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Does the headline sound too good to be true? Stacy Tornio, author of Plants You Can’t Kill, assures that it’s not. In her new book, Tornio highlights different types of hardy plants for beginner gardeners.

"You basically need to know whether you're putting it in sun or shade, and you know, anyone can figure that out," says Tornio. "But you don't need a lot of like, fancy knowledge or background in gardening. This is truly: pick it up, randomly turn to a plant, and try it." 

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Many of us dream of becoming Olympians. Most of us content ourselves with watching them on television. But despite having her right leg amputated at age five due to a birth defect, Bonnie St. John lived her Olympic dream - and was the first African American to win Winter Olympic medals. She took home a silver and two bronze at the 1984 Winter Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

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The Constitutional Convention of 1787 is one of the most important events in the history of the United States. After four months of painstaking deliberation, the founding fathers emerged with a document that continues to inform how we interpret the laws of the land.

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Well here we are only a month away from the end of Season Seven. What an incredible journey it’s been. And how fitting that as we near the Season’s end, we do so by partnering with Milwaukee Public Library for Milwaukee's Big Read. Like Ex Fabula and WUWM, The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and this year, Milwaukee Public Library will offer a month of exciting events, programs, and discussions related to Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies.

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It’s not too often that a physician will completely change specialties.  But local doctor Philip Troiano, or Dr. Flip as he’s known to his patients, did an about face after more than 27 years as an emergency room physician.

"Over my time in the emergency room I found that we were fixing less and less problems and seeing more chronic situations where we weren't changing things," Troiano says.

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John Dickert has been Racine's mayor since 2009. This summer, he’ll abandon that post to take a job with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities initiative.

The organization represents mayors from more than 120 American and Canadian cities.

Last January inside Racine City Hall, Dickert addressed a swarm of journalists. They were there to learn about the contentious plan allowing the City of Waukesha to divert drinking water from Lake Michigan.

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The renovations to the Milwaukee Public Museum's iconic Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit made big headlines when they were completed more than a year ago. And if all goes well this June, a neighboring exhibit may steer even more people to the museum.

The museum's planned exhibit, called Running of the Cows, takes guests on an immersive experience into Milwaukee's rich dairy history. Inspired by the running of the bulls practice from Spain, the exhibit features 63 live Wisconsin dairy farm cows that guests can interact with.

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Places like Washington D.C. and New York City get a lot of attention as urban centers. So much so that their suburban surroundings are often overlooked or derided. The late New York City mayor Ed Koch queried, “Have you ever lived in the suburbs? … It’s sterile. It’s nothing. It’s wasting your life.”

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Humans have always been in search of a fountain of youth. We enjoy the wisdom age brings, but are not so enamored with the physical breakdowns that come along with it. And, many have come up ways to try to reverse, or at least stall, the ageing process.

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The story of Malala Yousafzai is known around the world. As a young girl living in Pakistan, she was shot in the head by militants who sought to keep her and other girls from getting an education. She survived the shooting, became an advocate for girls’ education around the world, and received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work.

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River Revitalization Foundation is a nonprofit headquartered in what originally was a brick ranch along the Milwaukee River, upstream from downtown Milwaukee. Surrounded by restored shoreline, the south-facing portion of the building’s roof will soon be topped with ten solar panels.

That’s if Mike Ballo achieves his goal to raise $10,567 to install the panels. The panels themselves were donated to the foundation.

There’s an election next Tuesday, and one of the contested races is for an open seat in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

The Branch 47 race is between Fox Point Municipal Judge Scott Wales and Attorney Kristy Yang.

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The month of March is marked as a time to celebrate women’s history in America, and for many, Jewel Thais-Williams is an important figure in that history.

She’s the founder of the legendary Los Angeles night club - the Catch One. For 42 years, the Catch was a place where politicians and everyday people of all colors, cultures and backgrounds could come together and dance the night away – and more importantly, be accepted.

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Musician Glen Phillips is part of the vanguard of alternative-leaning pop music in the 1990s as a member of the band, Toad the Wet Sprocket.  The group’s songs, such as Walk On the Ocean, Good Intentions, and Something’s Always Wrong featured catchy melodies, often tinged with a bit of melancholy.

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The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative came to life during the Obama Administration, but it's seed was planted during George W. Bush's tenure.  And, now President Trump's budget calls for defunding the program.

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