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Signs of sustainability are peppered across the City of Milwaukee landscape – from the exponential growth of the Bublr bike share business, to the wind turbine dominating the south shore skyline and an increase in solar panels blanketing rooftops in neighborhoods around town.

The City's director of environmental sustainability, Erick Shambarger, believes 2016 marks an important milestone.

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You couldn't blame sports anchor and Milwaukee area native Trenni Kusnierek for being a bit apprehensive about speaking publicly on her struggles with depression and anxiety. After all, the sports world in which she plies her trade thrives on an image of strength. Kusnierek worried about what she might hear from her new bosses at Comcast SportsNet New England. Or her viewers. Or the athletes she covered.

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We’ve reported before on the reputation Milwaukee has gotten as a hub for human trafficking.  The story has been covered in Wisconsin media and as far away as the international newspaper, The Guardian.

Local guitarist John Plankenhorn and singer Carol Ferrara have been playing together for more than two decades. Their current group, electri-violet, is set to release an album this spring which will feature a new set of original songs written by Plankenhorn.

Over the years, the duo has allowed their sound to shift and evolve, a choice that has given them more freedom to write and grow in their music.

Paul Sereno is proof that the dinosaurs don’t need to be alive for the adventure to be real.

Sereno is a paleontologist, National Geographic explorer-in-residence, and professor at the University of Chicago.  He’s also discovered several new species of dinosaur in places like Mongolia, Morocco, and Niger.

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Back in the day, schools taught classes that focused on skills.

Students took cooking class so they could learn nutrition and prepare proper meals. Shop class, sewing and “home economics” were commonplace on high school course lists.

That was half a century ago, when the end goal of school was to teach young men and women how to manage a home, care for a family and live independently.

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You may know Grace Helbig from her YouTube channel, It’s Grace. It has over three million subscribers to her brand of comedy-meets-satire-meets-social commentary.

Bradley Tech BUILD Program

There is a mystique to the motorcycle. This is captured in Hollywood movies like Easy Rider to Milwaukee's Harley Fest. Americans are intrigued by motorcycles. For Bradley Tech High School students in its BUILD program, the motorcycle is a unique way to learn job skills for the modern economy.

Bradley Tech has a history of teaching the trades. Five years ago, the school implemented the BUILD program. The program teaches students skills to put together a fully functioning motorcycle.

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Milwaukee radio host Eric Von is a familiar voice in a variety of venues – he’s the voice of Precious Lives and hosts a daily call-in show on the AM station WNOV that covers a variety of topics of local and national interest.

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As Lake Effect essayist Christianna Fritz learned at a young age, sometimes adults have a strange reaction to an otherwise perfectly innocent word:

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