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Milwaukee’s place as a hub for human trafficking has attracted media attention both locally and internationally. The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirms that the city has a significant problem, especially when it comes to adolescents being trafficked.

But a number of organizations are undertaking efforts to alleviate the problem. Among them is Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, which is working to better educate medical providers in identifying and helping children who may be the victim of exploitation.

Mitch Teich

Summer is in full swing, and for many that means regular visits to a local farmers’ market. Since 1994, the number of farmers’ markets in the country has grown from less than two thousand to nearly nine thousand - and that's just counting the ones registered in the US Department of Agriculture’s directory. In fact, there are over 350 markets within 100 miles of Milwaukee.

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Behold, the iconic summer road trip.  Mount Rushmore.  The Grand Canyon.  The Washington Monument.  The 60-foot Jolly Green Giant.  All worthy destinations.

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This year, Milwaukee’s Shakespeare in the Park will no longer be, well, in the park. Instead, the yearly collaboration between Optimist Theatre and Alverno College has found a more sheltered home at the Peck Pavilion at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, where they will stage Much Ado About Nothing.

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Doctors define the “perinatal period” as running from before conception, through a woman’s pregnancy, all the way to a year post-partum.  It’s a time when women go through many changes physically - and mentally. But for women who struggle with mental health or substance abuse issues - these changes not only can affect the mother, but the child as well.

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Looking for a new book to crack open at Bradford Beach or a story to lose yourself in during your summer getaway? Boswell Books bookseller Daniel Goldin chatted with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich this week and offered his top 7 recommendations for summer reading:

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On That Note contributor Robert Cohen was finishing a series of concerts with the Fine Arts Quartet here in Milwaukee when he joined Lake Effect for our monthly conversation about making music. This time, he was mulling over a question that a friend of his had asked him after a recent performance: what did he think about when he was playing?

Chazen Museum of Art

It’s been 33 years, and Russell Panczenko is retiring. The Director and Chief Curator of the Chazen Museum in Madison has worked hard during these past three decades to make the museum a welcoming place for town and gown.

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Summer is in full swing and so are we at Ex Fabula. While our StorySlams may be on summer vacation, we’ve been hard at work creating more workshops, community collaborations and public outreach for Season 9. We’ve also recently elected a new Ex Fabula Board President along with welcoming several other new board members. In fact, we have actually DOUBLED the size of the Ex Fabula Board of Directors along with hiring a new event producer. Exciting things will be happening in Season 9.

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Until a few days ago, Senate Republican leaders had been saying they hoped to vote on their version of the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act before the July 4 holiday.  That plan went by the wayside amid opposition to the secretly drafted legislation from Democrats and some Republicans, as well.

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The 4th of July is just around the corner, and many of us will mark it with fireworks and barbecues and family get-togethers.  But don’t overlook the great American road trip – whether it’s a cross-country sojourn, a long weekend, or even an afternoon.

It’s those latter two ideas – the shorter road trip that got contributors Dan Harmon and Mark Savage talking.  Normally, they talk about cars, but both contributors are encouraging people to actually sit and enjoy using their cars through a classic American pastime.

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Summerfest is underway in the Meier Festival Park along Milwaukee’s lakefront. The annual music festival  brings nearly a million people to town over its run. This year they’ll see major international acts like Paul Simon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Pink; but also more local and regional acts who have a chance to showcase themselves at the 50th edition of the Big Gig.

Edyn Herbert

In these heightened political times, how you define yourself as an American is an important and fundamental question. Artists are always responding to difficult questions like this, and a new exhibit at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Transplant Eyes, presents some answers.

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The music of pianist and composer Anthony Deutsch doesn’t fit neatly into any one category. It’s jazz, it’s pop, it’s singer-songwriter. And Deutsch, who grew up in Port Washington but is now based in Milwaukee, embraces all of those labels.

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Contributor Lauren Groh has been through-hiking the Appalachian Trail this spring and summer. On her most recent check-in from the trail, she was surprised to report she and her wife had hit the 70-day & 700 mile mark. “I just can’t believe we’ve been doing this for 70 days!” says Groh. “It’s flown by.”

Not surprisingly, Groh says she feels stronger after so many days on the trail. “I was realizing the other day, as we’re climbing up this mountain that my legs were doing most of the work and my poles were more for stability than for moving me up the mountain.”

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