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Speedskating
11:01 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Abuse Advocate: Sexual Predators Prey on Athletes' "Steely Eyed Focus"

An advocate for women in sports explains why provisions like Title IX don't protect all athletes.

(An earlier version of this story and the current audio version includes an incorrect characterization of Gabel's statement. It initially and incorrectly read "Gabel admitted to the behavior." Mr. Gabel admitted to a "brief, inappropriate relationship" with a fellow teammate.)

U.S. Speedskating's turmoil continues as new developments hit late Tuesday. A group of short-track speedskaters and their supporters filed a Section 10 complaint with the U.S. Olympic Committee, asking it to put U.S. Speedskating on probation and increase USOC oversight. They say the governing body hasn’t addressed grievances they brought to light last August.

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Mines
12:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

How an Iron Ore Mine Would Operate in Northern Wisconsin

The headwaters of the Bad River
Credit Susan Bence

The GOP-backed mining bill would alter Wisconsin's permitting process for iron ore mining, to accommodate a huge iron-ore mine just south of Lake Superior.

Pushing aside the heated debate surrounding the issue, WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence reports on how the proposed mine in the far off Penokee Range would operate. While several experts offer a rendering, unknowns remain.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Sustainability Superstar James Hansen Slated for Milwaukee Talk on Climate Change

World-renowned climate scientist James Hansen will speak at the 10th annual Sustainability Summit.
Credit Bill Ebbesen

Milwaukee is hosting today one of the world's foremost experts on climate change.

Scientist Dr. James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies will be speaking as part of the 10th annual Sustainability Summit, which begins today in downtown Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Area Technical College.


This year, the three-day conference's theme is "Sustainability - An Economic and Ecological imperative!" and Hansen will be discussing global sustainability at noon on Thursday.

Summit chair George Stone (pictured at right) says getting Hansen was a coup.

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Education
2:29 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Author Finds "Stain of Segregation" in Milwaukee's Schools Both Past and Present

Lessons from the Heartland by Barbara J. Miner

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Barbara J. Miner.

Some public school advocates are sounding alarms over several issues in Governor Walker's proposed biennial budget. They point to essentially unchanged state aid and a call for expanding the state's voucher program as new challenges to Wisconsin's public school systems. Some also say that the effort to reward higher-performing schools would come at the expensive of schools already facing a steep climb, in districts such as Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Education
11:33 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Author Finds "Stain of Segregation" in Milwaukee's Schools Both Past and Present

Credit Courtesy of Busboysandpoets.com

 

Barbara Miner speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Some public school advocates are sounding alarms over several issues in Governor Walker's proposed biennial budget. They point to essentially unchanged state aid and a call for expanding the state's voucher program as new challenges to Wisconsin's public school systems. Some also say that the effort to reward higher-performing schools would come at the expensive of schools already facing a steep climb, in districts such as Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Economy & Business
8:36 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Walker Looks to Change Rent-to-Own Rules

Gov. Walker's plan caps of the cost of renting at double the purchase price.

The rent-to-own industry has been working for years to change the way Wisconsin governs those shops. It now appears Gov. Walker is on board with change. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, he has included in his budget a provision bringing Wisconsin in line with most other states. His plan will certainly reignite a battle here between consumer advocates and an industry insisting it provides an option some shoppers need.

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Speedskating
12:49 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Bridie Farrell: "I Think the World Has Changed" Following Andy Gabel's Resignation

Bridie Farrell Skates in the American Cup Final in Utah
Mike Bernico

The fallout continues from speedskater Bridie Farrell accusations that she was sexually abused by a fellow skater fifteen years ago. On Lake Effect last week, Farrell came forward publicly for the first time with the story of her repeated abuse by fellow skater Andy Gabel, when she was 15 and he was 33. Gabel went on to medal in the Olympics, and later served as President of US Speedskating and on the board of the International Skating Union.

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Speedskating
10:48 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Leading Sports Journalist Chronicles US Speedskating's Turmoil

Short-track races may be chaotic, but a leading sports journalist says the chaos is even greater in the governance of speedskating in this country.
Credit Kaz Photography/Getty Images

 (An earlier version of this story and the current audio version includes an incorrect characterization of Gabel's statement. It initially and incorrectly read "Gabel's admission to sexual misconduct." Mr. Gabel admitted to a "brief, inappropriate relationship" with a fellow teammate.)

Former president of US Speedskating Andy Gabel’s admission of an "inappropriate relationship" with a fellow teammate more than a decade ago is just the latest chapter in a years-long saga of problems swirling around the sport in this country.

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Mines
12:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Could Proposed Iron Mine be Swallowed up in Court?

The Penokee region in far northern Wisconsin stands as a dramatic backdrop for a proposed iron ore operation; as debate follows the mining bill into the state Assembly this week
Credit Susan Bence

This week, Wisconsin’s divisive mining bill will hit the Assembly floor and its likely path to Gov. Walker’s desk.

Advocates celebrate the boost a mine could bring to a beleaguered economy. Critics maintain the environmental damage would outweigh the benefits.

It seems no matter where and when hearings have taken place, someone has uttered the word litigation or lawsuit. We explore the types of legal challenges Wisconsin will likely face, if workers begin digging to reach iron ore near Lake Superior, and depositing “the leftovers” nearby.

Democratic Senator Bob Jauch described the GOP-backed measure as a lawsuit waiting to happen. “The fact of the matter is that the only jobs this bill is going to create, is the attorneys who will take this bill to court as soon as one navigable stream or one navigable pond is filled,” Jauch says.

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Speedskating
12:26 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Exclusive Audio Interview: Speedskater Bridie Farrell Speaks Out About Sexual Abuse by Andy Gabel

Bridie Farrell and Andy Gabel, top row second and third from left, at training in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1997
Credit Bridie Farrell

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews speedskater Bridie Farrell.

This story has been updated as of Saturday, 3 PM.

Four-time Olympian and former head of U.S. Speedskating Andy Gabel has admitted to and apologized for what he calls "a brief, inappropriate relationship with a female teammate," according to an interview with the Chicago Tribune.

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