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5:21 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Living History League Honors Women's Professional Baseball

The living history players sing the original league's "Victory Song" at the start of the game.

As we head into the dog days of summer, Major League Baseball heads into the heart of its season. Millions of fans around the country will travel to ballparks to cheer on their favorite teams, and in the midst of all the peanuts and crackerjacks, it’s easy to forget that there was a time when the MLB was in dire straights – and several franchises were in danger of shutting down.

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Environment
4:09 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Sizzling Temperatures and No Rain Stress Fields and Streams

UW Extension expert says corn and soybeans can hold on a little bit longer, but rain is critical to a successful crop.

Wisconsin residents will be looking for relief from blistering heat over the next couple of days.

Forecasters say temperatures could reach the “triple digits”.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence looked into a couple of “non human” ecosystems to see how they might cope with this rough patch of weather.

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Recall Election
3:47 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Failed Gubernatorial Recall Could Help Obama's Chances in Wisconsin

Recall elections expert Joshua Spivak talks about the long-term implications for this month's recall elections.
Credit ljlandre, via Flickr

The latest round of Wisconsin recall elections – including the gubernatorial race - took place three weeks ago today.  They’re all history now, aside from the recall recount playing out in Racine County for the state senate seat apparently won by Democrat John Lehman.

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Health & Science
5:09 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

One Man's Meat is Another Man's Poison

Ground Beef

Many of us are rightfully concerned about the safety of what we eat and what might be added to foods along the processing chain from farm to table. But Lake Effect essayist Judy Steininger says a knowing a little basic chemistry might help ease some of our concerns.

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Environment
4:24 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Sustaining Force Takes Shape in Walker's Point

People crowded onto street in Walker's Point Thursday night, to celebrate the official opening of the new Clock Shadow Building.

Attendees dug into freshly scooped ice cream and fresh cheese curds – both produced on site.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence stepped into the four-story structure to explore it unique elements.

Half the building that now stands atop a remediated brown field is made of repurposed material.

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Civil War
9:09 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Part 3

Major John Gibbon first commanded the Iron Brigade - and bought the volunteer soldiers their iconic black hats.

If you drive directly west from Milwaukee for about three and a half hours, you'll come to the city of Prairie du Chien, one of Wisconsin's oldest cities. Given its age and history, it's no surprise then that Prairie du Chien has some interesting connections to the American Civil War. This Saturday, the Prairie du Chien Historical Society will open a new permanent exhibit at the Fort Crawford Museum about the Swift U.S. Army General Hospital. It was one of only three hospitals in Wisconsin to care for wounded Civil War soldiers.

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Environment
4:32 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Dam on the Milwaukee River a Treasure to Many

Land preservation runs deep in the psyche of the Badger State, from Aldo Leopold to Gaylord Nelson.

Just north of Milwaukee, Ozaukee County is home to nearly 40 preserved parcels, but a group of volunteers fear these treasures remain “hidden” even to people who live nearby.

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Health & Science
4:21 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Wisconsin AIDS Care a National Model

Dr. John Fangman, right, discusses a case with one of his residents at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.
Credit Erin Toner

Wisconsin recently reported a sharp increase in new HIV infections. They rose nearly 20 percent from 2010 to 2011, with the most new cases in Milwaukee County. While the numbers are alarming and the population sometimes difficult to reach, those who connect early with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin are in good hands. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, it has become a one-stop-shop for the many services patients may need and is considered a national model.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Pliers Plus Wire Equals...Bonsai?

A copper bonsai tree, a la Wisconsin artist Kevin Iris
Credit Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields interviews sculptor Kevin Iris.

During the course of a day, most of us use more than one tool to get what we need to get done…done. But what if you had to finish a normal day's work - with just one tool?

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Arts & Culture
3:15 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

2012 Piano Arts Competition

Pavlina Dokovska
Credit Piano Arts

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Pavlina Dokovska and Sue Medford.

For the past week, young pianists have gathered in Milwaukee to vie for the title in the 2012 Piano Arts Competition. Since 1999, the biennial competition has launched the careers of numerous national and international performers. And it is one of the few competitions of its kind in the country.

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