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Many journalists aren’t afraid to ask hard questions, but not all of them are willing to put themselves in a perilous situation.

War correspondents tell an important story to the world by bringing words and pictures of the people whose lives are risked in battle. And in doing that, they put their own lives at risk. The deaths of reporters such a Marquette graduate James Foley and others in the Middle East drive that point home.

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When former MIAD President Neil Hoffman announced he was retiring, the school conducted a 6 month international search for his successor. But it turned out that Jeffrey Morin, the person selected for the position, wasn’t too far away. Before he began his tenure at MIAD in June, Morin had been the Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication at UW-Stevens Point.

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Milwaukee's food history is diverse and shows no signs of slowing down.

From brews and brats to a formidable farm-to-table market, food writer Lori Fredrich's new book, Milwaukee Food: A History of Cream City Cuisine, explores the city's past and present food developments, restaurants and chefs.

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From politics to sports to education, Milwaukee Magazine's list of the city's most influential people are shaping the city's future.

"We were looking for people who make a difference in this town in whatever realm they occupy, whether it's business, sports, arts and entertainment," says editor Kurt Chandler.

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Musicians have an array of influences in their lives that impact who they are as a person and as a musician. For cellist Robert Cohen, his influences range from his father to the music he performs.

"I have more that I can look at that music with," says Cohen. "I have a broader sense of what can happen inside me because of these influences."

However for Cohen, the messages in the music should be the largest influence on a musician. For him, it is essential to bring out the feelings and very essence of the composer in the pieces performed.

Milwaukee Running Festival

This weekend marks the inaugural Milwaukee Running Festival. Deemed “a running event for every runner” – the festival features a one mile, 5K, half marathon and full marathon courses that wind throughout the entire city. Thousands of runners from near and far have signed up.

For festival founder and director Chris Ponteri, this weekend is for people of all ages and abilities. The goal is to bring Milwaukee’s diverse communities together both on and off the course.

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The Green Bay Packers will play perhaps the most-anticipated football game of the weekend on Sunday night. They're undefeated and they'll play the Denver Broncos, who also come into the game without a loss this year. The game features two of football's biggest names, Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning.

Now flash back around a century – 103 years, to be exact. The most anticipated football game of 1912 also pitted undefeated teams against each other, and featured some of the biggest names in sports. But that's where the similarities end. 

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The nine-month after school and summer program aims to arm students from across the Milwaukee area with hands on experience and skills that start with gardening, but grow into something larger.

This week, year two of Teens Grow Greens wrapped up.

Charlie Uihlein came up with the idea. He teaches honors history at Messmer High School, but when he’s not doing that, Uihlein is thinking about ways to improve Teens Grow Greens.

Limits to Exotic Pets in Wisconsin Loom, But Critics Cite Several Loopholes

Oct 30, 2015
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Thirty minutes outside the Wisconsin Dells’ maze of flumes, rollercoasters, go-kart tracks and the duck boats plying the Wisconsin River, Jasmine is something of a minor local celebrity.

“I go to the pharmacy at ShopKo here in town and (people are) always, ‘Where's Jasmine? Bring her in to see us!’ ” said her caretaker, Melanie Nawrot, 36, whose small capuchin monkey lives with her family in the city of Adams. “We go on the lake with her, a lot of 4-H clubs and Boy Scouts come and see her.”

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Loreen Niewenhuis’  first professional path led her to science, working in settings from hospital laboratories to a bone marrow transplant team. But while she raised her two sons, Loreen began writing fiction.

In 2009, her short story collection, Scar Tissue, earned Niewenhuis finalist status for the Flannery O’Connor Award.