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Ludovic Bertron

If you've been paying attention to current events, it's pretty hard not to notice all the conversations surrounding our national anthem and our flag. In a country born from revolution, many Americans see our national symbols as sacred and take great offense when some speak against them or choose to remain silent. But, people have various perceptions of what it means to fly the flag in this country.

    

The fall elections are less than two months away, and the Wisconsin race for U.S. Senate appears to be tightening. Incumbent Ron Johnson is trying to secure a second term against Democratic challenger Russ Feingold, in a rematch from 2010.

This time around, each candidate has been trying to link the other to his party’s presidential nominee. The reason – both candidates at the top have low favorability numbers.

The story begins with a St. Paul, Minnesota-based family named the Griggs. In the 19th century, the family made a fortune in the lumber industry, allowing the Griggs to acquire a 872-acre estate in Northern Wisconsin, called Forest Lodge.

The Griggs’s enjoyment of their oasis on the shores of Lake Namekagon stretched across three generations. In 1999, the Lodge’s final direct heir, Mary Griggs Burke, donated the estate to The Trust for Public Land.

Ex Fabula: Influences

Sep 17, 2016
Brian Jacobson

This weekend Milwaukee opens its doors for a unique peek inside some of the city’s most historic and unique architecture, while enjoying educational tours and entertainment events. Ex Fabula will be joining the Doors Open Milwaukee line-up with a non-competitive, curated StorySlam all about Milwaukee.

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Issues such as homicide, motor vehicle deaths and infant mortality often fill the news, but addiction has taken more lives overall. In fact, both prescription opioids and heroin use end more lives in Wisconsin than car accidents.

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The number of people dying of drug overdoses in Milwaukee County continues to be staggering. In the past seven weeks, 71 people have died of probable overdoses. One was the son of Milwaukee’s Medical Examiner, Dr. Brian Peterson.

Addiction crosses all boundaries - social, economic, race, gender, age - according to Dr. John Schneider, executive medical director of the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and an expert on addiction.

Susan Bence

The Common Council is responding to the city’s deteriorating water infrastructure by creating a task force to examine the daunting challenges.

The Water Quality Task Force met for the first time Friday morning.

Its chair, Alderman Jim Bohl, says he doesn’t intend to leave any source of lead contamination unturned. His strategy includes looking at national research.

This weekend, for the 6th straight year, more than 150 buildings, businesses, and other facilities, will open their doors to anyone interested in looking inside. Doors Open Milwaukee attracts tens of thousands of people to area sites they might not otherwise get to see.

Blyth Renate Meier

After years of blood, sweat and money in service to a degree, the sad truth is that many college grads will not work in their major. At least not at first. That was certainly the case for local photographer Blyth Meier. After earning master’s degrees in photography and film, she found herself working as the head of marketing for Milwaukee Film.

WISCONSIN LGBT HISTORY PROJECT

What have you always wanted to know about Milwaukee and the region?

For this week's Bubbler Talk, WUWM tackles this question submitted by Hannah Kaytonah:  Is Walker’s Point really a ‘gay’ neighborhood?

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If you've been paying attention to current events, it's pretty hard not to notice all the conversations surrounding immigrants and what it means to be an American. In a country founded by immigrants and outsiders, differing opinions on immigration have become a dividing force in an increasingly divided nation. Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek has also found himself thinking about immigrants – especially when it comes to food production.

Eating Fish From Great Lakes is Risky, Immigrants Learn

Sep 16, 2016
Photo by Angelica A. Morrison

Every weekend James Rice goes for a walk, but it’s not just any walk. He’s on a mission to educate anglers about the safest way to consume fish caught in Western New York.

Rice is a contractor for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. On a recent weekend he was at Broderick Park on Buffalo's west side. It’s a hot spot for anglers from many cultures.

"You can go down any morning and see any background — economically, socially, culturally — fishing all at the same time," said Rice. "Whether or not they can communicate, there's still a fishing language that they share."

Michelle Maternowski

Gov. Scott Walker is drawing sharp criticism for his plan to delay highway projects, including the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee. In the past, the governor has hailed the interchange as key to state businesses that transport products throughout the region.

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Joanne Weintraub still watches TV. But it’s a lot less TV than she watched for years, when she was the TV critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Weintraub, discusses her new views on TV in an essay that appears in this month's Milwaukee Magazine

The death of 38-year-old Milwaukee man who was found unresponsive in his cell at the Milwaukee County Jail in April has been ruled a homicide. The County Medical Examiner's Office says Terrill Thomas died of profound dehydration. The report also noted Thomas was suffering from bipolar disorder.  The Medical Examiner found no evidence of injury.

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