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A meteor shower is always a good excuse to get outside and look into the night sky. But it’s not the only time when you can see a streak of light overhead.

Astronomy contributor and Manfred Olson Planetarium director Jean Creighton says that while people generally know shooting stars have something to do with solar system debris, many don't know its origin.

"The shooting star is what we see in our atmosphere, but it starts earlier and farther away from either the chunk of an asteroid or comet - which are called meteoroids in the void of space," she explains.

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There are more than two decades worth of local restaurant inspection reports on the City of Milwaukee’s Health Department website. So if you want to know how your favorite eatery stacks up, you can look them up, see how they’ve done with health inspections in the past, and see the kinds of violations, if any, they’ve received. But the reports can be confusing and are full of jargon that’s generally unfamiliar to those of us who aren’t health inspectors.

In 2016, the National Institute of Health reported that five percent of high school seniors misuse prescription drugs. In 2016 alone, 827 people in Wisconsin died from prescription opioid overdoses – and another 371 died from heroin overdoses, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Bonnie North

Music historians generally agree that Western opera began around the turn of the 17th Century in Europe. However, the modern repertoire generally ignores the first 150 years in favor of the works of the mid 19th Century to early 20th Century. Works from composers like Puccini, Verdi, and Wagner get the majority of attention.

Essay: Unequal From Birth

Jan 24, 2018
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Sociologist Matthew Desmond was featured on Lake Effect a couple of years ago, as his book, Evicted, was just coming out.  The book went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, as it shed light on the scope of the Eviction crisis in the U.S. in general, and Milwaukee in particular.

READ: 'Evicted' Book Paints a Heartbreaking Picture of a Milwaukee Under Stress

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Astronaut Scott Kelly set what was then an American endurance record when he spent more than 11 months aboard the International Space Station from 2015 to 2016. It was his third time aboard the space station, after a career that also involved flying and commanding Space Shuttle flights.

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Earlier this week the nation celebrated the life and lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From the nation’s capitol to the smallest classrooms here in Milwaukee we reflected on MLK’s activism, achievements and his timeless dream.  It’s been 55 years since King’s “I have a Dream” speech called for an end to racism, and for civil and economic rights. And here we are in 2018 still fighting to make that dream a reality.

Madison Public Library

Built in 1965, Madison's Central Library couldn't imagine the challenges of the digital world. So, in 2012 it shut down for two years and re-emerged as something that looks like a cross between a museum, student lounge, and a coffee house - designed to anticipate change and the needs of the community.

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Over the past year, President Donald Trump has been all over the headlines. On the front pages, certainly - but also in places you might not have expected, like the sports section, when he weighed in on controversies in the NFL. And of course, he can be found all over Twitter, as well.

But it’s not just the United States where Donald Trump is compelling news. People in nations like the United Kingdom have found the hotel mogul, turned Commander-in-Chief, is dominating the news cycle.

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While the bands in the upcoming Local Coverage concert are covering each other’s songs, another group of bands comes together on Saturday night on behalf of a decade-old foundation - and they’ll all be covering another artist’s music as well.

READ: Milwaukee Bands Mix it Up for a Good Cause in 'Local Coverage'

Milwaukee Record

Milwaukee Record is a web-only publication covering a lot of local music and other events. And, it is also no stranger to puns.

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A few years ago, the film The Post may have been simply another historical drama by director Steven Spielberg. However, today’s political climate has eerie parallels with the time surrounding the “Pentagon Papers” in the early 1970s. In fact, Spielberg thought making this movie was so important, he wrapped production in nine months.

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The Public Policy Forum and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, or WISTAX, have been analyzing the work of Wisconsin governments for a combined 191 years. The Milwaukee-based forum has focused on the workings of Milwaukee, and nearby city and county governments and public entities, while the Madison-based alliance has focused on state government.

Katie Watson

Professor Katie Watson is a classic polymath - a case of “How many hats can one person wear well?”  She’s a lawyer - having clerked in the federal judiciary and practiced public interest law; she’s an ethicist who has completed fellowships in clinical medical ethics and medical humanities; and… she’s also an adjunct faculty member at Chicago’s Second City theater’s comedy training center.

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Public health statistics show that as much as 20% of the US population will deal with clinical depression at some point in their lives, making it one of the most common mental health disorders.  Even if you don’t suffer from it, there’s a good chance that a friend or family member will be affected.

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