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2:25 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Think You Know the Rosa Parks Story? Think Again, Says a New Book

Rosa Parks, being booked after her refusal to move her seat on a Montgomery bus

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Jeanne Theoharis.

Many of us know that Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks refused to give up a seat on a municipal bus in Montgomery, Alabama – an incident that resulted in her arrest and sparked a year-long boycott of the bus system there.

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Economy & Business
9:54 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Walker Proposes Changes to State Laws Governing Foreign Land Sale

Gov. Walker has proposed lifting the cap on the amount of land foreigners and corporations are allowed to purchase.
Credit flickr.com/sawmillsergio

Wisconsin may soon allow foreign investors to purchase large parcels of land here. For more than 100 years, the state has limited foreign interests from owning more than 640 acres. However, Governor Walker’s proposed budget removes the cap, including for corporations. The Wisconsin Realtors Association asked for the change, according to spokesman Thomas Larson.

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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

A Symphony of Musical Cars? UWM Student Uses Unique Technology for New Compositions

Sebastian Valenzuela, native of Chile and second year music composition and technology student at UWM.
Credit Valeria Lopez

Lake Effect's Eleanor Peterson interviews University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate student Sebastian Valenzuela.

Twentieth century composers, like John Cage, experimented with different objects in order to create new sounds and new music. Sebastian Valenzuela, a second year music composition and technology student at UW-Milwaukee, is following along those lines to create fresh music in the new millennium.

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Mines
12:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Can Art Sway Opinion About Proposed Mine?

Impressions of the Penokees will visit Milwaukee.
Credit Susan Bence

Groups of state residents continue pushing against an iron-ore mine in northern Wisconsin, even though Gov. Walker has put the wheels in motion. The new permitting law he signed has prompted the company Gogebic Taconite to begin the application process.

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Environment
12:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Wis. Conservation Congress Links Public, DNR on Preserving Environment

Wisconsin Dells, one of the many beautiful places in Wisconsin
Credit Susan Bence

On Monday evening, April 8, the auditorium of Nathan Hale High School in West Allis will open its doors not for a spring recital or a student debate, but to the annual public meeting of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

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Environment
12:37 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Groups Concerned About Pipeline Repairs in Jackson Marsh Conducted Without Permit

Map of the Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Environmental groups are concerned about a project underway in Washington County at the Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area. A company has begun preparing the site, so workers can excavate and repair a degraded fuel pipeline. However, the firm has not yet obtained the required state permit.

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Arts & Culture
1:41 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Almost a Pianist, Virtuoso Guitarist Pierre Bensusan Impresses with Signature Style

Virtuoso guitarist Pierre Bensusan
Credit Pierre Bensusan

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews musician Pierre Bensusan.

For a virtuosic guitarist, Pierre Bensusan almost ended up a piano player. He started his formal music study in piano at the age of seven, not long after his family moved from his native Algeria to Paris.

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Arts & Culture
12:24 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Who Says Angels Are Always Nice?

Angelopolis, a sweet name that turns out to cause a lot of problems
Credit courtesy Viking Press

For those who are intrigued by Dan Brown’sAngels and Demons and Elizabeth Kostova’sThe HistorianDanielle Trussoni’s trilogy,Angelology, might be a great addition to the summer reading list. Her first book in the series, Angelology, was published in 2011. The next book, Angelolopolis, came out this March.

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Election
11:58 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Roggensack Turns Back Challenge from Fallone on Supreme Court

Incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack will serve another ten years on the state Supreme Court.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack has won a second ten year term. Roggensack handily defeated Marquette University Law Professor Ed Fallone in Tuesday’s election.

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Politics & Government
11:53 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Former Justice Geske Concerned about Wisconsin Supreme Court

Former justice says court faces serious differences, challenging issues.

Following the results of Tuesday's Wisconsin Supreme Court Election in which incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack won another 10-year term, former Justice Janine Geske shared her thoughts about the race and concerns about the court.

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