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11:45 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Wisconsin's Last Flash Point Over Tribal Spear Fishing

Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin have announced plans to spear 59,399 walleyes in off-reservation lakes this season.
Credit Wolfgang Hoffmann

Tribal leaders in Wisconsin have been unhappy with state leaders for relaxing mining standards and approving a wolf hunt. Now tensions have emerged over spear fishing.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Milwaukee Loses Out on Bloomberg Funds, But Project Will Continue

Stakeholders of Milwaukee HOME GR/OWN plan to forge ahead despite Bloomberg challenge results.
Credit Susan Bence

Last week, the hopes of many in southeastern Wisconsin were dashed when the results of the Bloomberg challenge were announced.

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Politics & Government
11:41 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Walker Marketing His Conservative Brand, Perhaps Testing Presidential Waters

A familiar face at big Republican gatherings.
Credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Gov. Scott Walker appeared to be one of the Republican leaders ‘testing the water’ late last week, as the Conservative Political Action Conference gathered in Maryland.

Walker was invited to address the conference and was also on its straw ballot of GOP presidential contenders for 2016.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Milwaukee's Global Water Hub Gets Boost from French Innovation

We talk with Yves Dudal of Envolure
Credit Susan Bence

Milwaukee’s ambition to become global water hub took a step forward last week when the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp announced it will pump seed money into the effort. The Water Council – the local trade association that spearheaded the big picture plan - will disperse $50,000 WEDC-funded grants to six water tech startups.

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Arts
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.
Credit Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romanov via Getty Images

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.
Credit Spreenkler, Flickr

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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