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5:48 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Tracing the Growing Popularity of Irish Dance

Rince Nia dancers at Irish Fest, wearing the trademark colorful dresses and curly wigs of Irish dance.

This is the time of year, with its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, that you may see Irish dancers, doing their elaborate kicking and stomping. The tradition goes back hundreds of years. Its popularity here is relatively new, although it continues thriving.

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Arts & Culture
1:48 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

New Ian Rankin Novel Finds Once-Retired Cop "Standing in Another Man's Grave"

Ian Rankin, Scottish detective writer.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews author Ian Rankin.

John Rebus is one of the most famous detectives in crime fiction. The creation of Scottish writer Ian Rankin, the hard-drinking, hard-smoking Inspector Rebus has been solving crimes in his own, not quite by the book, way for 25 years. He’s also earned Rankin a slew of international literary and academic honors, as well as an OBE from Queen Elizabeth in 2002.

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Pocket Parks Popping Up in Milwaukee Are Getting Noticed

Young Farmers of Milwaukee at Kilbourn Park in the Riverwest neighborhood (summer of 2012)
Credit Susan Bence

This evening, people will gather to honor success stories of neighborhoods pulling together at the 14th annual MANDI awards - known formally as the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation.

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World
1:01 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Catholic Church's Reach, Challenges Lead to Worldwide Attention on Conclave

The world is watching as cardinals begin the process of selecting a new pope.
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When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation last month, the news catapulted into headlines worldwide. Media coverage has continued nearly nonstop, as the Catholic Church prepares to select its next leader. Some outlets have almost treated the process as they would a sports tournament – with analysts and even odds on who will emerge as the next pope.

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Education
12:55 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Expert: Considering Students' Home Language Could Help School Performance

Author Anita Pandey.

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews author Anita Pandey.

Hayes Bilingual School in Milwaukee scores 62.2 on the state report card system. That means it’s just shy of meeting expectations. Most MPS schools fall at or below that level, but Hayes is different. Its growth score is 86 – well above the state average. The school’s dual-immersion approach seems to be generating improvements in both math and reading.

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Regional
1:35 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Bay View's Avalon Theater to Auction Vintage Items

Bay View's Avalon Theater to Auction Vintage Items.
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The Avalon Theater in Bay View plans to auction off vintage equipment, including projectors, popcorn machines and seats.

Online bidding begins March 13 at noon - and continues for a week. People can walk through the theater on Sat., March 16 from 9 A.M. - 4 P.M., to view items on the auction block.

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Health & Science
11:50 am
Mon March 11, 2013

How The Start of Daylight Savings Time Affects Our Bodies

Residents of most states lost an hour of sleep when time "sprang forward" over the weekend.

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Dr. Alexander Villareal, a sleep medicine physician with the Sleep Wellness Institute of West Allis and Mequon.

Wisconsin is now observing daylight savings time. Residents of most states lost an hour of sleep when time “sprang forward” over the weekend.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

DNR Plans for Environmental Education Center Bend to Public Opinion

Maple sugaring area awaited 1200 students who will experience the program this season
Credit Susan Bence

Within the past couple years, the Wisconsin DNR has actively encouraged the traditions of hunting and fishing.

That new focus will also be felt at the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center, about 25 miles north of Madison. For generations, instructors there have taught school children about native species and conservation.

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Speedskating
9:45 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Speedskater Nikki Meyer: "I Couldn't Believe What Was Happening"

A second speedskater has come forward with allegations of sexual abuse by a fellow skater.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews U.S. Olympic Speedskater Nikki Meyer.

A second speedskater has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by four-time Olympic speedskater and former US Speedskating head Andy Gabel. Nikki Meyer, who was known as Nikki Ziegelmeyer during her skating career says she was fifteen years old in 1991 when Gabel forced her to have sex in a dorm room at the US Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Michigan.

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Regional
3:23 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

City Struggles to Remove Condemned Houses; Asks State for Help

It costs about $15,000 to demolish a house, and takes 2-3 days to remove the debris, leaving the lot ready for redevelopment.

The cost of demolishing condemned properties in Milwaukee is squeezing city finances. So this week, leaders will ask the state for more aid to combat the problem. It grows bigger by the day. We took a first hand look.

Huge metal teeth bite into the second story of a house on North 26th Street. Moments later, support beams crack and the walls fold. Finally, the roof collapses. Perhaps that’s an apt metaphor for the effects of the recent economic downturn. The recession caused the roof to fall in on many homeowners. Hundreds, unable to make monthly payments, abandoned their homes.

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