged with a felony and sent to prison.

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Tuesday's 10-3 vote would reduce the maximum fine from $500 to $50 for possessing 25 grams of marijuana or less in the City of Milwaukee.

Supporters of the reduction, including members of the African American Roundtable, say it will help address a racial injustice because blacks in Milwaukee are five times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, despite similar usage rates.

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There are many businesses that have almost everything they need to get off the ground – except for enough money.

But sometimes, it’s a relatively small amount that can mean the difference. Several groups in Milwaukee help facilitate microlending. 

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What does it take for people that don’t necessarily have the lived experience of gun violence to prioritize gun violence reduction?

This question was posed to State Assembly Representative Jonathan Brostoff and Milwaukee Alderman Ashanti Hamilton. They both grew up on the east side of Milwaukee. And, each had completely different experiences.

Alderman Hamilton and the city complied a list of resources and organizations working to reduce violence, you can find out more at PreciousLivesProject.org.

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The project would primarily target the 53206 zip code area. People with outstanding arrest warrants could surrender to authorities at faith-based locations. Groups would help guide those individuals in paying their debts to society, enabling them to shed outstanding issues and move forward with their lives.

A steering committee would decide which offenses are eligible and what the penalties would be for those individuals, if they surrender. MICAH estimates 50,000 people might qualify. They are wanted for such offenses as burglary, certain drug crimes and unpaid traffic fines.

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The pharmacy school is expected to open in mid-2017 or 2018, with a class of 60 students. According to the Medical College, Wisconsin needs to develop more highly-qualified pharmacists, particularly to serve in communities and medical fields experiencing shortages.

A national search has commenced to hire a dean to oversee the new school. As the project advances, it will bring aboard faculty and staff.

The cost of the start-up is estimated at $30 million. 

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