Lake Effect

Ashley Irvin

The vote of the Republican-controlled Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform split 3-2 along party lines.  The committee chair opted for a paper ballot vote, rather than convening face-to-face.

Earlier this month a large crowd gathered for a public hearing, which stretched  from morning into the evening. Tuesday's vote advances the bill to the full Senate, which is likely to take it up next week.

Original Post - March 16, 2017:

The Cost of Segregation report

A new study out from the Chicago-based Metropolitan Planning Council, with the Urban Institute, has quantified how segregation may affect a region’s economy. The Cost of Segregation looks at the impact of segregation on the Chicago area and compares it to the 100 largest U.S.

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Many famous stage musicals, like Funny Girl, Rent and West Side Story, have been adapted for the screen. But Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella made the opposite journey. The musical version of the classic children’s tale was written for TV in 1957, and starred Julie Andrews in the title role. It wasn't until 2013 that the R&H Cinderella made its Broadway debut.

Public Policy Forum

Every day, thousands of people depend on Milwaukee’s bus system.  Despite dozens of bus lines, there are many existing jobs that workers just can’t reach easily without a car.

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Life has moved along a bit since the 1980s, but certain concepts from that time still remain fresh. In 1989, urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg wrote The Great, Good Place. The book highlights local spots that are not considered work or home, but somewhere to informally gather and socialize. Cafes, coffee shops, bookstores, bars and barbershops are all considered "third places" where community, civic engagement and civil discourse is encouraged.

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One of the startups selected for this year's The Water Council's BREW Accelerator program was on display last week outside the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District headquarters.

Menomonee River water was being sucked up into the CORNCOB demonstration model – picture a water heater tipped on its side. A gleaming metal barrel connected to pipes and valves is being monitored by a sophisticated computer system.

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Depending on which article you come across, only ten to thirty percent of the population is left hand dominant. Google left hand and mental illness, and you'll find research papers exploring the connection with being left hand dominant and psychotic disorders. Look to language, and you'll run across "left-handed compliments, two left feet, and sometimes things just go left."

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Authorities are still investigating whether an Israeli teenager was responsible for several bomb threats made against the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay in recent weeks.

The teen was arrested in connection with dozens of terror threats against other JCCs in the United States. A former journalist was charged with still more threats several weeks ago.

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Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood is something of a mecca for people in creative fields.  And so it only makes sense that it would be the headquarters to an artists’ collective which strives to engage the community at-large in areas like films, non-traditional exhibits, workshops and other events.

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If you look at the population of Wisconsin and then at the leadership in state government, you’ll notice at least one significant disconnect. Milwaukee is by far the state’s largest city, but the city itself has few residents in leadership roles - particularly in the Legislature.

Writer Joe Potente says it’s a sign of the city’s diminishing political clout at the statewide level. He wrote an article featured in the current issue of Milwaukee Magazine about this phenomenon. 

Essay: Rooting Down

Mar 24, 2017
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Spring officially began earlier this week, and the weather - for a few days this week - reflected the change of season.  Regardless of what the last few days of March look and feel like, Lake Effect essayist Meagan Schultz says this time of year is important:

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Wednesday evening update:

The National Trust's presentation did not bring the Milwaukee County Task Force on the Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes any closer to its mission.  It is  "to recommend a course of action to the County Executive and County Board" on a sustainable future of the Domes.

Milwaukee County Parks Director John Dargle described the National Trust's report as "weak and vague."

Fellow task force member John Gurda suggested Milwaukee County engineers analyze the report and provide feedback at the next meeting. Its date has not yet been set.

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

A few years ago, the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum reported the state was facing a looming nursing shortage, due to an aging population and an aging workforce.

Harper Collins Publishers

Humans are not perfect.  We all know that very well by the time we get to be adults.  But part of the pain of adolescence is coming to terms with the fact that our parents, whom we might have idolized in our young childhood, are as imperfect as anyone.

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It’s been almost 30 years since scientists first discovered their first exoplanet - a planet orbiting a star other than our own sun. But the scientific community is especially excited now with the discovery late last month of the most earth-like exoplanets yet.

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