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Groups Work to Preserve Great Lakes Watershed

Jul 6, 2016
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When the weather is mild, it’s not unusual to find nature lovers and hikers exploring the trails along the Jackson Falls, in the western New York town of Aurora.

The land in the Lake Erie watershed is an example of a headwater forest. Such forests are important in keeping the Great Lakes clean -- and some land conservancies in the region are trying to preserve them.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is raising money to purchase the land around Jackson Falls and turn it into a nature preserve.

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Brookfield native Nora Collins is not long past her 22nd birthday, and she’s already been a songwriter for eight years. The country and Americana musician had recorded and released four albums while still living in Wisconsin.

But life has changed more recently with a move to Nashville and a deal with a publishing and talent development company there.

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You might have big plans for the long, holiday weekend, or maybe you're just looking forward to a few lazy days around the house, with a barbecue or beach trip on the agenda. But for the more ambitious, outdoorsy traveler, we've compiled a list of the top three destinations for a weekend getaway. 

"My rule for this is 10 hours or less," says Stacy Tornio. She's the author of several books about nature and outdoor adventures for kids. 

1. Niagra Falls

Twelve months, twelve acts of kindness over 48 states: that's what documentary filmmaker Sue Vicory set out to do on January 1st of 2016.

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Late last month, Wisconsin became one of a handful of states that allow people to rescue people and animals locked in hot cars.  The so-called “Good Samaritan” law is designed to prevent a person with good intentions from incurring a civil penalty for acting.

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Income inequality is on the rise, both nationally and locally. While Wisconsin’s income gap is lower than the national average,  recent changes in tax laws may only deepen the growing divide.

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Not all that long ago - at least in automotive history - luxury cars were promoted in a lot of ways. There was the rich, Corinthian leather. The comfortable passenger space and the huge trunk. And of course, there was the soft - sometimes practically squishy ride.

That's not the way Cadillac, Lincoln, or really any luxury manufacturers advertise their cars any more. It's all about speed and performance, and maybe passenger space, too. But it's a trend that caught the eye of  Lake Effect automotive contributor, Mark Savage.

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The Fourth of July weekend is almost upon us. You might be packing to travel, or preparing for that huge barbeque you’re planning.

As you check off your to-do list, giving blood is probably not on it. But Chief Madical Officer of the Blood Center of Wisconsin, Dr. Tom Abshire, says it should be.

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As the French painter Paul Cezanne said, "art is a harmony that is parallel with nature."

In a new three part exhibit, The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum hopes to harmonize both art and nature. Using its indoor and outdoor spaces to reflect parts of a whole, the museum is showcasing different aspects of the work of Milwaukee-based environmental artist Roy Staab.

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The historic decision by Britain to leave the European Union has left the world shocked and perplexed. Protests are widespread, a search for a new leader has begun following David Cameron's resignation, and parallels to the United States are hard to ignore. 

"The breaking up of two-party dominance in Britain is quite profound and contrasts with our ability, for better or for worse, to keep a two-party system in place," says Art Cyr, Lake Effect foreign policy contributor. 

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Last Thursday, voters in the United Kingdom passed a referendum calling for the country to withdraw from the European Union. The Brexit vote has shaken British politics to its core. The world stock markets have largely responded in kind, the value of the British pound has fallen dramatically, and the country has lost its AAA credit rating.

Image courtesy of Larry D'Attilio

Larry D’Attilio has done a little bit of everything.  He’s been a classical musician, an aviator, and an award-winning photographer.

An Ausländer's View of the European Refugee Crisis

Jun 29, 2016
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The humanitarian crisis in Europe continues to deepen, as stories emerge each day of migrants dying or barely surviving their journeys from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa. Some of those refugees have settled in Austria, where they have received a mixed welcome. Lake Effect essayist Kirsten Wisniewski has also recently resettled in Austria. But coming from Milwaukee, via London, she has a different view of the experience:

I’ve been back in Austria for 24 hours. I’m finally home.

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The prison population in Wisconsin has more than tripled since 1990. Drug enforcement and mandatory minimum sentence laws are just a few reasons to blame, and their effects have been disproportionately consequential to African American men.

A 2013 study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee revealed that Wisconsin has the highest rate of incarceration for black men in the country.

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Once a month, Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger brings friends and fellow musicians into Lake Effect's performance studio to play and chat.

This month, he was joined in studio by Phil Lee to play a song called, “I Apologize for What You Did.”

The idea for the song came from the simple concept of difficult people we encounter in our lives that do not take ownership of their mistakes or faults.

"(For) this (song), I thought about people who do terrible things and expect you to apologize for what you did," Sieger explains.

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