A hearing into a fired Milwaukee Police officer's quest to be re-instated continued Friday afternoon. Christopher Manney fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed, mentally ill black man, in Red Arrow Park last April.

Milwaukee Opera Theatre

The Milwaukee Opera Theater might not be on the same scale as the Metropolitan Opera – and is certainly a bit cheekier, but they still take their work seriously… even if their productions are often tongue-in-cheek.

Their latest production is no exception.  Funny to begin with, The Mikado is a classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, with some significant tweaks, courtesy of our next guest.

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This month, the leaders of a task force studying arts, culture and recreation funding in Milwaukee County said a regional approach – including a limited-term sales tax – was the ideal way to build support for public and some private cultural assets.

These are places like the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Marcus Center and others.

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At first glance, you wouldn’t think the subject matter covered by The Snow Dragon would make a compelling opera.

But the world premiere production at Milwaukee’s Skylight Music Theatre takes a difficult topic - child abuse - and transforms it into a mesmerizing piece of theater.

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If you think you don’t have anything in common with someone who skied 600 miles across Antarctica pulling a sled or who is one of the few people to have scaled all seven of the world’s tallest peaks, you’d be wrong.

Alison Levine wants you to embrace the leadership skills you might not know you even have. She uses her experiences to connect people with the leader inside of themselves.

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Thursday marked day one of the appeal hearing for former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney. It’s been nearly one year since he fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed, mentally ill black man in Red Arrow Park. While no criminal charges were filed, Manney was fired late last year for violating what the police department says are its rules when it comes to pat-downs.

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During the first public hearing, the Joint Finance Committee heard citizens express their concerns about cuts to education, changes to the state’s long-term care program and funding for transportation projects. Occasional comments about the environment were sprinkled throughout the hour-upon-hour of testimony.

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The courtroom can be a contentious place. Things like the high-profile lawsuits and divorce cases you read about or see on television can drag on for days, weeks, or months.  And they can get nasty and leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth when all is said and done.

Divorce law is one area where people have historically turned to mediation as an alternative to litigation.  But increasingly, mediation is being used in other areas, like estate and probate cases, where there are disputes over inheritances.

Essay: Hey, Dean!!

Mar 19, 2015
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With higher education funding still hanging in the balance in Wisconsin, Lake Effect humor essayist Joel Habush thought it might be important to peek inside the ivory tower and find out how things really work.

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Republican leaders say Gov. Walker's budget proposals to help fund a new basketball arena and reshape UW System stand little chance of passage.