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We all have our Thanksgiving traditions. Maybe it’s reconnecting with family and eating good food. A few students at UWM shared with Keio Horton, how they celebrate the holiday.

If you have a big family, Thanksgiving may mean a potluck dinner. Katarina Vergara and her family members each bring a dish to share. And she says the dinner always has both American and ethnic flavors.

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You've probably heard that it's important for fathers to be involved in their children's lives. Yet some dads struggle, such as those who don't have a good relationship with their kids' mom. A local organization gives men tools to connect with their children. One of its leaders knows what the dads are going through, from personal experience.

Brett Smith

Telethons. They’re the television equivalent of radio’s venerable pledge drive: kindred spirits, if not bitter rivals in the ongoing quest for money. And while Milwaukee-based band Telethon isn't explicitly asking for funds, they're not opposed to receiving them. 

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There are a variety of treatments for people who suffer from the brain disorder known as OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  Treatments such as cognitive behavior therapy have been effective in helping many patients who deal with the disorder, which can cause severe and often crippling anxiety.

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There are plenty of parenting books out there. Each touts its own tips and tricks, "secrets" to raising the most well-rounded, best-behaved children. 

What if we told you, there is no one secret?

That's exactly the message author and educator Kim John Payne wants to spread to parents.

Update, Nov. 23: Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is praising a federal court in Texas for issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction to halt the Dept. of Labor's Overtime Rule. Schimel, representing Wisconsin, had joined 20 other states in asking the court to put the rule on hold. "There’s no greater honor than representing millions of Wisconsinites in the continuous fight for the return of power to our citizens, away from an out-of-control federal bureaucracy in Washington D.C.

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Well before dawn on Friday, hundreds of Milwaukee beer lovers will line up to buy a limited edition brew. Lakefront's Black Friday Beer doesn't go on sale until 8:00 a.m. But customers will bundle up and wait for hours, in what's become a new holiday shopping tradition.

Four years ago, Lakefront Brewery started offering a Black Friday Beer. Lakefront only sells it at the brewery, just north of downtown, and only on the day after Thanksgiving.

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Although the presidential election is behind us, there’s still one more essential procedural step. Members of the Electoral College will meet in December to officially install Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th President. 

The process has come under fire this year, because Hillary Clinton received the popular vote while Donald Trump picked up the electoral votes needed to win. And, there’s been some talk of electors casting protest votes.

A political musical became part of the nation's political debate over the weekend. On Friday night, Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway performance of Hamilton.

The creative team behind Hamilton was aware that Pence would be in the audience, so it created a short speech for the actor who plays Aaron Burr, Brandon Victor Dixon, to deliver after the curtain call:

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Wisconsin’s rate of deaths from traffic accidents had been falling for years. Despite having more drivers than ever before, the number of fatalities in 2014 was at a historically low level. So it took the state by surprise when the number jumped significantly in 2015.

Audrey Nowakowski

Just because the weather is getting colder, doesn’t mean you can't keep cycling. Whether you’re facing the cold or in a room on a stationary bike, cycling is an effective cardiovascular workout for any time of year.

If you’re not into facing the cold and don’t just want to ride the stationary bike, most gyms and fitness centers offer cycling, or spinning class.

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Violence clusters like an infectious disease. But you can also feel it when you walk into certain community spaces, like All People’s Church in Milwaukee.

Precious Lives has featured All People’s before in our series - after 24-year-old member Isiah Johnson survived two separate shootings in one year.

Update, Nov. 22: Milwaukee's Common Council voted 14-1 today to ban smokeless tobacco at Miller Park and other sports venues in town. A release from the sponsor, Ald. Michael Murphy praised supporters of the legislation for helping protect children from a potentially-dangerous habit. "Smokeless tobacco contains at least 28 known carcinogens and causes oral, pancreatic and esophageal cancer. The product also causes nicotine addiction and other serious health problems like gum disease, tooth decay and mouth lesions," Murphy said.

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UPDATE: Eight alderpersons moved to delay a vote and instead take up the proposed mandate at the common council's December meeting.  The ordinance would require property owners to replace lead pipes on their property, when a leak occurs on either their side or the city part of the line.

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Much of the work of social scientists centers around explaining why we humans do the things we do. Not all social scientists are good at explaining that work – or putting it into context – for general audiences. But fortunately, one of tasks of journalists is also to explain why things are the way they are.

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