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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.
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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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