Milwaukee Magazine

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Five years ago, a Milwaukee area man - barely older than a teenager - was nabbed by the FBI. Daniel Placek turned out to be one of the people behind the underground hacker website Dark Ode.  You're not alone if you're not familiar with the site, it existed in one of the internet's most shadowy corners.  

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The soul of Milwaukee has taken a few hits in recent years.  The end of Midwest Airlines and its iconic chocolate chip cookies, the sale of Bucyrus to Caterpillar, and the merger of Miller with Coors and the potential sale of the combined company to Anheuser-Busch.

But throughout Milwaukee’s long history, there has always been our status as a Mecca for bowling. But as with the examples we mentioned above, even that constant may not be a constant anymore. The sport has seen a precipitous decline in participation nationally, but perhaps nowhere more than in Milwaukee. 

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When the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s parent group was acquired by the E.W. Scripps company this spring, it amounted to a trade of sorts.  Journal Communications was split in half, with Scripps taking on the combined company’s broadcast outlets. 

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The transgender community has been gaining a lot more visibility recently. Celebrities such as Laverne Cox are starring in series roles, and the original Amazon series Transparent took home several Emmys for its depiction of an older father coming out as transgender.

However, transgender youth have not been in the media spotlight. This is true in Wisconsin school districts as well. There currently are no numbers for how many transgender students are in the state because there is no official way of collecting this data.

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Just by virtue of its title, it’s easy to figure out that Milwaukee Magazine focuses on this city we call home.  But even with that as their monthly thrust, the October issue seems to delve especially closely into the soul of Milwaukee as the magazine set out to explore the fifty reasons we love Milwaukee.

From mustard tastings to social justice, associate editor Claire Hanan gave a preview of some of the things and the people that made the list:

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Despite Miller’s merger with Coors and the subsequent move of its headquarters to Chicago, Milwaukee remains, solidly, a beer town.  But the difference today is that the beer landscape is no longer populated by monoliths.

In fact, it might be more like the early days of brewing here, when scores of smaller breweries competed to make the best brew.  This month, Milwaukee Magazine taps into the ever-expanding barrel that is beer in Milwaukee. 

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As Marquette University students return to classes for the fall semester, one department is still missing one of its most high-profile professors.  John McAdams, who has taught in the political science department since 1977, was suspended last academic year.  And the university is reportedly seeking to revoke his tenure.

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As the Latino population in Milwaukee continues to grow, so does the community’s influence on everything from culture to food to politics.

But as much as the evolution has been felt in urban places like Milwaukee, it is being felt even more strongly in some surprising places. Places like the small town of Curtiss, which is about 40 miles east of Eau Claire.

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The annual doctor's issue of Milwaukee Magazine is out this month, featuring over 500 doctors in the metro area evaluated and rated by their peers. The issue includes doctor rating as well as growing medical trends.

A few trends to watch are:

Virtual Clinics

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As the weather warms up, there's nothing more enjoyable than a cool beverage. Dining contributor Ann Christenson toured the city on a quest to find the best iced coffee and milkshakes Milwaukee has to offer.

Her features on iced coffee and milkshakes can be found in this month's issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Here are Christenson's five picks of each:

Essay: Buying Time

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The City Guide June issue of Milwaukee Magazine is out today with a special emphasis on summer.  This issue also features essays from three Milwaukee writers, each taking on the theme of summer innocence.

You can read those essays in the pages of the magazine – but this month, you’ll also be able to hear them on Lake Effect starting with writer and Marquette University professor  C.J. Hribal:

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Von Trier has been a popular Milwaukee night spot for years – a bar on the east side which manages to be both vibrant and old world at the same time.  But the story of how Von Trier came to exist is an interesting one.

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What makes a sandwich? Does it need two slices of bread? Amidst the deep philosophical question of what makes a true sandwich, Milwaukee Magazine senior editor and dining critic Ann Christenson wrote the magazine’s May cover story on the best sandwiches in town.

Here's a few highlights from Christenson's list:

Best lobster roll: Buckley's Restaurant & Bar

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Temperatures are expected to stay mild this weekend.  And like mole people, many of us will emerge from our dark spaces to enjoy the springtime.  Maybe it’ll be a good weekend to tune up your bicycle for the warm weather.

Milwaukee Public Schools

It’s probably not stretching things to point to a parallel in the decline of the manufacturing sector in Milwaukee, and the academic decline in a high school that has traditionally placed graduates into manufacturing jobs.  

Bradley Tech High School, by most measures, is struggling – so much so that Milwaukee Public Schools named it as one of just over a dozen schools worthy of extra intervention.