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As the Wisconsin State Assembly takes up the proposed state budget today, the Senate passed the budget by an 18-15 vote late last night. The substantial last-minute additions to the budget bill, called Motion 999, last Thursday led to an uproar on both sides of the aisle for its proposal to overhaul the state’s open records law.

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For many, the concept of home is relative. For some, it is a location, and for others it can be found in a person.

The new musical Passing By explores the themes of choosing your own path through the relationship of Jenny Zimmermann, an ambitious writer; and Edison Wolters, a young man who works on his family’s farm. In the play, set in the small town of Jacksonia, Wisconsin, the characters must decide if they will plan a life together after high school or follow their own plans.

Christine Lalla

The summer festival season is a special time for musicians of all kinds, especially classical musicians. Summer festivals allow them to reach an audience that often does not come to formal concert halls to listen to classical music.

Cellist and Lake Effect contributor Robert Cohen often meets individuals from all walks of life that are genuinely interested in his music during festival trips.

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A few weeks have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key part of the Affordable Care Act. The court’s decision affirmed the legality of subsidies the government provides to make health insurance more affordable.

It’s the latest legal hurdle the five-year-old law has cleared, however, questions still remain about how the latest ruling will be felt in places like Wisconsin, and about what the future holds for the healthcare landscape.

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Battle Bots had a successful five season run on Comedy Central 12 years ago. Now, it has made a return to television on ABC.

The premise of Battle Bots is simple. Teams create and build self-designed robots that fight one another with a slew of weapons and self-defense mechanisms. Every week, teams are paired off with the winner moving on to the next round. The last bot standing is crowned winner.

Mitch Teich

When Al Exner looks back at his grandkids today, he’s shocked at how different their experience as 18-year-olds is from what he experienced when he was their age.

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For some, eyeglasses are an unfortunate medical necessity. For others, they are a prized functional accessory.

A few years ago, Milwaukeen Josh Rickun found himself disappointed with the quality and fit of wood glasses available. So, he took it upon himself to create better frames. With no previous proper training in woodworking, Rickun took on the project for his senior thesis at MIAD .

Now as proprietor of Proper Eyewear, Rickun designs and fabricates eyeglasses from locally-sourced wood.

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A Milwaukee researcher was one of the key figures behind a landmark report on treating cardiac arrest in the United States.

Doctor Tom Aufderheide is a professor of emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and was on the steering committee for the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine report on cardiac arrest. The report, called Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act, was released yesterday.

For some reason, love stories in books and movies almost always deal with people aged 16 to 34 years old. The young and the beautiful. That 35 and up group is usually there for comedic relief.

This is not the case for writer Emma Hooper's new book. She wrote a story to challenge that stigma.

"We don't stop having desires, dreams or motivations once we turn thirty five. We don't have everything figured out either," Hooper says.

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After being the Wisconsin Badgers basketball coach for the last 14 years, Bo Ryan announced he will be retiring after next season.

Ryan lead the Badgers through multiple final fours, championship games and has even brought through some first round draft picks.

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