Teran Powell

Shorewood District Working Toward Racial Equity After Play Highlights Community's Racial Tension

A whirlwind of events has surrounded Shorewood High School’s planned production of To Kill A Mockingbird . The superintendent of the Shorewood School District, Bryan Davis, addressed members of the media Wednesday afternoon to confirm that the school would part ways with the idea of putting on the show.

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Lauren Sigfusson

For this week’s Bubbler Talk — our series where you ask, we investigate and together we unveil the answers — we look at church festivals in Milwaukee and why we love them. This all started with a question from curious community member Miguel Rivera.

“Are church festivals (mostly Catholic) only popular in Milwaukee? People from out of state always seem surprised by them.”

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Lauren Sigfusson

George Webb restaurants gave away free burgers Thursday in celebration of the Milwaukee Brewers winning 12 games in a row. The Brewers’ winning streak ended Oct. 13, but 12 was all they needed to get their fans a free prize.

If you couldn't make it one of George Webb's 30 locations from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday, you can still get a voucher. The voucher is redeemable for one free hamburger Oct. 19-31.

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As political tensions have raised throughout the U.S., there has been a shift in focus to online abuse. When Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford publicly accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, she was inundated with death threats. Her email was hacked, her address and phone number were published online, and her family was forced to move for their safety. 

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The last time Milwaukee businessman and philanthropist Donald Baumgartner was featured on Lake Effect was when he had just turned over his company, Paper Machinery Corporation, to his employees. However, it was far from the first time the business leader was accused of being generous.

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Scientists believe frogs have roamed the earth for more than 200 million years and they can be found in nearly every corner of the globe. They’re not uncommon in Wisconsin, especially if you listen around a pond in the Northwoods on a summer evening. But for all their musicality, frogs also hold a vital place in the ecosystem.

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Robert Karp

For decades, farming and Wisconsin were practically synonymous. But its landscape is changing. Farmers older than 65 far outnumber those younger than 35, and it can be difficult for younger people who want to go into farming to find suitable land.

Monarch Farms Project aims to shift those trends. It pairs farmers in search of land with investors who rent the parcels at an affordable rate. As part of the deal, some land must be set aside for pollinators, particularly Monarch butterflies.

Chuck Quirmbach

The state of Wisconsin says it's trying to solve a long-lasting problem — why Racine County's unemployment rate is higher than the statewide average.

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David Millar's professional cycling career was marked both by big victories and a suspension for his use of performance-enhancing drugs. In his last year as a pro, he sought one more shot at riding the Tour de France. Scottish filmmaker Finlay Pretsell was there to document it all.

His film however, entitled Time Trial, is not a bio-picture. Instead, it's an immersive look at cycling with extensive footage shot from inside the peloton during races.

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During an election season, public opinion polls are always big news. It’s important to understand the fundamentals of polls and how the news media covers them.

We received many texts from Wisconsinites with questions about polls for our Informed Voter series — a collaboration between WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to answer questions texted to us from potential Wisconsin voters.

To participate, text 'election' to 414-269-6404 or enter your phone number here:

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According to a recent report called "Bearing Faith: The Limits of Catholic Health Care For Women of Color," 52 percent of black women in Wisconsin give birth at a Catholic hospital.

Kira Shepherd, director of Columbia Law Schools Racial Justice Program, is behind the study.

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