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Arts & Culture
5:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Milwaukee Man's WWII Collection Now on Display Focuses on Jewish Fighters

Milwaukee collector Wim Leydes wants to tell the story of the Jewish Brigade and the Jewish Partisans who fought in WWII.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci speaks with Vim Leydes and Steve Daily.

A new exhibit opening today in Milwaukee, in time to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, is focusing on some lesser-known moments of valor during WWII.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Fri June 6, 2014

New Bucks Owners Want to Connect with Community and Fans to Better the Team

The Milwaukee Bucks will have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft, and the team’s new owners have made a big effort to connect with the city’s fan base.
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The NBA Finals are underway, and not surprisingly, they don’t involve the Milwaukee Bucks.  But there’s still some buzz about basketball around town.  The Bucks will have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft, and the team’s new owners have made a big effort to connect with the city’s fan base.

"They seemed very very comfortable – not just with Milwaukee and Milwaukee fans, but with selling their vision of the Bucks to those people," says Magner.

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Dentist Goes into Deep Thought, Inspired by the Problems his Patients Face

Do you ever overthink? Paul, a dentist, thinks about life's simplest and deepest questions while working on his patients.
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There are a lot of human inventions, like philosophy and religion  that attempt to answer the big questions: Why are we here?  Do we have a purpose?  Why are we so unhappy so much of the time?  What does it mean to be a Boston Red Sox fan when they actually win the World Series?  And do we have the capacity to change?

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Regional
3:51 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Neighborhood News Service Effectively Informs Milwaukee Communities

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (NNS) is an award-winning online source for objective, professional multimedia reporting on urban issues in 15 Milwaukee communities.
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The online media source Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has been operating for three years, with support from places such as the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee, and Marquette University.

Among outlet’s missions has been to cover hyperlocal neighborhood stories that are often missed by larger publications with broader scopes.

But has that ambition been realized?  And how does the Neighborhood News Service itself figure into the work of community building?

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Reporter Investigates Poverty by Going into the Neighborhoods, Speaks to the People

Poverty can be seen throughout Milwaukee, in some areas more than others.
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Most of the news stories we read or see that relate to poverty get to the issue through some other lens – crime, unemployment, housing issues.  But writer Brendan O’Brien set out to cover poverty different in an ongoing series of reports for the online Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

O’Brien’s series focuses on poverty as a way of life in neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s north side, and he joined Mitch Teich in the Lake Effect studio to share some of the backstory.

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Health & Science
1:28 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Report Finds Surpring Increase in Milwaukee's Infant Mortality Rates After Years of Decrease

The rising rate of infant mortality leaves a lot of empty cribs and heartbroken families around Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee’s efforts to reduce the rate of infant mortality in the city took a blow yesterday, when the city released new data showing the rate climbed to 10.3 deaths for every thousand births in the city.  That came after consistent decreases in the last decade. 

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Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Thu June 5, 2014

What's That Over There?: Tanzilo Explores the Less-Visited Parts of Milwaukee

Bobby Tanzilo explores the histories of the small nooks and crannies of Milwaukee.
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The line goes something like this: it was midnight in the city that keeps its secrets… Like all cities, there are quite a few out of the way and forgotten corners of Milwaukee. Some are hidden in plain sight; others take a bit of sleuthing. And as Bobby Tanzilo found out, some of them require no fear of spiders, heights, or closed spaces to access.

"We're trying to figure out what people are talking about, and specifically to Milwaukee, we're pitching Milwaukee and the bookstore as a place for, say, authors to visit over the next year," says Tanzilo.

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Health & Science
11:29 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Should the Media Consider Ethics when Reporting Tragic Events?

Should media reporters figure in ethics while covering tragic stories?
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The shocking stabbing of a 12-year girl in Waukesha by two of her friends has attracted media attention from around the world, largely for its connection to writings and a character on a horror fiction website.  The accused girls' names have been all over the news, as they stand charged in adult court for attempted murder.

Meanwhile, the story of the mass shooting in Santa Barbara, California, has raised concerns by some about the level of attention given to the murderer, who left a lengthy manifesto offering his rationale for the depraved act he was about to commit.

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Hot New Summer Reads to Keep on Your Radar

Boswell Book Company's Daniel Goldin makes suggestions on hot reads for this summer.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Boswell Books Proprietor Daniel Goldin.

Many readers are already stockpiling titles for their summer reading lists.

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Environment
10:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Local Bishop Among Faith Leaders Supporting EPA Carbon Rule

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Jeff Barrow heads the Great Milwaukee  Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He added his signature to a letter urging President Obama and the EPA to take action.

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