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10:56 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Stewardship Funding Will Soon Face Legislative Scrutiny

Local land trust hopes to preserve prime Milwaukee River real estate for public urban green space

The Joint Finance Committee continues working its way through the “dollars and cents” of Governor Walker’s proposed 2013-2015 state budget. One program facing scrutiny is the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Over the past 20 years, the fund has protected more than 600,000 acres. It pools resources of the DNR, local government and land trusts. You have only to head up the Milwaukee River to see the funding at work.

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Arts & Culture
1:41 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Book Club Focuses on Women's Fiction - Okay, Chick Lit

Not all chick lit is hued in pink, but this display was.
Credit Timberland Regional Library photo, via Flickr

It’s not quite beach weather out there yet, but an area book club specializes in a literary form with a reputation for being well-read at the beach.

Kelly Malone organizes the Milwaukee Chick Lit Book Club. And while everyone has their own definition of the genre, Malone's is pretty specific.

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Biography Celebrates "The Most Important Filmmaker You've Never Heard Of"

Filmmaker Rouben Mamoulian is the subject of Milwaukee writer David Luhrssen's latest book.
Credit Wiki Commons

You may not know his name, but many of the movies you've seen have been influenced by his work.

Filmmaker Rouben Mamoulian left his native Armenia before the World War II, in an effort to escape looming strife. He fled to France and England, where he made theater connections, before coming to the United States to work at the Eastman School of Music.

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Arts & Culture
1:33 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Filmmaker Points Lens at His Own Survival Story in Nazi Poland

Filmmaker Marian Marzynski recalls being saved by a Christian couple in WWII Poland.

Filmmaker Marian Marzynski has been telling stories for more than a half-century, but he still has stories to tell and audiences to reach. Marzynski is considered a pioneer in the documentary form known as cinema verite.

And in his latest film is one in a series in which he has mined his own experiences. The autobiographical film, “Never Forget to Lie” is an exploration of his wartime childhood. Marzynski, who is Jewish, was hidden from Nazis by sympathetic Christians in his Polish homeland.

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World
1:24 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

How Open Sharing of Data Can Help Stabilize Countries

An effort is underway to promote better communication and sharing of data between military, diplomatic, and NGO sources.
Credit US Army

Last week, we talked about an effort to improve the way local government and regular people do business in Milwaukee, through better sharing of data.  Another data sharing program is already underway on a larger scale, and there are lives and countries at stake.

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