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12:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Pliers Plus Wire Equals...Bonsai?

A copper bonsai tree, a la Wisconsin artist Kevin Iris
Credit Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews sculptor Kevin Iris.

During the course of a day, most of us use more than one tool to get what we need to get done…done. But what if you had to finish a normal day's work - with just one tool?

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Arts & Culture
3:15 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

2012 Piano Arts Competition

Pavlina Dokovska
Credit Piano Arts

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Pavlina Dokovska and Sue Medford.

For the past week, young pianists have gathered in Milwaukee to vie for the title in the 2012 Piano Arts Competition. Since 1999, the biennial competition has launched the careers of numerous national and international performers. And it is one of the few competitions of its kind in the country.

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Civil War
9:15 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 2

The 8th Wisconsin was known for its unofficial mascot, Old Abe, a domesticated bald eagle who terrorized Confederates in battle.
Credit Courtesy of Library of Congress

Last month, we began the series Iron Brigade and Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War. In honor of the sesquicentennial of the war between the states, we’re commemorating the role and sacrifice of the 91-thousand Wisconsin men and women who fought in some of the biggest battles of the war; yet received marginal attention.

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Environment
4:55 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Walker Whispers Hopes of Refueling Mining Discussion

Gov Scott Walker is center stage at family owned manufacturer in Oak Creek

Scott Walker is not taking much time to drink in the sweetness of success after surviving a contentious recall campaign.

Early Wednesday, the Governor visited a small company in Oak Creek before heading to his office in Madison.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence stopped at the family-owned manufacturer to learn if Walker’s immediate plans are environmentally related.

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Recall Election
4:27 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Walker Survives Recall Attempt, Vows Cooperation Moving Forward

Hundreds gather in Waukesha for Scott Walker's victory rally.
Credit Ed Makowski

Wisconsin residents have voted to keep Republican Gov. Scott Walker in office. Walker defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in Tuesday’s recall election by 6 percentage points. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, Walker told his supporters it is time to leave a year of division behind.

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Election
1:45 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Recall Signs Come Down as Madison Weighs in on Election Results

School children gather on the Capitol steps Wednesday for a tour.

The State Capitol was filled with mixed feelings Wednesday, in the wake of Gov. Walker’s recall victory. Walker handily defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, while it appears Democrats have flipped the Senate. Unofficial results show John Lehman defeating Incumbent Sen. Van Wanggaard in the Racine County recall race. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson visited the Capitol to gauge the temperature.

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Recall Election
4:24 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Much of Country Focused on Recall Election of Gov. Walker

Signs at a Rally attended by former President Bill Clinton in Milwaukee.

Tuesday is the big day. Voters across Wisconsin will head to the polls to decide whether Gov. Scott Walker keeps his job. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, Wisconsin eyes won’t be the only ones riveted on the results. If the tens of millions of dollars groups have pumped into Wisconsin are not enough to prove how significant the recall race is, maybe this did the trick…

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Recall Election
4:22 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Nearly 200,000 Voters have Requested Absentee Recall Ballots

Early in-person voting is nearing an end.

The number of Wisconsin residents requesting absentee ballots or voting absentee in the June 5 recall election is nearly three times higher than during the May 8 recall primary.

According to the Government Accountability Board, more than 182,000 residents have requested absentee ballots as of noon Friday. During the May primary, clerks tracked 68,000 absentee ballots.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Potter Preserves Legacy of Face Jugs - Whatever It May Be

Historic face jugs were a slave-era craft, and typically featured large eyes, noses and wide mouths. Sculptor Michael Bayne recreates one here.
Credit Michel Bayne

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews master potter Michel Bayne about face jugs.

History is full of stories in which people are repressed – kept from expressing themselves freely.

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Recall Election
4:20 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Diners Talk Recall Politics

Diners at Mister Perkins' in Milwaukee are paying close attention to the recall elections.

There does not appear to be much indecision among Wisconsin voters, about whether they think Scott Walker should remain governor. The latest Marquette Law School Poll estimates that 97 percent of potential voters know whether they will pick the incumbent or Tom Barrett in next week’s recall election.

WUWM reporters visited several diners about town where customers discuss issues of the day, and we found many establishments filled with like-minded voters.

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