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There are plenty of parenting books out there. Each touts its own tips and tricks, "secrets" to raising the most well-rounded, best-behaved children. 

What if we told you, there is no one secret?

That's exactly the message author and educator Kim John Payne wants to spread to parents.

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Wisconsin’s rate of deaths from traffic accidents had been falling for years. Despite having more drivers than ever before, the number of fatalities in 2014 was at a historically low level. So it took the state by surprise when the number jumped significantly in 2015.

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Just because the weather is getting colder, doesn’t mean you can't keep cycling. Whether you’re facing the cold or in a room on a stationary bike, cycling is an effective cardiovascular workout for any time of year.

If you’re not into facing the cold and don’t just want to ride the stationary bike, most gyms and fitness centers offer cycling, or spinning class.

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Much of the work of social scientists centers around explaining why we humans do the things we do. Not all social scientists are good at explaining that work – or putting it into context – for general audiences. But fortunately, one of tasks of journalists is also to explain why things are the way they are.

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We’re into the home stretch of the NFL season and about the only certainty we have is that the Cleveland Browns will not be in the Super Bowl.  But the rest of the situation is kind of an open book, with the Packers' chapter looking even grimmer following yesterday's fourth straight loss.

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The names are flying fast and furious around the transition team for the incoming Trump administration. The team itself has seen names come and go already, and potential cabinet picks are being vetted both privately and in the media.

Foreign affairs under a Donald Trump presidency make for intriguing storylines, many of which are on the radar of our foreign policy contributor, Art Cyr.

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March, Book One tells the story of John Lewis' childhood in the segregated south, his formative meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the organization of the Nashville Student Movement, and its fight to integrate lunch counters.

Representative John Lewis serves Georgia's 5th congressional district. He’s the co-author, along with staffer Andrew Aydin, of the comic book March, Book One. Lewis and Aydin were at Marquette, where Lewis was awarded an honorary degree.

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Do you ever wonder what would happen if you drove past your exit on the highway, instead of going home to make dinner after work? Or what your destination would be, if you could just drop everything and head out on the road?

That’s the fantasy-turned-reality for the main character in Leave Me, the latest novel from bestselling author Gayle Forman.

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Moviegoers may be familiar with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane playing Georges and Albin, two gay men running a flamboyant gay nightclub in the 1996 movie The Bird Cage.

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Thirty years ago, Milwaukeean Thallis Drake decided that the city needed an organization devoted to presenting the best of early music, or medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque music.  

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A trio of luminaries of the local, accessible for all, food movement are assembling in Milwaukee Friday evening as part of Growing Power’s Urban and Small Farms Conference.

Its founder Will Allen will take the stage with Ron Finley, who leads a urban garden and education movement in Los Angeles.

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It’s been a few months since Marcelle Polednik took over as the new director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. But her appointment to such a prominent role in the Milwaukee cultural scene is attracting plenty of attention.

Milwaukee Magazine’s editor, Carole Nicksin, is also a recent addition to the scene, and she had the chance to profile Polednik in the November issue. 

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Milwaukee PBS, channels 10 and 36, is launching a new newsmagazine program. It’s appropriately named  10thirtysix and features a well-known local journalist Portia Young as its host.

The show will tackle an myriad of public affairs topic, and will initially be produced monthly. But its creators have ambitious plans for the production. 

"We're going to look at issues in a broader way, in a more enterprising way," says Maryann Lazarski, executive producer of 10thirtysix

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In recent years, transgender people have gained more visibility in the public sphere. Celebrities like Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner have shined light on transgender narratives. Still, the trans community is disproportionately targeted for abuse and violence.

Now, LGBTQ groups from around Milwaukee are coming together to celebrate the Transgender Day of Remembrance at Greene Hall at UWM, Thursday, November 17. 

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Milwaukee is home to many great writers, from novelists to screenwriters, to bloggers. Lake Effect essayist Meagan Schultz says you, too, could live the life of a writer if you follow her step-by-step guide.

1. Always be prepared. Of course this means having a perfectly clean writing space. If you must spend an hour sorting through old letters, arranging your stationery by size, color and purpose, or organizing your pen drawer, so be it. It will be impossible to work with that chaos surrounding you.

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