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There was a time in the 1980s and ‘90s when so-called “midnight basketball” leagues were seen as a promising tool to give young, at-risk men in high school a productive use of their time.  But after a few years, the leagues fell out of favor.

Kipp Friedman

Milwaukee area photographer Kipp Friedman has shot thousands of images of other people’s joyous occasions - weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other parties and observances.  But it was his own vacation, far from the banquet rooms of Shorewood or Oak Creek, that inspired him to compile a photo book.

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The most recent figures from the World Bank show the average life expectancy for Americans is nearly 79 years old.  And while that’s a few years less than some other countries, it's still around the highest point it has ever been in US history.  But let’s say you knew exactly how long you’ll live - down to the very day.  Would it change the way you lived your life?

MEGAN DOBYNS

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission has exactly one month to name an acting replacement for Police Chief Edward Flynn. Flynn recently announced that he will retire from his position on February 16. Now, the Commission must name an acting chief, even as it goes about the business of hiring a new chief for a full four-year term.

George Kelling will likely watch this search from a distance, but with interest. Kelling is a retired police researcher and professor emeritus at Northeastern University and Rutgers University, and a fellow for 20 years at Harvard University.

Ex Fabula: Break Free

Jan 13, 2018
Photo by Carolina Mulvey-Videla

It’s the second week of the new year; a time when those resolutions and new healthy habits start becoming harder to keep (for some). However, the beauty of a new year is the chance at a new beginning - real or metaphorical. It’s a time for renewal, a time to break free from bad relationships, bad habits and/or bad people. In anticipation of next week’s Ex Fabula New Year Spectacular on January 18th at Turner Hall, we’re bringing you two stories that we hope will inspire you to “break free” in the new year!

Courtesy of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

As winter descends on Wisconsin and the cold sets in, our fair-weather - and fair-feathered - friends often take an extended vacation down south. But as many of Wisconsin’s birds leave for warmer weather, another group of birds begin to make their home in frost-laden forests and prairies around the state.

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Mobile wellness devices such as the Fitbit and Apple or Garmin watches are ubiquitous these days. Many of us wear them to hold ourselves accountable for our physical fitness. But they’re also becoming a tool that employers are using with a separate, but related goal to have healthy employees and controlling healthcare costs.

Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello scans through her notes and gives us the scoop on what's happening in area schools. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her news quiz!

After a holiday break, students, teachers and staff have returned to Wisconsin’s classrooms to finish the second half of their school year.

Dr. Miha Krofel

A bill making its way through committee would end the Wisconsin DNR’s monitoring of wolves. The legislation would also prohibit law enforcement officers from taking action if a wolf is poached or harmed by things like traps.

At a heated public hearing Wednesday before the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage, Senator Tom Tiffany (R) of Minocqua said the bill is designed to force Congress to remove wolves from the federal endangered species list.

Grasshopper Films

First produced a couple of years ago, Okwui Okpokwasili’s one-woman show Bronx Gothic is a take on "growing up as a brown girl in the Bronx." It takes on topics like identity, self esteem, sexual knowledge, and how it can be difficult for girls to navigate these milestones.

Her show was made into a documentary of the same name, which showed at the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival.

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Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globe Awards last weekend spurred almost immediate speculation by many about whether the celebrity would make a strong presidential candidate. In the days since, political analysts and regular people alike have debated whether her political skills would differ greatly from our current president, who also came from well outside the political sphere.

Milwaukee Repertory Theatre

George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a book many of us studied in school. You probably learned that the play is a thinly veiled allegory, whose political animals and their actions closely resembled what led to the Russian Revolution and the beginnings of the totalitarian Soviet state.

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Lincoln Hills School has been plagued by allegations of abuse and mismanagement for years. The juvenile correctional facility located in Irma, Wisconsin has been the location of on-going investigations by state and federal agencies. 

The people in charge of the facility have been accused endangering the lives of the teens in their care. Now, Governor Walker has announced a plan to close Lincoln Hills School, and open five regional centers to handle juvenile offenders.

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Members of the Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission will meet later this week to discuss the process of appointing an acting chief of police. That meeting comes a few days after current Police Chief Edward Flynn announced his retirement.

Flynn has been the chief of police for the past decade and will step down six weeks from now.

READ: Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn to Retire

Aisha Turner

Back when Adam Carr was a radio producer, he was a bit of a tumbleweed -- rolling into communities, telling stories, and leaving before he really had a chance to establish a connection.

Now, as a freelancer, he’s changed his approach.

“I’m kind of like a truck with a bed full of plants on it that drives around just digging up dirt,” he jokes.

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